Saturday, June 07, 2008

Digicel Announces the Appointment of New CEO of British Virgin Islands

Digicel, the fastest growing mobile operator in the Caribbean and new entrant to the Central American market, has announced this week the promotion of Alan Bates to the position of Digicel CEO British Virgin Islands (BVI).

Alan Bates is a 10-year telecommunications industry expert and former sales director for Digicel Bermuda and the Dutch Caribbean. Prior to joining Digicel he worked as a consultant and held a number of senior sales and management positions in the Irish telecommunications company ESAT. He has worked with Digicel since 2003 in many posts, being head of sales and distribution for Digicel Aruba and head of sales and distribution for the Dutch Caribbean region. In 2006, he was promoted to sales director for Bermuda subsidiary where he played an instrumental role on the team that led Digicel to the number one position in the market, increased the total number of subscribers by more than 100% since 2006, and made Digicel Bermuda as the number one cellular provider in the market.

Kevin White, Digicel Group COO, has commented on the appointment of Alan Bates in BVI: “As CEO, Alan will leverage his vast experience to ensure Digicel's entry into BVI delivers crystal clear coverage, excellent customer care and innovative services that offer customers the best value for their money”.

After Digicel was granted a GSM license in December 2007, to operate in the British Virgin Islands, the company is set to launch its 24th market before the end of the year 2008. Now the company is looking forward to build a state-of-the-art network, and provide close to 100% population coverage. In December 2007, Digicel recorded six million customers, having invested more than US$2 billion in 23 markets.

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