Mr. Leszek Czarnecki graduated from the Wrocław University of Technology, he also holds a PhD in economics at the Wrocław University of Economics. He started his business in 1986 by establishing Przedsiębiorstwo Hydrotechniki i Inżynierii TAN S.A.
He was the founder and main shareholder of Europejski Fundusz Leasingowy S.A., established in 1991 - the first and the biggest leasing company in Poland. In 1998 Leszek Czarnecki was awarded "The best CEO in Central Europe" prize as one of the 10 top managers in Central Europe by "The Wall Street Journal". Also in 1998, he won the world finals of "Young Business Achiever" contest in Beijing.
In April 2004, the Financial Times newspaper listed Leszek Czarnecki as one of the 25 rising stars in European business, who will set trends for the development of the financial markets in the coming years. Leszek Czarnecki was the only Pole on this prestigious “FT” list. In November 2004, Leszek Czarnecki was among four people to receive the honourable title of “Entrepreneur of the Year from Eastern Europe", awarded by INSEAD - one of the best business universities in Europe and by the French Minister of Finance.
In September 2005, Leszek Czarnecki obtained the reputable Lesław A. Paga reward for his achievements and personal contribution to the development of the financial services’ market in Poland. He was voted the “Player of the Year” in a rating organised by the Polish edition of “Forbes" magazine in 2005,2006 and 2007.