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 Energa S.A. In 2016-2017, Daniel Obajtek headed the Agency for Restructuring and Modernisation of Agriculture. From July 2016 to February 2018, he was a member of the Supervisory Board of LOTOS Biopaliwa. Between June 2016 and February 2018, he chaired the Supervisory Board of DALMOR S.A.
As CEO of PKN ORLEN, he has consistently led the strategy to turn it into a multi-utility group with well diversified revenue sources. Under the ORLEN2030 strategy unveiled in 2020, the largest capital expenditures are planned to be made on low- and zero-carbon energy generation and advanced petrochemicals. In 2020, PKN ORLEN was the first fuel company in Central Europe to have committed to a net zero target by 2050.
The strategic multi-utility vision is also being achieved through a series of M&A transactions. In 2022, PKN ORLEN acquired the LOTOS Group, Poland’s second largest oil refiner. Plans for 2022 additionally include the acquisition of PGNiG, the incumbent gas supplier on the Polish market. Earlier, in 2020, PKN ORLEN acquired the Energa Group, a leader of the Polish renewable energy market, became the majority shareholder of Ruch, the operator of a countrywide newsagent chain, and acquired the local press publisher Polska Press from its German owner Verlagsgruppe Passau Group.
Since 2017, under the stewardship of Daniel Obajtek, PKN ORLEN has consistently diversified the sources of crude oil feedstock, so that in 2022 about 70% of the total volume of crude oil processed by the ORLEN Group has been sourced outside of Russia.
Daniel Obajtek has completed the Executive MBA programme run by the Gdańsk Foundation for Management Development and validated by IAE Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management. He is a member of the Programme Council of the Economic Forum in Karpacz, Chairman of the Board of the Polish Olympic Committee and winner of multiple awards, notably: the Polish Compass 2018 and President of the Year 2018 in the Bulls and Bears award of the Gazeta Giełdy i Inwestorów Parkiet daily. In 2019, he was awarded the Lech Kaczyński Prometheus Award. From the Judging Panel of the Employers of Poland, he received the Vector 2019 award. He was named Person of the Year during the Karpacz Economic Forum held in September 2020. In 2020, readers of the Parkiet daily voted him Star of the Year 2020. In ‘The Most Reliable in Polish Economy’ ranking organised by the ISB News agency, he received a statuette twice – in 2020 and 2022. In 2021, he was named Person of the Year by the Wprost weekly and Person of Freedom by the Sieci weekly. In 2022, he won the ‘Gold Ribbon’ Economic Award in the Investment category from the Development Vision Forum.