Board of Directors



Chair

Tony Housh

Senior Counsellor,
APCO Worldwide

Tony Housh, 50, is a senior counselor for the international strategic advisory firm APCO Worldwide and the principal of CGC Advisors.   With over twenty years in Poland, he advises and assists companies in a wide range of sectors including defense, energy, innovative technologies and bio-sciences.  He has served as the Chairman of AmCham since January 2015.

He is a frequent commentator on Polish television outlets such as TVN, TVN 24, Polsat and TVP Info, as well as on leading radio outlets such as TOK FM and Polskie Radio.  Tony has published numerous articles on trade, investment, innovation and security in a wide range of publications.

He served as non-executive board member and audit committee member of the NASDAQ and WSE listed CEDC between 2000-2009 and participated in transactions totaling well over 1 billion USD.  He previously served as the Director of the American Chamber of Commerce and the country officer for Poland at the US Department of Treasury.

Prior to beginning his work in Poland, Tony held analyst roles in London and Brussels as well as running two successful US Congressional campaigns.

Tony received his MA in European Integration cum laude from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium).  He is a graduate of the University of Kansas (USA) and was an exchange scholar in Soviet & East European Studies at the University of Essex (UK).  He is an alumnus of the Salzburg Seminar.

In November 2014 he was awarded the Knights Cross for services to the Republic of Poland by President Komorowski.  

In October 2016, Tony was appointed to APCO Worldwide's International Advisory Council.

Secretary

Richard M. Lada

 Individual Member

Rick Lada is founder and CEO of EREMEL Consulting, a Warsaw, Poland-based venture that helps Polish start-ups commercialize new technologies. The company also works with Polish government institutions, NGOs and firms on projects dealing with innovation, entrepreneurship and foreign investment. Outside EREMEL Rick serves the community as vice-chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Poland, co-chairman of the Poland section of the German Marshall Fund of the United States Leadership Development Advisory Council, co-president of the Stanford Club of Poland and mentor to students and young entrepreneurs.

During his early career in Silicon Valley Rick worked in product development and marketing at Apple and Xerox, Inc.. In 1990 he moved with his family to Poland where he helped pioneer American foreign investment, R&D cooperation and business development in Central Eastern Europe, serving as regional vice president for Motorola, Inc., country manager and board president for Motorola Polska and Poland/CEE business development manager for Apple.  Over his career Rick has received recognition that includes World of Telecommunications magazine “Person of the Year in Polish Telecommunications”, Polish Chamber of Electronics & Telecommunications’ “Key Contributor to the Development of the Polish Electronics Sector” and the American Chamber of Commerce in Poland’s “Pioneer in Shared Services and Software Development Centers”. In June 2014 the President of Poland honored Rick with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.

Rick is a graduate of Stanford University in Management Science & Engineering and the Warsaw School of Economics in Foreign Trade/Marketing. 

Treasurer

John Lynch

Founder and CEO,
Lynka

John Lynch is an American entrepreneur who has been doing business in Poland since 1991. In 1992, Lynch founded LYNKA, which he has grown to become one of Poland’s leading corporate apparel and sportswear manufacturing companies. Like many Polish ventures, LYNKA started with three employees and very little capital, and grew to over $20 million in sales and 200 employees. LYNKA has been recognized by the international press as “one of the leading promotional apparel companies in the world.” In 2012, Lynka became the only company in CEE to be chosen by NIKE as an Official Apparel Supplier.

 

John has a distinguished business background. From 1992-1993, John was the marketing director for the First Polish American Bank. Before coming to Poland, John worked in management at Procter & Gamble, Bristol-Myers and Schering Plough. He was also a senior management consultant for the world renowned consultancy, Marakon Associates in New York City.

 

John graduated from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1984, with a B.S. in Engineering. In 1989, John completed his MBA at The Wharton School of Business, and completed programs at I.E.S.E in Barcelona, and UMIST in Manchester as well.

 

John has been frequently featured in the Polish and International press as a role model for doing business in Poland. John has been featured in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal and US News and World Report. In March 2004, he was featured on the cover of Poland Monthly as one of “the country’s top entrepreneurs” and in that same year was named AmCham’s Entrepreneur of the Year.

 

In 1994, John founded the Kraków branch of the American Chamber of Commerce in Poland. He was elected to the Board of Directors of AmCham Poland in July 2002. John is fluent in Polish and Spanish, as well as his native English.

Member

Jolanta Jaworska

Governmental Programs Director,
IBM Poland & Baltics

Responsible for IBM cooperation with government and public administration mainly in areas of business development policy, smarter cities, investments policy, social & labour market policy and projects in Global Delivery Centers in Poland and CEE, as well as improving cooperation between business and education/academia .
Co-author of many significant IBM investments in Poland – BPO in Krakow, R&D Tivoli Software Laboratory in Krakow as well as IT Delivery Center with Cyber Security Operations Center in Wroclaw, 2010, and newest IT Delivery in Katowice in 2013 . Expert in different areas of public support for new investments.
For many years holding HR Director positions in international corporations Pan American, Delta Air Lines and Siemens.
Author of innovative projects in area of CSR and HRM like – teleworking, strategic outsourcing, motivation & benefits, work life balance, diversity, IBM Executive Service Corps and IBM Smarter Cities Challenge.
Local and EU Expert in area of business development & social policy for Polish employers confederations.
VP Public Affairs in Polish Association of Business Service Leaders ( ABSL), Chairman of American Chamber of Commerce , Employee & Labor Relations Committee in Poland . Board member of Association of Business Service Leaders in Poland . Member of Advisory Board in KIGEiT National Chamber of Commerce for Electronics and Telecommunications , founder of Polish Professional Woman Network – woman NGO in Poland.
MA in Economy of Warsaw School of Economics and HRM of Henley Management College, UK.

Member

Marek Szydłowski

Director of Legal Division TNV Group
Member of the Management Board TVN S.A.

Marek Szydłowski is the Director of Legal Division of the TVN Group, where he is responsible for all aspects of legal service and compliance. He also supervises organizational units concerning information security and internal audit. He is a member of the Management Board of TVN S.A. as well as a member of supervisory boards of certain other TVN Group companies as well as a member of Supervisory Boards of ITI Neovision S.A. (operator of the “nc+” platform) and Onet S.A.

Marek Szydłowski specializes in the areas of law relating to the media sector companies, especially copyright law, advertisement law and the Internet law. He has an extensive knowledge of company law, capital market law and labor law. Graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw (1995). In 2001, registered on the list of legal advisers and in 2003 graduated with distinction Executive MBA studies in the School of Business at the Warsaw University of Technology. In 1993-1995 he worked in the legal and tax department of the international consulting company Coopers & Lybrand (currently part of PricewaterhouseCoopers), where he was responsible for tax and legal consultancy in terms of corporate law, merger and acquisition law and also securities law. In 1995-2000, he worked as a lawyer in CMS Cameron McKenna in Warsaw, where he was mainly responsible for consultancy in the field of corporate law, mergers and acquisition law, securities law as well as banking law. Between 2000-2002, he was a legal director and management board member at Provident Polska S.A., a company granting money loans. Apart from leading the legal unit, he supervised also the recovery department. In 2002-2009, he managed as the general counsel a 10-lawyer legal department in Agora, where he advised the management board on strategic matters and participated in every process of the acquisition transactions and joint venture as well as represented the company in the field of public affairs. He was responsible for the information duties of the public company and supervised the most strategic litigations of the company. Between 2005-2009, he was the vice-president of the management board of the Agora Foundation, a public benefit organization acting on behalf of Agora Group. In 2007-2009, he was representing Polish Chamber of Press Publishers in the European Newspaper Publishers’ Association (ENPA) which unites chambers of press publishers from 25 European countries and defends press publishers’ interests in the European institutions and international organizations; for instance, in relation to legislative proposals of the institutions of the European Union. Between 2009-2013, as Of Counsel in the Polish law firm Wardyński and Partners he was responsible for TMT and personal data protection practices . In 2010-2013, he was a member of Copyright Law Commission. He is a member of the Warsaw District Chamber of Legal Advisers. 

 

Member

Joseph Wancer

President of the Management
Board, Bank BGŻ 

Joseph Wancer, a citizen of Poland and the USA, began his career in banking in 1966 in Citibank of New York, where he worked for almost 25 years. He served as Vice President and held managerial positions in New York and at the bank’s branches in Japan, Austria, Great Britain and France.

Before coming to Poland, Joseph Wancer was an entrepreneur and worked for Citibank London as a consultant responsible for organizing and establishing Citi’s Representative Office in Warsaw. He was a co-founder of Citibank in Poland.

 

In Poland he began his career in 1991 as an adviser to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London and was mandated by the Polish-American Enterprise Fund to establish a new (agriculture) bank - Bank Rolno-Przemysłowy, which was later acquired by Rabobank Polska.

In the years 1993-1995 Wancer was Managing Director of Legler Polonia, an Italian textile manufacturing plant in Łódź.

He was appointed by the Minister of Finance as member of the Supervisory Board of Powszechny Bank Kredytowy, one of nine regional banks created from the structures of the National Bank of Poland. During 1995-2000 he was the President of Raiffeisen Centrobank in Warsaw, which he changed from a solely commercial bank with no branch network and a staff of 100 into a broader bank with retail banking, 700 employees, and a wide network of branches.

In March 2000 he became the President and CEO of the Management Board at Bank Przemysłowo-Handlowy in Kraków and remained in this position until 2010. He was responsible for strategies, integration, communication and internal audit. He oversaw a number of projects including integrating BPH with the culture of its strategic shareholder, the HVB Bank, prepared a merger with PBK and then managed the merger itself. This merger (both banks were listed at the time) was acclaimed by the financial market as the most successful in the Polish banking sector and Bank BPH received many awards for its execution.

 

During 2002-2007 he managed post-merger growth. Within these 6 years, BPH increased its net profits from circa PLN 320 mln to PLN 1.2 bln.

After the split in November 2007, Bank BPH, under the leadership of Wancer began to reconstruct its business and upon merging with GE Money Bank at the end of 2009 again became one of the top ten banks in Poland.

During 2010 - 2013 he was an Advisor to the Management Board at Deloitte, Poland.

In September 2013 he was elected President of the Management Board of Bank BGŻ.

Since 2008 Joseph has sat on the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Poland, in the years 2010-2014 he was a Chairman.

Honorary Chairman

Paul W. Jones

U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Poland

Ambassador Jones has a wide-ranging background in Europe. As Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs from 2013-15, he was responsible for all aspects of U.S. policy and operations in Europe, particularly Russia and Ukraine. He was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Vienna, Austria (2004-05) and also at the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia (1996-99). Jones served at the OSCE Mission in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1995, implementing the Dayton Peace Accords, as well as at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia (1992-94). In Washington, he was Director of the Office for South Central Europe and, previously, Desk Officer for the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. He served twice on the staff of the Secretary of State, as Director of the Secretariat Staff and in the 24-hour Operations Center.

Ambassador Jones’ service in Asia and South Asia has complemented his European focus. As U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia, 2010-13, he led significant growth in the U.S.-Malaysian relationship, becoming the first U.S. Ambassador to be conferred the honorary title of Dato’. When President Obama appointed the late Richard Holbrooke as U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Holbrooke named Jones as his Principal Deputy, serving concurrently as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs. Jones was Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, the Philippines (2005-09). Early in his career, he served in Bogota, Colombia.

Ambassador Jones is a career member of the State Department’s Senior Foreign Service. His awards include the Presidential Meritorious Service Award, the Robert C. Frasure Memorial Award for peace building, and several Superior Honor Awards. He speaks Spanish, Russian, and some Polish. He graduated from Cornell University and received master’s degrees from the University of Virginia and the Naval War College.

Paul W. Jones was confirmed by the United States Senate as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Poland on August 5, 2015, and sworn in by Secretary Kerry on September 11, 2015.

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