Announcing the appointment, Group Executive Chairman, Mr Kanti Tappoo said it was wonderful to have Mr Murti on the Board.
“We are proud to have Krishna on board,” said Mr Tappoo.
Mr Murti, whose appointment comes in the wake of the anniversary announcement, brought a wealth of senior management qualifications to the Group, Mr Tappoo said.
“His interpersonal skills and the right mix of entrepreneurial thirst and conservatism, instilled through his banking exposure, has been very valuable for the Group.”
Mr Murti has been with the Tappoo Group since 1996. He is presently the Chief Executive Officer of the Tappoo/NeoCorp joint venture, operating as Neo Fiji Limited.
Mr Murti was Project Director during the refurbishment of the Nadi International Airport in 2002, undertaken by Tappoo ISF and NeoCorp of Singapore.
Neo Fiji Limited is presently involved in the construction of the Great Council of Chiefs Complex in Suva and the FIRCA Complex, both these projects in a joint venture with Raghwan Construction Company Limited.
Before joining the Tappoo Group, Mr Murti was an executive of the Westpac Banking Corporation.
Mr Murti was one of the youngest locals appointed to the position of a Manager in 1983 and was rewarded with the very prestigious and rare Managing Directors Award in 1987. He has remained the only local recipient of this award. He migrated to Australia in 1987 and continued with Westpac in management roles both in Canberra and Brisbane and excelled there as well – being nominated to the Banks ‘Top 100’ conference.
In 1982 Mr. Murti was appointed Justice of the Peace in Fiji for his services to sports and charity. He continues to be a very integral part of the Bethany Methodist Church in Nadi as the Senior Circuit Steward. Bethany Nadi is well known for its Hands of Hope Mission providing much needed monthly food parcels for some 100 needy families and its Medical and Outreach Programme, providing free medical care to the needy of the Nadi rural community. The latter has been possible through assistance of Korean Mission’s medical personnel and its local physician, Dr Kim.
Whilst in Australia, he was instrumental in the establishment of the International Fellowship of Hindi Speaking Congregations with Rev Dr Daniel Mastapha. He has presided over the last two Consultations in 2003 and 2005 in Nadi when all ex-Fiji Indian Division Methodists gather to discuss ways and means to assist their local brethrens.