A solid financial base, re-engineered business operations, an enhanced corporate profile and significant investment in development of the company’s valued human capital have been cornerstone of the Standard Group’s growth.
Melly also steered the company through challenging times. A strong defender of press freedom, he rallied the country to denounce the March 2 2006 raid by State agents.
Also he was instrumental in talks to avert the threat of demolition of the newly opened Standard Group Centre.
After appointment to the board in 2004, Melly was subsequently promoted to Deputy Chairman and Strategy Advisor in April 2005 a full time responsibility charged with the strategic leadership of the business.
Later, he was appointed Deputy Chairman and Chief Strategist rising to his current position as Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive.
He had served the Group “passionately and diligently,” said the board, and has been instrumental in the Standard Group’s “dramatic business transformation, growth and positioning as a media house of growing influence.”
“ Paul Melly is credited with significant achievements and leaves substantial indelible marks of milestones that the Board, shareholders and employees of the Group shall forever acknowledge as a demonstration of commitment to the success of the business.”
“The business shall certainly miss his contribution but respects his decision to leave out of his own volition at this moment of time,” the statement added.
Sewell, on behalf of the board, staff and shareholders, thanked Melly for the invaluable contribution to the business and wished him well in his future endeavors.