MOBILE phone company bemobile will be announcing a new chief executive officer in the coming weeks after Roger Blott resigned from the company which he led during its initial stage.
The company said in a statement that Mr Blott left the company to spend more time with his young family back in England.
The deputy chief executive officer, John Papazian, will now act in the position to oversee the day-to-day operations of the telco while the selection process of a new CEO is being carried out.
According to bemobile chairman Anthony Smare, Mr Blott was engaged on an open contract, which meant he had the freedom to leave the company by mutual agreement.
Mr Blott departs for England today.
He had been with the company since November 2008 and was instrumental in leading bemobile during its formational stage, particularly in the build up of the network and the rebranding of the company.
“I am saddened by his departure,” Mr Smare said.
“He made a significant contribution to our strategic direction, and his vision and energy will be missed.
“I particularly appreciated the effort he took to mix with the Papua New Guinean staff and to motivate and lead them – you could see how much Roger meant to bemobile workers by the emotion staff showed yesterday when we announced his resignation.
“We thank Roger for his tremendous service to bemobile over the past 15 months. We will miss him and we wish him well,” Mr Smare said.
Mr Blott said: “It is with regret that I have decided to leave bemobile … spending time with my family is my priority now.
“I am proud of the accomplishments of the bemobile team in creating PNG’s own mobile company in an extremely short period of time … I wish the company and all of its employees continued success over the coming years”.