Digicel appoints new CEO for Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Digicel, the largest mobile operator in the Caribbean and new entrant to the Central American market, appointed David Hunter as CEO of Digicel Jamaica. Prior to his promotion, David Hunter was CEO of Digicel Bermuda where during his tenure he led Digicel to the number one position in the market, increasing the total number of customers by 75 percent since 2006.

David Hunter will leverage more than 12 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry to ensure Digicel Jamaica continues to offer the best value and best service in the market. Previously, David Hunter held a number of positions leading mobile telecommunications operators in Africa. His past accomplishments include the position of Managing Director for Celtel International, one of the largest mobile operators in Africa. In addition, he has previously served as Managing Director of Celtel Sierra Leone and Telecel Zambia. David Hunter will report to Digicel’s Group COO, Kevin White, who is also based in Jamaica.

David Hunter

“Digicel is pleased to announce the appointment of David Hunter as our new CEO for Jamaica,” said Colm Delves, CEO of Digicel Group. “We are confident that he will build on Digicel Jamaica’s excellent track record of strong growth experienced in the past seven years. As our business in Jamaica continues to strengthen, David and our entire Jamaica team will ensure that our customers continue to be our number one priority.”

David Hall, who previously held the position of CEO of Digicel Jamaica since April 2004, will remain with Digicel in the capacity of CEO North Caribbean where he will be concentrating on the flourishing markets of Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and the Turks & Caicos Islands.

David Hall

“David Hall has been instrumental in the phenomenal rise of Digicel as the leading mobile provider in Jamaica with more than 1.9 million customers. We know that his invaluable experience and expertise will ensure the continued development of the North Caribbean markets,” said Colm Delves.

Since Digicel initially launched in Jamaica in 2001, mobile penetration has climbed from 10 percent in 2001 to more than 80 percent. Digicel has invested more than US$750 million to build a nationwide network in Jamaica with close to 100% population coverage. The company also offers its cutting-edge WiMAX technology. With an employee base of more than 1,000, Digicel Jamaica has been consistently recognized as the number one company for customer care in Jamaica.

The corporate headquarters for Digicel Group is also based in Kingston, Jamaica. In 2007, Digicel Group recorded more than six million customers and a total investment exceeding US $1.9 billion. In addition to launching new business operations in Suriname, Guyana and El Salvador in 2007, Digicel was also awarded a mobile license to operate a GSM network in the British Virgin Islands.

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