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Kevin Smith resigning as Digicel’s CEO

Months after stepping into the role, Kevin Smith is resigning as Chief Executive Officer of Digicel BVI.

A media release from the telecommunications company on Wednesday said Smith is resigning to fulfil personal projects he had been pursuing before the 2017 hurricanes.

Despite his resignation as CEO, Digicel said Smith will continue his involvement in the business as a senior advisor. In this capacity, he will provide counsel and support in legal and regulatory matters, strategic technical initiatives, sales, and business development strategies, Digicel said.

“As Digicel continues to invest in the BVI and its people to provide cutting- edge technologies and services to ensure we continue to play a leading role in the region, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Digicel especially our staff who have helped in one way or another during my tenure … It’s been an immense privilege working with Digicel to support the strategic development of the BVI, a role I will continue to play as an advisor,” Smith stated.

As for a successor for Smith, Digicel said, “one will be announced in due course, and in the interim, Kevin will continue as CEO to ensure a smooth transition”.

He officially commenced the role of CEO in back in February 2020.

Below is the full media release as written by Digicel:

Road Town, Tortola, BVI – June 23, 2020: Kevin Smith is stepping down from the role of CEO of Digicel BVI to fulfil personal projects that were being pursued post-2017 hurricanes, it was announced today. Kevin joined Digicel in 2013 as Commercial and Operations Director and assumed the role of CEO in February 2020.

Although stepping down from his role as CEO, Kevin will continue his involvement in the business as a Senior Advisor. In this capacity, he will provide counsel and support on a wide range of issues, including legal and regulatory matters, strategic technical initiatives, sales, and business development strategies.

Commenting on his tenure, Kevin said; “My time at Digicel has been a deep learning experience gaining knowledge and exposure to expertise and wisdom that can’t be obtained in a classroom. Working with high-level executives at Digicel – as well as our Board and Chairman – has given me insight into a wide range of areas including how to be successful in my own personal endeavours. Managing the business through the COVID-19 pandemic has particularly honed my skills during the various strategic meetings enabling me to be able to pivot where necessary in an environment of rapid change.

I am proud of the moves we made to give free access to Government call centers and educational sites, provide discounted services to frontline Doctors and Nurses and high-speed complimentary connectivity to the Althea Scatliffe Primary School and Ebenezer Thomas Primary School.”

He continues; “As Digicel continues to invest in the BVI and its people to provide cutting- edge technologies and services to ensure we continue to play a leading role in the region, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Digicel especially our staff who have helped in one way or another during my tenure. Special thanks also to our Group Chairman, Denis O’Brien, and Regional CEO, Sinead O Marcaigh, for their support, guidance, and encouragement during my tenure.

It’s been an immense privilege working with Digicel to support the strategic development of the BVI, a role I will continue to play as an advisor.” Digicel Regional CEO, Sinead O Marcaigh commented: “It’s been a pleasure working with Kevin. Whilst he has been exemplary in the role, we nonetheless understand his need to pursue his ambitions. As such, we are delighted that he will take on the role of Senior Advisor to Digicel BVI.

Kevin’s deep commercial experience means he has a lot to offer and his support will be immeasurable. While he isn’t completely leaving the Digicel family, I still want to thank him for his service and also to wish him luck in his other future endeavours.” A successor to Kevin will be announced in due course, and in the interim, Kevin will continue as CEO to ensure a smooth transition.

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21 Comments

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  1. Ollie says:

    Why we care tired see this dude in the news for resigning and getting hired, other people need a job we don’t care bout he

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  2. wow says:

    local them want local them get… him run

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  3. So says:

    This young man does not know what he wants. In all aspects of his life he just jumps from ship to ship.

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    • Hmmmmm says:

      Sometimes it is not that he does not know what he wants but sometimes it could be:

      1) you cannot do the job
      2) you can do the job but are frustrated with the ‘system’
      3) you can do the job and doing the job but you not getting paid for it … meaning, employers tell you one thing to get you on board and you do something different as in 2 times what they agree to pay you.
      4) …

      It is best to leave gracefully giving a reason but not the real reason. Ever thought about that?

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  4. Realist says:

    Why is this news ?

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  5. one eye says:

    good for he is does not stand up for locals

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  6. Puzzy Footing says:

    If he knew he wanted to pursue other things, then why did he even bother to take the job?

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  7. hog city says:

    THAT’S WHY WE DON’T WANT HIM TO REPRESENT US IN THE 3RD BECAUSE HE IS VERY UNSTABLE

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  8. Wow says:

    This one is a record. Dude can’t keep a job for more than two years.

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  9. Truth Sayer says:

    Why are we so quick to judge? The man is resigning as CEO but will stay on as advisor to the company. That speak volumes about the young man’s capability.he or anyone has a right to resign from a job if he or she wants to. A person can only move from job to job when you are marketable. Stop the jealousy.

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  10. Anonymous says:

    Ull just envy the guy..intelligent and smarr

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  11. Tola says:

    The Storm has begun

  12. Whatever says:

    Who the h**l cares?

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  13. Facts says:

    Another black man forced out

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  14. Kay says:

    He no tired move

  15. Wow says:

    Rolling stone he soon go back TRC or CCT ,Flow SMH

  16. Straw says:

    I dont care what you all say….Breaking news …this man was the best thung that happen to the Trade Department…

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  17. clarity says:

    is he a lawyer?

  18. Brick says:

    All ah you mind you all dam business.

  19. *** says:

    *** own needs to go too because they cutting internet in the middle of online school. Hope the education minister see this.

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