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Business Editor Geraldine Panapasa And Reporter Felix Chaudhary Introduces Some Of Those Who Have Taken Up New Appointments To Drive The Performance Of The Companies They Work For.
Saturday, January 26, 2013

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COMMITMENT to the pursuit of customer service excellence has taken Krishneel Prasad from the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa to the Holiday Inn in Darwin in Australia.

Mr Prasad joined the Front Office Department at the InterContinental Fiji as a night auditor two years ago.

"Mr Prasad's commitment to delivering excellence saw him being promoted to duty manager six months into his role. Mr Prasad's dedication to his training and personal development goals has rewarded him with a three month appointment as duty manager at the Holiday Inn Darwin," the resort said in a press release issued on Thursday.

"I take my work to heart and am looking forward to learning as much as I can while abroad. This is an amazing opportunity and I am beyond excited," he said.

Mr Prasad landed the Darwin role after successful on-the-job reviews, personal development plans, structured learning through the InterContinental Hotel Group's Room to Grow program which supports and develops staff to pursue rewarding careers.

"We make it our priority to ensure the success of our employees both here in Fiji and abroad. We are extremely proud of Krishneel, and although he will be missed, this is a great opportunity in fulfilling his career ambitions and developing his career with IHG," said resort general manager, Scott Williams.

Housing Authority

WITH 38 years of work experience at the Housing Authority of Fiji, Jagdish Prasad was recently appointed as the general manager lending.

He started at the Housing Authority in 1973 as a legal clerk and worked his way up as the manager legal services, manager corporate governance and board secretary before his appointment as acting general manager lending in April 2011.

Mr Prasad was confirmed to the position in November last year and was responsible for managing the authority's mortgage portfolio, approve new home loan accounts, recover loan arrears, handling village housing schemes, facilitate conveyance functions including the safe keeping of legal documents for security of loans granted for consumers.

Authority chief executive officer Alipate Naiorosui said Mr Prasad's hands-on experience and organisational knowledge and strategic view of the lending division were qualities that made him the most suitable candidate for the role.

Fiji Roads Authority

NEW Zealand-born Neil Cook has taken up the role of chief executive officer for Fiji Roads Authority effective January 7 this year.

He arrived in the country on January 4 but had planned for the job several months before that. Mr Cook, who turns 40 this year, spent the past nine years in Wairoa, a rural district on the east coast of the North Island.

After high school, he completed an apprenticeship and qualified as a car mechanic specialising in alternative fuel installation, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and compressed natural gas (CNG). A few years of working as a mechanic, Mr Cook studied civil engineering at the University of Auckland and graduated with first class honours.

"The rural area I have been living in has a lot of similarities with Fiji. I have not found adapting to the new environment difficult and everyone I am working with has been helpful as I have settled into the job," he said.

"The humidity in Suva is the biggest challenge but after a few weeks, you start getting used to it.

"My contract is for three years and a large part of my job is to ensure that local capacity and capability is developed at all levels in the roading sector in Fiji."

Mr Cook said a key goal was to develop a local understudy to step into his role in three years time.

He is married to Linda and has four children. His family is expected to arrive in the country early next month.

Ministry of Health

LABASA lad Shalvin Deo has taken up the role of information and media officer for the Ministry of Health effective this month.

A graduate of the Fiji National University's media and journalism program, Mr Deo was a senior journalist with Communications Fiji Limited from 2003 to 2011. He joined the Consumer Council of Fiji in 2011 as an information, campaigns and media officer until January this year.

The 28-year-old is responsible for compiling and disseminating media releases, organise interviews for the minister, permanent secretary and deputy secretary, write feature articles and mobilising the media.

"Clarifying queries from the media on behalf of the ministry and accompanying the minister on official trips are some of the responsibilities that come with this role," he said.

"I hope to see that the general public is well-versed with the work carried out by the ministry despite numerous constraints faced by medical staff members."

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