Management

The Management Board of Metropolis GZM is an executive body responsible for the ongoing performance of tasks for which GZM has been established. It consists of five people – the Chairperson, two Deputies and two other Management Board Members. The Management Board is elected by members of the Metropolis Assembly, i.e. representatives of 41 cities and communes. The candidates must obtain a double majority of votes. This means that at least half of the delegates representing more than half of the metropolitan population must vote for them. Metropolis GZM applies the “gentlemen’s principle”, according to which the five-member Board includes a representative of each of the five subregions of the Metropolis, namely the Katowice, Sosnowiec, Bytom, Tychy and Gliwice subregions.Kazimierz Karolczak, Chair of the Management Board of Metropolis GZM, the first institutionalised metropolis in Poland. Coordinates work connected with performance of the statutory tasks of the Metropolis: formation of spatial order, social and economic development, development and integration of collective public transport, as well as promotion. Before that, he served as the Deputy Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship, where he was responsible for matters related to the European Social Fund, environmental protection and the economy, as well as sport and tourism, among others. In the years 1999–2003, he conducted business activity, and then in 2003 he founded one of the first employment agencies in Poland – WORKER Sp. z o.o., which soon became one of the largest companies in its line of business. In 2005, he became the founding member and Deputy Chair of the Association of Employment Agencies (Polish: Stowarzyszenie Agencji Zatrudnienia, SAZ), which is now the largest employers’ trade organisation in Poland for employment agencies specialising in provision of selected HR services. In 2007, he sold his shares in the company. Until 2010, he held the position of member of the management board and managing director, introducing the investor onto the Polish market. Kazimierz Karolczak graduated from the Faculty of Technology at the University of Silesia. He also completed a Postgraduate Managerial Study Course at the Warsaw School of EconomicsGrzegorz Podlewski, Deputy Chair of the Management Board of Metropolis GZM, where he is responsible for matters related to socio-economic development and cooperation. He has worked in the power sector for years now. In the years 2008–2016, he held the post of President of the state-owned Niedzica Hydroelectric Power Plant Complex. The decisions made in the years when he managed the company enabled the generation of record profits, which in the years 2009, 2010 and 2012 helped it rank 11th, 7th and 15th on the List of Companies Wholly-Owned by the State Treasury. Between July 2016 and the end of 2017, he cooperated with the Tychy Municipal Office, where he was responsible for advisory in the field of energy; he also represented the city in the Electromobility Programme. He worked as adviser to the management board at a Polish regional office of Tavrida Electric Polska, a company which designs and manufactures equipment used in power generation. Grzegorz Podlewski graduated from the Silesian University of Technology, where he studied Organisation and Management, as well as completed a postgraduate course at the University of Silesia (legal aspects of international trade). He is also a member of the Social Council at the Faculty of Energy and Fuels of the AGH University of Science and Technology as well as a member of the Association of Hydroelectric Power Plants.Danuta Kamińska, Deputy Chair of the Management Board of Metropolis GZM. Supervises the work of the Department of Spatial Strategy and Policy. In the years 2001–2017, she was the Treasurer of the City of Katowice. Before that, she worked at BUDIMEX International Trade Headquarters, as well as conducted her own business activity. Furthermore, for many years she has been involved in social activities for the local government – in particular, she was a long-time member of the Public Finance System Team at the Joint Commission of the Government and the Local Government and chaired the Committee of Treasurers of the Union of Polish Metropolises. A respected lecturer and organiser of many conferences, as well as participant of country-wide meetings as an expert on public finance, author and co-author of articles on public finance. Danuta Kamińska was awarded the Golden Cross of Merit and the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta by the President of the Republic of Poland. She graduated from the University of Economics in Katowice and from Kozminski University in Warsaw, where she completed a postgraduate course and obtained her MBA degree.Grzegorz Kwitek, Member of the Management Board of Metropolis GZM, where he is responsible for matters related to transport and communications as well as public procurement. He also supervises the work of the Metropolitan Transport Authority (Polish: Zarząd Transportu Metropolitalnego, ZTM) – an organisational unit of the Metropolis GZM which has been the organiser of collective transport in the Metropolis since 1 January 2019 and has integrated three communication unions which used to operate separately. In the years 2016–2017, he was the director of the Municipal Office in Gliwice, simultaneously working as the head of the Public Procurement Department since 2013. As the director, he was responsible for the proper functioning of the Office. His creativity helped to create uniform utilities used in the process of awarding public contracts by all municipal units. He initiated a number of activities aimed at reducing current expenditure, which included organising joint procurement and coordination of telecommunications investments. He graduated from the Faculty of Management of the University of Economics in Katowice. He also completed a postgraduate course in the field of public procurement at the Silesian University of Technology.Jacek Brzezinka, Member of the Management Board of Metropolis GZM. A resident of Bytom with experience in managerial and local government work. After graduating from the Silesian University of Technology, he spent several years working for private companies in managerial positions. He has gained his experience in public activity at the local government of Bytom, serving as a councillor and twice as the deputy chair of the city council. In the years 2007–2015, he served as an MP for the Sejm of the Republic of Poland, and was a member of the commissions for public finance, local government and regional policy, digitisation and administration, as well as the special commission for limiting bureaucracy. In addition, he was the chairman of the standing subcommittee for control of budget implementation. Co-author of the act on the metropolitan county, which was adopted in 2015. In the years 2016-2018, he was an adviser to the Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship. He represented the local government in the expert team developing the “Agreement on the Integrated Development Policy of the Silesian Voivodeship”. He was also a member of the Steering Committee of “Programme for Silesia”.