- Kęstutis Juščius, the current CEO of AUGA Group, plans to transition to the company’s newly elected Board.
- Juščius will continue to lead AUGA Community, focusing on technology development and sustainable farming standards.
- Elina Chodzkaitė-Barauskienė has been appointed as the interim CEO, effective from November 7, 2023.
- The company aims to ensure smooth operations and consistent strategy implementation during the transition.
- An Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders is scheduled for November 7, 2023, to elect new Board members.
In a recent announcement, AUGA Group revealed planned changes in its management structure to maximize the company’s value and focus on technology development. Kęstutis Juščius, the current CEO, intends to transition to the company’s newly elected Board while continuing to head AUGA Community, the subsidiary responsible for technology development.
A Strategic Shift
Kęstutis Juščius emphasized that his decision is not a step away from the company but rather a move to become more deeply involved. “My goal is to focus on those areas that have the most significant impact on the company’s strategy implementation and its future results, namely, technology development,” said Juščius. He believes that this strategic shift will bring the most significant benefit to AUGA Group.
Interim CEO Appointed
To ensure a smooth transition, the Board has appointed Elina Chodzkaitė-Barauskienė as the interim CEO, effective November 7, 2023, until a new CEO is elected. Chodzkaitė-Barauskienė has led the company’s Business Development and Innovation Department since 2019 and has been instrumental in shaping the current business strategy. She has also contributed to the development of a new technology-sharing business model.
Background of the Interim CEO
Before joining AUGA Group, Elina Chodzkaitė-Barauskienė worked for seven years at Invest Lithuania, engaging with major foreign investors in manufacturing and life sciences. She completed her bachelor’s studies at University College London and master’s studies at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna.
Dalius Misiūnas, the Chairman of the Company’s Board, expressed confidence in the new interim CEO. “By appointing an interim CEO, we will create the conditions for the new Board to integrate with the company’s activities quickly and have sufficient time to search out a new CEO,” said Misiūnas.
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