Head of joint Baltic venture RB Rail resigns
On Thursday, 27 September, Baiba A. Rubesa, CEO and Chair of the Management Board of the Baltic State’s joint venture RB RAIL AS, submitted a resignation letter to the Supervisory Board of the joint venture, effective immediately.
To inform about the resignation and answer questions, Baiba A. Rubesa will hold a press briefing for media representatives. Rubesa was appointed as the CEO of RB Rail in 2015. Her term ends in October. As reported, RB Rail has commenced the search for a new head. According to unofficial information, shareholders would rather see someone from Poland or Finland, not Baltic States.
As BNS was told by RB Rail Council chairperson Rīa Sillave, the company has hired Amrop personnel selection company to help search for the new head. «The contract with the current head of RB Rail ends in October. The council has commenced the search for a new head. Amrop intends to search for the new head in Baltic States, Finland and Poland. An open call will be published in the next of couple weeks. The goal is finding the best possible candidate for Rail Baltica,» she said.
As previously reported, information regarding a conflict between Rubesa and certain RB Rail council members became public at the beginning of the year. During a shareholders meeting 1 February, Estonian and Lithuanian shareholders voted in favour of Rubesa’s dismissal. Latvian shareholder – head of European Railway Lines Andris Linužs abstained in the vote. After the decision was made, Rubesa announced that the management of the company experienced pressure from the true beneficiaries of Rail Baltica project. Rail Baltica project provides for the formation of a European-standard wide railway line from Tallinn to the Lithuanian and Polish border with a possibility of further extending the railway line to other European member states.
The costs of Rail Baltica will reach EUR 5.8 billion. Part of those costs will be financed using funding from the European Union.