Brno, CZ & Bedford, NH, February 15, 2023—Today, Kentico, the leading provider of digital experience and content management solutions, announces that after a phenomenal year, they have appointed Lukáš Polák as their new Chief Financial Officer.
Transparency a fundamental Kentico value
Bringing his vast experience from Heineken Czech Republic, Deloitte Czech Republic, and Honeywell Aerospace, Polák joined Kentico in 2021 as Finance Controller.
“It was time to leave the corporate environment. I was looking for a more human company, and Kentico caught my eye. The company culture is based on cooperation, openness, and trust; it almost feels like one big family,” said Polák.
A crucial player in the carve-out of its enterprise-focused division, Polák started building a new finance department structure in July 2022 and was appointed CFO in January 2023. Responsible for the strategic direction of finance and business intelligence, Polák will provide reports and forecasting to the executive board; create strategies for reporting, budgeting, and data structures; and cooperate with financial institutions.
“I accepted the role with two clear goals in mind. Firstly, I want the finance department to be a strong strategic partner for the executive and commercial teams. Secondly, I want people in my team to develop their skills and to know that their work is meaningful,” explained Polák.
Polák will be influencing the company’s financial strategy and will collaborate with Kentico’s CEO, Dominik Pinter, and the Marketing and Sales, Security, and Operations teams to introduce more efficient processes. He appreciates Kentico’s shallow management structure and friendly culture, and that everyone in the company has a voice. But he is most impressed by the company’s transparency.
According to Polák, “transparency is a fundamental Kentico value. And it’s not just a fancy word on paper; it’s real. We openly communicate our results, how we’re doing, and what we do to achieve our goals, including finance.”
Kentico’s ARR more than doubled in 2022
Polák joins Kentico at a time of major growth. In 2022, the company more than doubled their ARR growth rate thanks to a healthy and growing customer base. Kentico routinely reinvests its profits, and as CFO, Polák will be heavily involved in ensuring those profits are invested in the development and growth of the company’s new product, Xperience by Kentico.
Xperience by Kentico—Kentico’s latest software-as-a-service digital experience platform (DXP)—provides a focused set of features to the market. It enables marketers to deliver personalized content through any channel and optimize campaign performance to reach more customers. Not only is the platform being built to deliver superb value for money, low TCO, and a competitive time to market, but it is being built with end users in mind with its low-code/no-code approach that enables marketers to create digital experiences without being dependent on developers.
Xperience by Kentico early adopter success
The Xperience Adopters Program gives first adopters early access to Xperience by Kentico so that they can start learning to work smarter and with greater confidence using the low-code/no-code features. Companies like Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) are already benefiting from enhanced efficiency, flexibility, and reusability of content, which has enabled them to execute on their mission of generating travel demand.
“We are so happy that our website MiamiandMiamiBeach.com is powered by Xperience by Kentico”, said Josie Llado, AVP, Digital Marketing at GMCVB. “The fast, intuitive user interface lets us manage our content with ease and connect with our community better than ever. The regular new feature refreshes of the DXP bring new ways for us to deliver on our mission to maximize economic impact to our community, ensure industry resiliency, and elevate the resident quality of life.”
Meanwhile, Kentico has placed greater emphasis on its own teams using the product in its daily work (dogfooding) to better understand the requirements and desires of its customers and to ensure development is driven by such insights and that the product is designed from the ground up to enable its customers to reach and exceed their goals quickly and easily. Kentico has recently launched an interactive digital experience maturity model powered by Xperience by Kentico that helps companies assess their level of digital sophistication so that they are empowered to choose the right solution with the right tools for their needs now and in the future.
Kentico is an award-winning provider of digital experience platforms that combines content management, digital marketing, and commerce. Available in the cloud or on-premises, Kentico offers easy-to-use solutions for modern websites. Its solutions provide personalized experiences and integrate seamlessly into any technology stack. Kentico empowers companies and brands to increase customer engagement, deliver personalized content to the right audience, and optimize performance to win more clients. Its advanced capabilities, short time to value, and ease of use are backed by market-leading support and a global network of implementation partners.
Kentico was founded in 2004, headquartered in the Czech Republic with offices in the US, UK, Germany, Prague, and Australia. Kentico has more than 1,000 digital solution partners and powers over 30,000 websites across 120 countries. Customers using Kentico include Allergan, Ingram Micro, Konica Minolta, Land O’ Lakes, PPG, and Red Cross.