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Chair of the Year 2007
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Chair of the Year Gala
February 20, 2008   
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The Warsaw Voice's annual Chair of the Year ceremony was held in the lobby of the Warsaw Stock Exchange Feb. 6. This year's event was held in conjunction with the Chair of 1,000 Issues award ceremony to mark the publication of the 1,000th issue of the Voice last December.

The Chair of the Year 2007 award went to Donald Tusk, leader of the Civic Platform (PO) party which won last year's parliamentary elections. PO went on to form a coalition government with the Polish People's Party (PSL) with Tusk as prime minister. Tomasz Arabski, head of the Prime Minister's Office, accepted the award on Tusk's behalf as the prime minister had prior engagements.

"I was genuinely delighted to hear that I had been awarded the Chair of the Year statuette," Tusk wrote in a letter read out during the ceremony. "This award is all the more precious to me coming as it does from such a prestigious weekly."

On the Polish economy's receiving the Chair of 1,000 Issues award, Tusk said, "this is essentially a success for Polish businesspeople as it is their expertise and determination that creates jobs and generates public revenue."

Businesspeople from the following organizations received special Chair of 1,000 Issues certificates:
Warsaw Stock Exchange President Ludwik Sobolewski
Entrepreneurship Council Chairman Jerzy Bartnik
American Chamber of Commerce in Poland Director Dorota Dąbrowska
Foreign Investors Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Poland President Franciszek Gaik
Business Centre Club Vice-President Zbigniew Żurek
Confederation of Polish Employers Vice-President Ada Kostrz-Kostecka
Polish Chamber of Commerce President Andrzej Arendarski
National Association of Trade and Services President Roman Dera
Lewiatan Polish Confederation of Private Employers Main Council Chairman Henryk Orfinger
Polish Business Roundtable President Zbigniew Jakubas
Polish-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce General Manager Lars Bosse
Managers' Association in Poland Council Chairman Sławomir Majman

Many politicians, foreign diplomats, businesspeople and figures from the media and culture world attended the ceremony, as is the case every year. Guests included Minister of Science and Higher Education Prof. Barbara Kudrycka, Deputy Economy Minister Adam Szejnfeld and Deputy Foreign Minister Ryszard Schnepf.
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