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O'Brien to head Digicel's ICT business

Digicel announced some changes with regard to the management of its business in the Eastern Caribbean.

Barry O’Brien, Digicel CEO for Barbados and South OECS has been given the additional key strategic responsibility to drive Digicel’s ICT business in the region as Digicel diversifies from a mobile company into a full telecommunications company.

This, the company said in a statement, is a key growth strategy for Digicel as it expands its business into the non-mobile sector with the ambition and plans to succeed in the ICT sector similarly to how Digicel became the #1 mobile company in the Eastern Caribbean.

This appointment coincides with Digicel receiving a Full Domestic Services licence in Barbados, which will enable the company to provide fixed line and domestic Internet broadband services.

The expansion of Digicel’s ICT business in the region is further enabled by the recent appointed of Kennedy Swaratsingh as ICT Director for the Eastern Caribbean, reporting to O’Brien, and the acquisition last year of the foremost Caribbean ICT company Netxar. Kennedy was previously president of the Caribbean Telecoms Union and is an ex-government Minister from Trinidad with responsibility for ICT.

The Digicel Eastern Caribbean ICT business will be headquartered at Manor Lodge in Barbados.

To emphasise the importance of Digicel’s commitment to driving ICT in the region, Mark Linehan, presently CEO of Digicel Jamaica, will assume responsibility for the Digicel Mobile business in Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

O’Brien will have the dual roles as Digicel CEO for Barbados and Dominica as well as overall responsibility for Digicel’s ICT business in the Eastern Caribbean.

He has 18 years in the telecommunications business with the past eight as CEO of organisations in the Caribbean and Europe.

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