Plzen - Vladimir Dlouhy has been elected as a new president of the Economic Chamber of the Czech Republic (HK), replacing Petr Kuzel, who did not defend the post for family reasons, a source close to today's assembly of HK in Plzen has told CTK.
There have been four candidates for the post. Besides Dlouhy they were current HK vice-president and former head Zdenek Somr, South Moraiva's Regional Economic Chamber head Michal Stefl and Vladimir Opatrny from the Jablonec and Nisou District Economic Chamber.
Dlouhy is a former industry and trade minister and a former candidate for the head of state.
He currently serves as an adviser to the investment bank Goldman Sachs (since Sept 1997), Chairman of the Advisory Board at Chayton Capital, London, and Meridiam Infrastructure, Paris, member of the Board of Directors of KSK Power Ventur in Hyderabad, India, and member of the International Advisory Board of aircraft engine and energy equipment producer Rolls-Royce (since Sept 2013).
In the 1990s public opinion polls, Dlouhy ranked among the most popular policymakers in the country.
From 2006 to 2008, Dlouhy was a member of the Paces commission which was drawing up a long-term energy strategy of the Czech Republic.
HK associates 14,000 entrepreneurs employing about two thirds of the population able to work in the Czech Republic.