We are pleased to present you with the top 7 Haitian businessmen & woman who made the diffrence from 2006-2010.
1. Ghada Gebara (Digicel) Market Penetration is one of the most challenging and decisive moment for a company, hence Digicel has proven otherwise. Ms Ghada Gebara, CEO of the Digicel at the time in 2006, has set multiple records in Haiti; for the first time a woman has been in charge of Haiti’s largest company, she successfully led the introduction of Digicel in 2005 by acquiring 1.7 million clients in just one year.
2. Olivier Barrau (AIC) Launching a Successful Insurance company in a country where insurance coverage is still a luxury requires a lot of quality. Well that’s the story of our top 2, Mr. Olivier Barrau of “Alternative Insurance Company”; he transformed a family owned agency into a multiline insurance corporation with several investors and strategic reinsurance partners. AIC has been steadily growing at a stable 30% growth rate. AIC today is placed among the top 4 insurance companies operating in Haiti.
3. Allen Bayard (Access Haiti) Access Haiti, now a subsidiary of Tropical Telecom Ltd, and has been operating since 2002. It provides wireless broadband internet services as well as VoIP telephony services in Port au Prince and ten other Haitian cities. Under Allen Bayard leadership, Access Haiti has been able to out-compete all other companies by becoming the largest Haitian Internet Service provider.
4. Robin Padberg (Voila) Roben Padberg has been Voila CEO since 2007; he has been in charge of reacting to the market penetration of the main Competitor Digicel. Under his leadership Mr. Padberg has been able to undermine Digicel Ambition of obtaining a 90% market share, he increased Voila’s Market share by reaching the record of more than 1 million subscribers.
5. Guitteau Toussaint (BNC) Mr. Toussaint is the CEO of “Banque Nationale de Credit”, he has led the government Bank since 1999, Mr. Toussaint is our top 5 for his leadership during Socabank/BNC merger. During the 2 years following the merger, he reduced the bank unproductive loan from 50% to 30%.
6. Gilbert Bigio/Reuven Bigio (GB Group) The largest Haitian Conglomerate is run by Gilbert Bigio who is chairman of the GB Group, and Reuven Bigio CEO of GB Group, from introducing the Digicel to acquiring Chevron Haiti asset, Gilbert Bigio, Reuven Bigio and their executive team have proven that they have the capacity to developed a strong portfolio of companies in key strategic sectors. They are rank 6 in our top 7 list.
7. Eddy Deeb/Reynold Deeb (Deka Group) Largely known for their legal fight regarding the One World Case, Mr. Eddy Deed and Renold Deeb are our 7thpick. They are respectively CEO and COO of DeKa Group S.A; under their leadership they position Deka Group as one of the main importers with more than 3 billion HTG in consumer goods. They have successfully introduced and positioned the Bongu/Actimed brands.