JAM | Mar 18, 2023

FirstCaribbean’s Holness tells Jamaican head girls to consider banking as a career

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Nigel Holness (3rd right) Managing Director, CIBC FirstCatibbean Bank and Jerome Griffiths (2nd left), Head of Human Resources welcome some of the Head Girls hosted at the bank on International Women’s day. (l-r) Ruth Bakare, St. Hughs High; Melissa Randolph, Immaculate Conception High; Abby-Gayle Myers, The Queens School and Ana Roman Rodriguez, Ardenne High shadowed several bank executives throughout the day along with Shyann Davis, Merl Grove High and Fafanice McKie, Denham Town (not in photo) (Photo: Contributed)

A career in banking may well be among the options for a group of head girls from five Kingston schools, following a day of “shadowing” at CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Knutsford Boulevard head offices on International Women’s Day, (March 8).

The students enjoyed a full day of presentations  from various department heads on their portfolios, including managing director Nigel Holness, who shared nuggets of his 35-year career.

Noting that the “once male-dominated field of banking now boasts many women in top management  roles”, Holness encouraged the young ladies noting “at this bank we have lawyers, accountants, human resources specialists, marketers—all of whom play a critical role in the bank’s success”. 

CIBC FirstCaribbean Executives Donna Gibson, Manager Finance; Sherian McDonald, Senior Manager Deals Management; Alison Rattray, Senior Counsel and Annique Dawkins, Head of Corporate with the Head Girls of six Kingston schools they presented to on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2023, at the bank’s New Kingston Head Office. (standing l-r) Ana Roman Rodriguez, Ardenne High; Abby-Gayle Myers, The Queens School; Melissa Randolph, Immaculate Conception High; Ruth Bakare, St. Hugh High; Fafanice McKie, Denham Town High and Shyann Davis, Merl Grove High. (Photo: Contributed)

Also presenting to the students were Jerome Griffiths head of human resources; Monique French, chief credit officer; Claudia Forbes, manager, corporate credit risk; Angene James, senior manager, special loans; Allison Rattray, senior counsel; Sheridan McDonald, senior manager, deals management; Annique Dawkins, head of corporate; Donna Gibson, manager, finance; Lancelot Leslie, director, business and infrastructure support; Stacy Belnavis, director, digital banking; Rosemarie Hemmings-Davis, sistrict manager- retail and business banking; and Judith Najair, associate director, payments operations.

The well assured students declared themselves amazed at the range of skill sets accommodated in the banking sector including those that might be a fit for their academic specialisations.

Already streamed towards careers in medicine, law, entrepreneurship and engineering, the head girls declared themselves appreciative of the “eye opener about other options for employment in banking even with varied qualifications”.

CIBC FirstCaribbean Executives Monique French (seated left), Chief Credit Officer; Claudia Forbes (standing 4th left), Manager, Corporate Credit Risk and Angene James (standing 2nd right), Senior Manager Special Loans who presented to Head Girls from six corporate area schools on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2023, at the bank’s New Kingston Head Office. (Photo: Contributed)

The students included Abby-Gayle Myers, The Queens School; Ana Roman Rodriguez, Ardenne High; Ruth Bakare, St Hugh’s High; Shyann Davis, Merl Grove High; Fafanice McKie, Denham Town High and Melissa Randolph, Immaculate Conception High.


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