STEPHEN MCNAMARA was appointed Non-Executive Chairman on January 1, 2010, having formerly served as Vice-Chairman since June 2007. He has been an independent Director since December 2002, and is a citizen of St Lucia and Ireland. He is a British-trained Attorney-at-law, and is the Senior Partner of McNamara & Company, Attorneys-at-Law of St Lucia.
Mr McNamara was elected to the Board of Sagicor Life Inc in 1997. He is Chairman of the Group’s main operating subsidiary, Sagicor Life Inc, and also of Sagicor Capital Life Insurance Company Limited, Sagicor USA, and Sagicor Finance Inc. He serves as a Director of a number of other subsidiaries within the Group.
ANDREW ALEONG has been an independent Director since June 2005, and is a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago. He holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Canada. Mr Aleong is Group Managing Director of the Albrosco Group of Companies, Trinidad and Tobago, and has served the Trinidad and Tobago manufacturing industry for over 20 years. He is a former President of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association.
Mr Aleong also serves as a Director of a number of private companies. He was elected a Director of Sagicor Life Inc in 2005, and is also a Director of Sagicor Capital Life and a number of other subsidiaries within the Group.
PROFESSOR SIR HILARY BECKLES, K.A. has been an independent Director since June 2005, and is a citizen of Barbados. Sir Hilary earned his PhD from Hull University, United Kingdom, and received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the same University in 2003. He has served as the Head of the History Department and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, University of the West Indies. In 1998, he was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Undergraduate Studies and, in 2002, the Principal of Cave Hill Campus.
Sir Hilary has published widely on Caribbean economic history, cricket history and culture and higher education, and serves on the Editorial Boards of several academic journals. He has lectured in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. He was elected a Director of Sagicor Life Inc in 2005, and is also a Director of Sagicor Life Jamaica and a number of other subsidiaries within the Group.
PETER CLARKE has been an independent Director since June 2010, and is a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and a Law degree from Downing College, Cambridge University. He was called to the Bar as a member of Grays Inn, London, in 1979, and to the Bar of Trinidad and Tobago in 1980. Mr Clarke is a Financial Consultant, who formerly practised as a Barrister-at-Law before embarking on a 22-year career in stockbroking. From 1984 to 2000 he was the Managing Director of Money Managers Limited, and Chief Executive of West Indies Stockbrokers Limited from 2001 until his retirement in 2005.
Mr Clarke is a Director of a number of companies in Trinidad and Tobago, including the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange. He is also a member of the University of the West Indies Development and Endowment Fund and the Finance Council of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Port of Spain. From 2002 to 2005 he was a Director of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Mr Clarke was elected a Director of Sagicor Life Inc in 2010, and is also Director of a number of other subsidiaries within the Group.
DR. JEANNINE COMMA has been an independent Director since June 2007, and is a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago. She holds a PhD from George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA, and is also a graduate of the University of the Virgin Islands. Dr Comma is CEO/Director of the Cave Hill School of Business of the University of the West Indies, where she specialises in organisational development, strategy and leadership development. She has made significant contributions to the sustainable development of human capital within the regional business community.
Dr. Comma has extensive experience in Leadership Development, Organisational Strategic Planning and Change Management. She has also taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels at George Washington University, Howard University, Washington, DC, and the University of the West Indies. She is a member of The American Society for Training and Development and the Commonwealth Association of Public Administration and Management (CAPAM). Dr Comma was elected a Director of Sagicor Life Inc in 2006, and is also a Director of a number of other subsidiaries within the Group.
DR. PATRICIA DOWNES-GRANT was appointed Chief Executive Officer and President of Sagicor Life Inc on January 1, 2006, having served as Group Chief Operating Officer, since July 1, 2002. She joined Sagicor in 1991 and held several senior positions, including those of Vice President, Investments and Treasurer and Executive Vice President (Finance and Investments) before being appointed Chief Executive Officer. She holds an MBA in Finance, an MA in Economics, a Doctorate in Business Administration (Finance) and an Honourary Doctor of Laws from the University of the West Indies.
Prior to joining Sagicor, Dr. Downes-Grant was a Senior Manager in the Management, Consulting and Insolvency Division of Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). Dr. Downes-Grant has also had significant work experience in development banking. She is a former Chairman of the Barbados Stock Exchange and Barbados Central Securities Depository and a Director of several companies within the Sagicor Group and within the private sector of Barbados.
WILLIAM LUCIE-SMITH has been an independent Director since June 2005, and is a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago. He holds an MA from Oxford University and is a Chartered Accountant. He is a retired Senior Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Trinidad and Tobago, where he headed the Corporate Finance and Recoveries Divisions, specialising in all aspects of business valuations, privatisation, mergers and acquisitions and corporate taxation.
Mr Lucie-Smith has been a Special Advisor to the Trinidad and Tobago Government and Central Bank on divestment, and has served on several national committees, such as the Rampersad Committee to Review the Reorganisation and Rationalisation of State Enterprises of Trinidad and Tobago, and the Daly Committee on Corporate Insolvency and Company Law with Special Reference to Severance Pay. He was elected a Director of Sagicor Life Inc in 2005, and is also a Director of Sagicor USA, Sagicor at Lloyd’s, Sagicor Life Jamaica, and a number of other subsidiaries within the Group.
DODRIDGE MILLER was appointed Group President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2002, and has been a Director since December 2002. A citizen of Barbados, Mr Miller is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and obtained his MBA from the University of Wales and Manchester Business School. He holds an LLM in Corporate and Commercial Law from the University of the West Indies and, in October 2008, he was conferred with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the University of the West Indies. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the banking, insurance and financial services industries.
Prior to his appointment as Group President and Chief Executive Officer, he held the positions of Treasurer and Vice President – Finance and Investments, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Mr Miller joined the Group in 1989. He is the Chairman of Sagicor at Lloyd’s, and is also a Director of Sagicor Life Inc, Sagicor USA, Sagicor Life Jamaica, PanCaribbean Financial Services and a number of other subsidiaries within the Group.
DAVID WRIGHT is the President and CEO of the HBW Management Group and has over 21 years’ experience in the International Financial Services sector providing services to International Business companies, Exempt Insurance Companies and Offshore Banks. Mr Wright’s areas of expertise include Insurance Management, Investment Management, Financial Risk Management, Corporate Restructuring and Tax Planning. His experience also includes trading in precious metals, fixed income securities and other financial instruments and the management of Information and Communications Technology infrastructures.
Mr Wright serves as a Director of the Barbados International Business Association and is a former member of the Joint Policy Working Group, a Government Advisory Committee on International Business. He is also a former Director of the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Chairman of its Finance Committee and Mr Wright previously served as CBC’s Executive Director/ Interim CEO.
IAN CARRINGTON is the Director of National Insurance, Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, Barbados, with responsibility and oversight for the management of the Department’s funds.
He holds a Masters of Public Administration and a Post-Graduate diploma in Public Policy from Harvard University, and is a Fellow of the Certified General Accountants of Canada. Mr. Carrington is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Services Commission in Barbados where he was responsible for regulation, supervision and monitoring of the non-banking financial sectors comprising the insurance, pensions, credit union and securities industries.
Mr. Carrington brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge in finance and economic affairs.