Executive Directors

Barry O'Brien

In February 2017, after 9 years as a senior CEO with Digicel, Barry left to set-up an investment business with Ciarán Burke.   Barry presently holds the positions of: ·

  • Honorary Consul from Jamaica to Ireland
  • Board Director of the American Chamber of Commerce Jamaica


Barry held various roles within the Digicel Group between 2008 and 2017:

  • Established Digicel’s Fintech, e-Commerce, m-Commerce, Big Data and Jamaica’s fibre broadband businesses whilst overseeing 22 subsidiaries of Digicel as a Board Director. 
  • Barry lead the acquisition, merger and organisational transformation of Paymaster, Telstar, Prism Holdings, Boom USA, Agreggo USA, Stronghold, Spectrum Loyalty, Streamline, NOA and Magna Rewards. 
  • Barry was CEO of Digicel’s headquartereds business in Jamaica with a turnover of US$500m and 1,200 employees. 
  • Prior to Jamaica, Barry was CEO of Digicel Eastern Caribbean, CEO of Digicel Barbados, and CEO for ICT.  


Before joining Digicel in 2008, Barry was CEO of Vero Solutions, a large data and software company in Europe. He grew this business from 2 persons to a business that was sold as TheNowFactory to IBM for 115m Euro. Barry previously led many intion projects internationally when working as an independent management consultantnova for companies such as Ericsson, Motorola, Rohde Schwarz, Jinny Software, Hewlett Packard and IBM.   

Ciaran Burke

Ciarán is a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Barbados and is an outgoing board member of the Grenada Chamber of Industry and Commerce.    After over 10 years with the Digicel Group across multiple financial and operational roles, Ciaran set-up an investment business with Barry O’Brien in February 2017.

Ciarán held various roles within the Digicel Group between 2006 and 2017:

  • Regional CFO and other special financial assignments across the wider Digicel Group in the Caribbean and in Myanmar as part of license bid team. 
  • CEO and CFO in Digicel Barbados. 
  • CEO of Growth Opportunities in the Eastern Caribbean where he was responsible for all aspects of strategic acquisitions. 
  • Held over 20 directorships across a diverse portfolio of newly acquired businesses after an aggressive acquisition drive of various ICT businesses covering such services as Cable TV, Fibre Broadband, submarine cable systems, GSM, and Business Solutions, as well as other treasury and tax related projects.


In March 2015 Ciarán took up the role of Digicel Grenada CEO which culminated in the launch of the breakthrough FttH network to provide adequate competition to a monopoly competitor.  Prior to joining Digicel in 2006 Ciarán spent 8 years in international accounting and auditing, financial consulting and corporate governance across the private and public sectors in the EMEA and Caribbean regions with BDO and EY in Ireland, before moving to the Caribbean working for Deloitte in Barbados. He has extensive knowledge via financial consulting related experience in both private and public sectors from CARICOM headquarters in Guyana,  South America up to the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank in St. Kitts and Nevis  

 

Education:

  • BA (Hons) Degree in Accounting and Finance from Dublin City University, Ireland.  
  • Scholarship winner to the Boston College, Carroll School of Management.
  • Completed the fFuture lLeaders programme at the Wharton Business School in University of Pennsylvania. 
  • Presently undertaking Diploma in Corporate Finance with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.  

Our Directors

Bizzy Williams - Director

Ralph Williams is the Founder and Chairman of Williams Industries Incorporated. He is the holder of an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of the West Indies, a visionary and calculated risk taker with an uncanny ability to spot business opportunities in the bleakest of circumstances. Over the last 43 years, his knack for selecting skilled leaders and dedicated staff has helped him build one of the Caribbean’s leading conglomerates on a foundation of integrity, honesty, and determination.   Bizzy, as he is affectionately called, has been recognized both regionally and internationally for his outstanding success. The Gold Crown of Merit of Barbados, the Ernst & Young Caribbean Entrepreneur of the year and World Entrepreneur of the Year in multiple enterprise creation are among the many awards he has received. Mr. Williams prides himself on having developed a strong business model. One that has lent itself to the development of a prosperous enterprise that strives to share the benefits with all of those who have worked hard to make it successful. He is recognized for his sterling contribution to business and industry in Barbados 

David Staples - Director

David develops new business opportunities with a focus on infrastructure and businesses in the sustainable “green economy” sector. David has been a leader in introducing Public Private Partnerships to Barbados and non-recourse project financing structures.   He has led efforts in the development of Renewable Energy, Water and Wastewater and Solid waste businesses. Additionally, he has been responsible for the development of Millennium Heights, Apes Hill, Price Smart, the First Caribbean Headquarters in Warrens, the Spring Garden desalination plant and Sustainable Barbados Recycling Center. Mr. Staples is also Chairman of Doyle Offshore Sails in St Philip and Concordia Manufacturing in the U.S.   He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, a Master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master’s degree from Harvard University. He has been resident in Barbados since 1983.  

Tom Hall

Tom Hall is the Chief Executive Officer of Williams Industries Inc. He commenced his tenure as CEO in September 2014. He is the holder of a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the revered London School of Business and has years of experience in banking and finance under his belt.    His affiliation with the company stems a generation back, to when his father, John Hall and Ralph “Bizzy” Williams ventured into business together. This partnership formed the West Indies branch of BRC, which has continued to this day and recently celebrated 35 years of manufacturing and providing top quality steel.    

Tom has been a Director for four years and his family has been shareholders for over a decade. His strong financial background, familial ties to Williams Industries and international exposure have made him an excellent addition to the management team.  

Leonard Payne

Leonard recently retired as Chief Financial Officer of the Williams Industries group and is now an active Board Director of the Williams Industries group and Chairman of the Audit Committee.