Reddy Group chairman Yanktesh Permal Reddy passed away in Auckland, New Zealand today. Picture: SUPPLIED
By MONIKA SINGH
REDDY Group chairman Yanktesh Permal Reddy passed away in Auckland, New Zealand this morning.
Fondly known as YP Reddy, the 89-year-old was the founder of Reddy Group which began as a small construction company in 1947 and now includes Tanoa Group of Hotels in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga.
The late Mr Reddy was described as a man of vision, integrity and spirit by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Viliame Gavoka in his condolence message.
“I have had the greatest privilege of knowing him. He was an industry pioneer – who in many ways – shaped the industry and the Fijian business community. Today, we remember his life and his achievements,” said Mr Gavoka.
“May his soul rest in peace and our prayers give strength to the bereaved family.”
The late Mr Reddy served as the national president of TISI Sangam, one of Fiji’s largest socio-educational and cultural organizations.
He was also a life member of the Fiji Hotel Association and in 2000, received the lifetime achievement in excellence award for tourism in Fiji.