Universal Music Poland president Andrzej Puczynski is to retire from his post on Dec. 31 after more than 10 years' service.

Going forward, Puczynski plans to focus his attention on his recording studio and developing seasoned artists.

Jan Kubicki will continue to oversee the Warsaw-based affiliate as GM.

Puczynski is recognized as one of the true pioneers of the Polish music industry. He started his career in 1976 as one of the founding members and composer/guitar player of art-rock band Exodus. When the band split in 1984, Puczynski continued to compose for other artists and worked as a producer and sound engineer.

In 1986, while Poland was still under communist rule, Puczynski launched his own recording studio Izabelin Studio and record company Izabelin. When the political system changed in 1989, Izabelin was one of the first companies in the country to release CDs with local recordings.

In 1994, PolyGram took over the label Izabelin Studio and Puczynski was named managing director of PolyGram Polska.

Puczynski has headed PolyGram Polska (later Universal Music Poland) since and last year was promoted to president of Universal Music Poland. He has been responsible for developing the careers of Edyta Bartosiewicz and Kasia Kowalska, among others.