Digicel appoints 'natural leader' Jean-Yves Charlier as new group CEO

Digicel has appointed Jean-Yves Charlier as group chief executive officer with immediate effect.

The appointment comes a month after the sudden death of his predecessor Alexander Matuschka von Greiffenclau.

Mr Charlier was appointed to the Digicel Group board in September last year, and as executive vice-chairman last December. The Belgian telecoms executive previously served as chief executive of Veon, formerly known as Vimpelcom, and is a former chairman and chief executive of SFR.

Digicel founder and owner Denis O’Brien said Mr Charlier’s earlier appointment as executive director had deepened Digicel’s executive team and facilitated the succession process.

“As we continue to build Digicel for the future with the power of digital firmly at the core of our ambitions, Jean-Yves is the natural leader for our business. His impressive track record leading some of the industry’s major providers – coupled with his vision and pragmatism – make him the ideal choice for the next stage of our journey.”

Mr Matuschka von Greiffenclau (47) died suddenly at the end of December while on holiday with his family in Germany. He’d joined Digicel last February from Veon.

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