He graduated from the Brno University of Technology, Faculty of Engineering. He also attended an annual management course at Insead University in Paris, a two-year management training program for ABB senior management, and training programs for Senior Management RWE and Skanska in Lausanne. From 1983 he worked in První brněnská strojírna, from 1992 he worked as the Director of the Boiler Division. From 1996 he worked in leading positions in ABB Energetické systémy, ALSTOM, Jihomoravská plynárenská, KKCG Industry B.V. From 2008 to 2014 he served as Chairman of the Board and Managing Director of Skanska, a.s. He was a member of the Scientific Board of the Brno University of Technology, the Regional Business Chamber in Brno and President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Czech Republic.