Apr 12, 2018 News
– Surprised official says he’s “not sure of the reasons”
The state-owned Guyana Oil Company (GuyOil) has let go of its Marketing and Sales Manager, Eric Whaul.
The official, in a statement confirming that he will no longer be with the company, disclosed that he joined on May 3, 2016, as the Marketing and Sales Manager, after having resigned from TCL Guyana Inc. However, Whaul said yesterday that he was not sure why he has been let go.
In his position, he oversaw the largest department in the company with a staff of over 150 persons, including from all the Guyoil service stations.
“During my tenure, I was able to significantly improve the relationship between Guyoil and its dealers which was at its lowest ebb.”
Whaul said that the company’s profitability was enhanced with even a growth in market share in 2017 despite the market contracting.
“The Guyoil Aviation Services Inc. at CJIA which sells aviation fuel to aircraft saw about 40% growth in market share in 2017 and Guyoil’s overall profitability remained very strong during my tenure.”
Unfortunately, he said, efforts to raise the delivery of customer service at the service stations, to the desired heights, was not achieved. In fact, it will continue to be a challenge in the absence of major management changes.
“As I make my exit, I do so not sure of the reasons, since I had an excellent performance appraisal in 2017. I was not written to by the CEO or the Board on any performance or disciplinary matter in 2018; as a consequence, I was not given a chance to be heard, which is fundamental in any normal functioning organization.”
Whaul said he was encouraging staff in the department, who were promoted during his tenure on merit and not on “favoritism”, after being overlooked despite serving the company well for many years, to keep on performing well and improve themselves academically.
“I am proud to have played a part in your upward movement and wish you all the best in the future. I am extremely proud as a Guyanese to have served in a company that has been contributing to the development of Guyana and I depart Guyoil with my integrity intact as I move on to greater things.”
GuyOil’s management was not immediately available for comment yesterday.
The position that Whaul held would have been critical, with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake in the imported fuel industry.
The company, prior to 2015 which saw a change in the country’s administration, was accused of significant mismanagement, with audit reports pointing to conflict of interest situations and procurement fraud.
The Coalition Government installed a new board and replaced a number of top management in 2015.
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