Ing. Ivan Pilný studied at Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Electrical Engineering. From 1962 to 1991 he worked as an expert in management positions in IT companies. In 90s he was a General Director of Microsoft Czech and Slovak Republic and President of Association for Information Society (SPIS). He acted as Chairperson of the Board of Český Telecom, Chairperson of the Board and General Director of eTel and is currently President of Tuesday Business Network.
From 2009 to 2012 Ivan Pilný was Vice-chairman of the political party Občané.cz. Since 2014 he has been a member of ANO political movement. In 2013 he was elected member of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic. He is a Chairman of the Committee on Economic Affairs.