Robert Drummond, Director Group Senior Vice President

Mr. Drummond is a business executive and management consultant with over 30 years of experience leading and advising organizations through major strategic transformations. He has held executive appointments at prominent companies in Jamaica and the US, including First Global Financial Services Limited, NIKE, American Express and ITT Sheraton. As a strategy implementation specialist, he has contributed significantly through his research and publications including “Managing Resistance to Change” and “Organizational Turnarounds”. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Jason Chambers, Director Group CIO

Jason has over 18 years of experience, spanning the range of securities trading, investment and treasury management, corporate finance, and corporate banking. Most recently, Jason held the position of Vice President of Investment Management at the GraceKennedy Group. Jason also headed the Corporate Banking Unit within First Global Bank Limited and was also a member of the senior management teams of the securities dealing subsidiaries of Guardian Holdings and GraceKennedy. Jason is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, where he obtained degrees in Economics and Business Administration.

Gavin Jordan, Group CFO

Gavin has tremendous financial expertise and experience. Prior to his role at Cornerstone, he was the CFO for GraceKennedy Foods (USA) and Divisional CFO, GK Foods before that. At GK Foods, Gavin Provided financial leadership to the subsidiaries in the Foods Division both locally and internationally; supported the development of the divisions strategy and the evaluation of various strategic initiatives. Gavin was also Finance Director and Company Secretary of Carreras and CFO of First Global Bank, where he was ultimately responsible for the day to day operations of the accounting and financial reporting functions. Gavin holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting and Economics from the University of the West Indies, a Master of Science degree in Financial Management from the University of London, and is also a Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of
the American Institute of the Certified Public Accountants and the Colorado State Board of Accountancy.

Weldon Maddan, Group COO

Weldon has over 15 years of banking experience at senior executive levels with Citigroup (Credit Cards, Consumer Lending and Retail Banking) with assignments in Canada, UK and Poland. He has held CFO responsibilities for Online Marketing, Citi Partners and the Customer Contact Leveraging business units at Citi Cards. His work experience spans marketing, risk and operations. He is currently the Secretary for the Jamaica Bankers Association and Chairman of the Jamaica Institute of Financial Services. Weldon received a BSc in Engineering from Boston University, an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and earned his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2007.

Malindo Wallace, Company Secretary Group Legal Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer

Ms. Wallace joined the Cornerstone Group as Legal Counsel on April 15, 2019 where she has responsibility for the legal, compliance and corporate secretarial functions for the Group. She also serves as Chief Compliance Officer and has been appointed Company Secretary for Barita and Barita Unit Trusts Management Company Limited effective December 24, 2019. Prior to joining Cornerstone, Ms. Wallace held several key roles at GraceKennedy Limited, including Legal Officer (Group), Senior Manager, Treasury and Corporate Finance, and Treasury Manager before that. She is credited with the establishment of the Asset and Liability Committee for GraceKennedy Limited in 2010. Prior to that, Ms. Wallace was at UDC as Investment Manager. Malindo has extensive banking experience with NCB as well as Capital and Credit Merchant Bank. Ms. Wallace holds an M.B.A. in Finance from Manchester Business School. She also attained her Bachelors of Law from the University of London.

Dane A. Brodber, CFA, CAIA, FRM, MBA, Chief Risk Officer

Dane has over 16 years of experience in the financial industry with extensive experience in Market Risk, as well as experience with Strategy and Business Intelligence. Most recently, Dane was Regional Director, Market Risk Management at Scotiabank, where he had responsibility for the measurement, monitoring and governance of market risk exposures throughout the English-Speaking Caribbean. Dane earned undergraduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Economics & Business from Lafayette College and an MBA from the University of New Orleans. He earned the CFA Charter in 2006, the Financial Risk Manager (FRM) designation in 2007, and the Chartered Alternative Investments Analyst (CAIA) designation in 2019. He is also the founding Vice President of CFA Society Jamaica.

Paula Barclay, General Manager

Prior to joining Cornerstone, Mrs. Barclay held several roles at the GraceKennedy Group including, Group Treasurer Managing Director of First Global Leasing as well as General Manager, Chief Credit Risk Officer, SeniorVice President for Personal and Business Banking and Vice President of Corporate Banking at First Global Bank. At First Global Financial Services Limited she served in the Capacity of Vice President for Pension Fund Management and Vice President for Business Development. She also served on various boards and committees that governed the GraceKennedy Group. Mrs. Barclay holds an MBA from Barry University and has completed The Leadership Journey at The Wharton Business School..

Sonia Owens, Head - Treasury and Financial Institutions

Mrs. Owens joined Barita Investments in 1984 and held several positions over the years including Trading and Investments Manager, culminating in her most recent promotion to Head, Treasury &e Financial Institutions. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Banking and Finance from the University of the West Indies, has attended several professional training courses with JIM, JIB, Cl Financial and Euro Finance and has completed an MBA at Edinburgh Business School.

Ramon Small-Ferguson, Vice President - Asset Management Research

Mr. Small-Ferguson joined Cornerstone from JN Fund Managers Ltd. where he was Chief Investment Strategist and Head of Research. Prior to that he was Investment Analyst, and then Portfolio Manager at JN Bank. He has a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) designation awarded by the CFA Institute and is certified as a Financial Risk Manager (FRM®), by the Global Association of Risk Professionals. He also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Finance & Marketing (Hons) from the University of Technology, Jamaica

Annmarie Walker Cato, Group Financial Controller

Annmarie has spent much of her life cultivating expertise across multiple areas of finance and accounting. Today she stands as our Group Financial Controller, having also held the positions of Assistant Vice President, Finance at Proven Wealth Limited, Senior Manager – Financial Control at First Global Bank Limited (FGB) and so many more. A highly-qualified businesswoman, Annmarie holds a BSc in Accounting and Management Studies from UWI, an MBA from Florida International University (FIU) and is an ACCA-certified Charted Accountant.

Michele Mcrae, Head, Information Technology

Ms. McRae joined Barita Investments Limited in 1992 as a Systems & Software Consultant. In November 2013, she was appointed as Manager of Software Development. Michele holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies and a Master of Science Degree in Computer Based Management & Information Systems.

Stephanie Murdock, Senior Human Resources Executive

Stephanie joins us from the National Export Import Bank of Jamaica Ltd where she held the position of General Manager, Corporate Services with responsibility for Human Resources, Administration, Procurement and Information Technology. Prior, she was the Director, Human Resource Management at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade. With twenty years’ experience in the areas of Strategic Human Resource Management, Change Management, Leadership Development and Industrial Relations, Stephanie pursued both undergraduate & graduate degrees at the University of the West Indies and Post Graduate Certification in Public Policy from Peking University, Beijing China, she also has the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation. In 2015, Stephanie was recognized as one of seven Jamaicans to participate in the Advanced Leadership Development Programme – Canada Caribbean Emerging Leaders Dialogue, sponsored by McGill University.

Sean Taylor, Head of Digital Marketing

Sean’s love of the financial industry has expanded from his profound understanding of the increasingly complex global financial landscape to include a passion for educating and connecting clients to financial wellness. With a BSc in Actuarial Sciences, he is well-equipped to analyse market trends and apply the data to developing money mastery and wealth building strategies, as demonstrated by his stints as first Management Analyst then Portfolio Analyst at First Global Financial Services and his multiple positions throughout Barita ranks, as Senior Research Analyst, Business Development Manager, and now as Digital Marketing Strategist.

Bob Russell, Portfolio Manager - Global Fixed Income

For five years Mr. Russell was at PetroCaribe Development as Investment and Treasury Manager for a US$1.2B investment portfolio. Prior to that he spent nine years at Mayberry Investments Ltd, where he was promoted to Vice President of Research and Special Projects. Mr. Russell holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and is awaiting his charter as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®.) He is also certified as a Financial Risk Manager (FRM®) by the Global Association of Risk Professionals. Mr. Russell has also completed a number of post graduate certificates from IFF in partnership with Middlesex University London, namely the Mechanics of Project Finance and the Mechanics of Derivatives and Financial Products.

Kerrie Baylis, Head - Wealth Management

At just 22 years old, Kerrie obtained her Law Degree (Hons) from the University of Surrey in the UK. Her introduction into the financial sector came from early mentorship and training at US multinational Investment Bank, Morgan Stanley. Kerrie brings seven years of combined experience in wealth and portfolio management, investment analysis and investment advisory services. A former Miss Jamaica World (2009) and Miss Jamaica Universe (2013), Kerrie’s strong relationship management skills, coupled with her in-depth product knowledge has seen her evolve into one of Jamaica’s top performing financial advisors. In her role as Head of Wealth Management at Barita, Kerrie will lead an innovative team focused on delivering personalized financial solutions to individual and corporate clients.

Vanessa Lawrence-Williams, Manager, Mandeville Branch

Mrs. Lawrence-Williams joined Barita Investments Limited in 2002 as the Manager of our first branch, Mandeville. Being a goal oriented individual, she established and developed the Barita brand within the Central region of Jamaica. She holds an MBA in Finance from Manchester Business School and is a graduate of the College of Arts Science and Technology now known as UTECH. She started her career in 1988 at National Commercial Bank Limited and since then has worked with several financial institutions.

Chad-Paul Priestley, Head - Retail Investments

Chad-Paul is no stranger to developing meaningful, productive relationships with customer communities. With his BSc in Tourism Management, he masterfully establishes genuine connections with clients and colleagues alike. With extensive experience in the banking and customer service industries, he has held positions as first Business Development Officer then Branch Manager at First Global Bank.

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