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Shammi Lotchan Grows at FBC and Beyond

Shammi Lotchan can be de­fined by her strong faith, love for family and her work. Ms Lotchan is someone who fol­lowed her own dreams and became a radio broadcaster from
22 Sep 2018 11:00
Shammi Lotchan Grows at FBC and Beyond
Shammi Lotchan.

Shammi Lotchan can be de­fined by her strong faith, love for family and her work.

Ms Lotchan is someone who fol­lowed her own dreams and became a radio broadcaster from a very young age at the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC).

The manager radio programmes says she had set her goals from high school and never looked back.

The mother of two is also one of the directors for the Fijian Holdings Limited Board.

FHL Group of Companies chief executive officer Nouzab Fareed said: “FHL is a proud supporter of gender diversity.

“They believe that gender diversi­ty is important for good governance and the benefits of mixed gender leadership teams are well known.

“The company is a keen developer of gender equality and it is some­thing that it is proud of.

“Recently, the company has set a new benchmark of 35 percent female participation in the group which is among the highest for fe­male participation on any corpo­rate boards in Fiji.

“Board directors rightly focus on issues of accountability, transpar­ency, culture and management re­munerations. Boards are expected to set the moral compass of their organisations.

“FHL has become the role model for the rest of Fiji corporate world.”

Mr Fareed also noted that they have set a 31 per cent benchmark for female directors (this is same as last year) but when they include sub-committee members then it in­creases to 35 per cent.

Excerpts from an interview of Ms Lotchan:

1.Can you tell us about yourself?

I was fortunate to be recognised as a potential radio broadcaster while I was still in high school.

After school I would be called to voice commercials and Radio Dra­ma at FBC. I was paid talent fee for this.

I then set my goal to join Radio and build my career in this industry.

I don’t wait for people to speak words of encouragement to moti­vate me, but I speak words of life and of encouragement in my life,.it may sound strange, but that’s who I am.

2.Can you tell us a bit about your role?

I am manager radio programmes overseeing six radio stations.

That includes Radio Fiji Two, Ra­dio Fiji One, Bula FM, 2day FM, Gold FM and Mirch FM at Fiji Broadcasting Corporation.

  1. You assumed a number of sen­ior roles and

responsibilities. How has taking such positions molded you?

It has been a learning process. Networking with people in Fiji and abroad has given me a lot of expo­sure as well.

I get to meet a lot of people and those in very powerful positions as well.

I am on FHL Board as a Director and my goal is to continue this path moving forward and embracing op­portunities and growing to another level of success.

4.You have and are currently working with successful

business leaders and their

leadership style is different. How has it influenced you and the way you lead?

Throughout my career in media industry, I worked with great lead­ers who recognised my potential and gave me the opportunity to grow.

They have been my role models and I try to follow their footsteps to ensure that I contribute towards the success of those who are in my care, to groom them and mold them to another level of success.

5.Could you talk about some events that influenced you to be­come what you are today?

Very few people come across lead­ers who will entrust you with major projects or position in the organisa­tion.

My CEO Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has given me the opportunity to represent FBC on international platform and locally as well.

Mr Fareed appointed me as a Di­rector on FHL Board. Such great opportunities and constant support of my family and trusting in God has made me what I am today.

6.What are your current goals?

We are proud to say Fiji Broadcast­ing Corporation (FBC) is the biggest and most powerful media organisa­tion in Fiji, setting high standards of broadcasting and ensuring our listeners and viewers get the best in quality and content.

  1. Can you tell us a bit some of the challenges you face?

I see Challenges as stepping stones to a higher level of success in life.

I have learnt not to get frustrated or discouraged by challenges but I see it as an opportunity to outshine.

  1. What are your key

priorities?

My key priorities in my career and personal development is to be an in­fluential and inspirational Leader, responsible wife, mother and above all a responsible Fijian.

9.What are some of your

future plans?

I have set strategic goals in my professional life and personal life and I dream of making it big one day.

10.What is the best advice you would give to young

professionals to succeed?

The person who discovered light failed 1000 times.

As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb.

When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison re­plied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times.

The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.” So my advice is; never be afraid to make mistakes.

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

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