The Land Transport Authority has a new Chief Executive Officer. She is Ta’atialeoitiiti Agnes Tutuvanu-Schwalger.
The 28-year-old Ta’atialeoitiiti replaces, Leasi John Galuvao, who served as C.E.O. for nine years.
Speaking to the Sunday Samoan, Ta’atialeoitiiti said she is humbled by Cabinet’s trust in her.
“The Lord has blessed me to be a mother to three beautiful children and a wife to a loving husband,” she said.
“I am humbled to be blessed again with the appointment as C.E.O. of L.T.A. I would like to acknowledge key people that have contributed to my success:
My parents for making us children as top priority at all times. All my achievements are fruits of your labour.
“My family as well as my husband’s family for their never ending support especially for being there when I need your help.”
The new C.E.O. is married to Fuimaono Dominic Schwalger. They have three children, D’Angelo John, Bernadette Tamasa’ilau and Ignatius Wilhelm Schwalger.
The daughter of John and Lidwina (nee Sapolu) Tutuvanu, Ta’atialeoitiiti is from Vaiala and Amanave, American Samoa.
She acknowledged her former bosses whom she said have had a positive contribution to her career development.
They include Leasi Galuvao, Seimaleula Sinapati Ulberg and Seugamaalii Jammie Saena.
She thanked all her work colleagues within L.T.A., within government and in the private sector.
Ta’atialeoitiiti, managed the procurement of consultancy contracts as well as civil works contracts for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation and routine maintenance of roads, bridges, drainages etc within L.T.A.
She led the implementation and management of finances, risks and the following donor funded projects such as Enhanced Road Access Project funded by the World Bank and Government of Australia through DFAT; Enhanced Climate Resilience of West Coast Road funded by the World Bank; Vaisigano Bridge Reconstruction Project funded by JICA; Integrated Flood Management to Enhance Climate Resilience of Vaisigano River Catchment funded by Green Climate Fund (GCF).”
She was the Manager for the Asset Management Team within the Procurement & Programming Division to register/record and update information on roads, bridges, drainages on the Samoa Asset Management System (S.A.M.S.).
Ta’atialeoitiiti was heavily involved in the preparation of Divisional budget proposal with supporting information as well as manage the use of Divisional budget.
She was also part of the preparation of project proposal for the land transport sector by the Government of Samoa to be submitted to donor agencies- World Bank, ADB, Green Climate Fund.
She holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, from the University of Queensland.
She is a former student of St. Mary’s Primary School, Savalalo and a graduate of St. Mary’s College Year 9-10 and Robert Louis Stevenson College Year 12-13.
After attaining her B.A., Ta’atialeoitiiti started working at the Land Transport Authority starting February 2012.
An active member of the Institute of Professional Engineers Samoa since 2012 until present, where she was the Vice President of the Institute of Professional Engineers Samoa for 2 years- 2015 and 2016.