Prague’s mayor has named a Czech-American businessman Vladimír Lich as de facto director general of DPP — the Czech capital’s scandal-ridden public transport firm — for a two-year term. Under Lich’s leadership as “crisis manager,” all cases of alleged dodgy deals are to investigated in tandem with a broader review of how DPP has allocated public funds and contracted. Lich worked in global consultancy A.T. Kearney’s Czech office from 1989 until last year.
The scandals surrounding Prague’s public transport company DPP have been so great of late it was a relief when Mayor Bohuslav Svoboda (ODS) promised a professional headhunter would be enlisted to help fill the vacant CEO post. That tender appears to have been way off track with some top personnel companies calling for it to be abandoned before Svoboda finds himself with too many explanations to make.
In a poll published by the daily Lidové noviny on Thursday, 4,698 from 6,740 Czech business leaders said “no” to the Czech Republic contributing almost Kč 90 bln to the IMF-led effort to save the embattled euro. Nevertheless, many agree there could be negative consequences for refusing, including even pressure to drop nuclear program and closing of EU labor market to Czechs.