SELECTION COMMITTEE

Composition of the Investment Committee

Paweł Surówka

  • Non-Voting Selection Committee Member
  • CEO of PZU SA 
  • Chief Investment Officer (CIO) overseeing all investment activities of PZU
  • Joined PZU in 2016

Graduation: Ludwig Maximilian Universität (LMU) in Munich, Universitẻ Paris I Panthẻon Sorbonne and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). Financial advisor at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Member of the Management Board of Boryszew S.A., the Office Director in charge of automotive sector development, and the CEO of the subsidiaries from the automotive sector. During his time spent in Boryszew Group, he was responsible for strategic and operational management and supervision over budget policy of the motor sector. His activities covered preparation and implementation of a business strategy for automotive area. Moreover, he was responsible for mergers and acquisitions performed as a part of expansion policy and disinvestment of Boryszew Group. He also led restructuring processes of the companies from motor sector. Until January 2016, he was an advisor to the CEO of PKO Bank Polski S.A., and the Director of Corporate Banking and Investments in Germany responsible for opening the first foreign corporate branch of PKO Bank Polski. His activities covered also counseling and financial processing for the largest corporate clients of PKO Bank Polski concerning their expansion and foreign operations. He is fluent in English, French and German. In PZU Group, he is in charge of investments.

Paweł Surówka

  • Non-Voting Selection Committee Member
  • CEO of PZU SA 
  • Chief Investment Officer (CIO) overseeing all investment activities of PZU
  • Joined PZU in 2016

Graduation: Ludwig Maximilian Universität (LMU) in Munich, Universitẻ Paris I Panthẻon Sorbonne and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). Financial advisor at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Member of the Management Board of Boryszew S.A., the Office Director in charge of automotive sector development, and the CEO of the subsidiaries from the automotive sector. During his time spent in Boryszew Group, he was responsible for strategic and operational management and supervision over budget policy of the motor sector. His activities covered preparation and implementation of a business strategy for automotive area. Moreover, he was responsible for mergers and acquisitions performed as a part of expansion policy and disinvestment of Boryszew Group. He also led restructuring processes of the companies from motor sector. Until January 2016, he was an advisor to the CEO of PKO Bank Polski S.A., and the Director of Corporate Banking and Investments in Germany responsible for opening the first foreign corporate branch of PKO Bank Polski. His activities covered also counseling and financial processing for the largest corporate clients of PKO Bank Polski concerning their expansion and foreign operations. He is fluent in English, French and German. In PZU Group, he is in charge of investments.

Tomasz Mrowczyk

  • Selection Committee member in Witelo
  • Head of Structured Investments Department
  • Joined PZU in 2011

Tomasz Mrowczyk is Head of Structured Investments Department at PZU Group, managing portfolios across corporate debt and private equity with AuM exceeding EUR 1.5 billion. He was instrumental in creation and implementation of transformational change in PZU’s approach to its proprietary book after PZU IPO in 2010. Tomasz led Group’s investments in global private equity fund of funds programs and also chairs the Witelo Selection Committee. Tomasz has been involved with the financial market for over 10 years. He started his professional career at Warsaw branch of Ernst & Young Corporate Finance. Tomasz graduated from University of Economics in Katowice and holds CFA, CAIA and MBA designations.

Tomasz Mrowczyk

  • Selection Committee member in Witelo
  • Head of Structured Investments Department
  • Joined PZU in 2011

Tomasz Mrowczyk is Head of Structured Investments Department at PZU Group, managing portfolios across corporate debt and private equity with AuM exceeding EUR 1.5 billion. He was instrumental in creation and implementation of transformational change in PZU’s approach to its proprietary book after PZU IPO in 2010. Tomasz led Group’s investments in global private equity fund of funds programs and also chairs the Witelo Selection Committee. Tomasz has been involved with the financial market for over 10 years. He started his professional career at Warsaw branch of Ernst & Young Corporate Finance. Tomasz graduated from University of Economics in Katowice and holds CFA, CAIA and MBA designations.

Arkadiusz Stachecki

  • Selection Committee member
  • Director of Risk Department at PZU
  • Joined PZU in 2002

Graduation: University of Lodz Faculty of Economics and Sociology. For 20 years, he manages investment risk in the polish financial institutions. For the first six years he was a market risk manager in Bank Handlowy SA (member of Citigroup Inc.). He was responsible for implementations of fund transfer pricing and the management of the following types of risk: interest rate risk (banking book and trading book), fx risk, equity risk, settlement and pre-settlement risk. Since 2002 he works in PZU Groups. Initially as Groups Treasurer he was responsible for assets and liabilities management and strategic asset management. Six years ago he initiated and implemented of integrated risk management process in the PZU Group. Currently he manages market, credit, actuarial and operational risk in the PZU Group. He is fluent in English.

Arkadiusz Stachecki

  • Selection Committee member
  • Director of Risk Department at PZU
  • Joined PZU in 2002

Graduation: University of Lodz Faculty of Economics and Sociology. For 20 years, he manages investment risk in the polish financial institutions. For the first six years he was a market risk manager in Bank Handlowy SA (member of Citigroup Inc.). He was responsible for implementations of fund transfer pricing and the management of the following types of risk: interest rate risk (banking book and trading book), fx risk, equity risk, settlement and pre-settlement risk. Since 2002 he works in PZU Groups. Initially as Groups Treasurer he was responsible for assets and liabilities management and strategic asset management. Six years ago he initiated and implemented of integrated risk management process in the PZU Group. Currently he manages market, credit, actuarial and operational risk in the PZU Group. He is fluent in English.

Marek Dietl

  • Independent Selection Committee member

Dr Marek Dietl is one of the countrys best expert in the field of government support for innovations and especially venture capital. Currently, Marek is a Chairman of Supervisory Board of the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) and experts commission’s head for selection of Fund-of-(deep tech) Funds managers for National Centre for Research & Development (NCRD) – total allocation is EUR 225m.

Marek combines business expertise with a strong theoretical background. In the years 2006-2008, Marek was involved as a Supervisory Board Member in the largest (at this time) government sponsored Seed/VC fund. Next, Marek joined National Capital Fund (KFK), the CEE-largest Fund-of-VC Funds. As an investment manager, Marek invested in Giza Polish Venture I – most successful VC fund in Poland. As a deputy investment director, Marek raised and deployed CHF 53m from Swiss government into five VC funds. After leaving KFK, Marek was sitting on the supervisory boards/investment committees of three VC funds. Marek shared his thoughts on VCs as author of chapters in three books including one published by Macmillan.

Marek’s business expertise goes beyond the VC world. He has been sitting on supervisory boards of fifteen companies (not counting VC funds) ranging from start-ups/spin-offs to key Polish financial institutions. Marek has been working in the international consulting firm. He has passed all levels from intern (1999) to the manager and finally a proxy (until 2008).

Marek frequently undertakes academic, community and expert role. He is an assistant professor at the Warsaw School of Economics. Marek had also longer academic fellowships at the University of Glasgow and University of Essex. He was voluntary adviser to the Presidents of Energy Regulatory Body (2007-10). Marek was also a mediator at the arbitration court of the financial supervision commission (2008-13), an expert of the think-tank 'Institute Sobieskiego' and employers’ association Business Centre Club. Currently, Marek is a voluntary economic adviser to the President of Republic of Poland.

Marek Dietl

  • Independent Selection Committee member

Dr Marek Dietl is one of the countrys best expert in the field of government support for innovations and especially venture capital. Currently, Marek is a Chairman of Supervisory Board of the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) and experts commission’s head for selection of Fund-of-(deep tech) Funds managers for National Centre for Research & Development (NCRD) – total allocation is EUR 225m.

Marek combines business expertise with a strong theoretical background. In the years 2006-2008, Marek was involved as a Supervisory Board Member in the largest (at this time) government sponsored Seed/VC fund. Next, Marek joined National Capital Fund (KFK), the CEE-largest Fund-of-VC Funds. As an investment manager, Marek invested in Giza Polish Venture I – most successful VC fund in Poland. As a deputy investment director, Marek raised and deployed CHF 53m from Swiss government into five VC funds. After leaving KFK, Marek was sitting on the supervisory boards/investment committees of three VC funds. Marek shared his thoughts on VCs as author of chapters in three books including one published by Macmillan.

Marek’s business expertise goes beyond the VC world. He has been sitting on supervisory boards of fifteen companies (not counting VC funds) ranging from start-ups/spin-offs to key Polish financial institutions. Marek has been working in the international consulting firm. He has passed all levels from intern (1999) to the manager and finally a proxy (until 2008).

Marek frequently undertakes academic, community and expert role. He is an assistant professor at the Warsaw School of Economics. Marek had also longer academic fellowships at the University of Glasgow and University of Essex. He was voluntary adviser to the Presidents of Energy Regulatory Body (2007-10). Marek was also a mediator at the arbitration court of the financial supervision commission (2008-13), an expert of the think-tank 'Institute Sobieskiego' and employers’ association Business Centre Club. Currently, Marek is a voluntary economic adviser to the President of Republic of Poland.

Marcin Emilewicz

  • Independent Selection Committee member

Marcin is currently a Manager and Adviser to the Board in Strategy and Development Department in Grupa Azoty SA. He conducts monitoring and analysis of the business environment in the area of Public Affairs, preparation of a concept for a new organisational unit in the structure of Grupa Azoty. In 2004-2010 Marcin was Political Adviser in the European Parliament following several committees eg. Budgets, Policy Challenges and Budgetary Means of the enlarged Union 2007-2013, Employment and Social Affairs, Regional Development. Marcin was also Junior Lecturer in Europan Political Philosophy at Tischner European University in Cracow and worked in Marketing Department in TUiR Allianz. In years 2000-2001 he was an adviser to Political Cabinet in Ministry Of Culture and National Heritage. Marcin Graduated from the Jagiellonian University in Cracov and done postgraduate studies in Business Management in Cracow school of Business, Cracow University of Economics.

Marcin Emilewicz

  • Independent Selection Committee member

Marcin is currently a Manager and Adviser to the Board in Strategy and Development Department in Grupa Azoty SA. He conducts monitoring and analysis of the business environment in the area of Public Affairs, preparation of a concept for a new organisational unit in the structure of Grupa Azoty. In 2004-2010 Marcin was Political Adviser in the European Parliament following several committees eg. Budgets, Policy Challenges and Budgetary Means of the enlarged Union 2007-2013, Employment and Social Affairs, Regional Development. Marcin was also Junior Lecturer in Europan Political Philosophy at Tischner European University in Cracow and worked in Marketing Department in TUiR Allianz. In years 2000-2001 he was an adviser to Political Cabinet in Ministry Of Culture and National Heritage. Marcin Graduated from the Jagiellonian University in Cracov and done postgraduate studies in Business Management in Cracow school of Business, Cracow University of Economics.

Roman Pałac

  • Selection Committee Member 
  • CEO of PZU Życie SA 
  • Joined PZU in 2016

Roman Pałac – Member of the Management Board of PZU Życie and Director in PZU Group since 29 January 2016. Graduate from Economy at Warsaw School of Economics. He earned the title of Master of Business Administration (MBA) at London Business School along with the dean’s award for the best graduates. He has many years of experience in financial services in Poland and abroad. In 2003-2007, he worked as a Project Manager in the World Bank where he was responsible for preparing and coordinating the implementation of borrowing programs that were aimed to introduce policies to improve energy efficiency in the CEE countries. He coordinated also the works on a coal industry reform in Poland. In 2009-2016, he had been associated with The Boston Consulting Group, where he has held the position of a Junior Partner and was responsible for insurance and banking consulting e.g. in the following fields: motor claims handling, organizational changes, business strategy creation, and intensification of sales operations. He took part in several bank mergers where he acted as an expert. In PZU Group, he is in charge of Claims Handling and Benefits. Roman has multiple experience in supporting private equity firms in due diligence and processes of potential acquisitions. Roman Led several transaction when in world bank, is Member of credit committee at PZU.

Roman Pałac

  • Selection Committee Member 
  • CEO of PZU Życie SA 
  • Joined PZU in 2016

Roman Pałac – Member of the Management Board of PZU Życie and Director in PZU Group since 29 January 2016. Graduate from Economy at Warsaw School of Economics. He earned the title of Master of Business Administration (MBA) at London Business School along with the dean’s award for the best graduates. He has many years of experience in financial services in Poland and abroad. In 2003-2007, he worked as a Project Manager in the World Bank where he was responsible for preparing and coordinating the implementation of borrowing programs that were aimed to introduce policies to improve energy efficiency in the CEE countries. He coordinated also the works on a coal industry reform in Poland. In 2009-2016, he had been associated with The Boston Consulting Group, where he has held the position of a Junior Partner and was responsible for insurance and banking consulting e.g. in the following fields: motor claims handling, organizational changes, business strategy creation, and intensification of sales operations. He took part in several bank mergers where he acted as an expert. In PZU Group, he is in charge of Claims Handling and Benefits. Roman has multiple experience in supporting private equity firms in due diligence and processes of potential acquisitions. Roman Led several transaction when in world bank, is Member of credit committee at PZU.

Rafał Ryba

Rafał Ryba works as an Investment Director in Structured Investments Department at PZU Group, responsible for origination, structuring and negotiations of project finance, LBO and leveraged lending debt transactions as well as equity transactions. Rafał has 15 years of experience on the capital markets, joined PZU Group in 2013. Previously worked in Investment Banking and Structured Finance Department in Bank Pekao SA, private equity fund Julius Baer and in Ernst&Young Corporate Finance transaction advisory practice.

Rafał graduated from the Poznań University of Economics, in 2003 obtained the CFA designation.

Rafał Ryba

Rafał Ryba works as an Investment Director in Structured Investments Department at PZU Group, responsible for origination, structuring and negotiations of project finance, LBO and leveraged lending debt transactions as well as equity transactions. Rafał has 15 years of experience on the capital markets, joined PZU Group in 2013. Previously worked in Investment Banking and Structured Finance Department in Bank Pekao SA, private equity fund Julius Baer and in Ernst&Young Corporate Finance transaction advisory practice.

Rafał graduated from the Poznań University of Economics, in 2003 obtained the CFA designation.