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Moxey responds to BPL COO departure

Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) has some internal matters to deal with following the recent resignation of former Chief Operations Officer (COO) Christina Alston, BPL Chairman Donovan Moxey said yesterday.

Alston resigned from the utility company at the end of last month.

“We understand that there is certainly something that internally we have to deal with, to make sure that we cover all the bases, so that’s about what we can say right now,” Moxey said outside Stephen Dillet Primary School.

He added, “What we’ve done as a board, we’ve gone to the CEO and asked him to put together what his staffing plans would be moving forward, both in the immediate future as well as long term.

“So we’re waiting, as a board, to hear back from the CEO with respect to what his staffing plans are.”

Last week, Bahamas Electrical Workers Union (BEWU) President Paul Maynard expressed concern over the stability of the company in the wake of Alston’s departure.

Alston, who has Bahamian roots and was recruited from the United States, was appointed to the position in October 2017.

She was touted as an award winning electrical engineer with 25 years experience in the electricity utility sector, with knowledge in the areas of transmission and distribution, planning, and biomass cogeneration.

The Nassau Guardian obtained an internal email from BPL Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Whitney Heastie, dated Saturday March 30, which advised some employees of Alston’s resignation.

The email said, “Until further advised, direct reports of Mrs. Alston will continue to report as they have been doing during her most recent vacation.”

Save for its confirmation of the matter, BPL said it has no further comment.

The company continues to experience upheaval with its executive team, even months after the government appointed an entirely new board in August 2018.

At the time, Public Works Minister Desmond Bannister said that relationships among board members had significantly deteriorated to a point where the board had locked horns on almost every critical issue at a great cost to the company, necessitating new leadership.

Rachel Knowles

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues.
Education: Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish
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