Daniel Obajtek has served as President of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer of PKN ORLEN since February 6th 2018. From 2017 to February 2018, he was President of the Management Board of the Energa Group. In 2017, Energa S.A.’s net profit soared fivefold, and the company was named Company of the Year within the WIG20 blue-chip index, while its stock price jumped 38%. In 2016–2017, heading the Agency for Restructuring and Modernisation of Agriculture, Mr Obajtek streamlined the processes related to disbursement of billions of złotys worth of EU and national funds and optimised the cost of the Agency’s operations. From July 2016 to February 2018, he was a member of the Supervisory Board of LOTOS Biopaliwa.
As President of the Management Board of PKN ORLEN, Mr Obajtek has determinedly pursued the mission of turning it into a multi-utility business. In February 2018, he embarked on a process to acquire control of Grupa LOTOS, Poland’s second largest oil refiner. The transaction is to result in a single strong player, capable of competing on foreign markets. Around the middle of 2018, PKN ORLEN launched its largest ever capex projects under the Petrochemicals Development Programme. In parallel, growth capex projects were brought under way at other ORLEN Group companies, involving fertilizer capacity expansion at ANWIL of Włocławek and construction of an eco-friendly glycol unit at ORLEN Południe.
In December 2019, PKN ORLEN under Mr Obajtek’s stewardship initiated a process to acquire the Energa Group, which took just four months to complete, making it one of the fastest processes of this kind in Poland. The transaction benefits both companies, while furthering PKN ORLEN’s strategic plans to develop zero- and low-carbon energy sources.
In July 2020, Daniel Obajtek and the Minister of State Assets Jacek Sasin signed a Letter of Intent paving the way for the acquisition by PKN ORLEN of the PGNiG Group, the incumbent gas supplier.
In December 2020, PKN ORLEN became the majority shareholder in Ruch, having acquired a 65% ownership interest in the newsagents chain. The investment seeks to strengthen the ORLEN Group’s retail business. Also in December 2020, PKN ORLEN entered into an agreement to acquire Polska Press from Germany’s Verlagsgruppe Passau Capital Group. With the acquisition, the ORLEN Group gains access to 17.4m internet users and an opportunity to acquire new customers. The acquisition of one of the largest publishing groups in Poland and harnessing the capabilities of the media agency Sigma Bis (established by PKN ORLEN jointly with PZU in 2019) and Ruch will enable the Group to create a flexible, personalised and comprehensive offering for greater customer satisfaction.
The past four years witnessed rapid development of the ORLEN Group’s retail chain, including upgrade work to raise the standard of service and enhance the non-fuel offering, through the construction of the ORLEN Stop Cafe and star Connect bistro concepts and other measures. During that time, the ORLEN Group launched service stations in Slovakia and, after 12 years, opened a new retail outlet in Lithuania. In 2019, a co-branding project was implemented to make the ORLEN Group logo visible on Germany’s Star stations and on Benzina stations across the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Since 2020, a full rebranding process has been ongoing. By 2030, all service stations in the region are to operate under the ORLEN brand.In the coming years, ORLEN will also improve the availability of alternative fuels at its service stations, focusing on the expansion of the EV fast charging station network. The Company additionally intends to grow its hydrogen fuel and LNG/CNG business.
Daniel Obajtek also set in motion a new policy of diversifying oil supplies for the ORLEN Group, by forging and strengthening relations with suppliers from outside Europe, including Africa and the Persian Gulf. These measures allow it to obtain a favourable mix of crudes for processing, optimising production with positive effects on the final quality and price of the Group’s products and overall stability of the market.