Friday, January 17, 2020

CityWest CEO Chris Marrett to step down from top position in March

CityWest CEO Chris Marrett will be leaving
the Prince Rupert based communication company in March
(Photo from CityWest fibre launch announcement of May 2017)

CityWest, the telecommunication company that is owned and operated by the City of Prince Rupert will soon be on the hunt for a new Chief Executive Officer.

That after Chris Marrett, who has served in that capacity with the company for just over four years, announced his upcoming resignation from CityWest on Friday.

Word of his pending departure was released early Friday evening through an information statement by the communication company, with Marrett's final day at the helm of CityWest set for March 6th.

“It was a very difficult decision to make. I love the job, and the people here are like an extended family for me. But it is time for me to be closer to my family in Vancouver, and for someone else to drive this company forward to even better success." -- CityWest CEO Chris Marrett announcing his departure from the company today.

During his tenure with the company which began in 2012 as Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Marett was instrumental in making fibre-to-the-home expansion possible in northern BC, including the Bulkley Valley, as well as parts of Terrace and Kitimat.

He was promoted to the CEO's Post in November of 2016, and was part of the driving push into the interior and in recent years has seen CityWest begin to increase its financial return to its owners at the City of Prince Rupert.

Mr. Marrett was also responsible for finding the financial means to expand fibre-to-the-home services into Prince Rupert, a process which continues to roll out across the city.

Today's statement noted that as CEO, Marett also improved the culture at CityWest, aligning the attitude of its employees with the corporate values of the company.

CityWest Director Robert Long made note of Marret's contribution to the company as part of today's announcement.

“We’re sad to see our CEO go, he has been a tremendous asset for the community and the company, increasing its financial viability, changing its culture, and making it a better place to work for everyone. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors and hope he remembers his time as the CEO of CityWest fondly."

Mr. Marrett's successor at CityWest will be  chosen by the company's Board of Directors, with a public announcement to be made upon the selection of a new CEO.

For more notes related to the Prince Rupert based communication company see our archive page here.

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