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3 New Permanent Secretaries Appointed, Former British American Tobacco CEO Is New PS Agriculture

Ritesh Dass, was until recently the CEO of British American Tobacco in Fiji. He held the position of CEO for nearly ten years firstly in the Solomon Islands and later in Fiji.
14 Aug 2019 15:09
3 New Permanent Secretaries Appointed, Former British American Tobacco CEO Is New PS Agriculture
David Kolitagane

The Public Service Commission (PSC) is pleased to announce the following Permanent Secretary appointments which carry the support of the Hon. Prime Minister.

Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development – Mr. David Kolitagane

David Kolitagane, the current Permanent Secretary for Agriculture who has been acting as the Permanent Secretary for Rural and Maritime Development since December 2018 is now being appointed to that position on a full-time basis. Backed by his wide experience in multiple portfolios and his proven performance, the PSC feels that David is ideally suited to take this portfolio to its next level and help fulfill the Government’s agenda in this area. David holds a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Economics from the University of the South Pacific.

Ministry of Communications and IT – Ms. Deborah Weiss

Deborah Weiss

Deborah Weiss

Deborah Weiss is being appointed as Permanent Secretary, Communication and Information Technology a position that has remained vacant for a long time for want of the most suitable candidate. Deborah, an Australian citizen, has over twenty years of very relevant experience as a senior operational and management executive in both the private and government sectors of Australia. The PSC is delighted to have been able to acquire Deborah’s services to carry forward the Government’s ambitious agenda in the areas of digitalization and advanced communication. Deborah holds a Bachelor of Professional Studies from the University of NSW, and Master of Commerce, majoring in Information Systems, from the University of NSW.  Deborah will take up her position on 9 September 2019.

Ministry of Agriculture – Mr. Ritesh Dass

Ritesh Dass

Ritesh Dass

Ritesh Dass, was until recently the CEO of British American Tobacco in Fiji. He held the position of CEO for nearly ten years firstly in the Solomon Islands and later in Fiji. Ritesh is a very experienced and versatile executive who has significant exposure to the Agriculture sector in Fiji and in the region. Ritesh is a proven leader and the PSC is pleased to have been able to secure the services of such a high caliber executive from the private sector. Ritesh holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the South Pacific and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from Central Queensland University. Ritesh will take up his role on 1 October 2019.

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