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CEO Profile: Krzysztof Pruszynski’s steely determination to succeed

By Jan Onghanseng
-    Sep 03, 2016
Credit : GMI Post

Group Pruszynski’s story began 31 years ago. Since then, with the same single-mindedness to grow and surmount every challenge, the family-owned company has become the largest provider of profiled steel sheets in Poland.

GMI Post recently met Group President Krzysztof Pruszynski and Piotr O. Korycki, management board proxy for implementation for the upcoming Poland 2016 Special Business Report to be published in Forbes Magazine. The executives gave their insights on the company’s prospects for the future and how its culture brought about success.

GMI: Being a large privately owned company, how would you describe the company’s growth over the years and its culture?

With Group Pruszynski President Krzysztof Pruszynski (center), Piotr O. Korycki (far left) and Mr. Pruszynki's son (far right)

Krzysztof Pruszynski: We are proud that we are a family-owned company. This gives us more flexibility, especially in the decision-making process that large corporations do not enjoy.

We have a close-knit company culture where our employees are appreciated and our staff turnover is low. The majority of our employees have been with the company for decades and this dedication is evident in the high quality of work they produce. This mindset and practice within the company is carried on to our clients, so our relationship with them crosses over to a more personal level. This DNA makes us want to continue innovating. It sets us apart.

GMI: What are the new aspects of your latest factory?

Piotr Korycki: Our main target sector is industrial clients, whose main need is sandwich panels. Lately, we foresee this sector’s huge potential given the ever-increasing demand everywhere.

Group Pruszynski’s newest factory produces sandwich panels in steel facings for walls and roofs using polyurethane as a core

Our new factory focuses on sandwich panels. Given our cooperation with several scientific institutes both local and overseas, we are able to produce scientifically advanced sandwich panels using polyurethane as a core. There are limited producers of this type because of its need for highly expensive technology. 

GMI: What are your company’s initiatives for the next few years? Is there any potential for international partnerships?

Pruszynski: Currently, our aim is to develop the entire company, from its product line to its brand. As a family-owned business and through our scientific collaborations, we are able to continue innovating and creating new products to meet market demand.

As a brand, there are challenges in entering the Western European market. To ease our entry and acceptance, we are acquiring small companies to project a local brand. For other instances, like in Iceland and Mexico we play a supplier role. While we have not really cemented a brand in those markets just yet, we hope to do so soon.

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