The Petrotrin Board had its eye on former ExxonMobil executive Mike Wiley, long before news of his appointment was made public.
According to Communications Minister Stuart Young, an exercise was carried out months ago by the company, as it was looking to determine what its future focus should be.
The matter he adds, was even brought up in the parliament.
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Mr Wiley will serve as CEO of the Heritage Petroleum Company Ltd, which is one of the entities emerging out of the restructured Petrotrin.
Mr Young also gave an update on the fate of the refinery at Pointe-a-Pierre.
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Mr Young was speaking during the post-cabinet news briefing held today at the Magadalena Hotel in Tobago.