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Fareed: No Rush To Appoint Fiji TV CEO

Fijian Holdings Group, the major shareholder of Fiji Television Limited, is not in a rush to appoint a chief executive for Fiji TV. FHL Group CEO, Nouzab Fareed, made these
05 Feb 2015 08:25
Fareed: No Rush To Appoint Fiji TV CEO
Fiji TV acting CEO Geoffrey Smith and FHL Group CEO and Fiji TV board director, Nouzab Fareed at the press conference on Monday. Photo: RACHNA LAL

Fijian Holdings Group, the major shareholder of Fiji Television Limited, is not in a rush to appoint a chief executive for Fiji TV.

FHL Group CEO, Nouzab Fareed, made these comments following what he described as ‘poor response’ on applications for the CEO position.

“We received only six applications which were not what we were looking for,” he said.

“We are not in a hurry to appoint anybody. The board will continue to search but we have to ensure we appoint the right person.

“We cannot just appoint anyone. It has to be someone with enough experience. So we are looking for the right person.

“In another few months we will finish the financial year. It’s a commercial decision and it depends on whom we are getting – whether it is the right person.”

In the meanwhile, Mr Fareed said Geoffrey Smith, who had been appointed acting CEO, has been doing a good job.

things you didnt know about Fiji TV Acting CEO: Geoffrey Smith
– Born in Lautoka in 1976
– Started off in journalism transcribing never ending interviews on tape for senior journalists at the Review Business Magazine
– Longest serving member of Fiji TV’s newsroom since 1999.
– Best Author: Lord Jeffrey Archer, author of ‘Not a penny more, not a penny less’ and ‘Kane and Abel’
– Highest marks in English in 1994 FSLC in the South Pacific.
– Married to Christine Lyons with three beautiful daughters (Courtney 16, Jane 12, Kate 5).
– Third youngest boy in a family of 11 (8 boys and 3 girls)
– Attended Marist Primary School and also Marist Brothers High School
– Two younger brothers both in the British Army.
– On a lighter note: Member of Garden City Swipers Grog Club.

Skills being looked at

Mr Fareed said one of the important qualities they are looking for in a CEO was someone who has good people skills/interpersonal skills.

“You have to be a humble person because without that you cannot run an organisation,” he said.

“Of course, the person should be matured enough and adequate experience in the business field, business acumen, integrity, honesty and as well as leadership.

“Also should be able to drive this organisation – this is not only with 10 or 20 staff – we got more than 150 staff.

“The person should be able to speak in public, should run and make decisions, negotiate with foreign suppliers. I wish somebody of that nature applies.  Of course the right age also – cant be very young.”

Feedback:  rachnal@fijisun.com.fj

 



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