Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 1st 2015 Contents A8
Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt November 1, 2015
SHALIZA HASSANALI and
CEO of Plane Sciences Inc Mike Poole
has denied that Michael DiLollo, a Cana-
dian national who recently resigned as
chief executive officer of Caribbean Air-
lines (CAL), helped his Canadian-based
firm secure a flight data analysis (FDA)
contract from the cash-strapped airline.
Transparency watchdog Disclosure Today
(DT) has raised the red flag on a transaction
involving CAL and Plane Sciences Inc,
with which Dilollo was at one time asso-
ciated, by issuing a request for information
under the Freedom of Information Act
(FOI) for details of a two-year contract
awarded to the Canadian firm.
Poole was responding to questions con-
cerning the FOI request by the CEO of
DT Rishi Maharaj seeking details of the
contract, which DT views as a conflict of
Last October, Plane Sciences Inc, which
offers expertise in aviation safety, efficiency
and flight data technologies, tendered to
CAL for the contract which was awarded
According to Plane Sciences Inc s web-
site, they were selected by CAL to under-
take FDA services for the airline starting
January 1, 2015.
Maharaj said his interest was heightened
when Bloomberg.com, a reputable inter-
national business website, in outlining
DiLollo s list of career achievements, listed
him as co-founder of Plane Sciences Inc,
which prompted DT to file the FOI.
Maharaj said Bloomberg quickly and
accurately delivers business and financial
information, news and insight around the
Poole: DiLollo helped Plane Sciences in
On Friday the Sunday Guardian emailed
Poole to find out if DiLollo was a co-
founder of Plane Sciences. He replied that
DiLollo "helped us in the 2011 time frame
as we were setting up with respect to pur-
suing a training centre in Nigeria. His role
was limited to advice on this specific
opportunity which never panned out."
Poole said DiLollo had "no other role
beyond that nor beyond the 2011 time
frame. He never received any compensation
from us nor was he a director with the
Yesterday, the Sunday Guardian emailed
Poole again asking if DiLollo s assistance
to the company could be considered the
job of co-founder, but he did not respond.
Poole contended that when the company
bid on the CAL contract they "purposely
had no contact at any time with Michael
to avoid even the slightest perception of
DiLollo, who collected a monthly salary
of US$33,000 ($211,000), resigned from
his job with immediate effect last week,
citing personal reasons. The FOI request
was filed 13 days before his resignation.
DiLollo had served as CEO for 17
CAL s chief financial officer Tyrone Tang
has since been appointed to act as CEO
following DiLollo s departure.
Several efforts to reach DiLollo on his
cell phone on Friday were unsuccessful.
Poole said he was clueless as to why
DiLollo had resigned.
I do not know why he resigned, but it
would be grossly unfair to link it in any
way to the assistance he kindly provided
in our early development of the training
market in Africa which coincided with the
genesis of Plane Sciences he wrote.
When Poole decided to pursue the serv-
ices with CAL in 2013 he said, "Michael
was long since uninvolved with the com-
He explained that the tender process
was stringent and due diligence was fol-
"We bid along with several other com-
panies and won in a very thorough, struc-
tured and well-run process by CAL. During
the RFP we were able to show CAL that
our expertise was world leading and we
could offer them much greater value than
Disclosure Today files FOI query on CAL, Plane Sciences deal
any other company by real case examples. We
have a very unique background which is hard to
match in fact," Poole stated.
He also refused to disclose the value of its first
CAL contract, citing it as private information.
Poole described DiLollo as an excellent CEO,
stating that his shoes would be hard to fill.
"But everyone is of course replaceable and there
are many excellent professionals like him out there.
Of course it is a loss, but I am sure that CAL
will find a suitable replacement."
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