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Public body Aukštaitijos siaurasis geležinkelis (Aukštaitija narrow gauge railway) has a new CEO

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2021 07 28

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Following a repeat competition held with shareholding municipalities, sociologist and researcher Darius Liutikas was appointed as a new CEO of the public body Aukštaitijos siaurasis geležinkelis. The selection for a new head had started upon the resignation of former director Mindaugas Jucevičius.

Liutikas, new CEO of Aukštaitijos siaurasis geležinkelis, is an ex Vice Minister of Agriculture, formerly responsible for science and innovation, rural development, bio-economics, EU support and other areas. He had also worked as an Adviser to the Minister of the Economy and Innovation where his responsibilities revolved around tourism policy and tourism innovations.

“This company finds itself in a truly challenging situation. We have been looking for a person who could revive the operations of Aukštaitijos siaurasis geležinkelis and attract national and foreign tourists’ attention to the railway itself and its historical infrastructure. I wish to the new CEO determination and strength in preserving this unique historical landmark and, in time, with the help of its shareholders, to find ways to increase the body’s financial independence,” said Minister of Transport and Communications Marius Skuodis after meeting with the new CEO on Tuesday.

The goal of Aukštaitijos siaurasis geležinkelis CEO is to create a vision for this railway’s operation, to improve the line so that it meets the standards set for an international level tourism track and to seek providing innovative services to the public and the state.

 

“As a CEO, I am determined to achieve that our narrow-gauge railway is recognised as a European railway track by expanding its application beyond regional tourism objects and reaching the level of European technological heritage and tourism. I have some new ideas regarding services development by using the train for different events and highlighting its historical heritage. We want to offer a type of service package that would encourage people to return time and time again,” Liutikas said following the meeting.

 

Darius Liutikas started working as of 26 July.

 

This narrow-gauge railway, along with its stations and road structures built at the turn of the 20th century, is a valuable landmark of historical and cultural heritage. Currently it has trains operating on the railway section Panevėžys–Anykščiai–Rubikiai.