With more than 20 years of experience in turnarounds and restructurings, Mr. Bartczak began his career in 1994 at Accenture in London and Warsaw. He was advising financial services clients on their back-office reorganization and IT systems related issues and on Polish market entry strategies. He also led a massive performance improvement for a leading food retailer in Poland.
Most recently, Mr. Bartczak was the CEO of a distressed €100million Polish DIY retailer. The operational restructuring turned the operations around and resulted in strong growth in both sales and profits (over 50% growth in like-for-like terms), driven by assortment changes, improvements in supply chain, store operations and IT system support. Strong market headwinds forced the company into a court administered financial restructuring which Mr. Bartczak led until March 2015.
Prior to this, Mr. Bartczak worked for Carlsberg Breweries, where he held a number of senior executive roles (Vice President Operations Carlsberg Poland, CEO of Carlsberg Serbia, Vice President Western Europe at Carlsberg Breweries A / S and CEO of Carlsberg Italia).
Mr. Bartczak previously served as the CEO of a leading Polish aluminum group. In this role, he led a successful restructuring of this integrated business that comprised of an aluminum smelter, foundry, rolling mill and wire rod production. A key highlight of this engagement includes returning the business to overall profitability and increased production by almost 50%. He also turned around and completed a massive investment project in new rolling mills and upgrades of infrastructure, which had encountered serious delays and technological challenges.
Mr. Bartczak earned a master's degree in electronic engineering and a postgraduate diploma in business administration from the Technical University of Łódź. He also studied Manufacturing and Engineering Management at Strathclyde University, Glasgow. A Polish national, he is fluent in English, can communicate in Russian and possesses a very basic knowledge of Serbo-Croatian.