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Corporate governance

Janis Garisons
Chairman of the Council

On 30 December 2019, he was appointed as Member of the Council, and on 8 January 2020 he was elected as Chairman of the Council of SJSC “State Real Estate”. Since 2015, Janis Garisons (Jānis Garisons) is State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence. In this institution he has also held a number of other leading positions: from 2013 to 2015 he was Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence – Policy Director, from 2009 to 2013 – Political Director, from 2007 to 2009 – Director of the Crisis Management and Mobilisation Department, and from 2005 to 2007 – Deputy Director of the Crisis Management and Mobilisation Department. Prior to that, J. Garisons worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he held the position of Director of the Security Department from 2004 to 2005, from 2004 to 2005 he worked as Head of the NATO and European Security Division and from 2002 to 2003 – Head of Regional Cooperation and Arms Control. From 1999 to 2002, J. Garisons was First Secretary of the Latvian Embassy in Norway and from 1997 to 1999 – Head of Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Garisons obtained a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies at the U.S. Army War College and a Master’s Degree in History Science of the History and Philosophy Faculty at the University of Latvia. He has attended training in the Geneva Security Policy Centre in Switzerland, and also completed an anti-terrorism course in the USA. Garisons has received a number of awards, including the Fourth Class Order of Viesturs, Certificates of Gratitude from the Cabinet of Ministers and the Prime Minister. Since 2016, J. Garisons is serving in the National Guard.

Ieva Braunfelde
Member of the Council

She was appointed as Member of the Council of SJSC “State Real Estate” On 30 December 2019; the professional experience of Ieva Braunfelde is related to her work in the State administration -- management of the administrative work of the Ministry of Finance. Under the leadership of I. Braunfelde, policy development and coordination is ensured in the areas of state real estate, as well as private partnership and public procurement. From 5 May 2014 until now, I. Braunfelde has been Head of the Administration of the Ministry of Finance. Her work duties include the planning and management of the administrative work of the Ministry of Finance. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Legal Science in the Faculty of Law at the University of Latvia and a Diploma for obtaining a Lawyer’s Qualification, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. She has improved her professional skills in various courses in relation to European Union issues, as well as gained knowledge of international accounting and audit standards.

Renars Griskevics
Chairman of the Board since 6 January 2020

Renārs Griškevičs has extensive experience in multinational company management, digital transformation, and corporate management governance, as well as experience in business management in Latvia and Central and Eastern Europe. For a decade, he has held leading positions in various branches of different countries of a construction manufacturer, CEMEX, gaining extensive experience in operational, financial, and investment supervision, strategic planning, and procurement supervision. As Chairman of the Board of SRE, Griškevičs is responsible for financial management, investment financing, and supervision. Prior to this, R. Griškevičs was Head of the company FTS Baltic, being responsible for the start-up of the production company, the strategy and investments in Latvia. From 2016 to 2018 – he served as the Financial and Administrative Director of CEMEX, and was a Member of the Industry Competence Council of the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. From 2011 until 2015, he managed the group companies of CEMEX in Hungary, he was also a Member of the Council in CEMEX Austria, until October 2011 he fulfilled the duties of Financial and Administrative Director of SIA CEMEX. He has obtained a Master’s Degree in European Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management at the University of Latvia. In addition, he has attended local and international studies at the Institute of Corporate Governance in the Baltics, professional training of board members, etc.

Andris Varna
Member of the Board since 1 October 2017

On the SRE Management Board, Andris Varna (Andris Vārna) is responsible for the Customer service function. From 2011 until September 2017, he was Head of Real Estate and facilities management in Latvia and the Baltics at JSC SEB banka. The main duties for Mr. Varna in this position were the leading of real estate management and control at the Latvian and Baltic level. Likewise, Mr. Varna was responsible for strategic planning of the real estate rental portfolio, monitoring of projects and services, financial management, as well as financing and monitoring of investments. Andris Varna is the only one in the Baltic states to have acquired a Certified Property Manager, CPM® Certificate in the USA.

A. Varna acquired professional higher education in economics, as well as professional higher education in business and management at Riga Technical University, Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management. A. Varna continues to add to his education in England, at the British Institute of Facilities Management.

Fulfilment of SRE strategic goals

Results of the implementation of the financial and non-financial goals set in the medium-term operational strategy of SRE for 2018-2022.