BTC Appoints New CEO

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BTC is pleased to announce the appointment of Sameer Bhatti to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Bhatti, a Bahamian national, joins the company from Comcast where he spent the past ten years as an executive in commercial and channel development roles. Prior to that, he held senior positions at Juniper Networks and Verizon in the United States.

In his new role at BTC, Sameer will have overall responsibility for the company’s commercial operations across The Bahamas. “Sameer is an experienced telecommunications executive with demonstrated success in driving segment growth and developing market channels. He is a visionary and analytical leader who possesses an unwavering commitment to building teams with integrity and excellence.

We are happy to welcome him to BTC and we wish him much success,” said Inge Smidts, BTC’s Board Chair, and Chief Executive Officer, C&W Communications, the operator of the BTC brand. Deputy Chairman, Attorney Valentine Grimes, who leads the Government nominated team of Directors, spoke on behalf of the Government of the Bahamas, saying, “I am so pleased that after conducting an international search C&W was able to identify a Bahamian of Sameer’s talent and experience for the position of CEO. I am confident that Sameer is the right person at this time to lead BTC and I’m happy that he has agreed to return home to assist in the future development of our country’s telecommunications sector.”

Sameer has enjoyed a distinguished career that spans three decades, with extensive experience across sales, marketing, product management, private equity and consulting, strategic planning, channel development, performance analytics, go-to-market strategy, and customer engagement.

“This is such an exciting time for our industry and for The Bahamas and I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to lead BTC,” said Sameer Bhatti. “The technological advances that we are pursuing as a company will provide multiple avenues for growth and development across the country. I look forward to rising to the challenge and working with such a dedicated team.”

Bhatti holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Science and Statistics from the University of Maryland and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Duke University. He studied at St. Anne’s High School and Queen’s College High School before going on to graduate from The College of the Bahamas.

He is the current Treasurer of the One Eleuthera Foundation, which has a mission to empower Family Island communities, thereby transforming them into thriving self-sufficient ecosystems through sustainable social and economic empowerment and development.

From: Bahamas Information Services