Digicel makes key changes
After leaving Barbados almost two years ago to serve as chief executive officer of Digicel Jamaica, Barry O’Brien is to refocus his energies on the domestic market as a newly appointed director for the island.
The announcement coincides with the appointment of David Butler, the current chief executive officer of Digicel Panama, as the new CEO of Digicel Jamaica. The transition is due to take place over the next few weeks.
O’Brien served as CEO of Digicel Barbados for four years before he was appointed CEO of Digicel Jamaica in May 2013.
During his recent tenure in Jamaica, Digicel acquired regional broadcaster SportsMax TV and cable company Telstar. It also deployed a state-of-the-art Fibre to the Business (FttB) network and launched mobile advertising services.
In announcing the changes on Thursday, the telecommunications company said in addition to his role as a director for Barbados, O’Brien, who also served as Digicel’s CEO for Dominica, St Lucia, Grenada and St Vincent over the past seven years, would have overall responsibility for business development in the Caribbean and Central America.
“I am very excited about my new role which will enable me to examine and grow new and existing businesses across the Caribbean and Central America as Digicel continues to evolve as a total global communications provider,” O’Brien stated in a release from the company.
The changes come in the wake of a recent buyout of Columbus Communications by Digicel’s major competitor Cable & Wireless in a megadeal worth US$3 billion.
The deal is yet to be approved by this country’s regulators.
In the meantime, Digicel is said to be proceeding to build out an island-wide digital cable and home broadband network within three years.