BTC is proud to announce that André Foster has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer effective March 1, 2021. André is one of the youngest Bahamian CEO’s in the company’s history, moving on from his most recent role as Head of Operations for BTC for the last nine months. He is enjoying a stellar career within C&W Communications, having served previously as Vice President of Enterprise IT Services and Infrastructure. He was then brought in to BTC and held the role of Chief Operating Officer from 2017 – 2018, then from 2018 – 2019 he held a regional role as Senior Director of Technology Operations overseeing The Bahamas, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.
Prior to the merger of Cable & Wireless and Columbus Communications he was Chief Information Officer of Columbus Communications which operated a portfolio of telecom businesses in the Caribbean and Latin America, including Cable Bahamas. Foster is recognized as a pioneer in the telecommunications industry in The Bahamas, having designed and deployed the country’s first consumer broadband and commercial Metro Ethernet network while serving as Senior Vice President of IT at Cable Bahamas.
Outgoing BTC CEO, Garry Sinclair, commented on the transition saying, “I am confident in André’s ability to lead BTC at such a critical time in its history. André has held several leadership roles, and has a tenure amassing more than twenty years within the
telecommunications industry. He will be focused on delivering some key wins for our residential and business customers as BTC continues to improve the customer experience journey.
We’ve had the opportunity to discuss this transition with our team members and our union partners who are onboard and fully committed to the company’s success.”
Incoming CEO André Foster said, “I am honored to be entrusted with the leadership of BTC. BTC is the premier telecommunications provider of The Bahamas and has connected Bahamians across our beautiful archipelago for over a hundred years. I am humbled by this opportunity, particularly at such a crucial time where world events continue to highlight the criticality of communications and the transformation of this great company in our country.
In recent years, we have set the stage to deliver impactful transformations for The Bahamas by embracing a more digital world. We will continue to serve our customers wherever they are through Virtual Stores with an on-demand concierge delivery, self-installation of our broadband customers and increased options for ease of bill payments. For BTC and our parent Liberty Latin America, 2021 is the ‘Year of the Customer’, and I am focused on how we can continue to have a meaningful impact for our country and our customers. As a business, our team is fully committed to embracing the digital transition and supporting our customers through the transformation. This includes the retirement of legacy technologies for all of our customers in The Bahamas, which will be one of our most important missions in the coming decade.
Whether our customer is in a densely populated community such as Carmichael Road, or a sparsely populated community like Farmer’s Cay, Exuma, we will continue to modernize and transform their services towards a better-connected future that will enrich their lives. Frankly, embracing and crossing the digital divide is no longer optional in today’s world. Pandemics and natural disasters have taught us valuable lessons about the role technology and telecommunications will play in every person’s daily life and livelihood in the future. BTC will always make every effort to be the first to build the technology bridge for the people of The
Bahamas and we will deliver this with customers at the heart of everything we do.”
Foster is a graduate of Florida State University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Studies and has held a number of industry certifications with Microsoft, Cisco, Juniper and Extreme Networks throughout his career. André is passionate about youth development through technology and is committed to supporting technology driven programs for Bahamian youth and elderly. He is married with three children, has a deep love for the outdoors, cycling, watersports, and is an avid dog lover.