Director EMEA Corporate Solutions
I have obtained Master's Degree in Geography from Masaryk University in Brno in 1984 and MBA from Sheffield Hallam University in 1997.
First ten years of my proffesional Iife I worked as a planner both in private consulting as well as for the City of Brno as a Deputy Chief Architect heading Urban Development & Renewal Team. There I have gained not only the understanding of how planning impacts the development but also how to proactively use planning policies to initiate and support developments in both greenfields and brownfields. I had also studied relevant planing practices in the UK, Netherlands, USA and Japan.
I joined Bovis P&O Team in Brno in 1994 shortly after this developer started to build Czech Technology Park, which was one of the first industrial developments in Central Europe in cooperation between the City and Technical University. My mission was to promote this development, identify potential customers, work with the construction team in order to accomodate the needs of the tenants and manage the leaase transaction on behalf of the developer. I worked with companies such as Siemens or Silicon Graphics , which became the first tenants of this development.
In 1996 I joined Colliers International as Senior Property Consultant to build the Industrial Real Estate Agency in the Czech Republic.
I have grown and managed the industrial team of Colliers up till 2009 during which period this team became leader in the Czech industrial market having transacted over 3 milion sq m of industrial floor space and land both on behalf of the occupiers as well as the landlords. Most of the customers were international companies such as Prologis, AIG Lincoln, Ctp or Goodman on the landlord side or Bridgestone, VF Europe, Johnson Controls, Schenker, DSV, Gebruder Weiss, DHL, Moduslink and many others on the occupier side .
During this period I have also worked on behalf of the my international occupier clients Bridgestone and Moduslink in the other European markets such as Spain or France as well as various countries of Central Europe.
Shortly after the begining of financial crisis in the early 2009 I became Managing Director of Colliers Czech Republic and took the team through the trubled, loses making period and transformed it to the profitable business.
In the midle of 2011 I have joined newly formed Corporate Solutions team in London to accomodate the needs of my existing as well as new industrial and manufacturing customers across EMEA. Since then I have actively managed industrial and manufactuirng related projects in 17 countries of Europe, US and Asia covering the whole business life of the real estate: from location consulting through lease or freehold acquisition, portfolio management to the building dissposals.
· Leased nearly 2,000,000 sqm of industrial premises, acting mostly on behalf of tenants.
· Managed sales and cquisitions trasnactions of around 200 ha of industrial land plots and more than 200,000 sqm of industrial properties.
- Mananaged on site transactions across 15 EMEA countries from Ireland to Russia West to East and Lithuania to Italy North to South, USA and China
Masaryk University, Masters Degree in Geography,
Sheffield Business School, Master of Business Administration
Bridgestone, Modus Link Corp, Dura Automotive Systems, Gardner Denver, British Petroleum, Carcoustic, Adler Pelzer, Ideal Automotive, Hollister, Harman, Alcoa, Ingersoll Rand, Magna, Syncreon, Autoneum, Inteva, TI Automotive, Kimberley Clark, Reckitt Benckiser,Faurecia, Knorr Bremse
RIETER - AUTONEUM
“We are very satisfied with the level of service and real estate expertise that Colliers International were able to implement when renting our new facility. Importantly, that you were able to meet our deadline expectations whilst at the same time, we believe, achieving good cost level for Rieter Automotive Systems.
Finally, we are grateful that you successfully negotiated competitive commercial lease terms that we probably could not have achieved without your input and to the overall level of commitment and enthusiasm brought to the process by Colliers International.”
Head of Product Development & Manufacturing
“…your in-depth knowledge and experience of the market dynamics, legal framework, local players but also your understanding of multinational corporation investment processes proved key to achieving tight timing and budget.”
... I wanted to take a minute and recognize the organization.
We chose Colliers for many reasons. One of the most important was the talent and knowledge in the markets we were reviewing. Through the process your team’s performance has proven that we made the right choice.
We appreciate everyone’s professionalism and responsiveness.
Senior Director, Global Manufacturing
...finished building of Inteva in Rychnov ...lot of the credit needs to go to you and the construction manager. I thought you would like to hear that since you probably don't get as much credit as you should. Thanks again for your efforts to pull this together.
Topgunadvisors on behalf of Inteva
‘Karel Stransky is highly experienced, communicative, a good listener, and thinks "out of the box." He was the right person for the task’