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Meet Our Executive Team


EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Gary Brown Chief Executive Officer
Neil Brennan Managing Director, Human Resources
Brian H. Clarke General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Colette Delaney Managing Director and Head of Regional Country Management, Strategy and Marketing
Patrick J McKenna Chief Risk Officer
Jude Pinto Managing Director, Technology & Operations
Mark St. Hill Managing Director, Retail, Business and International Banking
Trevor Torzsas Managing Director, Cards & Customer Relationship Management
Pim van der Burg Managing Director, Corporate & Investment Banking
Dan Wright Managing Director, Private Wealth Management
Doug Williamson Regional Chief Financial Officer

SENIOR EXECUTIVE TEAM

Ben Douangprachanh Chief Auditor
Nigel Holness Managing Director, Jamaica
Mark McIntyre Managing Director, Cayman, BVI & Platinum Banking
Marie Rodland-Allen Managing Director, the Bahamas & Turks & Caicos Islands
Anthony Seeraj Managing Director, Trinidad Operating Company
Donna Wellington Managing Director, Barbados & the OECS

Gary Brown

Gary Brown was appointed Chief Executive Officer of CIBC FirstCaribbean with effect from 1st January 2016.

Prior to this, he was Global Head of Corporate Banking with CIBC. In that role, Mr. Brown had responsibility for corporate and institutional banking activities at CIBC, including lending to large corporates, real estate finance, global banking, international lending and certain non-core portfolio activities. Additionally, he served as a member of the Wholesale Banking Management Committee and the Investment Committee, and CIBC’s Operating Committee. Mr. Brown remains a member of the Operating Committee in his role as Chief Executive Officer of CIBC FirstCaribbean.

Immediately prior to assuming that position, from 2004 to 2013 Mr. Brown was President and CEO of CIBC World Markets Corp., the bank's U.S. broker-dealer and responsible as U.S. Region Head for all business and governance functions under a U.S. regional management structure.

Mr. Brown began his banking career in 1976 with The Chase Manhattan Bank as a lending officer in the Commodity Finance division. From 1980 to 1999, he held a number of senior business and risk management positions with UBS AG, including New York Branch Manager and Head of the Structured Finance division, one of six operating divisions of UBS in the Americas. In 1998, Mr. Brown was appointed Chief Credit Officer — Americas. Immediately prior to joining CIBC in 2001, he served as President and Director for K2 Digital, Inc., an Internet professional services company.

Mr. Brown received a BSc in Business Administration from Oral Roberts University and has attended executive programs at the Salzburg Institute and Harvard Business School. He served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Mercy College, and is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Mercy Ships International, and the Board of Directors of the Foreign Policy Association in New York.

Neil Brennan

Neil joined FirstCaribbean International Bank in 2004 and served in the position of Director, Compensation, Benefits & HR Operations until 2009. He returned to CIBC FirstCaribbean in 2012 to the position of Director, Financial Integration and Operations, Human Resources. In this role, he was responsible for all of the Bank’s Compensation and Benefits programmes, management of the Bank’s pension plans and for delivering HR operational support across the Caribbean.

Neil has more than 25 years’ experience working in Human Resources, both in a consulting capacity and in corporate environments, and has worked in the Caribbean, North America, Europe and Asia in a variety of roles covering all areas of Human Resources.

Prior to returning to CIBC FirstCaribbean in 2012 Neil was Global Vice President, Human Resources at AET, one of the world’s largest petroleum logistics companies. Prior to this he has held increasingly senior positions in HR across a variety of industries, among them Consulting Actuary, Hymans Robertson, Head of UK Benefits Practice for Arthur Andersen and HR Consulting Services Director, Jardine Lloyd Thompson

Neil graduated from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, in 1989 with a BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries and an Associate of the Pensions Management Institute.

Brian H. Clarke

Mr. Brian H. Clarke took up the position of General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, based at the company's headquarters in Barbados, on June 4, 2012.

An experienced legal practitioner, Brian joined CIBC FirstCaribbean from the legal firm of Clarke, Gittens & Farmer, where he served that firm and its predecessor, Clarke & Co., for 26 years. An attorney by training, Brian completed his LLB with honours at the University of the West Indies and gained a Legal Certificate from the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica.

Brian is well positioned to guide the management of CIBC FirstCaribbean on legal issues and matters of governance. He has gained an impressive array of experience in the area of Corporate Commercial Law, specialising in secured lending and the purchase & sale of Commercial & Residential Property.

He has also spent many years advising and representing large entities in the fields of telecommunications, financial services, tourism and energy services, and has developed his own expertise in the areas of Rate Making & Depreciation of Fixed Assets for Public Utilities, Private Participation in Infrastructure Development, Loan Agreements, Project Finance and Corporate Governance.

Colette Delaney

Colette Delaney was appointed Managing Director and Head of Regional Country Management, Strategy and Marketing with effect from 1st May 2017. Prior to that she spent the previous two and a half years in the position of Chief Risk and Administrative Officer.

Colette is responsible for ensuring we remain client focused with the appropriate mix of sales, client service and sound governance throughout the Caribbean. To that end, reporting to Colette will be the Managing Directors of the regional operating companies - the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago and the Dutch Caribbean. She also holds responsibility for our Marketing & Communications and Strategy teams.

Colette is a banking professional of nearly thirty years' experience, having started her career with CIBC in 1987, and prior to that with National Westminster Bank plc. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Anne's College, University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, an MBA from Cass Business School in London, and received the designation of Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in the United Kingdom in 1989.

Prior to joining CIBC FirstCaribbean, she held the position of Executive Vice President, CIBC, responsible for strategic projects, execution, implementation and measurement of key initiatives. Prior to that she held a number of positions including Senior Vice President, GlCs Deposits and Payments, Senior Vice President, Mortgages, Lending and Insurance with CIBC Retail Markets, and Executive Vice President, Mortgage, Lending, Insurance and Deposit Products

Ben Douangprachanh

Ben has served as Senior Audit Director, Risk Management at CIBC and brings over two decades of service in the financial services industry in Canada, the US and Asia.

A chartered accountant and certified public accountant, Ben is an alumnus of the Wilfrid Laurier University and holds a Bachelor of Business Education (1993). He is also a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).

As Senior Audit Director, he was responsible for the audit mandate covering risk management enterprise wide, including capital markets risk management, retail risk management, and operational risk management.

Prior to joining CIBC, Ben was the Chief Auditor and head of Corporate Security at CIBC Mellon, and has worked in increasingly senior roles at Price WaterhouseCoopers and Merrill Lynch.

Nigel Holness

Nigel Holness joined CIBC FirstCaribbean family, formally Bank of Commerce/ CIBC in 1988, and has enjoyed a very successful career with this institution spanning over 22 years. His prior appointment saw him spearheading and rebuilding the Jamaica Treasury, embedding new policies and governance structures that brought efficiencies and diversification to the currency balance sheets. Prior to returning to Jamaica, Nigel was part of the Regional Centralized Treasury team located in Barbados, and was responsible for managing the Soft Currency portfolios across numerous jurisdictions.

He has been exposed to a number of formal training and development programs locally and internationally, such as international cash & treasury risk management, Bourse Game (voted best SWAP trader), consultancy skills and employee relations, to name a few. His training has been complemented by valuable exposure gained through working in all major markets across the Caribbean.

Mr. Holness has acquired considerable experience on the job, which has supported and enhanced his capability to perform with excellence thus earning him the Managing Directors Award for excellence in 1993. Nigel also served on the Regional Consulting Methods and Organization Management Team responsible for branch reengineering and restructuring, an initiative led by CIBC. He considers himself a self-driven, results-oriented person, with a positive outlook, and a clear focus on high quality and business performance.

Patrick J McKenna

Patrick McKenna, oversees risk for CIBC FirstCaribbean and reports directly to Gary Brown, Chief Executive Officer, CIBC FirstCaribbean. Prior to joining CIBC FirstCaribbean, Patrick was Senior Vice President overseeing risk for CIBC’s Wealth Management Business.

Patrick has over 25 years of banking experience in a variety of Front Office and Risk Management roles. Prior to joining CIBC, Patrick was the CRO and subsequently the Chief Oversight and Control Executive for JP Morgan Asset Management. Prior to that he held a variety of Senior Risk Management positions at Deutsche Bank including CRO for the Americas, Co-head of the Asset Reduction and Restructuring program, and Global Credit Risk Head for a variety of Business areas (including Hedge Funds, FIs, Securitization, Private Clients, and Emerging Markets). He is a past member of RMA New York Chapter Board of Governors and is a current member of the CRO Buy Side Risk Managers Forum and The Professional Risk Managers’ International Association.

Patrick graduated from University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) with a B.A. in Political Science and completed the Columbia Senior Executive Program (CSEP) in 2003.

Previously, Patrick was a Board Member for the following CIBC Affiliates & Subsidiaries:

  • Atlantic Trust Company of Delaware
  • Atlantic Trust Group, LLC
  • Atlantic Trust Investment Advisers, Inc.
  • CIBC Asset Management
  • CIBC Investor Services
  • CIBC Securities Inc.
  • CIBC Trust Company

Mark McIntyre

Mark, a career banker and dynamic leader, has a proven track record of developing high-performance teams and achieving consistent results in competitive environments.

He brings to CIBC FirstCaribbean a reputation as an excellent negotiator and problem-solver, who is experienced in the delivery of exceptional customer service in very demanding environments.

During a career spanning almost 25 years, Mark has held positions of increasing seniority across all business segments of the bank that have made him eminently qualified for his current role. His professional experience has honed his skills in Retail, Corporate and International Banking, Strategic Management, Executive Negotiation and People Management.

Mark also previously served as Corporate Secretary and Wealth Management Director for CIBC FirstCaribbean in the Cayman Islands before being headhunted by HSBC in 2007 to establish its banking presence in the Cayman Islands, where he served as both Head of Corporate Banking and Head of Business Development - Caribbean Markets in the intervening years before returning to CIBC FirstCaribbean to assume the role of Managing Director early in 2012.

Mark, an MBA graduate, has also benefitted from a number of executive development and specialized training programmes with several international academic organizations and institutions, including the Chartered Institute of Bankers in the United Kingdom, Euromoney and most recently The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where he was awarded a Certificate of Professional Development and participated in the FirstCaribbean Executive Development Programme.

Jude Pinto

Jude Pinto has worked in the Canadian Financial Services industry for the past 23 years. He served in a variety of Audit, Technology and Finance roles within the Desjardin-Laurentian Financial Group from 1989 to 1995 working on compliance, corporate development and business change initiatives within the Canadian insurance marketplace.

Jude joined CIBC in 1995 within CIBC Insurance and worked through a number of roles leading to his appointment as CFO/CAO in 1999. In 2000, Jude moved from Insurance to serve as the Vice President-CFO/CAO for the Direct to Consumer Banking unit within the Bank's former eCommerce SBU. He transitioned to Retail Markets where he served as Vice President, Multi-Channel Integration and where he formed the Retail Banking Innovation & Analytics (RBIA) team.

In 2002, Jude assumed additional responsibility for a number of operational risk groups within Retail Markets and formed Integrated Business Control Services within Retail Markets. In 2004, Jude formed and led the Integrated Business Support Services (IBSS) group comprised of 62 District Offices aligned to Branch and Small Business Banking from a variety of operations in the field that existed prior.

In 2005, Jude moved with the District Offices into Global Operations and formed and led the Retail Operations Business Transformation and Support team.

Jude was appointed Senior Vice President of Retail Operations in 2006, with responsibility for approximately 1,600 staff and $100 million of operating costs in the service of all Retail Markets products and channels from within the Global Operations umbrella.

Jude has an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. He is a Certified Management Accountant and also has a Masters of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto. He currently sits as the CIBC Executive Lead on the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's National Ride Cabinet and on the Ontario Advisory Board for the Canadian Arthritis Society.

Marie Rodland-Allen

Marie joined CIBC FirstCaribbean from Citigroup, where she began her career in 1998 as an Investment Banking Analyst in both New York and Paris. She worked for two years in her hometown of Nassau as a Corporate Banker and returned to New York to work in the Office of the CEO of The Citigroup Private Bank.

Previously, Marie Rodland-Allen was the Senior Vice President and Global Head of Special Investments for Citigroup's global trust business. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Finance and International Business from New York University's Stern School of Business and a dual Masters of Business Administration degree from Cornell University and Queen's University. She is also a Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Anthony Seeraj

Anthony Seeraj was appointed Managing Director of the Trinidad Operating Company on April 15, 2015.

He has over 28 years’ experience in corporate banking and has been a key contributor to the development of the Corporate footprint and the bank's profile in Trinidad, bringing several new key relationships to the bank.

Anthony first joined the Corporate Investment Banking team in January 2008 and prior to this, worked for two large local banks as a Senior Manager with responsibility for state enterprises, regional business and energy financing.

He is responsible for structuring and arranging large deals for the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, several state enterprises and large corporations in the Caribbean, meeting the Bank’s clients’ complex financial needs and providing them with access to various innovative solutions.

He has worked on both syndicated loan and capital market transactions for large regional public and private corporations.

Prior to his appointment as Managing Director, Anthony served as Director, Corporate and Investment Banking, Trinidad & Dutch Antilles.

He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (UK) and holder of an MBA with specialization in Finance from the University of Lincoln. He also serves on the Trade and Investment Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce.

Mark St. Hill

Mark St. Hill was appointed Managing Director, Retail and Business Banking in June of 2013 with responsibility for the growth and development of the Retail & Business Banking operations across 17 countries represented by 1,500 staff, 70 branches, and 145 ABMs serving 600,000 active accounts. In September 2013, Mark was also given added responsibility for all the bank's operations in Eastern Caribbean and Belize. Previous to that he was the Managing Director, FirstCaribbean International Bank (Barbados) Limited with responsibility for the leadership and development of the Banking operations across Barbados, Eastern Caribbean and Belize.

Mark is an experienced banker with over 23 years in various positions spanning Insurance Broking, Retail Banking, Corporate Banking, Credit Risk Management, International Banking and Wealth Management. Mark has also held senior management positions in several countries in the Caribbean such as Grenada, British Virgin Islands and Barbados. Mark's extensive banking career has exposed him to all areas of banking and has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience which he continues to leverage for the growth and development of the Bank's operations across the region.

Mark is a graduate of the FirstCaribbean Executive Leadership program with Wharton Business School and a Fellow of the British Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Trevor Torzsas

Trevor joined CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank in 2012 as Managing Director of the Customer Relationship Management & Strategy group. His Customer Relationship Management portfolio encompasses responsibility for Alternate Channels, Customer Analytics & Product Development, the Customer Care & Sales Centers and Customer Experience & Continuous Improvement, areas integral to the achievement of the bank’s profitability objectives. He brought to the company extensive experience and a proven track record in customer relationship management during his tenure at CIBC in Canada. He has leveraged that experience, substantially improving CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Net Promoter Scores over the last 4 years.

Following these successes he was also asked to lead the Cards Issuing and Cards Merchant Services business as well as assume responsibility for the Payments & Cash Management portfolio. On May 1, 2017 was appointed Managing Director, Cards & Customer Relationship Management.

Trevor sits on the CIBC FirstCaribbean Senior Executive Team, the Boards of Directors of CIBC Bank and Trust Company (Bahamas) Ltd and FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited, and is a member of the bank's Deals Committee. Trevor also serves as a Director of the FirstCaribbean International Comtrust Foundation Ltd., a registered charitable foundation.

He is also the Executive Sponsor and Co-Chair for the bank's Walk for the Cure, one of the Caribbean’s leading cancer fundraisers, which has raised over USD $1 million in support of cancer diagnosis, treatment and education. His involvement in charitable activity at CIBC FirstCaribbean follows service as co-chair of CIBC Miracle Day and as a donations committee member.

Prior to joining CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank, he held the position of Managing Director, Global Relationship Management at CIBC in Canada from 2008 to 2012, where he headed and developed CIBC's global relationship management program within its cash equities group, directly interfacing with institutional clients to drive a client-focused strategy. During that time, CIBC's overall quality of client services improved to no. 1 in Canada. Prior to joining CIBC, Trevor spent four years at Desjardins Securities - two years as the head of equity sales and two years as the head of business development. Before joining Desjardins, he spent eight years as a partner at Brendan Wood International, leading its broker/dealer strategic advisory group and its executive recruiting efforts.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physiology and an MSc from the University of Toronto.

Pim van der Burg

Pim van der Burg is Managing Director, Corporate & Investment Banking, a role he assumed in December of 2015. He leads a team of banking professionals in the provision of a full range of corporate, commercial and investment banking services to small, mid-size and large corporates, governments, financial institutions and international trading companies throughout the region.

Pim joined the CIBC FirstCaribbean group in 2006, following the acquisition of the Caribbean operations of the Dutch banking group ABN AMRO. He was responsible for the integration of the acquired organization within CIBC FirstCaribbean. Under Pim’s leadership the team expanded the business from international oriented activities only to local banking services, mainly for large corporate clients, institutions and high net worth individuals. Pim also championed the roll out of the Wealth Management products offered in Curacao to the other Wealth Management Centres of CIBC FirstCaribbean.

CIBC FirstCaribbean has recognized the Dutch Caribbean as an important growth engine for the bank where the bank is now active in Curacao, Aruba and St. Maarten employing over 100 employees. In 2008, therefore, Pim was appointed as the Managing Director Dutch Caribbean to lead the banks strategic development within that geographical area. In 2009 CIBC FirstCaribbean in Curacao obtained a domestic banking license and has since successfully developed the Corporate & Investment and Retail Banking business on that island. Pim also expanded the portfolio of businesses into Aruba with the opening of a full branch in 2016.

Prior to joining CIBC FirstCaribbean Pim held a variety of senior international positions within ABN AMRO, in the areas of Corporate and Investment Banking and Wealth Management. For that bank he was responsible for implementation of the Transactional Banking concept in the Latin American region with a focus on the eastern part of South America and the Caribbean basin, and for the sale of the ABN AMRO retail businesses in the Dutch Caribbean.

Pim van der Burg received a Law degree in business and civil law at Erasmus University Law School in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He also participated in the Strategic Management in Banking program at INSEAD, Fontainebleau and is a graduate of the FirstCaribbean Executive Education program at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Donna Wellington

Donna Wellington joined CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank in 2005, after working for Sagicor, Ernst & Young Caribbean and PricewaterhouseCoopers in Barbados. At CIBC FirstCaribbean she has progressed through various positions in the corporate finance and investment banking segments, culminating in her current position as the Managing Director - Barbados Operating Company.

In this position Donna is has responsibility for regulatory affairs and revenue generation, across all key segments of the commercial banking operations of the Barbados Operating Company in 9 countries (Barbados, 7 countries in the OECS and Belize). A seasoned corporate banker with 25 years' experience in the financial services sector, Donna also has a strong accounting background with a BSc in Accounting from the University of the West Indies and is a member of the Certified General Accountant Association of Canada (CGA).

Doug Williamson

As the regional Chief Financial Officer for the FirstCaribbean Group, Doug has more than 15 years of financial experience in the banking sector. He is responsible for financial oversight, as well as reporting and planning for all legal entities within the FirstCaribbean Group. In addition, he is accountable for the Treasury Department, specifically for matters related to the composition and usage of CIBC FirstCaribbean’s balance sheet resources. Doug also chairs the Asset and Liability Committee.

Doug joined CIBC in 2012, and since then, he has held multiple executive positions with increasing responsibility. Prior to his current role, he was Vice-President, Infrastructure CFO and Finance Shared Services, where he provided financial leadership and strategic advice to all non-revenue groups, including Technology and Operations, Administration, Risk Management, and Finance. He was also responsible for Enterprise Management Reporting, General Accounting & Allocations, and Project Finance Centres of Excellence. In addition, he was a member of the Board of Directors for INTRIA Items Inc., Dominion Realty and Edifice Dorchester – Commerce Inc.

Doug holds a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree from the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, York University. He is a Certified Management Accountant/Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst. Prior to joining CIBC, Doug was with Bank of Montreal for more than 10 years in a variety of roles across Finance, Technology, and Wealth Management.

Dan Wright

Dan Wright, who joined CIBC FirstCaribbean in December 2012 as Director, Private Wealth Management, has been leading the strategic initiative in support of an enhanced offer for the bank's high net worth clients. In October 2013, Dan assumed the position of Managing Director, Private Wealth Management to reflect his additional regional responsibilities for CIBC Trust Company (Bahamas) Limited and CIBC Bank and Trust Company (Cayman) Limited.

Dan is an experienced wealth management and private banking leader. Prior to joining us, Dan worked as Senior Vice President & Head, International Wealth Management for Bank of Nova Scotia in Toronto with specific responsibility for their private banking business in the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia. He was also Chair of the BNS trust company in the Bahamas and a Director of a number of Caribbean-based businesses in the Cayman Islands and Jamaica.

Dan will be leveraging his strength in strategy planning and execution, as well as the management of teams of experts in a wide range of markets to further build our wealth management capability.


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