Published On: Thu, Jan 10th, 2013

Mike Willem approached to become chairman of the board of Aqualectra

WILLEMSTAD – Independent member of Parliament Glenn Sulvaran approached former Commissioner of Finance, Mike Willem (55), to become the chairman of the board of utility company Aqualectra. The former politician stated he was prepared to hold the position. The shareholder (read government) dismissed the previous chairman of the board, Oswald van der Dijs, late December on account of mismanagement. Willem is the intended successor. The Government or the Minister of Finance responsible for the energy sector, Dr. José Jardim, will submit the recommendation to the advisor corporate governance SBTNO. “Based on that advice the Government is to decide on the appointment”, said Willem. “The appointment will then be discussed officially in a shareholders’ meeting.”

Willem wouldn’t be surprised if the Government makes haste with the appointment. “From what I’ve read in the newspapers, the financial situation of Aqualectra is precarious. It wouldn’t surprise me if they hurried this up,” said Willem. With the former politician the government has recruited a corporate governance expert. He was responsible for the new corporate governance law. As former Commissioner of Finance, he had many dealings with Government Companies; the former SHP, the legal shareholder of the Government companies, was under his administration. “So I know the ins and outs with Government companies,” said Willem.

Willem was a member of the Island Council for the PAR from 1995 up to and including 1997 and was the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs for the Netherlands Antilles from1998 up to and including 2000. He also held the position of Minister of Justice for one year after Pedro Atacho resigned his post. Willem represented the PAR in the Parliament of the Netherlands Antilles from 2000 up to and including 2007. He became Commissioner of Finance for the island territory Curaçao in 2007 and held this position up to 2010. Willem is currently director of the Antillean Contractors’ Association (AAV). He is also a private advisor.

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