Veteran Banker Dawne Williams, The New CEO At St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank Limited
Basseterre, St. Kitts — 29th August 2013 — In a welcome reception on August 27, 2013, Chairman of the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank Limited’s Board of Directors, Mr. Linkon Maynard, introduced the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Dawne Williams, who will assume office on September 1, 2013. A veteran banker of 35 years, Ms. Williams will replace former Managing Director Sir Edmund Lawrence, who retired on December 31, 2012. Mr. Maynard noted that Ms. Williams will bring a wealth of experience in domestic, corporate and regional banking from which the Bank is expected to benefit enormously. Ms. Williams will take on the challenge of leading the Bank in the execution of its new business strategy.
Born in Basseterre, St. Kitts, Ms. Williams spent her formative years in St. Paul’s Village where she lived with her younger sister Dr. Diana Williams-McIntyre and her mother Ms. Cornelia Williams, who served as the District Nurse for that area. She attended the St. Paul’s Primary School, Basseterre Junior High and Basseterre Senior High School.
In 1977, Ms. Williams began her banking career at Barclays Bank where she held various domestic and regional positions including Operational Risk Manager for the Leeward Islands, the British Virgin Islands and the Netherland Antilles. Most recently, she held the following posts at First Caribbean International Bank: Director of Business Transformation (with responsibility for FCIB’s seventeen territories) and Director of Retail Banking, Small Business Banking, Domestic Wealth Management, Insurance and Investment Banking (with responsibility for the OECS, Barbados and Belize). First Caribbean International Bank is the product of a merger between Barclays Bank and CIBC.
In the regional banking fraternity she is known as a dynamic and energetic leader who is recognized for her good business acumen, service excellence, integrity and professionalism. Her team spirit and aptitude for motivating others are listed among her best assets. On her return home in 2012, Ms. Williams immediately immersed herself in the spirit of the community. She mentors challenged youths, volunteers at the HIV/AIDS Commission, and was recently appointed President of the Business and Professional Women’s Club of St. Kitts.
When asked what led her to assume the responsibility of leading the most successful indigenous bank in the region, she responded: “After spending over three decades as a banker throughout the region, I embraced the opportunity to give back to my country in the best way I know how by leveraging the knowledge and experience I gained to lead our National Bank to continued success and growth. I understand the scale of this endeavour especially as the Bank implements its new strategic plan in these challenging economic times. However, I am buttressed by my strong faith in God and plan to combine my knowledge, skills and experience with the Bank’s strong team of employees, and the support from the Board of Directors, to lead our National Bank into 2014 and beyond. I am up for the challenge. I feel blessed, humbled and honoured to be in a position to do so.”
In responding to the Chairman’s words of welcome and introduction, Ms. Williams thanked the Board of Directors for the confidence placed in her as she took up the very important task of leading the biggest indigenous Bank in the OECS, whose assets reached over one billion U.S. dollars in June of this year.
Attendees at the reception included the Governor General, His Excellency Sir Edmund Lawrence and Lady Lawrence, the Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Dr Denzil L. Douglas and the Deputy Governor of Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, Mr. Trevor Brathwaite. Also in attendance were senior staff officials of National Bank and senior banking and business executives of the Federation, including members of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce.