Digicel’s Group CEO, Colm Delves has announced that there will be a 25% cut in global staff in the next 18 months. This move will ultimately affect the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific market.
Digicel currently operates in 26 countries in this market and CEO Delves has indicated the move is about creating a “leaner, faster and more efficient company. “We’re (Digicel) going to focus on a small number of regional hubs, two in the Caribbean and Central American Regions and two in the Pacific.”
Mr Delves in a statement posted to the Digicel Group’s Youtube page today (Wednesday February 22, 2017) has also spoken about the de-layering of the organization to move to “a flatter and more agile structure. ‘This simplification and standardization of what we do has the ultimate aim of freeing up the people in the markets so that they can concentrate on delivering an excellent experience to our valued customers.”
Alluding to his promise to be honest and open, he says “this change in how we organize ourselves does mean that we will be saying good bye to some of you.” To facilitate this, the CEO has announced an enhanced voluntary separation programme which opens on March 1.
Just a week ago, local telephone service provider, Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Limited (GTT) announced a similar downsizing initiative but over a 12 month period. GTT had said about 120 positions in the company would become redundant.
Digicel Guyana on February 14 last celebrated its 10th anniversary not in the usual way but Senior Managers had indicated that the company was re-focusing efforts to more socially conscious projects.