Czechoslovak Group (CSG) has hired Paul Lemke chief executive officer of CSG USA, the company’s Virginia-based U.S. division. 

As part of his role, Lemke is responsible for identifying opportunities for growth and innovation and for developing strategic trade relationships with key business segments, including the U.S. Armed Forces, law enforcement and other government agencies. 

Lemke has nearly three decades of military and business experience in the firearms and ammunition industries. He served for 20 years in the U.S. Army, working in military diplomacy and security assistance, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

CSG USA plays a key role in serving the U.S. market and growing global trade opportunities on behalf of CSG. The company recently supplied handheld POLR-1 through-wall imaging systems to the U.S. Army, FB, and Phoenix and San Antonio police departments.  It has also facilitated the delivery of “Straight Flush” missile guidance radars refurbished by CSG’s RETIA a.s. to the U.S. Armed Forces.

CSG USA also serves as point of contact for the U.S. partners of the CSG Group, which owns Fiocchi Munizioni, a manufacturer of small caliber ammunition with production facilities in Missouri and Arkansas, employing over 300.

“Paul brings significant experience and knowledge of the U.S. market and our industry and we are pleased to welcome him as CEO of CSG USA,” said David Štěpán, member of the Board of Directors of CSG and CEO of the CSG Ammo+ division. “The U.S. is an extremely important market for CSG, and we plan to significantly expand our presence here, including through our planned acquisition of Kinetic Group, which we are purchasing from Vista Outdoor.”

“I am thrilled to join CSG and look forward to helping drive our growth and relationships in the U.S., which is a strategically important market for the company,” said Lemke. “CSG brings a long-term vision of contributing to the U.S. economy by creating jobs, serving our customers with world-class quality, and being responsible members of the communities in which we operate.”

Lemke’s career also includes servint as a political-military advisor, security assistance officer and military attaché, serving for over ten years in Latin America. After retiring to civilian life, he founded and led PolyCase Ammunition, an ammunition company using polymer materials. He later joined the European ammunition manufacturer Ammotec as CEO of its U.S. manufacturing and distribution operations. In March 2024, he joined CSG USA as CEO.

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