John Schwarz

Chairman of The Board

John Schwarz has been a member of our Board of Directors since 2011 and the Chairman since 2014. He is currently the co-founder and Chairman, of Visier Inc., a business analytics software firm. Previously, he served on the executive board of SAP AG from 2008 to 2010, and as Chief Executive Officer of Business Objects S.A. from 2005 through to its acquisition by SAP in 2008. Mr. Schwarz has also served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Symantec Corporation from 2001 to 2005. Mr. Schwarz previously worked 25 years at IBM Corporation, ultimately as the General Manager of IBM’s Industry Solutions division. Mr. Schwarz has served on the Boards of Synopsys Corporation since 2007, and at Teradata Corporation since 2010. Mr. Schwarz holds degrees from the Canadian universities of Manitoba, Toronto and Dalhousie.


Ondrej Vlcek

Chief Executive Officer

Ondrej Vlcek was appointed CEO of Avast in July 2019. Together with his senior management team, he executes on Avast’s vision to deliver people-centric security and spearheads the Company's product innovation program for emerging consumer technology categories, including the Internet of Things and 5G security. Previously, Mr. Vlcek was President of Avast Consumer, the largest business within the Company, in which role he led Avast’s transformation from a traditional PC antivirus vendor to the leading provider of a full portfolio of protection, privacy, and performance products for consumers. Mr. Vlcek was also a key member of the executive team that took the company public on the London Stock Exchange in May 2018. Formerly, he held the combined position of Executive Vice-President & General Manager, Consumer, and Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Vlcek holds an MS in Mathematics from Czech Technical University in Prague.

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Stuart Simpson


Stuart Simpson joined Avast as CFO in September 2021. He was most recently interim CEO at Royal Mail where he guided the organization through the pandemic to deliver financial stability. Previously at the same organization, Simpson held the roles of Group CFO, Group CFO and COO and was also a Board member.

Previously, he was Deputy Group CFO at E2V Technologies PLC, and prior to that held several Director level roles in Finance and Strategy at General Motors, living and working across Europe, Asia and North America.


Warren Finegold

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Warren Finegold joined the Board of Directors in February 2015. He was a member of the Vodafone Group Executive Committee where he served as Group Strategy and Business Development Director. Previously, he was a Managing Director of UBS Investment Bank, where he also formerly held several senior positions, most recently as Head of the Technology Team in Europe. Mr. Finegold is also Chairman of Ceres Power Holdings plc. He holds a M.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the London Business School.


Pavel Baudiš

Non-Executive Director

Pavel Baudis is one of our co-founders and served as one of our Directors from the incorporation of AVAST Software a.s. in 2006 until 2014. In 1988, Mr. Baudis wrote the original software program from which our current portfolio of security solutions has developed. Since 1991, Mr. Baudis has played a leading role in the development of our business with our predecessor entity, ALWIL Software partnership. Prior to co-founding Avast, Mr. Baudis was a graphics specialist at the Czech Computer Research Institute (VUMS). Mr. Baudis holds an MS in Information Technology from the Prague School of Chemical Engineering.


Maggie Chan Jones

Independent Non-Executive Director

Maggie Chan Jones joined the Board of Directors in March 2019. She is a widely recognised industry thought leader in marketing and technology. Named one of the world’s most influential CMOs by Forbes, Ms. Chan Jones broke new ground as the first woman to be appointed Chief Marketing Officer at the world’s largest enterprise application software provider, SAP. She specialised in brand and cloud transformation at Level 3 Communications (now CenturyLink) and Microsoft. Ms. Chan Jones founded and currently is CEO of Tenshey, a leadership development start-up with a mission to advance gender diversity through executive coaching. Ms. Chan Jones sits on the Board of Open Systems.  She holds an executive MBA from Cornell University and a BS in Business Management from Binghamton University.


Eduard Kučera

Non-Executive Director

Eduard Kucera, one of our co-founders, served as our Chairman of the Avast Board from the incorporation of AVAST Software a.s. in 2006 until 2014. Prior to that, Dr. Kucera was responsible for the activities of the predecessor entity, ALWIL Software partnership. He also served as our CEO, directing day-to-day operations that included the transition to a free software distribution model in 2002. Dr. Kucera holds a Doctorate of Natural Sciences in experimental physics from the Charles University, Prague.

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Tamara Minick-Scokalo

Independent Non-Executive Director

Tamara Minick-Scokalo joined the Board of Directors in March 2019 and is an experienced Non-Executive Director Board member. Most recently, she was President, Growth Markets and a member of the Executive Committee at Pearson plc in London. She also co-founded high tech unicorn Trax Retail and was CEO, then Chairman, of this category-leading, image recognition tool for shelf management. Previously, she served as President Chocolate Europe leading change management following the integration of Kraft/Cadbury business. Her deep experience in consumer brands includes Elizabeth Arden, Proctor & Gamble, E & J Gallo Winery Europe and Coca Cola. Ms. Minick-Scokalo holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.


Belinda Richards

Independent Non-Executive Director

Belinda joined the Board of Directors in June 2018. Ms. Richards’ background includes a 30-year career in Finance, Strategy and M&A. Most recently, Ms. Richards served as a Senior Corporate Finance Partner at Deloitte LLP where she held the position of Global Head of Deloitte’s Merger Integration and Separation Advisory Services business and was a Vice Chairman of the Firm. Currently, Ms. Richards sits on the Boards of Phoenix Group Holdings Plc, The Monks Investment Trust Plc and Schroder Japan Growth Fund Plc. She is a former member of FRC’s Advisory Group of Audit Committee Chairmen and is the Audit Chair of Youth Sport Trust. She has a first class honours degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury and a PhD from University College, London.