John Lynch is an American entrepreneur, writer, speaker and civic leader who lives in Krakow, Poland since 1991. He was one of the first expatriates to launch a start-up in Eastern Europe in the aftermath of the fall of communism.
Shortly after Solidarity’s triumph in Poland and the fall of the Berlin Wall, while working in management consulting in New York, John put his corporate career on hold and became a volunteer in a US AID program created to assist the new free-economies of Eastern Europe. In 1992, having decided to stay in Poland, John launched Lynka, an industry-leading company he has managed for 30 years. Today, Lynka is a leading supplier of corporate clothing and promotional apparel throughout Europe.
John was named Entrepreneur of the Year in Poland. He was named one of the 10 American Pioneers who made the most profound contributions to the successful transformation of Poland to a democracy and free market economy. John was voted Central & Eastern Europe’s CEO of the Year by the CEE Manufacturing Awards. In September 2014, John was awarded the highest civilian honor in Poland, the Presidential Order of the Gold Cross from the President of the Republic of Poland for his contributions to building Poland’s free market economy during the past 25 years.
John grew up in New Jersey, and graduated from Lehigh University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. John completed his MBA in Marketing and International Management at The Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia. He also took part in exchange programs at UMIST in Manchester, England, and IESE in Barcelona, Spain. John has recently published his first novel – THE ARK – a business thriller inspired by his own experiences. John was the Chairman of YPO Poland, and is the Treasurer and a Board Member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Poland since 2003.
He loves current events, as well as traveling to new countries. His goal is to see one new country for every year of his life – currently he is at “par”, having last travelled to Malta, Bosnia, and India. John is married to Kasia Lynch, an English teacher and they live outside of Krakow, Poland with their two children, Jakub (17) and Zofia (13).