Oct 22, 2015 News
…complains about attack on her privacy
Molly Hassan, Chief Executive Officer of National Communication Network, has come out swinging as an imperative in response to content in the state run Guyana Chronicle with reference to the front page headline “NCN CEO gets higher pay than ministers –New Board uneasy about Performance”.
Despite what she dubs as an “unfair attack, she states, “I stand resolute in my functions as CEO of NCN and remain committed to the overall welfare of the staff of NCN.”
In a press statement issued yesterday, Hassan declared that as CEO she is the executing officer of all policies of the Board of Directors of the National Communications Network and has always acted in accordance with this directive.
Hassan stated that she was asked to manage “a badly wounded company; but nevertheless” was in her opinion able to transfer her “exemplary private sector record to the public sector.” She noted that in a matter of months despite the political challenges that were brought to bear on her ability to manage the company, professionally, she was able to implement strategies which optimized employees output and improve the management and overall functioning of NCN.
She said that she understands why her positive effort has gone unnoticed given that NCN has over the years been the subject of much conjecture and ridicule. The ridicule appears to have now been transferred to her personally.
The NCN CEO stated that over the past six months she has encountered several unwarranted and malicious attacks on her character and reputation.
She also noted the most recent “Unethical exposure of my private information which sought to cause harm to my professional reputation. My right to employee-employer privacy has been breached in a most filthy way.”
She noted that it would appear that efforts seem slanted towards making her a scapegoat for ills affecting the Company; ills that predate her employment.
Setting the record straight on information published yesterday in other sections of the media Hassan stated “They did not seek my input or response to it prior.”
As an ex-officio member of the NCN Board, she confirmed that “The newly installed Board of Directors, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Bishwa Panday, has never convened a statutory a meeting.”
“The Board of Directors has never conducted a performance appraisal with me nor have they ever discussed with me any dissatisfaction with my performance as CEO of NCN.”
Further, Hassan stated that the Chairman of NCN is on record stating that he is unaware of any dissatisfaction with her performance.
Another point made by Hassan is that her monthly emolument “Is no different from what was enjoyed by any of the CEOs of NCN” including her predecessor, Michael Gordon who acted in the capacity of CEO for two years after the substantive CEO Mohamed ‘Fuzzy’ Sattaur resigned.
She stated that a cursory glance through any of the audit reports tabled in Parliament will reveal this. For the record, the NCN CEO stated that the after taxes and other deductions salary of the CEO is nowhere near the $1M that is “Maliciously published…”
“This seemingly orchestrated public attack on my character can only be interpreted as an attempt to undermine my authority as CEO of NCN and consequently, continue to infringe on staff morale. As a professional, I should not be subject to this unfair level of scrutiny and misguided conjecture.”
Most importantly, Hassan sated that her right to privacy has been snatched from herself and family and “The security of my young children and husband is now officially compromised. And this has far reaching social implications and consequences; this wanton attack and careless handling of confidential financial information by despicable individuals who have a clearly set agenda should concern similar professionals within the industry and government and in fact any employee of a public organization. “
When contacted senior staffers at the Chronicle expressed surprise that the story was published minus any effort to seek a comment from Hassan.
One explanation is that the story’s intention was to make a comparison between state employees and other persons who are earning more money than Ministers however the article did not refer to other government employees who are making more money than Government Ministers.
Reports indicate that the article did not point out the fact that the Guyana Chronicle’s General Manager also earns a salary as well as benefits that are at the level of Hassan’s.
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