Posted: Fri 17 Sep, 2010
September 17, 2010, Macau SAR: There is no doubt that PATA, in this fast-moving world, has faced a challenge to remain relevant to the environment and its members. To this end, we have seen the need for a platform of change over the last few years, which required the organisation to take a phased development approach.
The first phase required the skills of an experienced developer to take the business apart and put it back together again. This saw the appointment of Greg Duffell to the position of chief executive officer eighteen months ago with a mandate from the Board to implement structural, operational and governance reform. This has resulted in a more robust and transparent financial and business operation.
The second phase will involve finalisation of the vision and strategy development, again, in line with future rather than past, needs, which guarantee the programmes and services delivered by the Association are relevant and of value to all members. Greg will be working with a sub-committee of the Executive Board to achieve this within the coming six months.
Greg has achieved positive results during phase one and will be a key element of phase two, in line with his core skill sets in business development. The Executive Board recognises his contribution and would like to maximise on and take full value of these in taking the way forward for PATA.
Said Hiran Cooray, Chairman, PATA: “We gave Greg a mandate for change and I must say that we have seen changes for the better in our operations and governance, which give me and the Board confidence.”
The final phase will focus on implementation of those redefined programmes and services, and will be strongly operational, in line with strategic assistance from the Executive Board.
Greg recognises that his forte lies in business development and feels that he has achieved this purpose with PATA and that the next phase now requires a different skill focus. Greg now wishes to hone his skill sets further back in the commercial sector.
Therefore, Greg and the Executive Board have agreed to a transition plan over the next six months. There will be a global recruitment process that will commence shortly and which will ensure we have an on-going continuity of the business.
Said Greg Duffell, Chief Executive Officer, PATA: “I feel proud that I have been able to make a number of positive changes to assist the Association and, am grateful for recognition of this. I am excited by the challenge the next six months will bring.”
Concluded Cooray: “I fully respect Greg’s desire to return to the commercial sector and am delighted that he will continue to contribute during this transition period as well.”