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Digicel appoints new CEO for Jamaica

Published:Friday | February 20, 2015 | 12:00 AM
David Butler ... soon to take over as CEO of Digicel Jamaica.

Digicel Group has put a new man in charge of its Jamaican operations and has assigned outgoing head Barry O'Brien to a regional position.

David Butler migrates from Panama to Kingston as CEO of Digicel Jamaica. He will transition into the role in the coming weeks, Digicel said in a press release issued on Thursday, without naming a specific date. A spokesperson, who declined to be named, indicated that 'back-office operations' such as work permits, accommodation and travel have to be worked out.

Butler joined Digicel in 2003 with a placement in the Eastern Caribbean, but since then he has served the group in its Pacific market, and more recently Panama.

Digicel Jamaica has had several chief executives since the company's launch, usually in

two-year rotations. The first

CEO, Seamus Lynch, who was appointed in May 2000, currently sits on Digicel Jamaica's board, according to the company's website.

O'Brien, who ran the Jamaican operation from May 2013 and oversaw the acquisition of both SportsMax and Telstar Cable, and construction of the 'fibre to the business' or FttB network, has been promoted to the job of director of business development for Digicel Caribbean and Central America. He also joins the board of Digicel Barbados, a business he previously ran as CEO alongside other Eastern Caribbean markets.

Digicel said O'Brien successfully oversaw the broadcasting/cable acquisitions as well as the launch of mobile advertising services, all part of the wider strategy to position as a "total communications and entertainment company".


UPDATE: This article has been changed to correct the name of the new CEO.