Palau Public Utilities Corporation (PPUC) announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer, Frank Kyota, a former Senator and former general manager of IP&E Palau.

Mr. Kyota assumes his role as CEO starting today, according to press release issued by PPUC.  The position of PPUC CEO has been filled for many years by Acting CEO and PPUC Board Chairman Greg Decherong. 

Filling the position has been controversial and problematic despite constant attempts to get it filled by PPUC management.  Lack of a full time manager was cited by Public Auditor as one of the key contributing factors to the failure of KASP (Koror-Airai Sanitation Project) from being fully implemented as planned and within budget.

After the last round of applications, PPUC Board selected Mr. Kyota as the next CEO of PPUC.

Mr. Kyota served as a Senator in the 10th OEK after retiring from Isla Petroleum & Energy company (IP&E) Palau Branch after serving as their general manager for 29 years.  He ran for the Office of Vice President in the general election in 2020 and lost his bid to now Vice President J. Uduch Senior.

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