Andrzej Czernecki (1939-2012) – EFC Foundation Founder
The founder of the EFC Foundation, Roman Czernecki’s son. A known entrepreneur, visionary, creator of the HTL company – one of the most renowned laboratory equipment manufacturers in the world.
Fulfilling his father’s ideals, he has been helping talented young people for many years and in 2009, thanks to his wealth, he created an institution which operates across the country, professionally seeking out and supporting exceptionally talented young people – the EFC Foundation.
Andrzej Czernecki was one of Poland’s leading businessmen. He achieved the kind of success that is very hard to replicate in Poland, dominating over half of the world’s market in a very focused field, producing precise equipment used for basic medical analyses.
Considering that the equipment was developed, patented and produced by Andrzej Czernecki himself, and that he operated in a climate of global competitiveness – it is an accomplishment which had never before taken place in Poland. Especially since he started off with nothing. He graduated from the Physics Department at the University of Warsaw. As a member of the academic faculty, he spent some time on a scholarship in Austria where he was singled out by the head of the department of Beckman Instruments, an American company manufacturing laboratory equipment. He returned to Poland with an offer to carry out an analysis of the potential of the Polish market. As a company representative, he was soon looking after the Polish and Soviet markets.
In 1980 he created his own company, called Plastomed. The chaotic adventures he was put through were a classic example of what it was like to run a company in those times but they did not discourage him.
The company evolved into HTL (Hight Tech Lab) and substantially grew in size, hiring nearly 1000 employees. The business was also launched in Austria, the US and Sweden, where it took over its biggest competitor.
Andrzej Czernecki, in a 2009 interview with “Gazeta Wyborcza”, said this about his plans for the future of his company: “What will I do? I will withdraw from this business and business in general.
Why? It’s a result of deeper contemplations about life. Should the race for more markets, marketing wars, production optimization, be the meaning of life? The source of the greatest satisfaction? It’s time to slow down and really, peacefully think, do something completely different, that is going to bring more joy. Because at a certain point in life, it becomes important to start bringing your own dreams to life.”
It was already in 2008 when Andrzej Czernecki let people in on his plan: to launch a scholarship fund under his father’s, Roman Czernecki’s name. A remarkable man, educator and mentor for young people. These plans came to life in 2009, when the Roman Czernecki EFC Educational Foundation was created.
Andrzej Czernecki died on May 18th, 2012 after a long cancer battle. He was buried in a family grave on the Powązki cemetery. His work and love for philanthropy is now being continued by his sons – Igor and Andrzej Jr.