Krzysztof Opawski, the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of PKP SA, died today.
Krzysztof Opawski was born in 1950 in Lodz. He studied at the University of Lodz where he was awarded a PhD and then taught at the university from 1974 to 1982. He was awarded a research and teaching fellowship by the Polish Academy of Sciences where he worked from 1983 to 1993.
During the period 1990 to 1992, he lead projects to promote the development of private enterprise in Poland on behalf of the Krajowa Izba Gospodarcza (National Chamber of Commerce) and the Krajowa Rada Towarzystw Gospodarczych (National Council of Chambers of Commerce).
In 1994, he joined Schroders, and in 1996, he became chairman of Schroder Polska (trading as ‘Schroder Salomon Smith Barney Polska’ from 2000, and as ‘Citigroup Global Markets Polska’ from 2003. From 2000 – 2005 he was a member of the supervisory board of Bank Handlowy.
On 2 May 2004, he joined the Government of Marek Belka as Minister of Infrastructure and served in that capacity until 31 October 2005 and afterwards returned to Citigroup. In 2007, he founded Saski Partners, a consultancy company specialising in mergers and acquisitions and on 17 December the same year, he became the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of PKP SA.
During his long and distinguished career Opawski lead the teams advising the government regarding some of Poland’s largest privatisations such as TPSA and served on the supervisory boards of some of the most important companies in Poland.
Opawski was a supporter of the reforms being instituted by PKP SA Chairman, Jakub Karnowski. The appointment of his successor by Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Elzbieta Bienkowska, will be thoroughly analysed by PKP SA’s friends and foes alike.