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Rob Thompson named Tourism Fiji’s acting CEO

While the search for Tourism Fiji’s next leader is well underway, the organisation has revealed who will be keeping the CEO’s seat warm.

Tourism Fiji’s board of directors have appointed Rob Thompson to the role of acting chief from 22 December 2020 until the CEO position is filled on a permanent basis.

Thompson is currently the tourism board’s regional manager for Australia, and has temporarily relocated to its head office in Nadi, where he is undergoing a thorough transition process with outgoing CEO Matt Stoeckel ahead of taking on this responsibility.

Stoeckel announced his impending exit from Tourism Fiji last month after four-and-a-half years at the helm. It was later revealed that he will become the new CEO of Visit Sunshine Coast.

Jason Sacriz

Filling in for Thompson as Tourism Fiji’s acting regional manager for Australia will be Jason Sacriz.

Tourism Fiji chairman Andre Viljoen said: “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.”

Tourism Fiji has enlisted the help of global consultancy PwC for its CEO recruitment process.


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