Our Executive Team is led by our CEO Colette Delaney. The team comprises of the Executive Committee and the Senior Executive Team. View the profiles of our Executive Team.
Colette Delaney assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of CIBC FirstCaribbean with effect from 1st November 2018.
Ms. Delaney joined CIBC FirstCaribbean in 2013, and amongst other roles she has served as the Bank’s Chief Risk and Administrative Officer. She 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 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 was appointed to the position of Chief Administrative Officer in November 2018 where he has overall responsibility for CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Human Resources, Property Services, Marketing & Communications, Strategy and Customer Experience functions.
Neil joined CIBC FirstCaribbean in 2004 as 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 the Bank’s compensation and benefits programmes, pension plans and for delivering HR operational support to the business. In 2015 Neil was appointed Managing Director, Human Resources where he had overall responsibility for CIBC FirstCaribbean’s employee policies and programmes.
Prior to joining CIBC FirstCaribbean Neil was Global VP, Human Resources at AET, one of the world’s largest petroleum logistics companies. He has also held a number of consulting positions including Head of UK Benefits Consulting for Arthur Andersen and HR Consulting Services Director, Jardine Lloyd Thompson
Neil has an Honours Bachelor of Engineering degree from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries and an Associate of the Pensions Management Institute.
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 was appointed Chief Financial Officer on April 1, 2021.
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 and most recently served as the Bank’s Chief Auditor.
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. 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.
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.
Patrick McKenna, oversees risk for CIBC FirstCaribbean and reports directly to Colette Delaney, 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:
Esan Peters was appointed Chief Information Officer & 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)
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.
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.
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.
Jacqui was appointed Managing Director, Bahamas Operating Company on April 1, 2021.
Jacqui is a seasoned banking professional with 30 years’ experience, of which 20 years were senior leadership roles where she successfully led teams in Change Management, Operations, Reconciliation & Investigations, Cards Operations, and Retail & Business Banking.
In her previous role as Director, Retail & Business Banking Channels, Jacqui was responsible for branch operations, people development, strategic initiatives and process improvement, risk and compliance, expense management, digital banking, and the Customer Care & Service Centers.
Jacqui holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Financial Services from Nippissing University, a Master of Business Administration (Hons.) from the University of Leicester, a Master Certificate in Strategic Organizational Change from University of Michigan, and a Doctor of Business Administration in leadership from Walden University.
Khadija is a career banker with over 25 years’ experience. Since joining CIBC FirstCaribbean in March 2000 as a Customer Service Manager, she had held leadership roles in Retail Banking and Operations where she would have made significant contributions to advancing the Bank’s strategic initiatives, revenue growth, development of people and ensuring that the Bank maintained a robust compliance and risk management environment.
Her most recent role was that of Director, Operational Risk, where she led a team responsible for maintaining oversight of the Bank’s key operational risk programmes including Operational Losses, Deficiency Monitoring, Management Key Control Testing, Change Initiative Risk Assessments, Risk Profiles and management of the Bank’s Corporate Insurance.
Khadija holds an MBA from Durham University and the Chartered Banker MBA with specialization in Banking and Finance from the University of Bangor. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland (CIOBS) and a graduate of the CIBC FirstCaribbean Senior Leadership development programme facilitated in partnership with Harvard Business School.
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.
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.
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.
Donna Wellington joined 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).