At a time when many tech companies are streamlining their forecasts, there's big growth news from Kentico – a leading provider of digital experience and content management solutions. The company recently announced that after a phenomenal year, Lukáš Polák has been appointed as its new Chief Financial Officer.
Polák joins Kentico at a time of major growth. In 2022, the company more than doubled its 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 – its latest software-as-a-service digital experience platform (DXP).
Xperience by Kentico provides a focused set of features to the market, enabling 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 laser-focused on end users with its low-code/no-code approach – enabling marketers to create digital experiences without being dependent on developers.
Along with innovative new DXP, Kentico has also launched the Xperience Adopters Program, which gives first adopters early access to Xperience by Kentico. The program also enables users to learn how to work smarter and more confidently with the platform's 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 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 GMVCB. “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.”
Kentico has also launched an interactive digital experience maturity model powered by Xperience by Kentico that helps companies assess their level of digital sophistication, empowering them to choose the right solution with the right tools for their needs – now and in the future.
Polák joined Kentico in 2021 as Finance Controller, bringing vast experience from Heineken Czech Republic, Deloitte Czech Republic, and Honeywell Aerospace.
“It was time to leave the corporate environment. I was looking for a more human company, and Kentico caught my eye," said Polák. "The company culture is based on cooperation, openness, and trust; it almost feels like one big family.”
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," explained Polák. "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 know their work is meaningful.”
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 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.