Male’, Maldives – MP of Eydhafushi Constituency and leader of PPM Parliamentary Group, Ahmed Saleem says that it is a mockery to the citizens of Maldives to appoint a foreigner as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Maldives Pension Administration Office (MPAO).
On December 24, 2020, MPAO announced that the first ever foreign CEO of MPAO was John Grindall from the United Kingdom. Although Grindall is a well experienced officer with expertise in multiple areas, several locals have complained regarding the decision of appointing a foreigner as the CEO of the Pension Office of Maldives.
MP Saleem also criticized the decision made by MPAO and stated that it is a mockery to the citizens of Maldives to appoint a foreigner as the CEO and that this time, they have gone a little too far.
Along with Saleem, the MP of Kendhoo constituency, Ali Hussain has also showed dissatisfaction towards the decision made by MPAO. Ali stated that there are multiple locals in the country who can fill in for that position rather than appointing a foreigner as the CEO.
MPAO informed that the newly appointed CEO has over 25 years of experience in the field of insurance and pension. According to MPAO, he formerly served as the Interim Chief Actuary at Malta Financial Services Authority, the Senior Actuary at the Lloyds Banking Group, and as the Chief Operating Officer at Compre Group Malta.
Grindall was appointed following the retirement of Mohamed Hussain Manik, who had served as MPAO’s CEO since the office was established following the ratification of the Maldives Pension Act in May 2009.