Darius Gudelis served as Chairman of the Board at vip:communications, a Lithuanian public relations, lobbying, and advertisement firm specializing in integrated communications for the private and public sector. His focus was on investing in regional media and business development in Central and Eastern Europe. He also co-founded the Institute of Strategic Research, a policy research and analysis organization. He is also co-owner of the Lithuanian basketball team, BC RYTAS VILNIUS.
Elected the youngest mayor in the history of Lithuania at age 26, Darius rose early to national prominence and established a track record for economic improvement and a reputation for ethical government. In 2004, Darius became manager of Valdas Adamkus’s presidential campaign and was credited with guiding Adamkus to victory, later becoming his Chief Domestic Policy Advisor.