Monday 17 June 2019

Digicel appoints Jean Yves Charlier as executive vice chairperson

Denis O’Brien welcomed Mr Charlier's appointment to the role
Denis O’Brien welcomed Mr Charlier's appointment to the role
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Digicel has appointed Jean Yves Charlier as its executive vice chairperson.

This follows his appointment to the board in August.

In his enhanced role Mr Charlier will support the chairman, vice chairman and Digicel’s leadership team.

He previously served as CEO of Veon (formerly Vimpelcom), chairman and CEO of SFR, France, and was also CEO at COLT Telecom.

Welcoming his appointment, Digicel group chairman, Denis O’Brien, said: "Jean Yves brings a wealth of experience driving digital transformation in global telecoms environments."

"We are excited by the energy he has brought to the business since joining the board and by the insight and capability that he brings to our board and leadership team."

Mr Charlier said he looked forward to bringing his experience to bear, "and to working closely with the board and leadership team to accelerate Digicel’s global transformation programme with a goal of ensuring that our customers benefit from of the many opportunities that the digital world can offer them."

Earlier this week the group secured overwhelming bondholder acceptance for its offer to swap almost $2bn (€1.75bn) of bonds originally due to mature in 2020 for new bonds maturing in 2022.

Following months of negotiations the exchange offer was backed by holders of 94.7pc of the 2020 debt at the acceptance deadline of midnight in New York on December 18.

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