Following a challenging period for the industry, and facing a world transformed by the pandemic, the Association of International Banks & Trust Companies in The Bahamas (“AIBT”) elected a new group of financial services industry professionals to help lead the organization forward. The Member-driven industry body held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) virtually on July 29 of this year and a new slate of directors and officers were elected on October 21, 2021.
Bruno Roberts of The Private Trust Corporation Limited, was elected to serve as Chairman of AIBT, which remains focused on the development of the international financial services sector, including promoting ongoing professional and human capital development.
Also elected to the executive team are: Niekia Horton of Lombard Odier & Cie (Bahamas) Limited, as a Deputy Chair; Miles Evans of Clairmont Trust Company Limited, as a Deputy Chair; and Todd M.J. Beneby of Sterling Bank & Trust Limited, as Treasurer. Anastacia Johnson, the Executive Administrator of AIBT, continues in her role as Secretary.
In addition to the Officers, the following were elected to serve as AIBT Directors: Ludovic Chechin Laurans of Capital Union Bank Limited; Perry Rolle of FirstCaribbean International Trust Company Bahamas Ltd.; Christine Russell of Corner Bank (Overseas) Limited; Gowon Bowe of Fidelity Bank & Trust International Limited; Laverne Thompson of MMG Bank Ltd.; Shawn Forbes of Pictet Bank & Trust Limited; Kimberly E. Strachan of Rhone Trustees (Bahamas) Limited; Peter Walker of The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited; and Bernard Sechaud of UBS (Bahamas) Limited.
Chairman Roberts, having previously served as a Co-Chair, expressed the AIBT’s continuing commitment to the development and growth of the sector:
“Our Executive Team, supported by an experienced and diverse group of professionals as Directors, is focused on meeting both the historical and new challenges facing our sector and we are committed to working collaboratively with all industry stakeholders to better position The Bahamas for the opportunities ahead.”