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Top job changes at semi-government organisations (Updated)

Economist Rena Rouvitha-Panou has been appointed chairperson of CyTA

The cabinet on Wednesday named 162 appointees to 14 semi-government organisations (SGOs) and five other bodies for the next three and a half years.

Top of the list of appointments was Andreas Marangos, a lawyer, as president of the Electricity Authority of Cyprus with Michalis Hadjipantelas, a chartered accountant as vice president.

Rena Rouvitha-Panou, an economist and one of three women appointed to the top job, was selected to head up telecoms company CyTA with Michalis Moushiouttas, a lawyer as second-in-command.

Public broadcaster CyBC will have Alecos Evangelou, another lawyer in charge, while Angelos Loizou will keep the top post at the Cyprus Tourism Organisation, with Costas Koumis, a communications expert as vice president.

Manthos Mavrommatis was appointed as president of the University of Cyprus and Stathis Papadakis as president of the Cyprus University of Technology (TEPAK).  Giorgos Theocharides was appointed president of the board for the English School.

In all, 14 men and three women were appointed to the top job. When it came to vice presidents the respective figures were 12 and three. As far as ordinary members of the board were concerned, 92 are men and 38 women.

The other two women placed in top posts are Klelia Vassiliou at the Cyprus Forest Industries and Accountant-general Rea Georgiou as head of the Council of Loans Committee, an arm of the treasury.

Speaking after the cabinet meeting, deputy government spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos said the names had been notified to the House presidency ahead of ratification of the appointments on Thursday afternoon by the cabinet. Approval of parliament is not needed, Papadopoulos said.

“What I would like to note is that the new boards of directors are not selected from any party lists,” Papadopoulos said. Over 460 names had been put forward.

“The selection was based on strict criteria, academic qualifications and experience and in particular targeting the greater participation of women and young scientists,” the deputy spokesman added.

He said based on the statistics, the presence of women in the boards had increased from a 19 per cent share in 2013 to 27.2 per cent today.

Papadopoulos also mentioned that three out of four of the new board members are in the 25 to 55 age group,

The terms of the SGO boards expired on June 30, but a decision on the new appointments was delayed due to the crisis over the recent Solea fires as well as President Nicos Anastasiades’ attendance of a European Council Summit discussing the Brexit referendum.

The ministers responsible for the various SGOs propose names to the office of the presidency, which takes the final decision.

The proposed names are then vetted to ensure they comply with the criteria.

Individuals who have completed 60 months on boards of SGOs are ineligible for reappointment. Eligible are persons who have a clean criminal record and who are not in debt to the state.

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