From South Africa to Zlín: Brian Jakubec on rediscovering the Bata legacy that shaped his life

Photo: Ondřej Tomšů, Radio Prague International

Brian Jakubec was born in South Africa and is a successful IT manager at Lenovo. But his life was shaped by events that took place in far-away Czechoslovakia when his father, still in his teens, joined the Bata shoe empire, where he would one day become a senior official. Fate would have it that, almost a century later, Brian’s work took him to Slovakia and opened a quest of discovery about his Czech roots and the Bata school of work ethics that he himself adopted. Brian joined me in the studio to talk about his journey into the family past.

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Author: Daniela Lazarová