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Bekker Is New LTA CEO

‘I look forward to the challenge’
05 Jul 2022 16:00
Bekker Is New LTA CEO
New Land Transport Authority CEO, Flagon Bekker, at the LTA conference room in Valelevu on July 4. Photo: Nolishma Narayan

The Land Transport Authority of Fiji (LTA) has appointed Flagon Bekker, as its new Chief Executive Officer.

He started his role yesterday for a three-year term.

Mr Bekker, is a British passport holder. He lived in Australia and most recently worked in Papua New Guinea as the managing director of PNG Power Limited (PPL)

 

“I’ve been fortunate that I’ve worked for multinationals globally in the energy space, mostly around technical services, and the challenges that these businesses had are similar,” he said.

“It’s how to perform better for the customer.”

He has worked in regions such as the United States of America and Europe for over 10 years.

 

LTA Board chairman, James Sowane, said that Mr Bekker was selected after a rigorous, merit-based recruitment process that included local and international applicants.

“Mr Bekker, was selected for his vast international and regional leadership experience and we are confident that under his guidance, LTA will devise and implement effective strategies towards the authority’s vision of delivering safe and sustainable land transport services for all Fijians,” Mr Sowane said.

The post was widely advertised, both locally and internationally, after which 10 applicants were shortlisted, half of whom were local professionals.

 

“In the post COVID-19 era, it is critical for LTA to have a strong business leader with a high level of change management experience leading the authority towards its strategic focus on sustainability, digital transformation and resetting the people culture of the organization and Mr Bekker was most suited for the role,” Mr Sowane said

Mr Bekker had worked for more than 20 years across the energy and associated services value chains in 4 global regions including the Middle East and Europe.

His broad and deep regulatory, technology and reform leadership experience is in valuable at a time when the transport sector is moving into an era of technological disruption and business model convergence.

 

Mr Bekker comes into his new role with international corporate, formal business school, and university technical development exposure.

Mr Sowane said the LTA board acknowledges the support and leadership of Irimaia Rokosawa, who served as Acting CEO for the past eight months and will continue his substantive role as Chief Financial Officer.

The new CEO said: “I would like to leave a legacy over the next three years in making sure my successor has a strong and clear path ahead of him or her in this regard.”

“I look forward to the challenge,” Mr Bekker said.

 

Feedback: nolishma.narayan@fijisun.com.fj



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