Fiji’s Solicitor General Sharvada Sharma and Sundip Patel, Director of CJ Patel Group of Companies have been appointed to the Board of Air Pacific Limited Trading As Fiji Airways. The appointments come following the airline's Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Shareholders in Nadi last night. Sharma and Patel replace Greg Taylor and Elizabeth Powell whose tenure on the board ended with effect from today. The new members join Chairman Nalin Patel, Managing Director and CEO, Stefan Pichler, and Aslam Khan. Meanwhile, the search continues for a new managing director and CEO to replace Pichler is in progress. Pichler will remain on the board following his return to Germany at the end of January 2015. Source: Fijilive, 12/12/2014
PS: TWO board members currently live outside Fiji. Sundip Patel, also owner of Fiji Sun, lives most of the time in Australia and Aslam Khan in Geneva. Pichler will live in Germany. There is also a conflict of interest between Nalin Patel, chairman of Fiji Airways, and Sandip Patel being on the board. Nalin Patel's G Lal & Co are auditors for CJ Group. There is no native Fijian nor other non-Indo-Fijian representation on Fiji's national airline.
They will get free access to Fiji Airways and a 60 per cent discount on other carriers. It would cut their travel costs enormously.
Fijileaks: We apologize for stating Brussels and not Geneva, which we have corrected now.