The Central and Eastern European Forum 2018

Krzysztof Walenczak

Chief Country Officer - Poland

Societe Generale Corporate and Investment Banking


Krzysztof Walenczak was appointed to the position of chief country officer of the Polish branch of Societe Generale Corporate and Investment Banking in May 2012. Krzysztof Walenczak has extensive experience in international banking. He also has long-standing ties with the world of capital markets. From August 2010 until December 2011, he was an undersecretary of state in the Polish ministry of treasury. As deputy minister, Krzysztof Walenczak was in charge of the national policy regarding the development of capital markets. He was also responsible for privatisation transactions on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE), where he executed most of the 20 largest privatisations in Poland’s history with total proceeds of over USD 10bn. He began cooperation with the ministry of treasury as its investment banking advisor in the dispute with Eureko over PZU, Poland’s largest insurer, and then was appointed chief economic advisor to the minister of treasury. At that time, Krzysztof Walenczak had already been an experienced investment banker. He started his career in the banking sector with Lehman Brothers, first in New York (2002 until 2007), and then in London (2008). He specialised in mergers and acquisitions, capital issues and restructuring of companies from the banking, insurance and specialty finance sectors. He transferred to London with the task to expand Lehman’s focus on Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Kazakhstan. He was responsible for investment banking projects implemented with regional banks, insurance companies and a stock exchange. In 2008, he joined Nomura International. Before his career in investment banking, Krzysztof Walenczak worked in the financial institutions department at Arthur Andersen in New York, Frankfurt and Mexico City. Krzysztof Walenczak graduated from Harvard University, Harvard Business School, with master’s degree in business and administration (MBA). He also graduated “summa cum laude” from the City University of New York, where he received bachelor’s degree in business administration (BBA).

 


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