Com­merce Com­mis­sion chief, Bobby Ma­haraj, de­cides to fin­ish term

Search for new boss on as board looks to re­cruit some­one dy­namic to fill in the gap

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Af­ter six years at the helm of Fiji Com­merce Com­mis­sion, it’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, Bobby Ma­haraj, has de­cided to leave the en­tity. Mr Ma­haraj’s con­tract comes to an end on June 30 and he ad­vised the board in April of his de­ci­sion to pur­sue other ca­reer op­tions. Com­mis­sion chair­per­son, Joanne Young, con­firmed this yes­ter­day as ad­ver­tise­ments on the po­si­tion have been al­ready pub­lished. She said Mr Ma­haraj will con­tinue as chief ex­ec­u­tive un­til June 30.

It is un­der­stood Mr Ma­haraj will fin­ish off his stud­ies in law and will look at the ca­reer op­tions avail­able.

New chief search

Ms Young said ad­ver­tise­ments on the chief ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tion have al­ready gone out and the search has be­gun. “We are hop­ing to get a dy­namic CEO into the Com­mis­sion and we are look­ing widely for the next CEO,” she said.

Ms Young stressed they will ex­plore the lo­cal mar­ket first for the best can­di­dates but if the search fails, they will then look abroad. How­ever, they have not lim­ited their search and for­eign­ers can still ap­ply. She said they know it would not be pos­si­ble to ap­point an­other chief ex­ec­u­tive be­fore Mr Ma­haraj’s term ex­pires. Thus, the Deputy CEO will take over the reigns as act­ing CEO with the as­sis­tance of the board. “We don’t ex­pect to re­cruit some­one so quickly be­cause these sorts of po­si­tions take some time to get the right per­son,” Ms Young said.

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