Doyon A. Morato has been appointed by Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero to serve on the A.B. Won Pat Guam International Airport Authority board of directors.

Morato is a well-known businesswoman. She is currently the operations manager of the North Wind Group – Silver Mountain Construction, and the founder and CEO of Zories Only, a local apparel and greeting card company.

She is a graduate of St. John's School and later attended Tufts University, where she studied art and architectural history. Morato also studied at the New York University Center in Paris and the University of Paris.

The governor said Morato has "an impressive background in business and marketing, as well as strategic involvement in development of opportunities" in Asia.

Morato is a founding board member of the Guam Women's Chamber of Commerce and also is a member of the Guam Chamber of Commerce. She is also a founding member of the Guam Family Justice Center Alliance.

Replaces Tydingco

Morato's nomination replaces the governor's earlier appointment of GTA executive Dan Tydingco to the airport board.

The governor's communications director, Janela Carrera, said Tydingco had asked for his nomination to be withdrawn and the governor agreed.

Tydingco received strong support from a number of witnesses at his March 8 confirmation hearing including, among others, former Port Authority of Guam General Manager Joanne Brown, BankPacific President Phil Flores and businessman Sonny Ada.

However, Sen. Mary Torres was sharply critical of the nominee. She accused Tydingco of permitting "unprofessional and irregular legal billing practices for the sake of his personal relationship with the Port's legal counsel (Mike Phillips)." The senator questioned Tydingco's character and said she "emphatically opposed" his nomination to the airport board.

Torres was Port Authority general manager at the time that Tydingco was chairman of its board.  She was fired by the board, along with seven other port employees following allegations related to a fraudulent workers' compensation claim.

Sen. Telena Nelson, the chairperson of the legislative committee that has oversight over the airport board, subsequently rejected Tydingco's nomination, citing Torres' testimony.

Nelson said there are serious shortcomings "in Mr. Tydingco's suitability to serve on the GIAA board." The senator announced she would not advance his nomination to the floor for consideration by the full Legislature.

Tydingco has declined requests for comment.

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