Richard's reputation and association with Sino-Forest is well known, and his failure to deliver when he said information would be forthcoming showing that Muddy Waters' research was 'full of crap'. It turned out rather that his 'analysis' of SinFor as a world class forestry manager was what was full of crap. I don't know whether he left Dundee of his own volition, was fired...or was forced to quit. I never implied he worked for Sino-Forest and linked an article for reference, he merely pumped Sino-Forest's stock as a solid investment vehicle.
So the obvious question, given the baggage....Why would Allana give this guy a prominent job?