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Kingsley Thomas new NWC boss

BY VERNON DAVIDSON Executive editor -- publications davidsonv@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, December 13, 2013    

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KINGSLEY Thomas, the outstanding public service executive who gave Jamaica Highway 2000, is the new president of the National Water Commission (NWC), highly placed sources have informed the Jamaica Observer.

According to our sources, Thomas's appointment is likely to be announced by the Government today, six weeks after former NWC President Albert Gordon took up the job as director general of the Office of Utilities Regulation, filling the vacancy created by the departure of Ahmad Zia Mian.

Gordon, who served as NWC president since 2011, had worked in various capacities at the Jamaica Public Service Company from 1987 to 1998.

Last night, attempts by the Observer to contact Thomas and Water Minister Robert Pickersgill were unsuccessful.

Our sources, however, said that while Thomas had not yet signed a contract, his appointment was basically a done deal.

He will face the daunting task of pulling the NWC from the red, and making the water provider efficient.

Thomas comes to the position with years of valuable experience, having headed the Development Bank of Jamaica, the National Housing Trust, and National Hotels and Properties where he managed the divestment of large State-owned properties which, at the time, reportedly had a combined value of US$100 million.

In addition to Highway 2000, Thomas was the driving force behind some of the island's most notable projects, including Emancipation Park and the proposed Harmony Cove Resort in Duncans, Trelawny.

In 2002, he was invested with the Order of Jamaica in recognition of his contribution to national development.

Five years later, he was conferred with the Honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Technology, Jamaica.

On December 1 this year, Thomas, and Dr Carlton Davis were honoured by the Jamaica Observer during the newspaper's annual Business Leader Award for their outstanding contribution to the public sector.

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