Krzysztof Blinowski, who has worked as a director at PKO Leasing and acted as the head of Polish auto vertical Automarket.pl, has left the company to pursue new professional challenges.

Blinowski (Linkedin profile) was responsible for launching the site in July last year as a venture of PKO BP, the largest Polish bank. The site has sold 2,000 cars in its first year of operation. Half of the Automarket customers used financing from PKO BP.

There have been speculations that PKO BP ponders closing the project as it is not satisfied with the level of its development. However, Blinowski denied it in a report on news site Cashless. He said that PKO BP didn’t intend to reduce organizational and financial support for Automarket and his decision to leave had nothing to do with the situation inside the company.

Automarket.pl includes off-lease cars provided by a group of financing companies associated with PKO BP, as well as from car dealers. All the cars listed on the marketplace have been carefully selected and have proven technical condition and service history.

The site also attracts users by offering online purchases and home delivery. There is also an option to arrange a test drive and car inspection before completing the transaction.

Automarket faces fierce competition in a market dominated by Otomoto.pl, Autotrader.pl and AAAauto.pl. Horizontals OLX.pl, Gratka.pl and Allegro.pl also hold strong positions in the category.

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