A1 Comms Group MD Stuart Joce is leaving the business to take up a senior position with mobile operator Digicel Group in the Caribbean, Mobile understands.
Joce, is set to leave retail and distribution company A1 Comms by the end of the month, say sources.
His departure comes as A1 Comms awaits the results of EE’s review of its indirect partners and amid claims that Fonehouse is bidding to buy A1 comms’ retail business Go Mobile. A successor to Joce is yet to be identified.
Joce joins Digicel as it gears up for major expansion across the Caribbean and Central America. The company, which is owned by billionaire Irish media and telecoms mogul Denis O’Brien, is investing around $500m a year into its network, in a bid to gain regional dominance.
Joce’s appointment to Digicel closely follows that of former Shebang Technologies commercial director Julian Burton who became Digicel commercial director at the company’s office in the Bahamas in November. Digicel is currently bidding against local operator Cable Bahamas and Virgin Mobile for the island’s second mobile license.
Joce will bring a wealth of experience to Digicel. Former colleagues say he is a focused, hardworking and inspirational team leader known for his commercial acumen and results-driven approach.
Before joining A1 Comms in january 2012, Joce worked for Three UK for seven years, in a number of senior positions including head of telesales, head of broadband retention and head of cross sales.
A1 Comms was unavailable for comment. However one source said: ‘He and his young family feel they have been given an incredible opportunity and have decided to grasp it with both hands.’