FCDCL boss quits to con­test elec­tion

Fiji Sun - - Business - Source: Fiji Co-op­er­a­tive Dairy Com­pany Lim­ited Feed­back: maraia.vula@ fi­jisun.com.fj

Sachida Nand has of­fi­cially re­signed as CEO of the Fiji Co-op­er­a­tive Dairy Com­pany Lim­ited (FCDCL) ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately.

The Board of FCDCL thanked Mr Nand for his years of ser­vice to the Fiji Dairy in­dus­try.

Mr. Nand is stand­ing for Fi­jiFirst in the forth­com­ing elec­tion. Ad­vice from the com­pany lawyers in­di­cated FCDCL “is a busi­ness that was es­tab­lished pur­suant to a writ­ten law” as such the com­pany of­fi­cers and Board Mem­bers could be con­sid­ered to hold pub­lic of­fice un­der the 2013 con­sti­tu­tion.

This meant that Mr Nand would have to re­sign in order to stand for the elec­tion.

The com­pany re­ceived his let­ter of res­ig­na­tion this week and Mr. Nand’s last day at the of­fice was yes­ter­day (Fri­day). At a board meet­ing ear­lier this week, Kush­men­dra Prasad was ap­pointed act­ing CEO. The Board will ad­ver­tise the CEO’s po­si­tion in due course. Mr Nand has led FCDCL through some very dif­fi­cult times for the dairy in­dus­try. He started with the com­pany soon af­ter the sep­a­ra­tion process was com­plete and worked to re­build a prof­itable farm­ers co-op­er­a­tive.

He has also worked with farm­ers dur­ing the dif­fi­cult pe­riod when TB was se­ri­ously af­fect­ing farmer re­turns. He has been an in­te­gral part in de­vel­op­ing an in­dus­try re­sponse with Govern­ment to as­sist farm­ers through this dif­fi­cult time.

“Mr Nand made an out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to FCDCL as its CEO,” said chair­man Si­mon Cole.

“We wish Mr. Nand well with his po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tions and be­lieve he will al­ways hold the in­dus­try close to his heart.

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