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Statement from the Board of Directors | Transition arrangements for Tourism Fiji CEO

November 26, 2020 Appointments / Movers & Shakers No Comments

Tourism Fiji’s current CEO, Matt Stoeckel, finishes his contract with the organisation on 21 December 2020.

A thorough and transparent recruitment process is well underway with the assistance of PwC to source the replacement CEO, which will be based strictly on merit.

“The CEO of Tourism Fiji is a very senior role that will set the direction for how Fiji is promoted within each of its international markets. Working with a highly supportive team and tourism industry, we are looking for a new CEO that can hit the ground running and navigate the organisation through the current disruption caused by COVID19, as well as the recovery once border restrictions ease up.  A passion for tourism is essential along with excellent leadership and communication skills and experience, as well as the ability to work effectively and pragmatically with all level of stakeholders”, said Tourism Fiji Chairman, Andre Viljoen.  

In the interim Tourism Fiji’s Board of Directors have appointed Robert Thompson (Regional Manager, Australia) to the role of Acting CEO to commence from 22 December 2020 until the CEO position is filled on a permanent basis.

Robert Thompson – Acting CEO

Robert has temporarily relocated to Tourism Fiji’s head office in Nadi, where he is undergoing a thorough transition process with the outgoing CEO ahead of taking on this responsibility. This will ensure a seamless continuation of activities at this critical point in time.

Robert has worked with Tourism Fiji for 12 months, and prior to his appointment had held senior destination marketing roles with Tahiti Tourisme for 18 Years.

Jason Sacriz – Acting Regional Manager, Australia

Robert will be exclusively dedicated to the position of Acting CEO, and the responsibilities for the management of the Australia Office will be undertaken by Jason Sacriz who will commence in the position of Acting Regional Manager, Australia from 22 December 2020 for the period that Robert is seconded to the head office as Acting CEO.

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