: Polish executive & rock-star now officially the head of Ukraine's state-owned railways

17:47 Apr. 20, 2016

Polish executive & rock-star now officially the head of Ukraine's state-owned railways

Wojciech Balczun, newly appointed Chairman of the Board of Ukraine's state-owned railway company Ukrzaliznytsia speaks at a government session in Kyiv, on April 20, 2016 (UNIAN photo)

Wojciech Balczun was unanimously approved by Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers 

Wojciech Balczun from Poland is now officially the Chairman of the Board of Ukraine's state-owned railway company Ukrzaliznytsia. On Wednesday, April 20th, Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers unanimously appointed approved him for the top position.

"Wojciech Balczun was granted with 'The Top-20 Award' by Bloomberg BusinessWeek Poland in 2012 for his anti-crisis management achievements," stated Ukraine's Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, adding that Polish citizenship is no obstacle for Balczun to head the Ukrainian state enterprise.

The first thing on the agenda, declared Wojciech Balczun after his official appointment, is to raise the income of Ukrzaliznytsia substantially, since this is the chance to modernize stock vehicles and infrastructure. The next step will be battling corruption inside the organization, as well as developing service standards.

Wojciech Balczun was born in Poland in 1970. After graduating from the University of Silesia with a degree in Political Studies and MBA he worked at a local newspaper and Polish national post service. In 2008, Balczun was appointed as Supervisory Board Chairman at Polish Railway company PKP Cargo. Under his management the enterprise overcame bankruptcy, turning into a competitive company. Four years later, in 2012 Balczun joined LOT Polish Airlines as Supervisory Board Chairman.

Apart from his business career Wojciech Balczun is also known as a frontman and leading guitarist of the Polish rock band "Chemia".

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