Denis O’Brien, Chairman and Founder of Digicel, was on Tuesday night named the winner of the Jamaica Observer Business Leader Foreign Investor Award at a glittering awards ceremony in Kingston, Jamaica.

Each year, the Jamaica Observer identifies individuals, groups or companies who have made significant contributions to the economic, social growth and development of Jamaica.

Butch Stewart, Chairman of the Jamaica Observer Newspaper Group, with Digicel Chairman, Denis O’Brien at the glittering awards ceremony

This year, the Jamaica Observer used the programme to promote the country as a welcoming destination for foreign investment – turning the spotlight on those investments that have had a positive transformational impact on the local economy within the past ten years.

The Jamaica Observer highlighted Digicel’s breaking of the telecoms monopoly in Jamaica nine and a half years ago when the company was born in Jamaica. Using Jamaica as a springboard, Digicel has expanded rapidly and is today proud to serve 11 million customers across 32 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific and to employ around 4,500 people.

This latest award comes hot on the heels of Digicel taking home the prized “Best Operator in a Developing Market” award at the World Communications Awards for its work in Haiti – in bringing mobile services to those that never before could have dreamed of having them – and since, as it has strived to help the people of Haiti recover and rebuild in the wake of the devastation and to ensure that they stay connected to family and friends.

Commenting on the double success, Digicel Group CEO, Colm Delves, said; “It’s a real honour for our Chairman and Digicel to be acknowledged in this way. We’re delighted and would like to say a big thank you to our valued customers and our fantastic staff.”

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