19:57 Apr. 12, 2016
31 candidates, including eight foreigners, applied for the position
Polish citizen Wojciech Balczun has been selected to chair Ukrainian Railways ('Ukrzaliznytsia') a public joint-stock company by the Nominations Committee of Ukraine's Ministry of Economic Development and Trade.
Balczun has over 15 years of professional experience, including seven years of top management positions in Polish railway transport as Supervisory Board Chairman at Polish Railways RRB and CEO at PKP Cargo. Under his management "PKP Cargo practically became a competitor for Deutsche Bahn," according to Minister of Economic Development and Trade Aivaras Abromavicius.
Balczun worked as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of LOT Polish Airlines. In 2012, he was granted with 'The Top 20 Award' by Bloomberg BusinessWeek Poland for the best managers in the time of crisis category.
Balczun is also known as a frontman and guitarist of Polish popular rock band Chemia.
Ukrzaliznytsia was turned into a public joint-stock company in December 2015. The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade announced a contest to select a new chairman for the company. 31 candidates, including eight foreigners, applied for the position.