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Darek Plonka

Darek Plonka

New York, NY, United States
Member since February 20, 2017
Darek managed the raise of $1.8 billion through public debt securities and was in charge of investor relations for the fastest growing mobile network operator in Europe. Freelancing gives him the opportunity to help young companies in a variety of industries. Darek has extensive experience executing value creation strategies, which gives him a deep understanding of implementation challenges and a robust change management toolbox.
Darek is now available for hire
Career Highlights
Education
Case studies
Industry Expertise
  • Telecommunications
Other Expertise
  • Big Data
  • Financial Modeling
  • Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A)
  • Market Research
  • SAP FICO
  • Three Statement Operating Model
  • Valuation
Employment
  • Investor Relations Director
    2013 - 2015
    Play
    • Managed projects and led a cross-functional team of twenty raising $1.8 billion through public debt securities.
    • Liaised with key internal stakeholders: the private equity shareholders and the management board.
    • Ensured proper communication of business strategy and business plan to the rating agencies, underwriting banks, and commercial banks, providing revolving credit facility.
    • Supervised drafting of bond prospectuses, roadshow presentations, and rating agency presentations.
    • Managed all aspects of investor relations and external financial reporting.
    • Conducted strategy review and led development of a new business plan.
    Focus areas: Investor Communications, Financial Reporting, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Business Plan Development, Business Strategy
  • Senior Analyst
    2009 - 2013
    Play
    • Provided strategic and financial assessment and business case formulation for new products and initiatives across all business segments.
    • Helped develop financial and operating budgets.
    • Delivered a 30% sales boost and increased profitability by developing a new product portfolio and pricing strategy.
    • Reduced credit fraud by 70% and optimized the subscriber acquisition budget using big data analytics to design an IT system for real-time customer screening and a custom-tailored experience.
    • Implemented a plan jointly with the CMO to become official partner of Apple, Inc., as one of the first independent mobile network operators in Europe.
    Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Financial Modeling, Budgeting, Business Case Development, Data Analysis, Pricing Analysis
  • Senior Specialist
    2008 - 2009
    T-Mobile
    • Led the successful launch of an online sales channel for prepaid services.
    • Supported the Head of Private Market in development of new strategy for prepaid.
    • Coordinated financial modeling for strategic initiatives.
    Focus areas: Market Research, Sales Channel Strategy, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Financial Modeling
  • Business Analyst
    2006 - 2008
    McKinsey & Company
    • Interacted directly with clients' senior management throughout problem diagnosis, solution development, and implementation.
    • Specialized in financial modeling, performance management, market research, and operational efficiency improvements.
    • Helped design a blueprint for the expansion of an American bank in Poland.
    • Assisted in the development of a long-term capital investment program following the merger of two leading Central European steel producers.
    • Participated in the formulation of a post-merger value creation program for the leading Central European petrochemical conglomerate (USD $15 billion+ in revenue).
    Focus areas: Business Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Post-merger Integration, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), performance management, Operational efficiency
Education
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) in Management Accounting
    2010 - 2015
    Chartered Institute of Management Accountants - London, UK
  • Master's degree in Finance
    2001 - 2007
    Warsaw School of Economics - Warsaw, Poland
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