Baiba A. Rubesa
CEO/Chairman of the Management Board
Baiba Rubesa appointed CEO of RB Rail joint venture
Yesterday, 26 October, the Supervisory Board of RB Rail – a joint venture of the three Baltic States – approved Baiba Rubesa as the new Chairperson of the Board and CEO. She had previously been selected through a comprehensive executive search, and shall assume office on 29 October.
“Already during the selection process we became convinced that Baiba Rubesa’s years of experience in managing important international projects, her professional abilities, as well as outstanding communication skills would be a solid foundation for her successful performance in this important position. I believe that Ms. Rubesa will take the development of the joint venture, as well as the Rail Baltica project to the next level, building on what has so far already been achieved in the implementation of this historic project,” explains Chairman of the Supervisory Board of RB Rail Anti Moppel.
The board thanked the former CEO Edvīns Bērziņš for his good work, especially highlighting his accomplishments in founding the company and preparing the first CEF funding application.
The board met two days prior to 28 October, which is the one year anniversary of the founding of RB Rail – a joint venture of the three Baltic countries. The main task of the company is to coordinate the implementation of the fast conventional European standard gauge railway project Rail Baltica. The first important task has already been completed – an application has been prepared to submit the Rail Baltica project for EU financing, and a positive decision about issuing of co-financing has been received from the European Commission.
Baiba Rubesa has held leading posts in Norwegian state energy giant Statoil group companies in Latvia, Azerbaijan and Norway, as well as at such companies as DnB NOR, Citadele banka and Volkswagen. She has obtained a Master’s degree in business administration from Shaw College in Toronto, and she has also studied at York University in Toronto.