RB Rail’s Management Board is comprised of four members – Chairperson of the Management Board, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Technical Officer, who jointly represent the joint venture. Management Board members are elected for a term of three years.
Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of the Management Board
Since 2016 Agnis Driksna is working at “European Railway Lines” in position of Director of Development and Communication department. Since 2014, he had been the Rail Baltic Project Manager of the Ministry of Transport responsible for international cooperation. He prepared the first funding applications to the EU and represented Latvia in the joint projects of the Baltic States and the EU. Previously, Agnis Driksna has worked in the Ministry of Economics of Latvia as Deputy Director of European Union cooperation department and Head of EU law division. He was also Legal consultant in Competition council of Latvia. Agnis Driksna has MBA degree in Business and law in European Union from Rīgas Stradiņa University, as well as Master Degree in European Union and international law from Concordia International University Estonia.
Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Management Board
Ignas Degutis joined the Rail Baltica project as CFO and Member of the Management Board of RB Rail AS over a year ago in June 2017. He is project management professional with a vast experience in financial economics, including feasibility studies, financing models and contract negotiations for projects of national strategic importance. Prior to starting his career at the Rail Baltica joint venture, Degutis ensured financing for waste-to-energy CHP, biomass CHP plants in Vilnius and Kaunas working as CFO for JSC “Vilniaus kogeneracinė jėgainė” and project manager of the “Lietuvos energija” group, the largest energy company in Lithuania. Ignas Degutis also led the economics division at “Klaipedos Nafta AB” ensuring implementation of LNG Terminal development from financial, regulation and legal perspective. He worked with transaction and risk advisory services at “Ernst & Young” in Vilnius and temporarily in Riga. Mr. Degutis has finished Professional Board Member Education program run by Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance and holds a master’s degree in financial economics from ISM University of Management and Economics in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Marc-Philippe El Beze
Chief Technical Officer and Member of the Management Board
Marc-Philippe El Beze has over 39 years of experience in the rail industry, including working on global rail projects in Europe, Canada, Brazil, the Middle East, Asia, North Africa and Oceania. During his professional career, El Beze has delivered the most up-to-date railway systems including strategy and programme definitions; project set-up and management; project control and reporting; engineering processes; design management in-house or subcontracted; procurement; installation and implementation; testing; validation, commissioning and approval. His executive managing experience also includes creating, developing, reorganizing, and leading large railway organizations as well as developing, leading, and finalizing complex international tendering processes for railway systems, operations, and maintenance. Most recently he held an Engineering Manager position at the Vinci Construction GP/Link Alliance where he worked on the City Rail Link project in Auckland, New Zealand. Marc-Philippe El Beze holds a University Diploma in Sciences and a Railway Infrastructure Manager graduation from the French National Railway.
Chief Program Management Officer and Member of the Management Board
Mark Loader has over 35 years of experience in the global rail and infrastructure industry, including working on long-distance rail projects in Europe, Canada, the US, Asia and Australia. His experience also extends across the development and implementation of project management systems for complex rail projects, including schedule, risk, cost and change management for cross-border projects. He has developed and led high performing teams and provided leadership while delivering complex projects. Most recently he held a position as the project director at the Malaysia High Speed Rail Corporation in Kuala Lumpur developing and implementing a full set of project management processes.
Mark Loader holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering along with a diploma in Engineering Management. He is a Chartered Engineer and a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers as well as the Royal institution of Chartered Surveyors. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).