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FSC Appoints Clark New CEO

The Fiji Sugar Corporation has appointed Zimbabwean-born Graham Clark as its new chief executive. The announcement was made yesterday by the Chairman of the Fiji Sugar Corporation, Vishnu Mohan. Mr
26 Jan 2017 11:00
FSC Appoints Clark New CEO
The new chief operating officer, Fiji Sugar Corporation, Navin Chandra (left), permanent secretary for the Sugar Ministry,Yogesh Karan ,Fiji Sugar Corporation board chair Vishnu Mohan with the incoming chief executive officer for Fiji Sugar Corporation, Graham Clark. Photo: CHARLES CHAMBERS.

The Fiji Sugar Corporation has appointed Zimbabwean-born Graham Clark as its new chief executive.

The announcement was made yesterday by the Chairman of the Fiji Sugar Corporation, Vishnu Mohan.

Mr Clark is a chartered accountant and has had extensive experiences within the sugar industry in other parts of the world.

He takes up his appointment from March 1.

In announcing the appointment, Mr Mohan said Mr Clark succeeded Abdul Khan, who resigned in October, and Mikaele Biukoto, who was acting chief executive for the past three months.

Mr Mohan said FSC had embarked on a transparent and robust recruitment programme to appoint the new chief executive.

“We advertised in most parts of the world and I have to say the response was encouraging, particularly from Europe,” Mr Mohan said.

“We had applications from some heavyweights who have been involved in the sugar industry for a very long time and we have finally been able to engage the services of Mr Clark who will be the new CEO starting from March 1.”

Mr Clark, who has been involved in the sugar industry for the past 30 years, brings with him significant experience from Zimbabwe.

He has also worked in the sugar sector in South Africa, Malawi, Swaziland and in Nigeria.

Mr Mohan said the new CEO had been the financial controller in some of the countries he served in.

Most recently he has been a group manager  and managing director of major multicountry african sugar manufacturing and marketing companies.

Mr Mohan said: “He was also involved with a well known British plantation group which specialises in African plantations and with which I was very familiar with it during my days in South Africa.

“So we are delighted that we have been able to secure the service of someone of that calibre in Mr Clark who is going to be extremely useful in our ambition to take the Fiji sugar industry into the future.”

Mr Clark said what he saw in the Fijian sugar industry was a great opportunity.

“It has unfortunately fallen to a very low level for whatever reason and the ability to apply my experience and my background to this opportunity seems significant to me.

“And I believe that we can make a real difference.

“I haven’t been here long and I just thought that I understand a bit more of the dynamics and what I see is all the key pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that can be put together to create a very nice picture.

“So that was is the situation and I would like to end my career if you’d like on a high  and look back with satisfaction to say that I’ve contributed something to an industry that has been very close to my heart.

“It’s opportunity more than anything.”

Edited by: Kathrin Krishna

Feedback:  charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj



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