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Meet Our Executive Team


EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Gary Brown Chief Executive Officer
Colette Delaney Chief Operating Officer
Neil Brennan Managing Director, Human Resources
Brian H. Clarke General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Patrick J McKenna Chief Risk Officer
Esan Peters Chief Information Officer and Managing Director, Technology & Operations
Mark St. Hill Managing Director, Retail and Business 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

Carl Lewis 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.

Colette Delaney

Colette Delaney was appointed Chief Operating Officer with effect from 8th December 2017 and is a member of the board of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank.

Ms. Delaney has responsibility for the performance of the bank’s functional regional business lines – Retail & Business Banking, Cards & Customer Relationship Management, Corporate & Investment Banking, and Wealth Management.

She is also responsible for the bank’s Regional Country Management including local regulatory and client relationships. Additionally, Ms. Delaney leads the Marketing & Communications and Strategy functions, for which she assumed responsibility in May of 2017. Colette Delaney joined CIBC FirstCaribbean in 2013, and served as the bank’s Chief Risk and Administrative Officer.

She is a banking professional of over thirty years' experience, having begun her career with CIBC in 1987, and previously with National Westminster Bank plc. She holds a Master 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, Ms. Delaney held the position of an Executive Vice President within Retail Banking at CIBC. She is a former Director of the Canadian Payments Association and Acxsys Corporation. She was also a Director of Skills for Change, a non-profit organization helping newcomers to Canada.

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.

Carl Lewis

Carl has over 20 years’ experience in the finance and banking sectors and is a long-standing member of the CIBC FirstCaribbean team, having joined the bank in 1998. He has held multiple senior roles in Finance, Corporate and Investment Banking and Strategy.

Carl was most recently the Chief Accountant where he had overall responsibility for statutory reporting including the provision of consolidated financial statements. He was also responsible for all Group audit matters, accounting policy and development, tax matters and maintaining appropriate financial controls in support of the finance function. Carl was also a member of the Pension Investment Sub-committee.

During his career with CIBC FirstCaribbean, he has amassed considerable knowledge of the business. He held a number of senior roles in Finance prior to moving to Corporate Banking in 2006. These roles included Manager - Planning and Analysis; Controller and Head of Planning and Analysis culminating with Head of Strategy, Financial Planning and Analysis in 2005. Carl played a key Finance role in the formation of CIBC FirstCaribbean between 2001/2.

As part of the Corporate Banking leadership, he led the business in the Southern Caribbean, covering business development, risk evaluation and people development. He later assumed the role of Director, Corporate Credit Products where his responsibilities included strategic development, deal structuring along with credit portfolio retention and growth.

Prior to joining CIBC FirstCaribbean, Carl was with KPMG for several years in the area of audit and assurance.

He received executive education at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and is also a graduate of the CIBC FirstCaribbean Executive Leadership program also conducted at the Wharton School of Business.

Carl is a Canadian Certified Public Accountant and is a fellow of the local Institute of Chartered Accountants’ of Barbados.

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:

  • CIBC Delaware Trust Company
  • CIBC Private Wealth Group, LLC
  • CIBC Private Wealth Advisors, 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.

Esan Peters

Esan Peters was appointed Chief Information Officer and Managing Director, Technology & Operations, also with effect from 1st February 2018.

Esan has worked in the technology and financial services industries for the past 20 years. He held a number of progressively senior roles in the offshore software development sector from 1998 to 2002, where he worked on the development of technology platforms for trading, investment and portfolio management.

Prior to joining CIBC FirstCaribbean, Esan worked with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) from 2002, supporting various CDB financial systems.

In 2004, he joined CIBC FirstCaribbean as a software developer in the Technology function to support the Treasury systems of the Bank, transitioning from Technology to Finance in 2005 as Manager, Financial Systems and later became Senior Manager, Financial Systems in 2007. In that role, he was responsible for the financial accounting, planning and reporting systems of the bank.

Esan returned to Technology in 2009 in the role of Associate Director of Applications and took on additional responsibility for the Corporate Centre Technology function, including management of the data and business intelligence functions of the Bank. In 2014, he was appointed Director of Technology Application Services with overall responsibility for leading all aspects of application delivery for the organization including design, development, testing, implementation and support of software solutions for all business segments.

In 2017, Esan was appointed Deputy Chief Information Officer & Senior Director Technology, responsible for leading the Architecture, Digital Client Experience, Data & Risk Services, Infrastructure & Application Support, and End User Technology functions for the bank. Esan is currently responsible for an annual budget of US$ 55M and the leadership of a team of 250.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics & Computer Science (with First Class honors) from the University of the West Indies (UWI).

Marie Rodland-Allen

Marie Rodland-Allen was appointed Managing Director of the Bahamas & Turks & Caicos Islands in September 2010 and serves as a Director of FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited and CIBC Trust Company (Bahamas) Limited.

In her current position, Mrs. Rodland-Allen is responsible for the revenue growth, leadership and overall management of CIBC FirstCaribbean’s operations in the Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Islands.

Mrs. Rodland-Allen joined CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank from Citigroup, where she began her career as an Investment Banking Analyst in both New York and Paris. She later accepted a position in Nassau, Bahamas as a Senior Corporate Banker before returning to New York to work in the Office of the CEO of The Citigroup Private Bank. In her last assignment prior to joining CIBC FirstCaribbean, Mrs. Rodland-Allen was the Senior Vice President and Global Head of Special Investments for Citigroup's global trust business.

Mrs. Rodland-Allen is the recipient of several awards including Celebrating Women International’s “Women of Distinction” award and the “40 under 40 Award” by the Bahamas Government’s Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture in conjunction with Jones Communications in recognition of outstanding performance and as an inspiration to the nation’s youth.

Mrs. Rodland-Allen holds a Bachelor’s 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 a recipient of the Harvard Business School YPO Presidents’ Program and York University’s Schulich School of Business Masters Certificate in Financial Services Leadership. Mrs. Rodland-Allen is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and a Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (TEP).

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 & Business Banking in May 2013.

Mark has responsibility for the development and growth of CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Retail & Business Banking operations across 17 countries. Previous to his current appointment, Mark was the Barbados Country Manager and Managing Director of CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Barbados Operating Company. Previous to that he was the Director, International Banking with responsibility for the leadership and development of the International Banking (Personal & Corporate) offering across the six centers in Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman, Curacao and Turks and Caicos Islands. In addition to his executive portfolio, Mark serves as Chairman of the Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad operating companies – FirstCaribbean International Bank (Barbados) Limited, FirstCaribbean International Bank (Jamaica) Limited and FirstCaribbean International Bank (Trinidad & Tobago) Limited. He is also Chairman of FirstCaribbean International Wealth Management Bank (Barbados) Limited, FirstCaribbean International Finance Corporation (Leeward & Windward) and the Vice Chairman of the CIBC Reinsurance Company Limited. He is also a Director of the FirstCaribbean International ComTrust Foundation Ltd, a registered charitable foundation which manages the Bank’s corporate giving program. An experienced banker with over 28 years in various positions spanning Insurance Brokerage, Retail Banking, Corporate Banking, Credit Risk, 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 is a Fellow of the British Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, a graduate of the FirstCaribbean Executive Leadership Program with Wharton Business School and has recently completed the Masters Certificate Program in Financial Services Leadership in conjunction with Schulich School of Business and CIBC. He is also the President of the Barbados Hockey Federation.

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 8 countries (Barbados and 7 countries in the OECS). 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.