LIME Cayman Islands general manager Tony Ritch is stepping down from his position after more than 29 years with the company, including five years at its helm.
According to a news release from LIME, Mr. Ritch will leave his role at the end of September but will remain as “non-executive chairman” of LIME Cayman to assist during the transition period.
LIME Jamaica and Cayman CEO Garfield Sinclair said a new leader for the Cayman office will be announced in “due course.”
Mr. Ritch said, “I’m leaving my role as general manager with many fond memories and a long list of accomplishments over my career. I am very excited about the bright future that lies ahead for our great business and I’m looking forward to acting in a very different capacity as non-executive chairman. I have every confidence that we will continue to lead the industry through the introduction of innovative technologies and our customer focus. It has been an amazing journey of development, and commitment to excellence.”
Mr. Ritch grew up in Cayman Brac and joined Cable & Wireless (which now trades as LIME in the Caribbean) in 1984 right out of high school at the age of 17, according to an extensive interview with Mr. Ritch that appeared in the January edition of the Cayman Islands Journal. One of Mr. Ritch’s first positions was as a “technical watch keeper” responsible for keeping an eye on satellite communications equipment.
Mr. Ritch’s time with the company included the 2003 liberalization agreement between Cable & Wireless and the Cayman Islands government that ended the company’s 37-year monopoly on the territory’s telecom business. He had worked his way up to leader of the Cayman office by late 2008 when Cable & Wireless rebranded its Caribbean operations as LIME.
Mr. Ritch also oversaw the introduction of mobile 4G to Cayman and, more recently, the securing of new 700 MHz spectrum that will enable LIME Cayman to be the territory’s first provider of LTE services, according to the news release. Additionally, LIME has expanded on its fixed-line and mobile services with LIME TV and a fiber-to-home fixed-line network for Internet.
Mr. Sinclair said, “We thank Tony for his tremendous service over the last 29 years. Tony has consistently demonstrated a passion and enthusiasm for winning that has defined his leadership of the Cayman business. With the successful introduction of LIME TV, Tony is leaving us well placed to continue to build on the successes in Cayman with our plans to continue to roll out fiber across Cayman and to deliver an extraordinary mobile experience with our LTE license. We value his contribution tremendously and look forward to his ongoing support as a non-executive chairman of our Cayman business.”
Mr. Ritch said, “Our industry is one of the most competitive in the world and I’ll miss the fast-paced, ever-changing dynamics of the business. However, I’m now eager to focus even more on my family and other interests and this new role will afford me the work-life-balance transition that works well for me at this time.
“It has been a distinct honor to lead the team of dedicated and talented professionals across our business and I am proud of their growth and accomplishments under my leadership. We have continued to drive the market and we remain the market leaders in Cayman. I know that I’m leaving the business in the hands of a very capable team who will continue to bring the very best in value, cutting edge technology and customer service to the Cayman Islands.”