People Do Business With Human Beings Not Companies. The People Are The Most Valuable Asset Of A Company. Business Editor Elenoa Baselala Introduces The Movers And Shakers For The Month Of April,
Those Who Contribute And Have Contributed To The Success Of Their Employers.
Sustainable Mahogany Industries (PIX)
While they may not have had the required set of skills, they still however have the right attitude. Which is why the ladies who are turning heads at Sustainable Mahogany Industries are continuing to turn heads.
Their presence even caught the attention of US ambassador Frankie Reed, while on a tour of SMI facilities in Deuba.
Ms Reed, while acknowledging the employment of the women, added that she could tell the women were satisfied with their employment just by looking at their faces.
At least nine women are employed by SMI in a particular section, which cuts timber as well as guitar necks and bodies.
Kadavu woman Melaia Ragigia is one of the women who has mastered the various skills required in the factory.
Ms Ragigia said she stayed home after school and her first job was at SMI. The mother-of-two can draw the guitar bodies and necks, cut them, drive the forklift, cut timber.
In fact, she is one of two ladies who are "multi skilled".
Bank of South Pacific
Kostas Constantinou, chairman of the Bank of South Pacific, announced this week the appointment of Geoffrey John Robb and Freda Kanek Talao to the BSP board.
Mr Robb, a BSP statement said, is a highly qualified and experienced banker having occupied several senior executive positions including project finance and complex strategic transaction with the ANZ Banking Group and Bank of America.
"He has a great depth of experience in financial analysis, having been involved in analysing and considering finance for a very wide range of businesses over a long period during his banking career. He holds an MBA from the International Management Institute Geneva and MacQuarie University and will bring his deep banking experience to the board," Mr Constantinou said.
Ms Talao is from Siassi Island, Morobe Province. She is a lawyer by profession and is undertaking doctoral studies.
Foster's Group Pacific
Simon Friars has informed the board of Foster's Group Pacific Limited of his resignation as a director, with effect from March 29, 2012. Mr Friars has also resigned as general manager of CUB Supply Finance.
FGP directors thanked Friars for his contribution to the company and appointed Stephen Anders as a director of the company with effect from yesterday.
Mr Anders was appointed as supply finance director of CUB on October 14, 2011 and was previously global planning director for Treasury Wine Estates. Prior to this, Mr Anders had held several finance, strategy and supply roles in Foster's Group with responsibilities across the Asia Pacific region and globally.
Tanoa Hotel Group
Jill Murphy is the new general manager of the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel in Apia.
A New Zealander, she will start her new role next week. She will be responsible for the hotel's operational and financial performance as well as ensuring that personnel development programs are being effectively managed.
The hotel chain now has four female hotel managers in employment.
"Jill has a wealth of experience in the corporate and conferencing spheres of business having spent most of her professional career in Wellington at some of the larger international hotels," chairman of the hotel group YP Reddy said.
"Her last role was that of a 'cluster' general manager managing three hotel operations in New Zealand. Jill, a professionally qualified hotelier, also has a strong affinity for sales and marketing having begun her professional career actively involved in this element of the business."
Ms Murphy is replacing Joffree (Jong) Cataylo who is returning to Canada. Mr Cataylo has been with the group for some eight years. He was involved in the Fiji hotel operations prior to his appointment at Tusitala.