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Witold Literacki will act as president of Orlen. This decision was made by the supervisory board – according to the company’s stock exchange announcement. The previous president of Orlen was Daniel Obajtek.

“On February 6, 2024, the Minister of State Assets, on behalf of the shareholder of the State Treasury, acting pursuant to § 9 section 1 point 3 of the Company’s Articles of Association, as of today, appointed Mr. Witold Literacki to the Management Board of ORLEN SA. At the same time, the Supervisory Board of the Company, at today’s meeting, appointed Mr. Witold Literacki from on February 6, 2024, as the acting President of the Management Board of ORLEN SA,” we read in Orlen’s stock exchange announcement published on Tuesday.

Who is Witold Literacki?

“Witold Literacki is a graduate of the University of Silesia, Faculty of Social Sciences, which he graduated in 1994, and MBA from the Lublin School of Business in cooperation with the University of Central Lancashire in Great Britain in 2006. An expert in the field of finance and taxes. For many years, he has been professionally associated with fuel and energy industry. He gained managerial experience in both foreign and Polish companies, including PKN ORLEN,” the company said.

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“In the years 2022-2023, he served as the financial director at PERN SA. Previously, in the years 2020-2022, he was employed as the financial director at Warszawskie Zakłady Mechaniczne PZL-WZM w Warszawie SA. In the years 2008-2020, he was the director of the tax office at PKN ORLEN SA. In the years 2007-2008 – tax manager at RWS Stoen SA. In the years 1999-2007 – senior manager for tax control at Carrefour Polska Sp. z o. o. In the years 1997-1999 he was employed as a consultant at Arthur Andersen Sp. z o. o. From 1991 to 1997 he was an inspector in the tax audit department of the Tax Office in Zabrze,” she added.

Daniel Obajtek he has been the president of Orlen since February 2018. On Monday, after six years, he resigned from this position. On Thursday (February 1 this year), Orlen’s supervisory board decided to dismiss him from the management board, as of February 5. This happened after Obajtek placed himself at the disposal of the supervisory board.

Changes in Orlen’s management board

The announcement also stated that the company’s supervisory board dismissed the following people from Orlen’s management board:

– Adam Burak, – Krzysztof Nowicki, – Robert Perkowski, – Piotr Sabat, – Iwona Waksmundzka-Olejniczak.

It was added that at the same meeting, the supervisory board also decided to delegate, as of February 7, 2024, the following members of the supervisory board to temporarily perform the duties of members of the management board – until the members of the management board are appointed to these positions, but for a period not longer than three months:

– Kazimierz Mordaszewski, – Tomasz Sójka, – Tomasz Zieliński.

Who is Kazimierz Mordaszewski?

“Kazimierz Mordaszewski is a law graduate of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, he also completed studies at the Catholic University of Lublin. He was active in the Independent Students’ Association and the Democratic Youth Union. He continued his activity in the democratic opposition in the Polish People’s Republic,” the release said.

It was added that Mordaszewski “gained professional experience as a judicial trainee and then a legal adviser’s trainee in the Team of Legal Advisors, then working as an academic teacher at the Białystok branch of the Faculty of Law of the University of Warsaw”, and “in 1989 he obtained the qualifications of a legal advisor”.

“In 1990, he became involved in the process of creating new state security structures, taking up the position of director of the office at the State Protection Office. In the years 1997-2001, he served as Charge d’affaires at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in the UAE, and was also accredited to the State of Qatar. After returning to country, in 2002, he opened a legal practice as part of the partnership of attorneys and legal advisors KMMG Mordaszewski & Gliński. In 2006, he joined the service at the Internal Security Agency, where until 2012 he was the director of the Legal Office, and from 2012 to 2015, the deputy Head of the Agency,” it was indicated.

It was added that “Kazimierz Mordaszewski was also a member of the Supervisory Board of PHZ Cenzin Sp. z o. o. and in 2010-2014 a member of the Council of the National Center for Research and Development”, and “currently serves as a department director at the Ministry of State Assets”.

Who is Tomasz Sójka?

“Professor of legal sciences working at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Attorney. Specializes in company law, capital market and new technologies. Tomasz Sójka’s scientific achievements include over a hundred publications in the above-mentioned field. He is the author of 4 monographs in the field of commercial law and editor and co-author of the leading commentary on capital market law. He also participated in the legislative process of many acts in the field of economic law. For many years he remained a member of the European Corporate Governance Institute in Brussels. He was a member of the Supervisory Board of the Warsaw Stock Exchange, where he participated in the work on Good Practices of Companies Listed on the WSE,” we read in the release.

The company said that Sójka “was the managing partner of one of the largest Polish law firms for 15 years” and “in his practice he provided advisory services in the implementation of a number of transactions on the capital market, including mergers and acquisitions (M&A)”.

“He advised on the implementation of information obligations and compliance with the principles of corporate governance. His advisory activities were addressed primarily to public companies, especially from the energy and financial sectors. He also participated in many court and arbitration disputes related to conflicts between shareholders of the largest capital companies, also in as an arbitrator. A graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. He was a scholarship holder of the University of Oxford, De Paul University in Chicago, the TMC Asser Institute in The Hague and the Planck Institute in Hamburg,” it was written.

Who is Tomasz Zieliński?

“An expert in the chemical sector with over 20 years of experience in the highest managerial and management positions as well as in the scientific and academic field. He built his professional experience, among others, in the most important companies in the chemical and refining and petrochemical sectors in Poland and Central Europe (including Orlen SA, Anwil SA, Grupa Azoty Zakłady Chemiczne “Police”, Orlen Unipetrol as, Spolana sro), in strategic and business consulting and at the Warsaw University of Technology. For over a dozen years, he has been representing the interests of the domestic chemical industry in Poland and abroad and sits on the boards of numerous national and international business and industrial organizations,” we learn from the company’s announcement.

It added that Zieliński “since 2016 has been a member of the National Association Board (NAB) of the European Chemical Industry Council in Brussels (CEFIC), where he represents the interests of 7 countries in the Central Europe Cluster (Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Romania, Bulgaria Croatia)”.

“He has also been a member of the Management Board and Steering Committee of the European Chemical Industry Employers Group in Brussels (ECEG) for almost 10 years. He is also a member of the Presidium of the Committee for Chemistry at the Polish Academy of Sciences, as well as the Presidium of the Council and the Committee for Climate and Energy Policy at the Polish Academy of Sciences. Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he sits on the boards of the Łukasiewicz Network Institutes – the Institute of Industrial Chemistry and the Łukasiewicz Institute of New Chemical Syntheses. A member of supervisory boards of enterprises in Poland and abroad. A member of economic councils of Polish technical universities, program and scientific councils and industry associations. Author of numerous scientific publications and conference speeches,” it was reported.

“In 2003, he obtained a PhD in technical sciences in the field of chemical technology at the Prof. I. Mościcki Institute of Industrial Chemistry in Warsaw. A graduate of Chemical Technology at the Faculty of Construction, Mechanics and Petrochemistry of the Warsaw University of Technology, Branch in Płock, and Postgraduate Studies in Financial Management and Marketing from this university. He also obtained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in cooperation with the Lublin University of Technology. He completed, among others, the Professional Development Program: Strategic Business Management at Harvard University Extension School and the Strategies for Sustainability course at Stanford University. Since June 2013, he has been the President of the Management Board of the Polish Chamber of Chemical Industry – the most important institution representing the Polish chemical industry in Poland on the national and international forum – wrote in the release.


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