Yesterday, Rzeczpospolita daily announced its Top 500 ranking for the 17thtime. NEWAG S.A., which received recognition for its investments, was among those awarded. Zbigniew Konieczek, President of Newag S.A. received the award on behalf of the Company.
Top 500 Gala
“This is the 17th edition of the ranking which is very important for the economy. Top 500 is the best mirror of Polish economy,” said Bogusław Chrabota, editor-in-chief of Rzeczpospolita, in his opening address. “We, at Rzeczpospolita are not only your staunched supporters, we simply believe in you,” he said to the winners.
“This is an especially pleasant event for me. Rzeczpospolita is the newspaper which I open first thing in the morning,” said Ilona Antoniszyn-Klik, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Economy. Rzeczpospolita is the newspaper which knows how to appreciate value. I understand the company value as the value of its investments, export as well as the value of sums paid by these companies to the state budget. Therefore, in truth, Mateusz Szczurek, Minister of Finance should be here instead of me,” she stated.
Zbigniew Jagiełło, President of PKO Bank Polski, while receiving his award, said that he did not read Rzeczpospolita in the morning because he focused on newspapers in the evenings.
Włodzimierz Karpiński, the Minister of the State Treasury, emphasized in his speech that the Top 500 is the register of a dynamically developing economy. “ I would like to thank the management of the companies because we need to pay tribute to the diligent and entrepreneurial,’ said the Minister. “I, in turn, read Rzeczpospolita in the morning and fall asleep with it at night,” he added jokingly.
Prof. Witold Orłowski, the Chairman of the Contest Jury, while describing the methodology used in the ranking, emphasized that the Jury scrutinised several factors reflecting companies’ dynamics and efficiency as well as the stability of results achieved by them.
“Traditionally, we have granted “the Rzeczpospolita Eagle” to three companies. The award in the financial institutions category went to PZU – “the Eagle” was collected by Przemysław Dąbrowski, Member of the Board of PZU. Valeo Group Poland became the best industrial company. The automotive concern was represented at the ceremony by Marek Potoczny, Director for Domestic Public Funds and Industrial Projects. “The Eagle” went to CCC in the category of the infrastructure, trading and service companies.
The second time in a row, we awarded these companies that pay the highest taxes to the state budget. PKO Bank Polski was awarded “the Budget Pillar” in the financial institutions group whereas PGE is the winner in the non-financial institutions group. The awards were received by Zbigniew Jagiełło, President of PKO BP and Andrzej Stangret, Director of Corporate Communications Department at PGE, respectively.
The Jury granted four distinctions. Polenergia, a listed power industry group, was awarded for its debut on Top 500; the award was received by its President, Zbigniew Prokopowicz. Forte, a furniture manufacturer , was awarded for its export results; the award was received by Mariusz Gazda, Member of the Board. Alumet, a casting alloys manufacturer, represented by Przemysław Grzybek, member of the Board, was awarded in the employers category. Newag, a rolling stock manufacturer, was awarded for its investments. Zbigniew Konieczek, Newag’s President, received the award on behalf of the company.
As before, PKN Orlen was the leader of the Top 500. Last year, the oil concern generated the income to the tune of PLN 106.8 billion. Marek Podstawa, PKN Orlen’s Member of the Board for Sales, received the award on behalf of the company. Jeronimo Martins Poland, the owner of Biedronka supermarket chain, came second. The award was received by Nuno Sereno, Member of the Board. Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo – PGNiG came third with the concern being represented at the gala by Zbigniew Skrzypkiewicz, PGNiG Deputy President.