Meet Our Executive Team
|Michael Mansoor||Executive Chairman|
|Rik Parkhill||Chief Executive Officer|
|Mark McIntyre||Managing Director, Cayman Operating Company|
|Mark Young||Managing Director, Wealth Management|
|Brian Lee||Regional Chief Financial Officer|
|Jude Pinto||Chief Administrative Officer|
|Donna Graham||Chief Auditor|
|Derek Wilson||Chief Information Officer and Managing Director of Technology|
|Trevor Torzsas||Managing Director, Customer Relationship Management and Strategy|
|Daniel Farmer||Managing Director, Retail and Small Business Banking|
|Ian Chinapoo||Managing Director of Corporate Lending and Investment Banking & Trinidad Operating Company|
|Ella Hoyos||Managing Director of Human Resources|
|Mark St. Hill||Managing Director and Senior Coverage Officer, Barbados Operating Company|
|Nigel Holness||Managing Director, Jamaica|
|Pim van der Burg||Managing Director, Dutch Caribbean|
|Marie Rodland-Allen||Managing Director, Bahamas & TCI|
|Ben Gillooly||Chief Executive Officer, CIBC Bank & Trust Cayman Ltd.|
|Brian H. Clarke
||General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
|Geoff Scott||Chief Risk Officer|
|Duane Hinkson||Managing Director, Trinidad Operating Company|
Michael Mansoor LLD. (Honoris causa) is the chairman of FirstCaribbean International Holdings. He was previously president and CEO of CIBC West Indies Holdings. A chartered accountant and former partner at Ernst & Young in Trinidad and Tobago Michael has an extensive background in corporate finance and planning.
Mr. Mansoor has distinguished himself in the service of his native Trinidad & Tobago, having served the country as an Independent Senator from 1987 to 1995. During his time in the senate, he contributed to the creation of legislation relating to economics, financial and business matters. As a former Chairman of the Campus Council at UWI St. Augustine, Mr. Mansoor was instrumental in helping to guide and shape the campus’ development of its curriculum.
Trained as a chartered accountant, Mr. Mansoor has held executive positions at Ernst & Young and ANSA McAl Ltd, as well as CIBC West Indies Holdings, where he was President and CEO, before being appointed Executive Chairman of FirstCaribbean International Bank Limited, now operating as CIBC FirstCaribbean. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the FirstCaribbean ComTrust Foundation, which manages the bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme.
In 1966, he was awarded the Open Island Scholarship in languages for being top student in Trinidad. He then studied in Canada, receiving the Chartered Accountant designation in 1972, and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario in 1974, and was placed on the Dean's Honour List. In 2012 he was awarded the distinction of an Honourary Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree by the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus.
Rik Parkhill joined CIBC in 2008 as Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets Sales & Cash Equities with CIBC World Markets Inc. He has more than 20 years of experience managing brokerage firms and exchanges in the Canadian equities markets.
In his role at CIBC Mr. Parkhill held responsibility for sales, trading, alternative execution services and research for all aspects of CIBC's cash equities business. He also shared responsibility for the Equity Capital Markets activities with Geoff Belsher and was a member of the Wholesale Banking Management Committee.
Prior to joining CIBC, Mr. Parkhill was Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer with the TSX Group. In his role, he was responsible for determining the strategic business direction with the Board and enhancing competitive positioning and maximizing shareholder returns. He also played a key role in expanding products and services domestically and internationally and strengthening operational effectiveness.
Ian joined CIBC FirstCaribbean in 2004 as Director of Origination for the Southern Caribbean. In 2005, he went on to head the regional Capital Markets business. Having significant experience in Investment Banking, Ian was recruited from Citigroup, where he held the post of Business Head of Citigroup's Global Corporate and Investment Bank in The Bahamas.
Previous roles include Vice President / Senior Transactor in Capital Markets for the Caribbean and Central Americas region at Citibank International in Miami and Vice President with responsibility for Structured Finance and Product Development while at Citibank Trinidad. He has a BSc. in Accounting with first class honours from the University of the West Indies and has tutored and lectured in the MBA, Advanced Diploma and CIMA programmes at UWI's Institute of Business in Trinidad from 1996 to 2000.
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 twenty five 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 on the FirstCaribbean Executive Development Programme.
Mark Young has worked for over 19 years for CIBC FirstCaribbean, first with FirstCaribbean International Bank and Barclays Bank PLC with 8 years experience across the U.K. and in the Channel Islands and the remainder in the Caribbean.
Mark was Country Manager for the Turks and Caicos Islands from 1998 to 2001, Head of Corporate Banking and Country Manager for the British Virgin Islands from 2001 to 2003, Business Development Manager from 2003 to 2004, Director Corporate Finance from 2005 to 2008, Director of Origination, Investment Banking in 2009, Managing Director, Corporate Banking and currently Managing Director, Wealth Management.
Daniel Farmer was born in Barbados. He received his early education on the island and in the USA, thereafter holding his qualifications in International Finance. He started his career in Barbados with Citicorp Merchant Bank Limited (Citigroup), managing the corporate bank in Barbados. He was later promoted to Corporate Bank Head for the non branch territories in the Caribbean (Barbados, Eastern Caribbean, Guyana, Suriname and Belize).
Daniel joined the Simpson Group of Companies in 2006 as the group’s Vice President of Treasury and overall Group director. During his tenure, he oversaw three large successful acquisitions, which lead to the formation of the SOL group. He was also responsible for the centralization of treasury management function.
Daniel joined CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank in February 2010 as Managing Director for the Barbados Operating Company.
Donna comes to CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank following successful careers in both the private and public sectors in Canada. She worked as a Management Consultant from 1999-2002 at the Canadian firm of McKinsey & Company where she developed business strategies for a number of Fortune 500 Companies across multiple sectors, including Financial Services.
Donna joined CIBC in 2002 to develop an internal Strategic Consulting group for the Retail Bank. In that role she served clients across all the retail businesses and assisted them with strategic challenges ranging from product development to distribution, organizational design and cost cutting initiatives. In addition, her accountabilities included selection of employees with senior management potential and their training and development. Donna moved into the position of Vice President, Internal Audit, CIBC Retail Markets, Wealth Management and Retail Operations in 2004.
Under her guidance, an Employee Retention Strategy was designed and rolled out to the division. She was also at the forefront of a number of innovative approaches to auditing such as Integrated Audit, and Continuous Auditing and Monitoring.
The integrated audit approach is designed to transcend the traditional siloed approach to management of products and identify risk that may reside in the handoffs between these siloes. The approach also identifies ways to improve communication among business line leaders and achieve efficiencies in the end-to-end process. Continuous Monitoring and Auditing is the method of ongoing monitoring and auditing of the strength of business controls using data rather than in field observations such that efficiencies are gained from a time and cost perspective while coverage and responsiveness are enhanced.
She holds Bachelor and Masters Degrees from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Business Administration with Distinction from York University, Toronto. She is the recipient of several academic and national awards.
Ella received her early education at Hampton School, Jamaica. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of the West Indies and the Legal Education Certificate from the Norman Manley Law School. She successfully pursued post-graduate studies at the University of Wolverhampton where she gained a Masters in International Business Law in 2002. She was also a member of the first cohort of the CIBC FirstCaribbean Executive Leadership Training Programme at the prestigious Wharton Business School.
Ella joined CIBC FirstCaribbean in 2004, following a successful career with the legal firm Chancery Chambers, where her practice covered international business law, corporate law and financial services law. In that role, Ella also had primary responsibility for the legal work associated with the establishment of Caribbean Integrated Financial Services Ltd (CarIFS), the Barbados inter-bank switching system, Barbados Automated Clearing House Services Inc. (BACHSI), the local automated clearing house for the settlement of cheques, and the Barbados Bankers Association.
She was also involved in a project led by the US firm of Holland & Knight geared at the Harmonization of Caribbean Stock Exchanges which fostered new securities legislation and the establishment of the Central Securities Depositories in the region.
She has presented various papers on governance, the impact of e-commerce on business, codes of conduct, amongst others. She is a member of the Barbados and Jamaica Bar Associations and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
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.
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 1600 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.
David is an experienced Treasury professional having previously served with, National Australia Bank, Barclays and CIBC FirstCaribbean in a series of Treasury roles since 1995. David originally moved to the region in 2001 to work on the Treasury integration project at the time of the Barclays and CIBC merger. Most recently he has been Director, Offshore Treasury & Investments for CIBC FirstCaribbean.
In addition to a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Mathematics from University College, University of London, David holds a postgraduate diploma in Actuarial Science as awarded by the Cass Business School, City University London.
In the context of other professional qualifications, David holds the International Securities Industry General Certificate as awarded by ISMA and the University of Reading and has General Representative status as awarded by the UK’s Securities and Futures Authority. David also completed the 2-year CIBC Executive Leadership Programme at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.
David further recently concluded a four month attachment with CIBC Treasury in Toronto.
As the Regional Chief Financial Officer for the FirstCaribbean Group, Brian Lee possesses more than 11 years of experience in finance in the banking sector.
Brian joined CIBC in 2001 and was a Senior Vice President in Finance. In his role at CIBC, Brian was responsible for bank-wide financial planning and analysis, financial performance measurement, project reporting as well as financial oversight and support for all of the infrastructure groups at CIBC.
A highly-trained accounting professional, Brian holds a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo in Canada and is also a Chartered Accountant. Prior to joining CIBC, Brian articled with the accounting firms Andersen and BDO Dunwoody.
Pim van der Burg is Managing Director Dutch Caribbean for CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank since 2008.
Prior to this he held a variety of international senior positions within the Dutch banking group, 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 businesses in the Dutch Caribbean. After the acquisition of the international activities of ABN AMRO in the region by CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank in 2006, Pim joined CIBC FirstCaribbean and was responsible for the integration of the acquired organization within the CIBC FirstCaribbean group.
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 CIBC FirstCaribbean Executive Education program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
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.
Derek has accumulated more than 20 years experience in banking, having begun his career in the field in 1990 at the Caribbean Commercial Bank, before joining CIBC FirstCaribbean in 1994.
After training at Seneca College in Toronto, Canada, Derek gained considerable experience in all aspects of data processing activities; operations, software development, maintenance, and data communications. Some of the key projects for which he was responsible in his tenure with the company include the introduction of the bank’s first ABM platform, the introduction of ICBS, and the integration of the bank's operating networks immediately following the merger that created CIBC FirstCaribbean.
An experienced Trust and Estate practitioner, Ben has held a number of senior positions in Trust and Asset Management since joining CIBC in 1990. His portfolio has included a number of directorships with the company in The Bahamas, Barbados and The Cayman Islands, where he is currently based. In October that CIBC FirstCaribbean entered into an agreement with CIBC Investments (Cayman) Limited, to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares in CIBC Bank and Trust Company (Cayman) Limited and CIBC Trust Company (Bahamas) Limited, of which Ben is CEO.
Trevor joined CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank in 2012 as Managing Director of the Customer Relationship Management & Strategy group, newly formed to drive all the elements of customer service and position the Bank as the provider of the best customer service of any financial services organization in the Caribbean.
In his role he is responsible for Strategy Development and Implementation, Marketing, Branding, Corporate Communications, Customer Research and Insights, Sales and Customer Service training as well as the development of new products and services that respond to customer demand and add value to relationships with customers, and consequently plays a pivotal role in maximizing sustainable revenues.
More recently, he assumed responsibility for the Credit Card Issuing portfolio and the Customer Care & Sales Centres, both areas integral to the achievement of the Bank’s profitability objectives. He brings to the company extensive experience and a proven track record in customer relationship management during his tenure at CIBC in Canada.
He sits on the CIBC FirstCaribbean Senior Executive Team, the Board of Directors of CIBC Bank and Trust Company (Cayman) Ltd and serves as a Director of the FirstCaribbean International Comtrust Foundation Ltd. a registered charitable foundation. He was also the Executive Sponsor Walk for the Cure. 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 service s improved to #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.
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.
Geoff Scott was appointed Chief Risk Officer with CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank in June, 2012. In this role, Geoff leads a team of professionals with responsibility for the management of credit, market, operational and other corporate risks.
Geoff has more than 20 years of experience in capital markets, corporate/commercial credit and risk management. His experience includes originating, structuring, negotiating and syndicating loans for commercial and large corporate clients across a wide range of industries. He has also led a large risk management team focused on retail, commercial and corporate credit for a major Canadian bank.
Geoff joined CIBC FirstCaribbean from CIBC where he was most recently Vice President, Commercial Banking for the Greater Toronto/Eastern Ontario regions. Geoff has an MBA from McGill University, and has served as a Director on the board of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
Mark St. Hill was appointed Managing Director of CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Barbados business in September of 2012. 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.
An experienced banker with over 20 years in various positions spanning Insurance Broking, 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 graduate of the FirstCaribbean Executive Leadership program with Wharton Business School and a Fellow of the British Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.
Mr. Hinkson brings over 13 years of corporate, investment and merchant banking experience at major financial institutions to the position, which saw him perform in senior management roles in areas such as risk management, relationship management, origination, syndication and deal closure. These roles have taken him across the length and breadth of the Caribbean having executed transactions from The Bahamas in the north to Suriname in the south.
He joined CIBC FirstCaribbean in 2010 as the Director, Advisory Services & Sovereign Specialist. During this time, he also served as a member of the CIBC FirstCaribbean Senior Leadership Team and the CIBC FirstCaribbean Investment Banking Senior Management Team.
Since then Mr. Hinkson has been an invaluable team member with an intimate knowledge of senior client relationships and strategic management, as well as a proven track record of accomplishments.
Mr. Hinkson holds a number of qualifications in the field of Banking and Finance and business, including the Certificate for Financial Advisors with a specialization in Securities from the Institute of Banking and Finance of Trinidad & Tobago. He completed a Master of Business Administration degree at Georgia State University in Atlanta, U.S.A. with a double concentration in Marketing and International Business and also holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) degree in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies in St. Augustine. Outside of business, he also completed a Certificate in Project Management for Business Professionals at the School of Business and Computer Science in Champs Fleurs.