On June 17, 2022, the Liepaja SEZ Board approved Uldis Hmieļevskis in the position of the Liepaja SEZ Chief Executive Officer. It has already been reported that the former Liepaja SEZ CEO Jānis Lapiņš left his position in November 2021 due to personal reasons. Lapiņš managed the SEZ Authority since 2016.
The selection commission evaluated the 10 applicants according in accordance with the applicant selection criteria set by the commission. The commission heard in person the vision of the applicants regarding the operational priorities of the Liepaja SEZ Authority, its development in the next four years and other relevant issues. The commission evaluated such competencies as team management, change management, the SEZ development vision, ability to make decisions and assume responsibility, knowledge and understanding of good corporate governance, knowledge in the field of risk management and internal control system, knowledge of port operations and the regulatory laws .