Dear FICIL Members,
Here you will find all the relevant information on the Annual General Meeting (AGM) that will be held on Tuesday, 20 February 2018 at 16:00, venue kindly provided by Luminor, Skanstes iela 12.
- Opening of the meeting;
- Executive Board’s report;
- Financial report;
- Budget for 2018;
- Election of the new Executive Board members;
- Changes in FICIL Statues;
- New Membership applications:
- A/S Aldaris (Carlsberg Group);
- French Foreign Trade Advisers (CCEF).
- Closing of the meeting.
We would like to draw your attention to an important point of the agenda – election of the new Executive Board members. This year four new members of the Board need to be elected. Please do consider your own candidacy and encourage those who you think might be good candidates to stand for the election. Below please kindly see a brief description of key responsibilities. If you are hesitant, please feel free to contact Marta Jaksona (firstname.lastname@example.org) or any of the current Board members to learn more about their experience, duties and commitment.
The FICIL Board member:
- Is elected for a term of 2 years;
- Influence the way forward for the FICIL and Latvia;
- Is responsible for at least 1 work group;
- Attends various FICIL meetings (Board meetings, Members meetings, AGM, High Council meeting, meetings with senior civil servants etc.);
- Carries out at least 5 Sentiment Index interviews;
- Maintains a productive communication with FICIL office;
- Is an “Ambassador” of FICIL.
Please see detailed election procedure of the FICIL Executive Board here.
1. A short bio and photo should be sent to email@example.com. Please, include also a few sentences describing your motivation and interest in joining FICIL. Due term is 20 February 2018 until candidate presentations have started. However, we would like to encourage early application so that FICIL membership can get acquainted with the candidates.
2. All candidate information will be posted here on the FICIL website that will be constantly updated with new applications as they come in.
This is your opportunity to stand for the election to the new Board of the Foreign Investors’ Council in Latvia! Chambers’ candidates should have a support of their respective chamber’s Board to stand for the election. In line with FICIL Statutes, this year no more than 2 chamber representatives can be elected.
Baiba Zūzena is CEO at AM Baltics. Started her carrier in advertising business, the last 14 years she has been with MTG TV Latvia holding various positions, from 2007 being CEO.
Mrs Zūzena has extensive knowledge within media industry, through the Latvian Broadcasters Association and Latvian Advertisers Association she is involved in business regulatory legislation improvements for Latvia’s media and advertising industry.
Mrs Zūzena has graduated as a Psychologist from The University of Latvia, has a Master of Business Administration degree at Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration.
AM Baltics is FICIL Corporate member.
Valters Gencs is founding partner at Gencs Valters Law Firm which was established in the year 2000 in Riga (Latvia). In 2007 the firm expanded in the Baltics by establishing an office in Tallinn (Estonia) and, in 2008, in Vilnius (Lithuania). Gencs Valters Law Firm is full service, general practice international business law firm specialising in tax, mergers and acquisitions, labour law, corporate, intellectual property, immigration and litigation.
Prior to founding his own law firm, Mr Gencs was the Head of Tax & Legal department of Ernst & Young Latvia and the Head of Tax ad hoc group of the Foreign Investors Council in Latvia (1998-2002). From 2008 – 2010 Mr Gencs was the Chairman of the Norwegian Chamber of Commerce in Latvia.
Mr Gencs obtained his education in Law School of the University of Latvia and in the John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL, USA.
The Board of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Latvia has nominated Mr Gencs as its candidate to the FICIL Board.
Māris Gruzniņš is a Board Member and Commercial Director of CEMEX Latvia and a board member of EMBRA OY, responsible for CEMEX sales office. Since April 1, 2017 Māris has been re-elected as the Chairman of the Board of Association of Producers of Building Materials.
Māris joined CEMEX in 2005 as a Head in Maintenance Department. For two years until 2016 he was a General Director of CEMEX Baltic Cement (in St.Petersburg, Russia). Māris Gruzniņš holds a Master’s degree in Science and Engineering (MSA) and an MBA. In 2016 he gained Professional Board Member Education in the Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance.
Māris has broadened his knowledge in management, global selling, I2 model, etc. in various courses, seminars in USA, France, Mexico, Denmark and Poland.
Since November Māris Gruzniņš has undertaken FICIL Board Member responsibilities.
CEMEX is FICIL Corporate member.
Gunta Jekabsone is Vice President of Circle K Latvia since 2015. Gunta joined Circle K Latvia (former Statoil) in 1996. For 7 years until 2015 Gunta was holding Finance Director position.
Mrs Jēkabsone has graduated as a Lawyer from The University of Latvia, has a Master of Business Administration degree at Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration.
She has broadened her knowledge in management in various courses, seminars in USA, UK and Europe.
Circle K Latvia is FICIL Corporate member.
Guntars Krols is EY partner, leading the Transaction Advisory Services practice in the Baltic States. He joined EY in 1996 and since then has been building experience in the Financial and Transaction Advisory services in the Baltic States.
Guntars has lead a significant number of Transaction Advisory engagements advising foreign industrial and financial investors during their acquisitions in a variety of industries such as Transportation, Real Estate, Retailing, Telecommunications, Consumer Products Manufacturing. He has also been an advisor to the government institutions and local clients regarding disposals and restructurings of business.
He holds a Master’s degree in Finance and Economics from Stockholm School of Economics.
EY is FICIL Corporate member.
Ingrīda is Partner and Head of the Intellectual Property and IT Practice Group at COBALT, a pan-Baltic law firm founded in 1994 with offices in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus. Alongside her legal practice she is a longtime course leader and lecturer at the Riga Graduate School of Law and the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga.
Ingrīda is Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Latvia with responsibility for advocacy, which includes cooperation with FICIL. At FICIL itself, she heads the Intellectual Property Working Group.
A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Ingrīda obtained her B.A. from Yale University, a M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Sworn Advocate in Latvia, an Attorney at Law (Pennsylvania and New Jersey), and a licensed Latvian and European trademark and design attorney.
The Board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Latvia has nominated Ingrīda as its candidate to the FICIL Board.
Baiba Strupiša is a legal professional, running her own Law Office for the last 15 years. Her working experience started in NGO in relation to World Bank and EU PHARE projects. She also participated in drafting the Commercial Law. Mrs Strupiša has acquired deep understanding of banking business working in several banks, starting from financial and securities markets, through credit and leasing up to general supervision of a bank.
Mrs Strupiša is current Co-Head of FICIL Tax Policy and Administration Work Group. Mrs Strupiša has been supporting FICIL Board and team with solving legal issues and drafting legal texts.
Mrs Strupiša is mediation activist leading on behalf of FICIL the tax mediation project with Ministry of Finance and State Revenue Service and promoting alternative dispute resolution and dialogue methods with state authorities and state enterprises.
The Board of the Irish Latvian Chamber of Commerce has nominated Mrs Strupiša as candidate to the FICIL Board. Mrs Strupiša besides her current involvement in various FICIL work groups, sees her role and contribution in the Board providing legal knowledge and expertise on various domestic and international issues.
Andris Vilcmeiers is CEO at “Maxima Latvija”. Andris joined “Maxima Latvija” in 2015 as member of the board. Since 2017, he is Chairman of the board at “Maxima Latvija” as well as he is board member at “Maxima Grupe”.
Mr. Vilcmeiers has Master degree in management and finance at The University of Latvia. He has wide experience as CEO and manager in many companies from such industries as logistics and transport, food production and investment management.
“Maxima Latvija”, as the largest private employer in Latvia, stands for labor force quality, productivity increase activities, as well working to identify efficiency not only in company itself but also in whole economy.
“Maxima Latvija” is FICIL Corporate member.