Denis O’Brien | Chairman, Digicel Group Board of Directors



Kingston, Jamaica – Thursday, August 25, 2022. Today, Digicel announced the appointment of John Townsend as Chief Financial Officer.


Immediately prior to joining Digicel, John was Chief Financial Officer - Business Group at Verizon, and also served in the CFO capacity across various areas of the business for roughly the past ten years. He also worked as Chief Financial Officer for Vodafone Europe, UK and Australia and earned his BA (Econ) Hons in accounting and business finance from The University of Manchester.


Over the span of his career as a Chief Financial Officer, John gained experience in business and consumer operations, wireless, wireline, enterprise solutions, supply chain management and logistics, carrier relations and new business models, making him an all-rounder when it comes to the business of telecommunications. John will replace David Lomas as Digicel’s Chief Financial Officer.


Oliver Coughlan, Digicel Group CEO said, “We are happy to have John joining the team and I know that he will receive a warm Digicel welcome. John has worked at two of the world’s largest telecommunications companies, Verizon and Vodafone, with responsibility for billions of dollars in revenue, so his financial background, coupled with his extensive experience in telecoms, will serve him well as he gets to know our business and the Caribbean, and we expect that his fresh perspective will serve us well in turn. And as David leaves us, we also want to thank him for the work done over the last three and a half years and to wish him all the best going forward.”


Commenting on his appointment as Chief Financial Officer, John said, “For over 20 years, Digicel has been delivering quality service in the Caribbean, keeping the region connected to the people and things they love most. I am excited to be joining the team and look forward to the great work we will do together.”