Julian Wilkins, Digicel Group Head of Telecommunications Public Policy, was appointed chair of the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organisations (CANTO), the leading authority in shaping information and communication in the Caribbean at the end of January, 2015.
Though Wilkins has been on the board of CANTO since 2008, this is the first time since CANTO’s inception that a Digicel senior executive has been appointed chair. He said; “I feel honoured to be appointed as chair. I will continue to work with all CANTO members, large and small, to find common ground that will best serve the industry and our consumers whilst ensuring open dialogue with all stakeholders.”
CANTO facilitates the development of ICT solutions for the benefit of members and other stakeholders in the Caribbean region which includes training and workshops as well as a major conference and trade exhibition, which enable members to network and share ideas.
Wilkins, who was educated in the UK, holds a MBA from the Henley Business School in General Management and Full Telecommunications City and Guilds qualifications. He worked at British Telecom for 18 years as an engineer before returning home to Antigua in 1994 to work for the Public Utilities Authority as an Operations Engineer. He was first elected as a CANTO Board Director representing the Antigua Public Utilities Authority in 1998. In 2000, as the PCS Manager, he successfully launched the first GSM mobile network in the English-speaking Caribbean in Antigua.
He joined Digicel Trinidad and Tobago in 2006 as Operations and Maintenance Manager and transferred to Digicel Group in 2008.