SOURCE: Digicel

July 13, 2007 09:40 ET

Mark Linehan Appointed New CEO of Digicel Guyana

Following Hugely Successful Launch in Guyana, Digicel Gears Up Management Team for Next Stage of Dynamic Growth

GEORGETOWN, GUYANA--(Marketwire - July 13, 2007) - Digicel Group, the fastest-growing mobile operator in the Caribbean and new entrant to Central America, today announced that it has appointed Mr. Mark Linehan as new CEO of Digicel Guyana to lead the company into its next stage of dynamic growth. Reporting to Kevin White, Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Linehan assumes the new CEO role, effective August 1. Other new appointments to the management team include Mr. Gabi Geva as Marketing Director and Mr. Gregory Dean as Financial Director.

Since joining Digicel Group in January 2002, Mark Linehan has held many senior management positions and played an instrumental role in the development and success of operations in the Eastern Caribbean, Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti and most recently French Guiana where he served as General Manager. Tim Bahrani, former Digicel Guyana CEO who successfully led Digicel's launch in Guyana, moves on to pursue other business opportunities.

"We are pleased to promote Mark to the role of CEO for Digicel Guyana," said Digicel Group CEO Mr. Colm Delves. "We are confident that Mark will follow the tremendous work led by Tim Bahrani in growing the Guyana business at such a phenomenal rate. As our business in Guyana continues to grow, Mark along with all our Guyana management and staff will ensure that our customers continue to be our number one priority."

Guyanese-born Gregory Dean brings eight years of international experience to his role as Financial Director for Digicel Guyana. Gregory has returned to Guyana from the UK where he held various financial roles in the healthcare and retail industries, most recently as Financial Controller for Habitat UK Limited.

Marketing and Sales Director, Gabi Geva, has more than 19 years' experience in Sales and Marketing and has previously held senior management positions in international telecommunications companies, including GTS Group in South Africa, Angola Telecoms and SciTex Vision in the USA, Mexico and Brazil.

Digicel Guyana launched under the Digicel brand name on February 14th, 2007, after Digicel acquired Cel*Star U Mobile, the second wireless operator in Guyana, in November 2006. The operation had 14,800 subscribers at the date of acquisition, which has now become more than 100,000 customers as of March 31st, 2007. Employment has also increased from 110 to 159 employees.

With investments exceeding US$60 million, Digicel Guyana has been responsible for introducing strong competition into the market and driving mobile penetration through superior services, reliable coverage and high value offerings. The company also offers a wide range of brand new handsets at affordable prices and it was the first to bring to Guyana innovative products and services such as per second billing, rollover minutes and free voicemail.


Since its launch in 2001, Digicel has become the fastest-growing wireless telecommunications operator in the Caribbean. After six years, Digicel is renowned for competitive rates, unbeatable coverage, superior customer care, a wide variety of products and services, and state-of-the-art handsets. It is the largest GSM operator in the region.

By offering innovative wireless services and community support, Digicel has become a leading brand in the Caribbean and has placed the region at the cutting edge of wireless communications.

Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and has operations in twenty-two markets including Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, Curaçao, The Cayman Islands, Dominica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago and Turks & Caicos. Digicel also has a license in Guatemala and Suriname as well as coverage in St. Martin and St. Barths.

The company is the lead sponsor of Caribbean sports teams including the West Indies Cricket Team, Special Olympics teams across the Caribbean and is title sponsor of the Digicel Caribbean Football Union Cup and the Copa De Naciones, the Caribbean and Central American qualifiers to the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

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