Wednesday 19 September, 2018

Colm Delves hailed as the quintessential CEO

Colm Delves

Colm Delves

Colm Delves was described as the quintessential Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at a farewell party in his honour at the Digicel headquarters in downtown Kingston.

Delves, who retired at the end of February, was said to be very personable but at the same time knew what he wanted from each employee and managed to push them to deliver.

And so, when Digicel decided to give him a retirement send-off, all came out to share in the occasion in a big way and ensured that the man of the moment would feel the warmth that Jamaicans are known to bestow on whom they believe is worthy.

The list of those present was extensive, with former prime ministers PJ Patterson and Portia Simpson Miller and her husband Errald Miller joining members of the diplomatic community; government ministers and Members of Parliament; Digicel's current and former top brass and other team members. They were all elegantly dressed for the soiree.

The entrance leading up to the stage wore Digicel's red proudly as did the ushers. It was also very evident from the car park, who was being honoured as Delves' name with various send-off messages where shown on advertising screens.

A huge television was also at the back of the stage, displaying newspaper articles about some of Delves' achievements. Newspaper cartoonists' depictions of Delves involvement in various activities were also on display.

And while those on stage showered Delves with praises for this work, the gathering listened while mingling and consuming beverages from Jamaica's two main brewers, Diageo through the main product Red Stripe, and Wray and Nephew.

Hor d'oeuvres that included ackee and saltfish and vegetable spring rolls, jerk chicken kebab and pork, enticed the appetite for the main course, that consisted of a wide variety including succulent beef and lamb, variants in pork and chicken, sushi and vegetarian.

All those who spoke told tales of Delves' love for music, especially reggae, and the passion he had for the Jamaican art form as well as culture, so much so that he built a studio in his home while having a ringtone with Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley's 'Welcome To Jamrock'.

And so to cap off the evening, the organisers called in three Rising Stars winners, saxophonist Verlando Small, who provided the evening's tone before the formal start, Short Boss and Romaine Virgo, to complement internationally acclaimed Third World, who ended the show.