Standard & Poor’s has assigned Maxima Grupė BB+ credit rating with a stable perspective. Maxima Grupė has become the first private company in the Baltics and one of the few retailers in the Eastern and Central European region, which received and publicly announced an international credit rating. According to the company, this rating is the highest among European retail companies of similar size (with an annual revenue amounting to EUR 4 billion).
Kęstutis Gailius, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Maxima LT, will continue his career in one of Maxima Grupė‘s companies Emperia Holding S.A., that operates Polish retail chain Stokrotka. He will join the company as CFO. K. Gailius was also appointed the Vice President of the Management Board of Emperia Holding S.A.
In order to further strengthen corporate governance at Maxima Grupė, an audit committee has been established. The supervisory board of the group has appointed three members to the committee for a four-year term: Jurgita Kirvaitienė, who is managing director of the electronic money institution Glocash Payment, Kasparas Žebrauskas, the partner in charge of quality and risk management at the audit and accounting firm BDO Lietuva, and Rytis Jezepčikas, a member of the board of Vilniaus Prekyba.
A new member has been added to the Supervisory Board of Maxima Grupė, Jurgita Šlekytė, who has also been elected to succeed Jolanta Bivainytė as Chairwoman of that body. As of 1 June, J. Šlekytė was appointed a Member of the Board of Directors of Vilniaus Prekyba UAB, having previously served as head of legal services at Maxima Grupė. She has been working in the group for more than 10 years.
Maxima Grupė has successfully completed the deal to acquire the remaining shares of Emperia Holding S.A. and now holds 100 percent shares directly and through subsidiary of Emperia Holding S.A. The Group has paid about EUR 8.3 million for 2.87 percent shares previously owned by small shareholders.