Rail Baltica appoints temporary CEO, while another board member quits

The company managing the 6-billion-euro Rail Baltica infrastructure project announced November 26 it had appointed Latvian Agnis Driksna, the Director of Development and Communications Department at “European Railway Lines” in the capacity of the interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of RB Rail AS.

He will assume his duties starting from 2 December, following the announcement a month ago that Timo Riihimäki, RB Rail AS Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Board was stepping down from both positions. 

"Agnis Driksna is highly skilled project management and development expert and fully committed to strengthen cooperation between the project stakeholders and make sure that essential project activities are accelerated. He will replace Timo Riihimäki who will end his tenure on 1 December 2019. In parallel, Supervisory Board will start the recruitment of a permanent CEO," RB Rail said in a statement.

However the company also announced November 26 that Estonian Mart Nielsen, its Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and a Management Board Member had also resigned "to take a new job in the private sector." Nielsen joined the project in March 2018.

The CTO position will be filled in temporarily by Kaido Zimmermann, RB Rail AS Head of Planning and Design Department.

RB Rail AS is a multinational joint venture of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania established to coordinate the implementation of the Rail Baltica Global Project, the first infrastructure project of this scale from Tallinn to the Lithuanian/Polish border. Rail Baltica is a double track, European standard 1,435 mm gauge electrified railway for passenger and freight transport. The overall length of the railway will be 870 kilometers. The total cost of Rail Baltica in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia is estimated at around €5.8 billion with the first trains due to start rolling in 2025.
 
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