28 Sep 2016

Bluesky CEO sacked in American Samoa

12:46 pm on 28 September 2016

The long-time chief executive of telecommunication company, BlueSky in American Samoa, Adolfo Montenegro, has been sacked.

Telecommunications company Bluesky

The CEO of BlueSky in American Samoa, Adolfo Montenegro, has been sacked. Photo: RNZI / Sally Round

He was terminated by the head of the parent company, Spain's Jaime Espinosa.

Mr Montenegro's sacking came just a week after Mr Espinosa and representatives of ATH, the Fijian company that's offered to buy BlueSky, met with American Samoa government officials and the management of BlueSky.

Our correspondent reports that Mr Espinosa and ATH had assured locals of their intent to keep BlueSky's current management team.

Officials had said the sale was in the best interests of BlueSky's employees and the residents of American Samoa, and that ATH was committed to protecting the jobs local employees.

Mr Espinosa now said the decision to sack Mr Montenegro was made "after consultations with ATH".

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