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Polish citizen Wojciech Balczun became CEO of Ukrzaliznytsia, which has 300,000 employees and provides service that is used by almost everyone in Ukraine.

Balczun overhauled his native country’s largest railway freight carrier, PKP Cargo, reorganized its management system, cut personnel and prepared the company for an initial public offering in October 2013. During his five years in office from 2008 to 2013, Balczun turned PKP Cargo around from making a $26-million annual loss to a company earning more than $130 million annual profit (in 2011).

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This seems like very good news.

It remains to be seen how well the CEOs are allowed to function - a classic tactic is for real power to be retained by deputies and other managers, who disregard anything the boss says that they don't agree with and carry on business as usual - but its a step in the right direction.

good news... but some people will continue to complain that "no reforms are being done and Poroshenko is just like Yanukovich". The railway system needs to jack up the freight cargo rates, because oligarchs like Akmetov and Zhivago have been making huge sums of money off the cheap, state-provided cargo transportation. Just another way that the oligarchs rob the state.

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