Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 11th 2014 Contents SUZANNE SHEPPARD AND
RAPHAEL JOHN LALL
The business community is
mourning the death of Audley Law-
son Walker, former managing direc-
tor and chairman of the West Indian
Tobacco Company Limited (Witco),
who died at 1.30 am on Tuesday at
West Shore Medical in Cocorite.
Yesterday, two of Walker's succes-
sors at Witco were among those pay-
Current managing director Jean
Pierre du Coudray said Walker was
largely responsible for the success
the company enjoys today.
"When I joined WITCO in 2001,
the company was already a market
leader. That was because of the foun-
dation that Audley Walker set when
he was managing director. A lot of
our success is because of the hard
work that he did," said du Coudray.
"His managerial skills were impor-
tant from a strategic point of view.
He was the main person who was
responsible for introducing the Du
Maurier brand in the 1970s and today
it is a national brand. Walker was a
visionary and a had a vast amount
of knowledge," he said.
Du Coudray said Walker's death
was a huge loss" for Witco.
"He was a grandfather of the fam-
ily. Even after he retired in 1998 he
was always at all our functions like
the Christmas party, the pensioners
party. Walker always inspired us," he
Tony Phillips, who succeeded
Walker as managing director in 1998,
praised his integrity and "leadership
"I first met him when I joined
Witco in 1973. He was a mentor to
me and I became very close to him
over the years."
Phillips said he also admired Walker
for his ability to strike just the right
between between his job and fami-
"Family life was very important to
him and he always made time for his
wife, Lucille and their four daughters.
His wife was always at his side at
Barbadian born Walker came to
T&T in the 1950s to attended the
prestigious Imperial College of Trop-
ical Agriculture at St Augustine, fore-
runner to the University of the West
Right after he qualified as an agro-
momist in 1957, he was hired by
Witco which was expanding its tobac-
co growing efforts to Tobago. Walker
was assigned to the sister island
where he pioneered Witco's tobacco
During his years working in Tobago,
Walker became acquainted with ANR
Robinson, then a promising young
attorney and politician, who also
passed away this week.
When he returned to Trinidad,
Walker was appointed leaf manager,
in charge of acquisition of tobacco
and operational functions at a time
when Witco was trying to be self suf-
ficient with its supply of tobacco.
He became a director of the com-
pany in 1971 and also served as acting
general manager. Walker was sec-
onded to Witco's sister company, the
Demerara Tobacco Company in
Guyana, from 1978 to 1980. When
he returned from that
overseas posting, he was elevated
to the positions of managing
director and chairman of Witco
in 1980. He held those positions
until his retirement from Witco
Walker, an ardent sportsman
who played cricket and golf,
played a key role in the Witco
Sports Foundation over most if its
years in existence.
A true giant in the business
world, he was president of the T&T
Chamber of Industry and Com-
merce from 1989 to 1991 and also
served on the regional body, the
He served as a director on the
board of Scotiabank, as well as Telco,
the telecommunications company
that preceded TSTT, and also found
time to serve with the Agricul-
tural Society of T&T, the T&T
Orchid Society and other local
Audley Walker's funeral is sched-
uled for next Tuesday at the Chapel
of Ease in Maraval.
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Internet advertising revenue has sur-
passed that of broadcast television
thanks to sharp growth in mobile and
digital video ads.
That's according to a report from
the Interactive Advertising Bureau,
which said Internet advertising revenue
rose 17 per cent to a record US$42.8
billion in 2013.
Broadcast TV ad revenue, in com-
parison, was US$40.1 billion in 2013.
Mobile advertising revenue more than
doubled to US$7.1 billion from US$3.4
billion in 2012 as companies like Face-
book, Google and Twitter boosted their
IAB is made up of more than 600
media and technology companies that
sell most of the online advertising in
The report is based on a survey con-
ducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Former WITCO chairman
Audley Walker dies
Audley Walker, former
chairman and managing
director of Witco.
US Internet ad revenue surpasses broadcast
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