Beyond radar


beyond radar

People are a key point in the story of ERA success. Three hundred employees currently work for ERA.

They create the team spirit of the company and their high level of education, experience and loyalty are the foundation stones of its accomplishments.

ERA experts proudly follow their pioneering predecessors, and by taking this difficult path of continuous innovations, prolong the half a century old tradition of development in the field of passive radiolocation.


Managing Director

Viktor Sotona

Viktor Sotona began his professional career in Czech Airlines as a Senior Project Manager in the Technical Division. During his tenure with ERA he has held several sales positions, recently as Commercial Director for ATM Sector.

He received a Masters degree from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Brno, Czech Republic and a MBA degree from Sheffield Business School, UK. Viktor Sotona is a member of several professional ATM working groups under EUROCAE and EUROCONTROL. He chaired WG-70 on the Wide Area MLAT standards and is a member of the ERA a.s. Board of Directors.

Commercial Director

Ondřej Chlost

Ondřej Chlost began his professional career in the Czech Air Force as a Commander of the Air Defence Surveillance Radar Unit. He joined ERA in 1997 and successfully led the business development program for ERA's military solutions. He currently serves as Commercial Director and as a member of the ERA a.s. Board of Directors.

He received a Master's degree in Radar Technologies from the Faculty of Radar, Microelectronics and Laser Technologies, University of Defence, and a MBA degree from Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Ondřej Chlost is a member of ASERA and many other professional associations.

Operations Director

Libor Urban

Libor Urban came to ERA with over 10 years experience in quality system management, process management and continuous improvement. His focus in ERA is on process and system management improvement. Libor Urban began his career in Philip Morris as a quality engineer where he later became quality manager.

He has worked for different global companies as a quality manager, project manager and most recently as Treves group Czech plant managing director. Libor Urban studied economics and has taken numerous specific courses during his career to fulfill business requirements.

Financial Director

Miloslav Zavoral

Miloslav Zavoral graduated from the College of Economics in Prague with an emphasis on accounting, corporate finance and management. He began his professional career as a manager for the East Bohemia region with the Lifox brokerage firm, a member of Prague’s Stock Exchange. He applied his experience in the securities and bonds markets with the Credit Bank of Pilsen, where he served as a branch manager in the Pardubice regional office.

Following his tenure in the banking and investment sectors, Miloslav Zavoral worked as a chief accountant, tax specialist and controller for several corporations. Joining ERA in 2005, he currently holds the position of Finance Director where he oversees not only the internal and domestic financial operations, but also broad aspects of ERA’s international financial transactions and contracts.

Project Management Director

Pavel Tůma

Pavel Tůma studied at the Technical University in Liberec and began his professional career in Komerční banka (Commercial Bank) as a product specialist. He later worked for DORINT company, where he made an acquaintance with the field of product management and later became Business and Product Manager for export and import to China and Southern Europe. His professional career continued with CS Soft company in the positions of Senior Project Manager and Head of the Project Management department.

He was appointed Project Management Director of ERA Company in 2013 having 9 years of experience in the area. Pavel Tůma currently runs the Project Management Office and is responsible for ERA multilateration systems development and delivery - analysis, establishment and compliance with PM processes in and out of PMO.

Director of Strategy and Product Management

Lukáš Víšek

Lukáš Víšek began his professional career as Quality Engineer in the company AVX and SW Testing Engineer in Ceticon. He has been working for ERA in several positions since 2011. He started as a Project Engineer and in 2018 became Title-head of Strategy and Product Management and soon after was chosen to fill the position of director of this department.

Lukáš Víšek graduated as engineer at Faculty of electronics of the Czech Technical University in Prague.

Director of HR & Communication

Milan Starý

Milan Starý was focused on the then rapidly developing IT and finance sector at the beginning of his career in the 1990s and worked for TRICOTBEST CR Ltd. (today HANES Czech Republic Ltd.) as network administrator, project manager of SCALA system and controller. Soon he started focusing on business issues and consequently worked for several insurance companies such as IPB, ČSOB and the British insurance group Aviva (as marketing manager). He joined ERA in 2012 filling the long vacant position of Marketing Manager, re-established the Department of Marketing and Communication and in 2017 was promoted as Director of HR & Communication – member of ERA top management.

Milan Starý graduated from the Faculty of Management and Information Technology; as a Bachelor of Management in Information Systems. Within his professional carrier, he attended various business courses for Marketing Analysis and Project Management and obtained the Business Case International Certification IPMA (International Project Management Association) – level Project Manager D.

Product Development Director

Aleš Košťál

Aleš Košťál has been with ERA since the beginning of his carrier. He started gaining work experiences as Bid Manager in 2007 and on the position of Sales Manager for ATM. Then he became Head of Sales Support in 2013 and joined the ERA management team in the role of the Director of Strategy and Product Management in 2017. He currently serves as Product Development Director.

Aleš Košťál graduated as engineer of Air Traffic Control and Management at Faculty of Transportation Sciences of the Czech Technical University in Prague.

Customer Support and Offset Programs Director

Jan Hrabánek

Jan Hrabánek began his professional career with ERA in 1995 and during his seventeen years in the ATM industry has worked in a variety of technical and business roles all focused on the application of multilateration technology to air traffic control services and air defence applications. At ERA he currently holds the position of Customer Support and Offset Programs Director (preceded by positions of Product Delivery Director and Product Development Director).

Jan Hrabánek studied at the Military Academy of Radar Technology and received his MBA in 2003. His skills and experience are now widely sought after and he advises within the ATC industry about the use and implementation of multilateration solutions.