RIGA, April 19 (LETA) - The Freeport of Riga Authority will later this week officially invite candidates to apply for the vacant post of the port's CEO, as Mareks Gailitis, advisor to the port's board chairman Andris Ameriks (Honor To Serve Riga), informed LETA.
The board of the Freeport of Riga today approved a set of rules for evaluation of the candidates and the process of selecting the best candidates. The vacancy will be officially announced on April 21, and applications will be accepted until May 22.
The competition will be organized in three rounds. During the first round, all candidates' compliance with the criteria will be assessed. During the second round, industry-specific qualifications of the candidates will be evaluated, and interviews with the candidates will take place during the third round. The commission will then select the best candidates, and the Freeport of Riga board will take the final decision.
Applicants for the job will have to have higher education in management, finance, economy, or engineering, while candidates who have education in transport or maritime education will have an advantage. The candidates also must have the experience of working in an executive position, for a private or public company or organization, for at least five years. All candidates must have perfect command of Latvian and - at the very least - speak English and Russian.
The official announcement and requirements on candidates will be printed in the government gazette Latvijas Vestnesis, business newspaper Dienas Bizness, on the websites of the Freeport of Riga and State Employment Agency.
The Freeport of Riga board today also decided to increase the salary of the port's CEO, taking into consideration how large the Freeport of Riga is and how many people it employs, and the port's contribution to the national economy of Latvia. The salary of the next Freeport of Riga CEO will be equal to the salary paid to the CEO of the Freeport of Ventspils.
Gailitis, however, declined to reveal the amount of salary paid to the previous Freeport of Riga CEO, or how much it would increase for the next CEO.
Imants Sarmulis is the CEO of the Freeport of Ventspils. Judging from data available from the State Revenue Service's website, Sarmulis was paid EUR 148,094 for his work as the Freeport of Ventspils CEO in 2015.
The commission for assessing the candidates will include the Transport Ministry's representative Janis Krastins, Finance Ministry Administration's head Ieva Braunfelde, Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance head Andris Grafs (representing the Economics Ministry), Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Center's CEO Kristaps Treimanis (representing the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry), Riga City Council's Legal Affairs Department Director Janis Liepins, Ilze Spule-Statkus from the Riga City Council's Property Department, and attorney at law Modris Supe (representing the Freeport of Riga Authority).
As reported, the previous Freeport of Riga CEO Loginovs stepped down effective March 10. He had been the freeport's CEO since 1998.