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Dehring departs Flow

Published:Saturday | September 26, 2015 | 9:00 AMNeville Graham
Dehring

Chairman of LIME Jamaica, now FLOW, and a member of its senior executive team, Chris Dehring, is moving on after six years with the company, effective September 30, 2015. Dehring has decided to return to the forays of entrepreneurship. He was, for many years, a lead partner in the investment outfit Dehring, Bunting and Golding.

A release from Cable & Wireless Communications (C&W) confirmed that Dehring was stepping down as chairman. Chief Executive Officer of C&W Phil Bentley thanked Dehring for his service.

"On behalf of the board of directors and the management and staff of C&W, I want to thank Chris for his outstanding contributions to our business during his time with the company," Bentley said.

He also noted that Dehring was a key leader in C&W's business, spearheading the largest market in the Carib-bean for more than six years as chairman and building a solid foundation to drive growth and profitability.

Dehring was hailed as pivotal in the success of the merger with Columbus. He is also credited for his role in orchestrating legislative and regulatory rulings that redressed the anomalies in the Jamaican telecommunications market, paving the way for C&W to grow its mobile subscriber base from a little more than 200,000 to 900,000 subscribers. Dehring had portfolio responsibilities for government and regulatory affairs at LIME.

Dehring, in commenting on his departure, noted that he was happy to have played a key role.

"It was an honour to serve with so many outstanding colleagues at Cable & Wireless Communications and to be able to close this remarkable era of my career by playing such an integral role in finalising what, undoubtedly, is a transformational merger with Columbus. Similar to the regulatory obstacles we overcame in Jamaica, there were massive regulatory hurdles with the merger," Dehring said.

Prior to joining C&W, Dehring earned a reputation in Jamaica and across the Caribbean as a marketing specialist and entrepreneur. He was one of the founders of Jamaica's first investment bank and the Caribbean's first sports television cable channel (SportsMax). As managing director and CEO, he led the region in staging its first global sporting event - the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2007.

neville.graham@gleanerjm.com