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Baleto named new Docomo Pacific CEO

By Pacific Island Times News Staff

Docomo Pacific has announced the appointment of Christine Baleto as the company's new president and CEO, succeeding Rod Boss, who is retiring after his six-year-stint with the company.

Boss has decided to embark on a new journey, relocating to Japan to focus on religious endeavors, according to Docomo.

During his tenure, the company achieved milestones and pushed through unprecedented challenges. A few remarkable company milestones achieved include:

  •  Being the first telecom company to launch SG Mobile services in Guam and the CNMI.

  •   Pioneering the enhancement and deployment of direct fiber internet into homes and businesses.

  •    First telecom to provide an OTT Cable TV experience known as the dTV+ app in Guam and the CNMI.


As the current chief financial officer and chief security and compliance officer, Baleto has been an integral part of Docomo Pacific team since 2019, becoming the first woman to join the senior leadership team.

"With her elevation to this pivotal role, we're not just welcoming a seasoned leader but embracing the dawn of a new era as she again makes history as the first woman to assume the CEO role within Docomo Pacific," Docomo said.


Baleto brings with her a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the region's unique challenges and rich history.

"As a descendant of Guam, she embodies a local touch that resonates with our community," the company said. "She has an established career grounded in Guam, spanning time served in the private, public, and non-profit sectors."


Baleto has served in many civic and local boards over the years. She recently joined the Guam Education Board,. Before this, she served as the chairwoman of the Board for the Guam Chamber of Commerce for two years and was a board member for six years. She also served in many leadership roles with various non-profit organizations throughout the island.


"We extend our gratitude to Rod for his six-year service at the helm of Docomo Pacific and we wish him every success in his future endeavors. We welcome Christine to her new role as president and CEO," said Akihiro Hikuma, senior vice president and general manager of Network Department, NTT Docomo Inc. "Her proven leadership skills and vision align seamlessly with our mission and values. We have complete confidence in her ability to steer the company toward even greater success in the future."

Before joining Docomo, Baleto was the CFO for MidPac Distributors and the Chief Financial Advisor to the Board of its parent company, EC Development. She also served in the public sector as the director of the Department of Administration in the Government of Guam, where she was appointed and confirmed by the Guam Legislature in 2016. 

As director, Baleto provided oversight and direction to the Government of Guam's Division of Accounts, Human Resources Division, General Services Agency, Office of Technology, and Treasurer of Guam.


Before serving the public sector, she was the General Manager of Market Wholesale Distributors. This food distribution company represented well­ known brands such as Smucker's, Kraft, Dole Bananas, and C2 Cool & Clean Teas.

Under her leadership, the company was the recipient of numerous awards, including:

·          2012: Smucker's Special Achievement Award for superior performance and growth in sales

·         2008: Navy Exchange Guam recognition for the highest volume in sales per vendor, category, and stock-keeping unit

·         2005: Distributor Award for Excellence from Kraft Foods International.

She was also personally recognized as the 2007 Guam Business Magazine Businesswoman of the Year.


In the non-profit sector, Christine was the Executive Director of Sanctuary, Incorporated, an organization that provides services to runaway and homeless youth and their families. During her tenure, she obtained the resources and oversaw the building of permanent facilities for the organization and the establishment of an endowment fund.


Aside from employment, Christine started her own company and received the award of master franchise rights for the FROOTS brand in Guam and the Marianas. She owned and operated franchise stores in Guam, which employed 18 individuals. She continues operating the Andersen Air Force Base store and recently opened a new location in Agat.


Christine has been married for over 34 years and has three children, two sons­ in-law, and two grandsons.



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