Heads the Polish Confederation Lewiatan
Henryka Bochniarz, born in Swiebodzin 1947, Poland
Henryka Bochniarz heads the Polish Confederation Lewiatan, the largest organization of private sector employers in Poland. She is a member of the Council of Presidents of BUSINESSEUROPE, the largest and most prominent confederation of employers in the European Union, and a member of the Enterprise and Industry Advisory Group, a consultative committee advising the European Commission. Since 2002, she has served as Deputy Chair of the Polish Tripartite Commission for Social and Economic Affairs and has played an active role in the dialogue between the government, employers’ and trade unions organizations.
She has been the President for Central and Eastern Europe Region of Boeing Co. since June 2006 and has been its Head of Central and Eastern Europe Region Office in Warsaw since February 15, 2007. Mrs. Bochniarz represents Boeing Co.’s business interests and coordinates business activities in Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. She serves as a member of supervisory boards at UniCredit S.p.A and TP SA. In the past also at Commercial Union, TVN, Lukas Bank SA, Aviva, Agora SA, BRE Bank SA, LUX MED.
Graduated with MS in Economics from Foreign Trade Faculty, Warsaw School of Economic (SGH) in 1971. Received Ph.D. in economics from the Foreign Trade Research Institute (IKC), and became also certified advisor in management. Almost twenty years (1971-90) she performed her career as an academic lecturer and researcher at the Foreign Trade Research Institute. She was awarded with the Fulbright scholarship and spent two years doing research and teaching at the University of Minnesota (1985-87).
Activities in Poland
In 1990 Ms. Bochniarz founded the NICOM Consulting, one of the first consulting companies in Poland. Shortly after, she initiated and became the first president of the Association of Economic Consultants in Poland. In 1991 the Polish Prime Minister Jan Krzysztof Bielecki invited her to become the Minister of Industry and Trade consolidating two previously separated ministries. In the ministerial capacities she was responsible for restructuring and privatisation over 7000 Polish firms. After her public service she came back to consulting business facilitating the transformational reforms, particularly the largest privatization projects in Poland. The business community, recognizing her role in transforming the Polish economy, elected her to chair the Polish Business Roundtable in 1996-99 – the representatives of the top 50 companies in Poland. In that capacity, she organized a universal association for all private firms – the Polish Confederation of Private Employers Lewiatan, and became its first President. This is a non-governmental organisation which serves as private business representative in the Polish constitutional body – the Tripartity Commission on Social and Economic Issues along with trade union and government representatives. Since the establishing of this Commission she is its Vice-chairperson. Dr. Bochniarz used to co-chairing the Committee of Good Practices – a non-governmental organization representing businesses committed to the implementation of a voluntary Code of Good Practices.
Currently she is a member of the Council of Presidents of BUSINESSEUROPE, the largest and most important employers’ organisation in the European Union. In 2011, joined the pan-European think-tank – European Council on Foreign Relations.
Since 2000 she used to be a member of the Enterprise Policy Group at the European Commission, advising on economic policy of the European Union. Dr. Bochniarz participated also in the works of BIAC – The Business and Industry Advisory Committee, an advisory organisation to OECD, which represents groups of entrepreneurs from OECD member states. For almost ten years she had been a member of Private Sector Advisory Group established by the World Bank and OECD focusing on corporate governance and anti-corruption. Since 2000, she has chaired the Polish Japanese Economic Committee, striving to develop Polish Japanese economic cooperation.
In June 2005, Dr. Bochniarz was nominated by the Democratic Party its Candidate for the office of the President of the Republic of Poland, run good campaign and received the strongest support from the best educated constituencies in Poland.
Dr. Bochniarz is very active in the public life. She is originator of the European Forum for New Ideas, international congress of business communities, economists and experts from the world of culture and politics devoted to seek meaningful solutions to the most fundamental economic, political and civilizational problems facing Europe. First edition of the Forum held in Sopot (north Poland) was organized on the occasion of the Polish Presidency of the EU Council. In 2013, third edition was held under the banner “Where to now, Europe? How to renew the Old Continent?” and gathered guest from all over the world, among others: Mario Monti, prof. Zygmunt Bauman, Lech Walesa, Gunter Verheugen, dr. Benjamin Barber, Ivan Krastev, Guy Sorman, Jose Ignacio Torreblanca.
She initiated and co-founded of the Nike Literary Prize in Poland in 1997 – the most prestigious award for Polish literature. She is a co-founder and a vice-chairperson of the Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz Arts Foundation assisting the Witkacy theatre in Zakopane, Poland. Dr. Bochniarz has established and donated the initial endowment for the ‘Prymus’ Foundation promoting and providing equal educational opportunities for children in rural areas. She also participated in the works of the Junior Achievement Foundation, established to prepare children and youth to live in the conditions of market economy and civil society.
Ms. Bochniarz is a strong supporter of rising presence of women in business and political life. At the 20th anniversary of democratic transformation in Poland co-founded the Congress of Women, which became an important social movement and initiated the parity legislation in Poland. She is the Polish advocate of the EU project “Equality pays off” aiming to better use of female talent pool.
For her numerous public and business achievements, it is worthy to mention such as the national Andrzej Bączkowski Award (2003) for extraordinary contribution to development of social dialogue in Poland and activities beyond political differences; prestigious Kisiel Prize (1998) for independent thinking and entrepreneurship. In 2004, the President of the Republic of Poland awarded her the Commodore Cross of the Order of “Polonia Restituta”. She was also decorated with the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun, Golden and Silver Star. In 2012, placed on the list of the 50 Most Influential Poles by “Wprost” magazine.
Publications and public education
Dr. Bochniarz wrote numerous articles, gave hundreds of interviews and presentations focusing on economic and fiscal policies, international economic relations and trade, economic restructuring and privatization, European integration and global markets, Polish Government and EU policies, on opportunities and threats to sustainable economic development, corporate governance, liberalization, populism, government and business performance, and on social dialogue and compact. In 2003, together with Jacek Santorski, she wrote a book titled Bądź sobą i wygraj – 10 podpowiedzi dla aktywnej kobiety (Be yourself and win – ten hints for an active woman).
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