GEBE managing board told they can’t offer services if contracts not signed | THE DAILY HERALD

Iris Arrindell, Kenrick Chittick and Veronica Jansen-Webster.


PHILIPSBURG–The GEBE Supervisory Board of Directors (SBOD) warned members of the Managing Board on Friday that they are not allowed to render any services to the utilities company if they do not sign their six-month contract extensions.

  The Managing Board comprises Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kenrick Chittick, Chief Operations Officer (COO) Veronica Jansen-Webster and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Iris Arrindell. The three did not respond to a request from this newspaper for comment on the matter on Friday.

  The Council of Ministers announced in October that it had taken a decision to extend the contracts of the Managing Board of Directors for a period of six months. The Managing Board’s three-year contracts ended on October 31, and the extensions were expected to go into effect as of yesterday, Friday, November 1.

  “If and when you refuse to sign the contract then you cannot assume any responsibility as managing directors until the signing has been finalised,” Supervisory Board Chairperson Bienvenido Richardson said in a terse letter to Chittick, Arrindell and Jansen-Webster on Friday. 

  “As you know already, yesterday [October 31 – Ed.] was the end of your three-year contract and therefore, as mandated by the shareholder representatives and the Council of Ministers in the meeting …, it was decided that the SBOD renew the contracts for a period of six months starting November 1, 2019. Failure to comply will mean that the company has no contract agreement with you as of November 1, if you do not sign the contract today [Friday],” Richardson said in the letter.

  “Logically, without a working agreement you cannot render any services for NV GEBE. Mr. Zagers is the appointed person on behalf of the SBOD to represent NV GEBE in the absence of  the managing board,” Richardson noted.


We will continue

  Arrindell, Chittick and Jansen-Webster had told The Daily Herald at a press conference on Thursday that they had received their resolutions from the shareholder regarding the contract extension and indicated that they will stay on for the six months.

  “We will accept it mainly because we know we worked hard for the company and we are committed. It doesn’t make sense to walk away half the way and leave the employees stranded without leadership,” Chittick said at the time. .

  “We have a commitment to the community and to our employees so if it’s six months that we got, we will stay the six months and try to finalise what we have started,” Jansen-Webster added.

Source: The Daily Herald