Digicel reshuffled their management in the Caribean last week by appointing a new CEO in Jamaica and moving the previous incumbent, Mark Linehan, to a position as Regional CEO with responsibility for Grenada, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
So far, so innocuous.
However, Mark Wignall of the Jamaica Observer in a piece headed "If Red Stripe can do it, why can't Digicel?" stopped to wonder why there has never been a native Jamaican in charge of Digicel.
http://m.jamaicaobserver.com/mobile/...icel-_12300760Digicel is at the heart of almost every Jamaican, and although it calls itself a Jamaican company, I have yet to see a Jamaican CEO in the forefront of things. Why is this so?
Surely, it cannot be that there is a shortage of highly qualified Jamaicans. Let us get cocky here. This is our 50th year of political Independence and we have just creamed off at the Olympics!
Some say that the main reason that Jamaica has not achieved economic "independence" is that our politics has created an economic environment that drives the best minds and the most trained and creative and innovative of us towards other shores like the USA, Canada, and Britain.
The Irish Digicel bosses always like to repeat what may, or may not be, a fallacy — that the Irish are like Jamaicans.
Well, the Jamaicans like the Irish, it seems, and we have cottoned on to Digicel. But is Digicel saying to us that since 2001, not one single Jamaican has been found fit enough to be considered CEO?
That, I do not believe. Not in year 50 of Jamaica.
Reasonable question, you might think.
However, the following day(Friday 17 August) an unusual clarification appeared in the newspaper:
Isn't it curious that a major multinational would be so sensitive about such an innocuous question that it (presumably) contacted the newspaper to insist on such a clarification?The Jamaica Observer wishes to state that it has no reason to question Digicel's choice of a CEO. As far as we are concerned, Digicel has always appointed the best person who, in its view, can efficiently lead the company, and that has proven itself in the company's success over the 12 years it has been operating in Jamaica.
That leadership has also been instrumental in implementing the vision of the Digicel Foundation which, since it was founded in 2004 with a donation of $60 million from Digicel Chairman Denis O'Brien, has undertaken more than 200 projects that have helped thousands of Jamaicans and numerous communities.
Although not having a Jamaican as a CEO here, Digicel, we know, has appointed Jamaicans as CEOs in other countries in the Caribbean and in the South Pacific islands of Tonga and Vanuatu.
Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/News/...#ixzz24BH8P100
Well, perhaps not.
Not when we know that at least 18 Irish journalists have received nasty letters from Denis and his legal representatives over the last decade.
It makes me wonder about the influence exerted by Digicel on the media in other parts of the world.