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BELLEVUE---Microsoft chairman Bill
Gates choked up while reading from
prepared remarks during Steve
Ballmer s final shareholders meeting
as chief executive.
The co-founder of the software giant
said progress was being made to find
Ballmer s replacement and he thanked
him for serving as CEO for the last 13
years. Only Gates and Ballmer have led
Microsoft Corp since its founding 33
Gates grew emotional while saying
that both he and Ballmer are committed
to making sure "that the next CEO is
the right person for the right time for
the company we both love."
The company, based in Redmond,
Washington, says that all of its proposals,
including the re-election of board nom-
inees including Ballmer and Gates, have
been approved. (AP)
Gates chokes up at Ballmer's shareholder goodbye
Tewarie: T&T needs to
educate to innovate
Planning and Sustainable Development Min-
ister Dr Bhoe Tewarie says T&T s education sys-
tem needs to be adjusted to facilitate entrepre-
neurship. He said fostering entrepreneurship
would stimulate job creation.
Tewarie, speaking at yesterday s Innovation
Forum at the Hyatt Regency, said: "Our education
system needs to be more focused on developing
attitudes that can lead to innovative ideas. We
need to encourage and involve business groups
be creative problem solvers, and to take on the
challenges presented by advance in technology.
"We need more youth to stop thinking jobs and
pay and start thinking business creation but we
need an infrastructure of support to make it viable
Tewarie said there is no place in the world for
a society that is not able to be innovative and no
place for a business that cannot innovate.
To foster innovation, he said, there is need to
"invest in our people, unleash their creativity,
hone their talents and build their technical capa-
Tewarie added that public, private, academia,
civil society, the unions and the working people
need to come together to foster innovation.
"We have achieved much in this country and
we are doing much better now. We are seeing
growth now and we are beginning to see expansion,
we have seen the incipient diversification taking
For progress to be made on innovation in T&T,
"we have to do more and we must do more of
what we do together", the minister said.
Politics could be the reason
some are criticising the decision
to offer Tourism Development
Corporation (TDC) chairman
Brian Frontin a consultancy
position at the Airports Author-
ity of Trinidad and Tobago
(AATT), Transport Minister
Stephen Cadiz said yesterday.
"I would think when you are
talking about state boards, they
are political and that could very
well be one reason we are having
this push back. But there might
be very well other reasons for this
push back which I would not go
into any detail for now but for
the reason of me wanting proper
management at the airport," he
told the T&T Guardian
Cadiz said Frontin is not being
hired for a full time position, as
had been claimed, and haas only
been offered an interim position.
The position I was looking at
is interim while the Airport
Authority went out to find suit-
able candidates for a number of
senior executive positions." he
"I was asking for him to come
in as interim general manager,
not acting general manager and
that would have been for three
"The Board took the decision
to appoint Mr Frontin as a con-
sultant for a period of six months.
That was done last Monday. The
Board has not yet ratified the final
scope of works. That is being
done now and I expect word from
the board on that very soon," he
After the minister announced
his decision to appoint Frontin,
several AATT board members
resigned arguing that he was not
qualified for the post. However,
Cadiz defended Frontin describ-
ing him as "extremely capable"
having served in senior manage-
ment positions in the past.
"Mr Frontin has showed over
the last three years that he is an
extremely capable individual and
he carries out his responsibilities
in a manner that would be con-
sidered more than acceptable.
Therefore, there was all the talk
about Mr Frontin not being qual-
ified but he has operated at senior
management positions, he was
chairman of E teck and trans-
formed it when he was there. He
was chairman of the TDC and
did yeoman service there. I have
asked that he not be relieved as
chairman of TDC which is not a
full time job anyway. He is suit-
ably qualified for what I am ask-
ing him to do," he said.
Cadiz said the issue is bigger
than Frontin and is about filling
several vacant positions at the
"A number of senior positions
have not been filled as we are
running an international airport
facility where we have work to
do. We have not had any adverse
impact on the facility. The staff
is there and the airport is running.
The fact remains that you must
have proper management in
Cadiz said Frontin has not yet
signed a contract for the consul-
tancy position although in prin-
ciple the Board has accepted him.
"His name has been accepted
as a consultant but the contract
has not been signed. The Board
took the decision to have the con-
sultancy position for six months.
People have misinterpreted in no
small way what we have attempt-
ed to do," he said.
He criticised AATT s Board
saying that meetings taking place
there are "private" and board
members should not be divulging
information to the media.
"My own Board has been pro-
viding the media with informa-
tion which they should not do.
Discussions at the Board level are
private and confidential. I just
hope we get this settled very soon
and get down to the business of
providing the travelling public
and all users of the airport a very
well managed, efficient and safe
airport," he said.
AATT board accepts Frontin
TDC chairman to fill interim post
Frontin worked for more than 12 years in the banking
industry in positions at CIBC First Caribbean International
Bank and First Citizens.
He has business development expertise in the areas of
energy and petrochemicals, light manufacturing, fleet
management and transportation, tourism and hospitality, food
and restaurant and construction.
He was the chairman of Evolving TecKnologies and
Enterprise Development Company Ltd (eTecK), a position he
will relinquish when he takes over at the TDC.
Frontin is currently non executive chairman of TDC.
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