Digicel yesterday announced the appointment of Kerchelle Jn. Charles-Hodge as Chief Executive Officer for its Anguilla operations effective immediately. In this role, she will have oversight for all operational and business excellence while adopting a digital first strategy across the business.
A St. Lucia-born and a past student of the St. Joseph’s Convent, Jn. Charles-Hodge credits her high school principal, Sister Mary Claire Joseph, with instilling in her a sense of discipline, the belief that she can accomplish anything she puts her mind to and the importance of being a well-rounded individual.
Her fondest memories in high school were her involvement in a number of activities and clubs, including sports, arts and voluntary groups like the Girl Guides. It is this passion that led her to become a proud Rotarian who later spearheaded the Caring Connections and Big Brother/Big Sister programmes through Digicel St. Lucia. A philanthropist at heart, she was a perfect fit for Digicel, whose DNA is deep-rooted in the spirit of giving back to its communities.
Jn. Charles-Hodge started her Digicel journey in 2006 and in just a little over ten years, her drive, passion and dedication propelled her growth from an entry level position of Marketing Executive to her new role of Chief Executive Officer.
In 2008, she did a brief stint in The British Virgin Islands as part of the launch team and by 2009 she was promoted to the role of Marketing Manager where she honed her skills for the next seven years.
During this time, she also seconded in St. Kitts and Nevis as Head of Marketing and provided commercial support for the launch of 4G in Anguilla. In March 2014, she returned to Anguilla as Head of Commercial and played an integral role in the successful merger of Caribbean Cable Communications (CCC) with Digicel.
“I am excited about this next phase of my journey with Digicel, especially as we continue our transition into a complete communications and entertainment provider in Anguilla,” Jn. Charles-Hodge commented. “Across all our platforms — whether it’s digital, entertainment, business or mobile – our customers expect seamless connectivity and the best possible experience and I’m looking forward to continue working with the team to listen to our customers and deliver on our commitment to them.”
In congratulating Jn. Charles-Hodge, Vanessa Slowey, CEO for Digicel Caribbean and Central America, said: “With over twenty five percent of our CEOs across the region being females, I’m delighted to be welcoming Kerchelle to the growing list. Kerchelle’s growth has been remarkable to watch over the years and given her track record, I have no doubt that she will take our Anguilla operations to the next level, ensuring the best communications experience to all our customers.”