JESSIE Wangua was appointed acting managing director of Kumul Telikom Holdings Ltd (KTHL).
The National Executive Council appointed Wangua, a senior executive of KTHL, to lead the telecommunication giant at this critical time when sweeping changes are taking place across all State-owned enterprises in line with the Government’s reform agenda.
Wangua is not new to the telecommunication industry.
With over 18 years under his belt, he swept the floor first at Telikom PNG Ltd as a graduate trainee and steadily climbed the corporate ladder, reaching the middle level management and executive manager.
He moved a step up from the senior executive manager position he held at KTHL.
Wangua was the first and only executive team member to be appointed by the KTHL board.
He then worked alongside with the founding managing director of KTHL Paul Hyde to put in place the organisation structure, policy development and the strategic direction for the company since its inception in 2018.
Therefore, Wangua is as old as KTHL and his merit-based elevation to the top is timely when an experienced hand is required on deck to take the company forward.
His credentials speak for itself.
He is a University of Papua New Guinea graduate with post-graduate qualifications and masters in business administration pending final modules. Evidently, Prime Minister James Marape has eye for talent. His appointment of skilled Papua New Guineans to take up key responsibilities in both the public service and corporate sector is paying dividends and the Internal Revenue Commission is a case in point.
The Government’s unorthodox change of direction in empowering our young and exceptionally talented people to lead may not be so conventional but is an investment worth exploring, especially when you believe in the strength of youth, energy and drive.