Martin Jahn

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Martin Jahn (born January 21, 1970) is a Czech economist and politician. During the period, August 2004-December 2005, he served as Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Policy.


He graduated from the University of Economics, Prague and joined CzechInvest, a governmental agency supporting foreign companies to invest in the Czech Republic. In 1997, he started managing an office in Chicago, where he studied at DePaul University and received an MBA.[1] In 1999 he became the CEO of CzechInvest.[2] Under his leadership, CzechInvest attracted a vast amount of foreign direct investment.

In the summer of 2004, Jahn was appointed as vice-prime minister for economic policy in the government led by Stanislav Gross.[2] After Gross resigned, Jahn remained in Jiří Paroubek's government at the same position. In May 2005, he proposed a new economic agenda, by which he claimed the Czech Republic could catch up western countries of the European Union in eight years. The agenda involved liberalisation of public finance sector and tax policy, introduction of fees at universities, etc.

As a non-party member[1] of the socialist government, who did not manage any ministry, his impact on the government policies was quite limited.[citation needed]

In 2006 he started working for the Volkswagen concern in Škoda, being the member of the management board responsible for personnel. In 2008 he moved to become the CEO of Volkswagen in Moscow as a CEO, whilst retaining a position on the advisory board at Skoda,[2] before becoming head of "World Corporate Sales and Multi-Brand Sales" at Volkswagen headquarters in Wolfsburg with effect from October 2010.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Jahn was made a member of the French Ordre National du Mérite. As well as his native Czech, he also speaks English, German, Russian and French.[1] He is married and has 4 children.


  1. ^ a b c "Martin Jahn". OECD. 2005. Retrieved 1 February 2011. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c "Martin Jahn is leaving for VW Group, Russia". Skoda. 31 January 2008. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Marcus Osegowitsch replaces Martin Jahn as Managing Director of Moscow branch". Volkswagen. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2011. [permanent dead link]