Biography: Josef Tupý
Early February 2007 saw the celebration of a
remarkable job anniversary of Ing. Josef Tupý, the first Deputy Director
General and the Director of the Autonomous Implementation and Conversion
Project Management Department at SAZKA, a.s.
He joined SAZKA as of 1 February 1972, thus working for the biggest lottery
company in the Czech Republic for exactly 35 years!
initially worked as Evaluating and Sorting Machine Technician, and later became
Head of companys Technical and Operational Section. He led the Games and
Betting Division for several years. In 2005, he established the Autonomous
Implementation and Conversion Project Management Department which he also leads
Josef Tupý has participated in all transformations that the
betting and lottery industry in the Czech Republic has gone through over the
last 35 years from the off-line system and one-off sorting machines,
through the advent of the on-line system, up to switching to the ES Enterprise
Series central system and the state-of-the-art Altura terminals. He
participated in the birth and expansion of companys non-lottery business,
which includes the prepaid mobile phone top-up service; selling tickets for
sporting, cultural and other events; and payments by paying-in slips, invoice
and insurance premium payments.
In 1972, when Josef Tupý joined the
company, it only operated the Sportka and Mates number lotteries and the Sazka
betting game. In 2007, SAZKA, a.s., operates a total of 35 betting and lottery
games. In addition to number lotteries, it also offers instant lotteries (from
1989), odds betting (1996) or the central lottery system with interactive video
lottery terminals the StarPort product (2003). Revenues from betting and
lottery activities rose from CZK 1.2 billion to CZK 7.9 billion for that period
while the number of operated terminals increased from 2,200 units to the
current more than 7,000 units after switching to the on-line system.
Tupý is married and has two children. His greatest hobbies include
sports, notably soccer, tennis, skiing and cycling.