FOUNDER of EZjet airline, Guyanese, Mr. Sonny Ramdeo announced, yesterday, that he has stepped down from the position of
Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
At the same time, he stoutly denied allegations in a lawsuit recently filed by his former employer, Promise Healthcare et al, that he had embezzled funds in the United States (U.S.).
The lawsuit against Ramdeo, in Palm Beach County Court, claims that Promise Healthcare hired him eight years ago to manage the payroll for its 3,500 employees in hospitals nationwide but that he had diverted significant sums of the entity’s funds to EZjet.
In an RZjet press release, yesterday, aimed at setting the record straight, Ramdeo was quoted saying: “Since my former bosses are themselves in court over diversion of over $550 million of company funds, they elected to claim ignorance and innocence when it came to coming clean about the investment. Instead, they alleged that I diverted funds to EZjet, which I did not.”
Determined that the reputation of EZjet should not be tarnished, nor its viability threatened, Ramdeo added: “In the interest of removing all doubt about the viability of EZjet, for which I have worked tirelessly to establish, I am removing myself from EZjet management, until this embarrassing matter has been cleared up and my good name has been restored.”
The release said, while EZjet seeks a replacement for Ramdeo, another Guyanese, Ms. Rosalinda Resaul, who currently heads the EZjet station in Georgetown, will hold the title of CEO.
The statement said Resaul will be supported by EZjet’s advisory board members, who, cumulatively, serve the company with more than 200 years of airline experience.
EZjet has further assured that it continues to operate its regular wide body B767 flights between Guyana and New York, Port of Spain and Toronto. And, as the airline continues to forge ahead, it said it is also adding a second B767 for flights over the peak Christmas season during December and January and will maintain its policy of fresh onboard meals and two free bags of 60 pounds each, with every ticket.
Meanwhile, EZjet, as Guyana’s only airline serving North America, said it regrets this situation and will soon announce a newly elected CEO to continue generating low fares and extraordinary services for all Guyana passengers and shippers.