Hilda Lamani second from right (in red) with the new MASI executive members.
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The Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) welcomes the appointment of Ms Hilda Lamani to the position of CEO of MASI.

The President of MASI, Mrs Deli Oso, previous press secretary to the Prime Minister and now an editor for the Solomon Star newspaper, believes that Ms Hilda Lamani will bring a wealth of business management and financial management expertise to MASI “Ms Hilda Lamani has accepted the position of CEO of MASI”, she said. “We welcome her to the organisation and together with my Executive Committee, we look forward to working with her to build MASI into a strong and proactive organisation”.

Ms Lamani has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting and Business law from the University of Southern Queensland, combined with her experience working within the media industry as the business and financial manager at the Solomon Star newspaper, provides MASI with the perfect mix of business management skills and intimate knowledge of the media industry.

Mrs Oso explains “it was important that MASI secure a person who could manage and grow a business, understands financial procedures and modern management practices as this will be crucial to the long-term success of MASI”.

“For MASI to survive and grow, being able to manage our finances is critical, and we are very fortunate to have the support of UNDP and the Australian High Commission in providing financial support for MASI, to help us grow and deliver support for our members”.

For Ms Lamani, she is honoured to be the new CEO of MASI, “for me this is a great honour to be able to help lead MASI and grow the organisation”.

“I understand that we have a responsibility to our members to make sure that MASI is financially strong and we cannot support our members and represent the industry unless we remain strong financially and with the strong support from our members”.

Ms Lamani outlines that the immediate priorities for her as CEO is to establish the MASI office, which is suited in suite 211, Hyundai Mall, recruit members and establish financial processes for the organisation, “my first priority is to establish the MASI office,  a working environment where Media Personnel can contact us for more information and become members. If you are not signed up as members now then we would welcome you to sign up. So far we have 45 members who signed up during the July AGM but our aim is to try and double that by Christmas”.

“MASI’s door is open to our members; please feel free to drop in at any time.”

“My second priority will be the hosting of the MASI function on Saturday 26 August for the Previous MASI Board Executives to officially hand over duties to the incoming MASI Board Executives and Farewell MASI’s Media Consultant, Mr Bruce Levett”.

In concluding, Mrs Oso states, “MASI is entering an exciting period of work and my Executive Team, supported by my Vice President, Mr Douglas Marau, are working on a number of initiatives that we hope to share with you soon”.


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