Dubai, UAE: The Kanoo Group hosted a farewell party for three senior employees of the Accounts Department, Mr. T.K. Sivadas, Mr. Charles Wilson and Mr. P.D. John, who retired recently, to honour them for their long years of fruitful and sincere services and achievements throughout their tenure in the company. The event was held on 13th September 2015 at Panorama Grand Hotel, Bur Dubai.
Mr. Mishal Kanoo, Deputy Chairman of The Kanoo Group graced the sendoff ceremony along with top management: Mr. Fahad Kanoo (Executive Director), Mr. Pieter Vorster (Regional Human Resources Manager), Mr. P.S. Ganapathi (Chief Finance Officer), and Mr. Badri Ramaswamy (Senior Finance Manager), in the presence of the Accounts staff and other employees.
Mr. P.S. Ganapathi welcomed the audience and spoke highly of the three employees. He said that they have rendered exemplary service for over 3 decades through their hard work, dedication and total loyalty to the company. He added that they are an inspiration to the younger members as each of them worked hard till the last day of their service. He wished them and their families all the best for the future.
Part of the gathering included a parting message from each of the three honorees. With a heartfelt message to everyone present in the event, Mr. Wilson said, “This is the most memorable day of my life. Being part of The Kanoo Group for over 33 years, it has become like a second home for me. It’s hard to say goodbye. I wish the company continued success in the future”.
Similarly, Mr. Sivadas in his speech said, “Working here has always been a pleasure. For almost 4 decades, The Kanoo Group has been a huge part of my existence. I do not have enough words to express my gratitude to my colleagues and to the company.”
Recounting his experience, Mr. John shared, “For 40 years that I watched the company – I joined in 1975… there was nothing, no rooms … offices were not there and no proper arrangements. We struggled and worked very hard and there were no computer facilities. We used stay in the office from 8:00 in the morning till 10:00 in the evening... but it was an enjoyable experience and memory. For me, The Kanoo Group is like my own company”. He said that even though there were challenging moments, it was prayers that helped him throughout.
All of them also expressed their thankfulness to the Kanoo family, the management and their superiors for the opportunity, growth and
experience that they have acquired
from the very start to the end.
Addressing the gathering, Mr. Mishal Kanoo expressed his admiration to the three trustworthy employees and felt emotional with their messages and recollection of the humble beginnings and how much time they have put in for the success of the group. “I am honoured and privileged for being part of you and the growth. I feel sad to see you go. But I am happy that you will continue with your journey to be with your families and enjoy whatever you like to do for the rest of your lives. This is important for me, and I want to get this message across all of you. We all should have a purpose in life and we must work hard to achieve that.”
“I wish you the best from the bottom of my heart, on behalf of my family, the company and all your colleagues”, he ended.
Mr. Fahad Kanoo also delivered his message and sincerely thanked the senior staff for their valuable contributions to the growth of The Kanoo Group.
Mr. Pieter Vorster said that retirement is not an easy decision to make. “The biggest challenge is not what they are going to do with their money, but what they are going to do with their time and how to keep themselves busy after they stop working. Kanoo has been fortunate to have a mix of experienced and new staff which keeps things in balance. With the roles that they played, these three gentlemen have been part of the balancing factor.”
Mr. Mishal Kanoo said “I wish you all the best and please don’t hesitate to come to us even in the future for things that we can help you with”.
Closing the ceremony, the management awarded the trio with a small memento on behalf of The Kanoo Group. This was followed with a buffet lunch, as the colleagues bid good bye to the three gentlemen. The farewell party was coordinated by Ms. Niloofer Kasad, the Executive Secretary.
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