The Directors of MSP Solutions Ltd.
For 17 years John Borkowski has held a number of senior management positions in the oil and chemicals industries and then 10 years with a major international airline. He has also consulted for 6 years in the rail, airline, airport, chemical industries and in venture capital projects.
His experience encompasses a wide span of activities and roles from manufacturing, marketing, planning and project management, strategic thinking, purchasing, corporate restructuring, and personnel management especially recruitment. As fluent French speaker he has worked in that language for British, French and Belgian companies both in the UK and Continental Europe, which has given him special insights as to the workings on non-UK organisations. He has also worked extensively in Russia and Kazakhstan.
John joined BP in 1969 after graduating in engineering at Imperial College starting his career in chemicals manufacturing. After 3 years in 3 different positions he moved to marketing where he was responsible for the marketing of associated company products from partly owned companies in France and Germany and hydrocarbon solvents from BP's oil refineries. He then moved on to restructure BP's chemical interests in France and acquired the gas phase polyethylene process, which has since been very widely licensed.
In 1979 he then joined BP Exploration where he was responsible for the commercial management of offshore-oil rigs the development of the Ula oilfield in Norway and the company's medium term planning. His last roles in BP were in the supply side of BP's oil refining and marketing business, first as chief economist and then latterly as manager of crude oil and product supply to all BP oil refining and marketing associates.
In 1986 John joined British Airways as Head of Strategy where he was responsible for the long-term development of BA's business. This included the selection and purchase of aircraft, the development of airport assets, and the establishment of the alliance strategy concept to increase BA's influence in inaccessible markets. He was responsible for the integration of the British Caledonian activities following its acquisition by BA, the devolution of management in the BA regional operations, the participation of BA in the Birmingham Airport hub operation specialist and BA's involvement with Qantas and the Air Russia Project.
In 1991 John transferred to work full-time as Chief Executive of Air Russia a joint venture between BA and 3 Russian partners. This was a major project to rebuild Moscow 's Domodedovo Airport and establish a major new international airline flying Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft.
After the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the emergence of a chaotic Russia, despite the completion of all items prior to the full-scale recruitment of personnel, it proved impossible for the airline and airport project to proceed. John presided over the dissolution of the company and returned to BA where he spent the rest of his time in personnel management and developing business opportunities in Russia and the CIS for BA.
In 1998 John left BA to form his own management consultancy company Vulcan. At BAA Heathrow Express with two colleagues he was responsible for establishing a series of tests to secure the operating permits for the underground section. Since then he has worked for the Total oil group (3 times), the Metronet PPP Consortium, a major UK airport project, for an airline in the CIS, and two venture capital projects.