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Shell considers launching BPO in Poland

Puls Biznesu (Poland): Shell considers launching BPO in Poland

Tuesday 20 Sept 2005

Warsaw (Puls Biznesu) – Shell, one of world’s largest fuel companies, considers a new investment in Poland. The company would like to launch a financial centre, “Puls Biznesu” learnt. “The centre will work for several units of Shell in other European countries. Several hundred people may work there. The centre may be launched next year”, Alfred Kubczak, Shell Polska spokesman said. It would be the company’s fifth BPO in the world. Krakow may be chosen as a site in Poland.

Although the preliminary decision has been made already to launch the centre in Poland, Shell wants state subsidy. “Two weeks ago, we submitted an application in PAIIZ investment agency to co-finance the project because of creating new jobs”, Shell Polska spokesman said. “I’m not entitled to comment on these news”, Sebastian Mikosz, PAIIZ deputy CEO replied. BPOs are quite popular in Poland. Philips and Lufthansa have such centres already. Volvo said it would launch its financial centre in Wroclaw at the end of July. Capgemini is going to follow the suit.

Royal Dutch Shell operates in 140 countries and employs 112,000 people. In 2004, it had net income of USD 18.2 billion (EUR 14.9 billion). In Poland, Shell has invested USD 700m. It employs 3,000 people in Poland.

(USD 1 = EUR 0.823)

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