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Digicel’s CEO passes away suddenly on holiday at 47

The group chief executive of Digicel, Alex Matuschka von Greiffenclau (47), has died suddenly while on holiday with his family in Germany.

Businessman Denis O’Brien, the company’s owner and chairman, will take up the role of interim ceo pending a formal succession process to replace Mr Matuschka von Greiffenclau, pictured, who died suddenly last Thursday.

Mr Matuschka von Greiffenclau, who only took over as chief executive last February, joined Digicel from Dutch-based telco Veon, previously known as Vimpelcom. The German businessman, who replaced Colm Delves as Digicel chief executive, had served as chief performance officer for Veon.

Mr O’Brien praised “the enormous contribution to the transformation of Digicel,” by Mr Matuschka von Greiffenclau, a married father of three who had just recently celebrated his 47th birthday.

“It is with a heavy heart and much sadness that I share news of the untimely death of our Group ceo, Alex Matuschka von Greiffenclau,” said Mr O’Brien.

This month Digicel won bondholder acceptance for the second element of its offer to swap debt falling due in 2020 and 2022 for longer dated facilities.

Mr O’Brien said that over the coming days, colleagues will share their thoughts for a suitable commemoration of Mr Matuschka von Greiffenclau.

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