Czechoslovak Group (CSG) has announced it will attend the upcoming 2024 SHOT Show

 13. 01. 2024      Category: Defense exhibitions

Czechoslovak Group, headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic, is a multi-faceted industrial technology concern that operates within several categories, including ammunition, defense, aerospace, mobility, and business. The company, headed by Michal Strnad, owns the majority stake in Italian ammo manufacturer Fiocchi Munizioni — parent company of Fiocchi USA, as well as premium shotshell manufacturers Baschieri & Pellagri (Italy) and Lyalvale Express (UK).

The Fiocchi Group, a manufacturer of small-caliber ammunition, which is majority-owned by the industrial-technology group CSG, has a new CEO. David Štěpán, CSG's Investment Director for Foreign Projects, who temporarily managed the Fiocchi Group in the first year after the acquisition, is being replaced by Paolo Salvato. David Štěpán will continue to serve as the CEO of the CSG Ammo+ division and in the next period he will focus on completing the acquisition of the ammunition division of Sporting Products of the American company Vista Outdoor.

Picture: The Fiocchi Group, a manufacturer of small-caliber ammunition | DEFENSE MAGAZINE
Picture: The Fiocchi Group, a manufacturer of small-caliber ammunition | DEFENSE MAGAZINE

Experienced manager Paolo Salvato joins Fiocchi Group from Leonardo where he managed strategic innovation projects. He also worked for Thales Group in charge of the Italian operations as CEO of Thales Italia, and vice president for international business development at the Paris headquarter. Paolo is a graduate of the University Federico II of Naples and holds a MasterDegree from the University of Turin he also studied at the Institute for Advanced Defence Studies (IASD), the highest joint educational institution in the Italian defense sector.

"I am thrilled to be joining such an important company as Fiocchi. This brand is synonymous with high-quality small-caliber ammunition and I am glad that I will be entrusted with its further development. There are a lot of challenges and opportunities ahead of our team. Whether it is a further growth in all our market segments and geographies, or a closer integration of the British company Lyalvale Express and Bologna's Baschieri & Pellagri into the Fiocchi Group, a lot of value to be further generated," said Paolo Salvato.

"I spent the first year at Fiocchi after the completion of the acquisition by CSG and my presence, whether in Italy or the USA, was essential from the group's point of view. Now I have to return to the divisional level and devote myself to managing the entire division, which is why I am stepping down as CEO Fiocchi. I would like to thank my colleagues at Fiocchi for their excellent cooperation and I believe that my successor, Paolo Salvato, is the ideal choice for Fiocchi," said David Štěpán.

In the coming months, David Štěpán will focus primarily on the completion of the acquisition of the Sporting Products division of the American company Vista Outdoor in the coming months, as the Investment Director for CSG's foreign projects and in particular the Director of the CSG Ammo+ Division. The contract to buy the largest American manufacturer of small-caliber ammunition, which changed its name to Kinetic Group last year, was signed by CSG in mid-October last year.

CSG will be presenting through the Fiocchi Group, part of the CSG Ammo+ division, at Fiocchi USA booth #11454 on Venetian Expo Level 2. David Štěpán, CEO of CSG Ammo+, and newly appointed Fiocchi Group CEO Paolo Salvato will also be in attendance.

About Fiocchi Group

Fiocchi Group is a major global manufacturer of small calibre ammunition based in Italy, which owns a comprehensive range of global brands: Fiocchi Munizioni, Baschieri & Pellagri and Lyalvale Express. Two production plants are operated in the United States of America by the subsidiary Fiocchi USA. Fiocchi Group produces ammunition for hunting and sport shooting (the so-called leisure segment) and, to a lesser extent, for security forces. Within the CSG Group, the Fiocchi Group is organizationally incorporated into the CSG Ammo+ division.

 Author: Michal Pivoňka