Denis O’Brien (Founder of Esat Telecom Group and Digicel)
Denis O'Brien is Chairman of the privately-owned telecommunications company Digicel Group which operates in 32 markets with over 14.5 million subscribers in the Caribbean, Central America and South Pacific regions, including Jamaica, Haiti, Panama and Papua New Guinea.
Mr. O’Brien has a wide number of investments in several sectors including media, property, leisure and industrial services. He is a former recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Denis O’Brien founded the Esat Telecom Group plc and built it throughout the 1990’s until its sale to British Telecom plc for € 2.4 billion.
Outside of his extensive business interests, Denis chaired the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Ireland. He is a Director on the US Board of Concern Worldwide and a member of the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development. He also chairs the Clinton Global Initiative Haiti Action Network.
In addition, he is the Chairman and Co-Founder of Frontline, the International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders which is based in Dublin. In 2000 he established The Iris O’Brien Foundation to identify and assist projects in Ireland and internationally which aim to alleviate disadvantaged communities.
Denis holds a BA degree from University College Dublin and an MBA from Boston College.