Forkun - Polish Speaker, - Warsaw, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland

Mark Forkun

Warsaw, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland


Polish Speaker,

Work History

Management Board Advisor

Almi Décor retail stores

From November 2013

Assignment lean transformation
November 2013 to present Almi Décor retail stores
Review of operations and strategy, develop lean transformation
60 premium stores in furniture, furnishings and gifts. High end retailer loosing market
position of top premium home décor market.
Review entire business operations and set new strategic direction based on lean
transformation principles. Report delivered and restructuring process in progress.

Board Director

A. Blikle Poland

September 2012 - October 2013

A. Blikle Poland, Warsaw
Full P&L responsibility. 240 FT, 30 PT employees.
Responsible for business stabilisation & growth in lean retail, franchising and lean
production of four sub-units. Distressed company; falling sales, high fixed costs, no lean
management process nor people engagement. Lack of operational strategic direction.

Created 'Lean Champion Value Stream Pillars' senior management team from food and automotive, Delfi, Lear, Danone, Tchibo, Balsen, Heinz and Toyota. Focus on member
development and succession planning, Quality standards & certification, lean tools &
principles optimisation of production, logistics, maintenance, new product design, voice of customer focus.
Key task; transform large premium brand business from intense financial and management
crisis, to sustainable business growth with corporate governance in place.

Operational Excellence Director

Impactive Business Consulting

February 2012 - October 2012

Poland, Warsaw
Responsible for new business in Operational Excellence and lean management projects.
Business development, programme development, coaching and delivery. Clients in production environment. Lean office, lean accounting, lean manufacturing.


Associate Director


May 2011 - January 2012

Responsible for business development in professional service firm to mid-market private
business owners. With strong emphasis on cross-selling and initiating to offer stage.
Particular development in Lean production management, continuous improvement in manufacturing to a wide number of international & Polish companies.


Allegro Group

January 2006 - May 2007

Responsible for restructuring, preparation and entry onto London stock exchange.
Acquisition of numerous portals. Change management coordinator with QXL Ricardo
main investor. Task to transform allegro during intense shareholder conflict as a
home grown business into a world class regional portal player, with full corporate
governance in place.

Gnosis Business Services

January 2005 - April 2011

Major assignments below:

Project Development Director

Toyota Motor Manufacturing

April 2005 - March 2009

United Kingdom, Burnston

Personally responsible, major project assigned by CEO of Toyota UK, for development and lead implementation of "World Class Team leadership
Development" programme for two production plants including procurement and support offices. 5,500 participants from 12,000 employees. Design, develop and
coordinate trainers and senior management in world class people development within a lean environment. Programme included all Team Leaders and senior
management team.
Largest single initiative in developing members at Toyota UK. Significant impact on being the Plant of Choice and Great Place to work as defined by TMUK mission.

Significant coordination of 'value stream' with key suppliers ; Johnson
Controls, Wabco, Futaba Industrial.

Managing Director

Euromark PLC

May 2002 - November 2004

Poland, Warsaw
Euromark owner of Campus and Alpinus outdoor brands. Responsible for restructuring,
turnaround and preparation for stock exchange in Warsaw, Poland. Develop design team and Far East procurement and manufacture, develop distribution in retail, agency-franchise
outlets and web sales.

Senior Executive Partner

People Partnering PLC

January 2000 - March 2002

Poland, Warsaw
Strategic HR business advisory consultancy in Poland. Business development, design and delivery of leadership and lean management programmes.

Travel and self-development in leadership

January 1999 - December 1999

Country Manager

P&0 Trans European Logistics Ltd

October 1997 - November 1998

Poland, Warsaw
Later part of the Kuhne & Nagel group. P&O was a significant player in CEE during my work
period. Warehousing and distribution in central Poland. The company needed significant
growth in transportation and warehousing services which was accomplished through large
scale long term contracts with numerous clients.


Group Manager for due diligence


February 1996 - September 1997

Formerly Cooper & Lybrand. Brought in to develop and manage the due diligence team across Poland. Major acquisition work on Heinz Pudliszki and similar clients.

Completion of three ACCA exams November 1995 to February 1996

Finance Manager

Burston Marsteller

April 1994 - October 1995

Poland, Warsaw
Largest world-wide PR agency. Responsible for Poland. 4 direct reports. 46 heads.
Reporting in UK, US and Polish GAAP to Country Manager in Poland and CFO in London.

Senior Accountant


October 1989 - March 1994

United Kingdom, Oxford
Chartered accounting practice. Accounting practice. Audit and preparation of financial
statements and tax work.

Proprietor Business Development

Oxford Language and Academy Centre

June 1984 - September 1989

OLAC United Kingdom, Oxford

English as a foreign language company for foreign students. Creation, development of multi-site operation.

Qualifications & Certifications


ILM Institute of Leadership & management


Open University Business School


University of Sussex

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