Anthony Smaré, Chairman of the Board of Paradise Company Ltd., is pleased to announce the appointment of Group CFO, Ben Wong, as interim Group CEO, reporting to the Board after the cessation of James Rice as Group CEO.
Mr Wong’s appointment as interim Group CEO will be for 3 months or until a new CEO commences in the role, whichever occurs earlier. Mr Wong has held several Executive Leadership positions in multinational companies and FMCG sector globally prior to joining Paradise Company Limited as the Group CFO in September 2019
Mr Smaré stated “Ben has been Group CFO for the Group for the last 2 years and has filled in for James’ previously for short stints. Ben will continue to hold the role of Group CFO, and act as interim Group CEO for this period.
Ben’s key focus as acting CEO will be to ensure that the PCL executive leadership team and the Paradise group as a whole maintains a ‘business as usual’ approach for the next few months to achieve the Group’s targets for 2021 as we continue to build upon Paradise’s core strengths, strong brands and excellent reputation in PNG as a quality food and beverage manufacturer.”
Mr Wong said “I’m thrilled to support the company and staff across all our sites during this transition period and look forward to continuing our company growth together as a family”.