David McConnell A few of my past and near future milestones are stated below.

7 YEARS OF MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE June 2012 - January 2019, TV Nova Chief of Nova Action Self-Promotion Read more

2018 - 2019, The State University of New York MBA in Finance 2019 - 2020, The University of Bolton M.Sc. in International Management The Certified Management Accountant I am pursuing CMA Certification in the near future The Chartered Financial Analyst I am pursuing CFA Certification in the near future Read more

English - full professional proficiency Czech - native proficiency Advanced Excel skills including VBA

“I delight in finance, investments, lifelong learning, and meeting new cultures.”
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TV NOVA

June 2012 – present

The managerial experience I have gained at TV Nova is essential to my career. I still remember the moment, when I picked up the phone and the person asked me if I would consider working in television and managing people toward the creation of a new TV channel. I was 23 years old back then and the youngest one in middle-management. It was pretty appealing to me, but at the same time, I was deliberating my future responsibilities, life changes, and career challenges. Finally, I took the job and I have never had any regrets.

My position is Chief of Nova Action Self-promotion. I have found out that this naming is unclear for people outside the TV field. To cut story short, I am responsible for every kind of marketing promotion that is aired regarding the Nova Action channel. My responsibilities include managing a team of people, daily operations, staffing, budgeting, presenting marketing communication strategies, communicating toward top-management and across departments. I appreciate and like having a diverse agenda that is a lot about communication with people, meeting a variety of personalities, and finally having the opportunity to drive a change.

PERSONAL BELIEFS AND VALUES


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Inner harmony I am deeply persuaded that being a good manager, or better to say a leader seeking greatness, is inter-connected with a person’s past. There is no way to manage people or negotiate important topics without having solved the past and knowing the purpose of life. Otherwise, actions are affected by a person’s negative experiences. Then, biases and miscommunication take place.

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Listening to others’ voices I have faced many difficult situations in which my peers had a different opinion. Sometimes, I was true, and sometimes not. Nevertheless, these situations have taught me that I have to carefully listen to another person to figure out their perception of an issue, because that is the only way to communicate effectively.

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Accountability I have never blamed my subordinates for something that I had approved. Once I put my sign on the paper, I carry accountability.

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No micro-management Once I take the right people on the bus, I trust their abilities. Hence, it is important to approach everyone individually switching from guiding to supporting to delegating. However, I do not pass the buck.

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Personal growth Personal growth and lifelong learning are essential and the way to keep with changing business. Nothing stays the same forever and adjustments have to take place.

THE BIGGEST LESSON LEARNT

One day, I read an article that says “Women are better leaders than men”, in short because they communicate more assertively. From that moment, I started focusing on becoming better in this field and it was one of the most important breakthroughs for me. Later on, the Leadership class at University of New York in Prague helped me a lot with this area.

The easiest way to positively affect other people’s behavior is to change my own behavior. Others will automatically start to play the same game with me.
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THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK

2018 – 2019

The chance to study MBA at University of New York in Prague was life-changing for me. I had an opportunity to learn from great professionals who have been working in top-management positions and come from worldwide known universities and multinationals such as INSEAD, Kellogg School of Management, Coca-Cola, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, and others. I am also glad that I had the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and learn more about a variety of cultures.

MBA IN FINANCE

I have chosen major in Finance with the aim to become a part of corporate finance orasset management. Specifically, FP&A, Securities market, Private equity, or Venture capital. As is common for MBA programs, I have gained deep knowledge in terms of enterprise valuations, stock and bond valuations, financial ratios, balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements, budgeting, general ledger and T-accounts, and many more. All of that with emphasis to make strategic decisions; not only calculate figures.

One of the most spectacular experiences was learning from very successful and humble professionals in education and business. I had the pleasure to meet the following experts in business: Claude Varley, former President of Coca-Cola in the south of France, Dipak C. Jain, former Dean of INSEAD and Kellogg School of Management, David Muir who worked for Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, and Samir Nassif, who is the former Dean of the American-European University in Monaco and has worked as general manager in the field of large construction projects in Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, and France.

DISSERTATION

My dissertation title is “The online investing application that simplifies fundamental analysis to make company and stock valuation more accessible and easier to learn for individual investors”. The rationale behind is linked to reliable surveys which have found that individual investors attach the greatest importance to their instinct, information from newspapers or media, or even noise in the market when they assess stocks. Little importance is attached to the fundamental analysis. However, these findings are contrary to how large investment companies or Wall Street managers act. They see the fundamental analysis as the most important, and this approach is backed up with many academic papers.

LIST OF COURSES


I.Financial Management
II.Managerial Accounting
III.Financial Accounting
IV.Financial Strategy
V.Strategic Management
VI.Managerial Economics
VII.Entrepreneurial Finance: Venture Capital
VIII.International Trade, Finance & Investment
IX.International Marketing Management
X.Innovation and NPD
XI.Organizational Behavior & Leadership
XII.Project Management
XIII.Business Analytics
XIV.Ethical Management of Organizations
XV.Personal and Professional Development

Talking about style of education, I really appreciate the strong emphasis on critical thinking, strategic decision making, co-operation in groups of diverse people, self-reflection, and public speaking. Furthermore, analyses of real case studies, for example from Harvard Business Review, were really valuable.

I have discovered one of my greatest passions at UNYP, which is lifelong learning and personal growth.

PERSONAL GROWTH

I believe that personal growth and managerial skills are inter-connected. That is why I strongly focus on personal growth. Besides that, I focus on sleeping, diet, and a positive approach as all of that interlace with energy and mood. Regarding coaching, I like Tony Robbins and Marisa Peer.

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I currently live in Prague, Czech Republic. Nevertheless, I am willing to relocate for a new job; moving to a new city or country.

me@david-mcconnell.com
+420 602 681 906
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