Poland’s Medal of Honor, the highest civilian honor in the country, is awarded each year by the President of the Republic of Poland to a select number of individuals. On November 3rd, 2014 at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, Poland, John P. Lynch was awarded the Golden Cross of Merit, bestowed by the President of Poland – Bronislaw Komorowski.
John Lynch was nominated for the Golden Cross of Merit awards on behalf of the Polish-American business community, on the 25th anniversary of Poland’s freedom. John was recognized for his talent and entrepreneurship, inspiring action and work for Poland, including his founding of the American Chamber in Krakow in 1994, and his role in attracting American investors to Poland over the past 23 years. Moreover, through his company Lynka, John has hired, trained and developed hundreds of Polish employees over the years.
The medal was presented on behalf of Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski at the Presidential Palace by Minister Olgierd Dziekonski, Secretary of State at the President’s Chancellery. John was accompanied by his family.
This momentous recognition showcases the important role AmCham members and their entrepreneurial spirt played in building a thriving and successful Polish economy since 1989. American companies were pioneers in Polish investment and still represent the strongest international investors in Poland today. Over the past 25 years AmCham member companies have invested over 30 billion dollars in Poland, and created over 200,000 jobs. All of this is a testament to the vital work AmCham members do here in Poland.