Zbigniew Mieczysław Sebastian – Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Zbigniew Mieczysław Sebastian graduated from the Wroclaw University of Technology. In 1978 he became a Doctor of Technical Sciences at the Wroclaw University of Technology. He started his career there in 1973 as a PhD student, later he became an assistant lecturer and assistant researcher and lecturer. In 1979-1980, he was a lecturer at the University of Missouri, USA. In 2001-2011 he worked as a lecturer in the State High Vocational School in Nysa. In 2008-2012, he was a Vice-Rector University of Business in Wroclaw. In 2003 he became a Member of the Scientific Council and in 2012 – the Rector of the International University of Logistics and Transport in Wrocław. In 1982 he was employed in a foreign enterprise in Poland, subsequently as: Production Manager, Assistant Director, Deputy Director of Export and Import, and Chief Executive. Since 1995 he has been the President of the Supervisory Board of FABRYKI MEBLI "FORTE" S.A., and since 1996 – the President of the Supervisory Board of Wrocławska Agencja Rozwoju Regionalnego S.A. In 1998-2003, he was a Member of the Supervisory Board of Wrocławski Park Technologiczny S.A. Since 1996, he has acted as the President of Lower Silesian Chamber of Commerce. In 1999-2009, he was a Member of the Presidium of Polish Chamber of Commerce, including acting in 2005-2009 as Vice-President of the Chamber, and, since 2009, he has been a Member of its Council. Member of the Social Economic Council by the Marshal of the Lower Silesia Province. Since 2003, he has acted as a member of the governing bodies of the Union of Elbe and Oder Chambers of Commerce with its seat in Berlin. Zbigniew Mieczysław Sebastian is an honorary Consul of Chile in Wroclaw. He passed an exam for candidates for members of supervisory boards of State Treasury companies certified by diploma No 4767/2002 issued by the Ministry of the State Treasury. Since 1995 is a member of the Supervisory Board of FABRYKI MEBLI “FORTE”S.A.
Prof. PhD. Eng. Jerzy Smardzewski obtained his Master Degree at the Faculty of Wood Technology of the Poznań University of Agriculture in 1986. In 1991 he received a title of Doctor of Technical Sciences, and subsequently in 1998 a Habilitation Degree of Forest Sciences in the scope of wood industry, wood technology and furniture industry. The scientific title of professor was obtained by him in 2002 and since 2008 he has been employed as professor at the Chair of Furniture Industry of the Poznań University of Life Sciences. He conducted transnational traineeships in Technische Universität Dresden (1989), Aristotele University of Tessaloniki (2007), Bartin University oraz Karabük University in Turkey (2012). Between 1997-2001 he was a Production Director at the futniture plant of Balma S.A., while in 2008 he became General Director of Furniture factory in Waza in Kostrzyń Wlkp. He performed the function of Vicedean of Studies at the Faculty of Wood Technology of University of Agriculture in Poznań in the years 2002-2005. He has performed the function of Furniture Industry Department Director since 2006. In 2015 he was a scholarship grantee of UMK in Toruń as visiting professor. He obtained fifteen awards from the rector of his home university for his scientific achievements. In 1996 he was awarded an Award from the Minister of Education and in 2000 an award of the Prime Minister. His scientific acquis covers in total over 370 publications and elaborations, including 7 handbooks and 12 patent applications.
Independent Member of the Supervisory Board.
An expert in the field of pension systems, asset management and capital markets. He has an investment advisor license (no. 136), is a real member of the Polish Association of Actuaries, a member of CFA Society Poland (CFA Charterholder). A graduate of the Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering at the Warsaw University of Technology (1985). He started his professional career as an assistant at the home department of the Warsaw University of Technology (1985-1990), then he worked at the Ministry of Finance (Department of Financial Institutions) and Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (Department of Monetary Economy). For many years (1993-2016) professionally involved with the Commercial Union Polska group (now Aviva Polska), holding positions in the Financial Department of Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń na Życie: accountant (6 month internship), Financial Vice-Director (12 months), Vice-Director responsible for Investments (Investment Director - 1995-1998). During this period, he established the principles of the investment process, developed a methodology for running the Guaranteed Fund and built a leading investment team. He started working for Commercial Union PTE (1999) as the Vice-President of the Management Board - Investment Director. He built a 10-person team of the Investment Department responsible for managing the assets of the largest open investment fund. In 2001, appointed as the President of the Management Board of PTE, he supervised the Fund's sales, marketing and investment activities. He managed the work of the Investment Committee and the Strategic Committee of the Society. Member of the Audit Committee of the Chamber of Commerce of Pension Societies (IGTE). He actively participated in the work on introducing the principles of Corporate Governance on the Polish capital market (as a member of the Polish Institute of Directors). During his professional career, he completed an educational programme leading to ACCA qualifications by passing all 14 exams, completed Executive Management Development courses organised by Ashridge Management School, CEDEP (Fontainebleau), Columbia University and Wharton School of Business (over 13 weeks).
Independent member of Supervisory Boards: Ipopema Securities, Ipopema TFI and NFI Octava.
A graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics, Faculty of International Trade. He has a stockbroker license. He started his professional career at the Brokerage House of Powszechny Bank Kredytowy S.A. holding the following positions: Inspector, Specialist, Stockbroker. Then he worked for XI Narodowy Fundusz Inwestycyjny S.A. in Warsaw as Analyst and Investment Director for three years. In the years 1999-2002 and 2007-2009, he was associated with Trinity Management Sp. z o.o. managing the assets of Jupiter Narodowy Fundusz Inwestycyjny S.A. 2002-2004 – Director of the Leading Companies Department at PZU NFI Management sp. o.o. In 2005, he was the Vice-President of the Management Board for financial matters at Zakłady Elektrotechniki Motoryzacyjnej ZELMOT S.A., in the years 2007-2012 – President of the Management Board of Auto-Centrum Puławska sp. o.o., from May 2013 to August 2014 – Vice-President of the Management Board of Energiosynergia Technologie sp. o.o. Independent member of Supervisory Boards representing financial investors in the following companies: MPL GROUP S.A., PE Inwestycje sp. o.o., Deutsche Securities S.A., Seco-Warwick S.A.
Chief Financial Officer with many years of experience in demanding sectors, such as consumer goods, pharmaceutical, chemical and financial sector, both in Poland and in the UK. He managed change by setting goals, team leadership and efficient communication. In particular, he has extensive experience in creation and development of financial departments, operational integration and restructuring as well as creation of modern solutions for departments such as: accounting, IT, purchasing, logistics and customer service. A graduate of the Faculty of Foreign Trade at the Main School of Planning and Statistics – currently the Warsaw School of Economics. From 2017 Member of the Supervisory Board of FABRYKI MEBLI "FORTE" S.A. An independent Member of the Supervisory Board.