Thursday 26 April, 2018

Usain Bolt gets set to race into the BPO sector

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt

After calling time on his career on the track and hanging up his spikes, Usain Bolt is all set to invest in a BPO (business process outsourcing) operation on Half –Way Tree Road.

Located at 78 Half Way Tree Road - across the road from the Victoria Mutual offices - this new BPO centre is expected to house around 1,200 employees and Bolt will be partnering with American outsourcing company Startek on the project. Startek is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and already has a footprint in Jamaica.

Bolt will be working closely with James Kavanagh, Startek’s Engagement Center Director.

Loop News understands that Bolt owns the property on which the call centre will be built and that at this time all the paperwork is yet to be signed.

The World record 100 metre sprint king retired after last year’s World Championship in London.

According to Forbes, he pulled in US$34.2 million last year. Money Magazine estimates that Bolt has amassed over US$150 million over the course of his 10-year career.

Bolt has continued to broaden his earnings beyond athletics. There’s his involvement in Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records restaurant and sports bar franchise. There is talk of taking it beyond Jamaica, more specifically to the UK.

In 2016, he launched a company called Champion Shave which sells 6-blade razors at discounted prices.

Bolt also has endorsement deals with Puma, Nissan, Hublot, Visa, Virgin Media, Japan’s All Nippon Airways, Enertor, Australia’s Optus and Digicel.

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