Saturday 24 October, 2020

AMCHAM T&T board boasts gender parity as 2 female directors added

Photo: AMCHAM T&T President Patricia Ghany.

Photo: AMCHAM T&T President Patricia Ghany.

The American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago (AMCHAM T&T) has welcomed two women two its Board of Directors, achieving its strategic goal of reaching gender parity with a new board consisting of eight men and eight women. 

Andrea Davis, Country Manager of DHL Express and Angélique Parisot-Potter, and Executive Vice President of Business Integrity & Group General Counsel at Massy Group of Companies were invited to serve to fill two casual vacancies that arose.

In making the announcement, AMCHAM T&T said it’s a long-standing advocate for gender parity in all sectors of society.

AMCHAMT T&T in a statement said: “We have committed ourselves to this work because achieving gender parity and promoting women’s leadership in business is one of the major pillars of AMCHAM T&T. After all, we’re in 2020!

Our commitment to this goal continues through the hosting of the annual Women’s Leadership Conference, the Women in Leadership Mentorship Programme which provides career advice and mentorship to female professionals across various industry sectors in the private sector and a soon-to-be-launched series of gender based violence sensitisation workshops in collaboration with the UWI Institute for Gender and Development Studies.”

AMCHAM T&T President, Patricia Ghany, said this is an important achievement and a clear case of AMCHAM T&T walking the talk.

She said: “Reaching gender parity is another significant milestone for AMCHAM T&T. I am very proud and humble to lead an organisation that boasts of an equal number of men and women sitting on our Board of Directors.

This guarantees greater diversity of ideas, opinions, values and positions that will no doubt benefit our members, the business community and by large, our nation. I see this as the starting block towards building the progressive, fully democratic society that we all envisioned.”

“It was only one year ago at our Women’s Leadership Conference when I asked our members to commit to adding at least one woman to their Boards every year so that parity could be their goal.

Now that AMCHAM T&T has reached parity on our board, I would like to re-state that call-to-action to our members so that they make gender parity a part of their business objectives while they lead their companies through this pandemic,” she continued. 

Meanwhile, AMCHAM T&T CEO Nirad Tewarie said it’s an honour for him to be part of an organisation that continues to lead by action and not merely by words.

He said: “Achieving gender parity on a board level is a tremendous success for AMCHAM T&T and signals the real commitment and  steadfast leadership on this issue by our President, Patricia Ghany and the members of the current board.

This gives AMCHAM T&T more incentive to continue our advocacy on promoting the rights and protection of both women and men in the workplace and the wider society until we build that equal and equitable society for all.”

The AMCHAM T&T 2020 – 2021 Board of Directors is as follows:

President - Patricia Ghany, Chief Financial Officer - Esau Oilfield Supplies Co. Ltd

Vice President - Mitchell De Silva, Citi Country Officer T&T Hub - Citibank 

Vice President - Gregory Hill, Managing Director - ANSA Merchant Bank Limited

Secretary - Glenn Hamel-Smith, Partner, Head Banking and Finance – M. Hamel-Smith & Co.

Treasurer - Dominic Rampersad, President - Phoenix Park Gas Processors Ltd.

Caroline Toni Sirju-Ramnarine, VP, Corporate Operations - Atlantic LNG Company Limited

Giselle Thompson, VP Corporate Operations - bpTT

Simon Aqui, Business Development Executive, Caribbean Financial Services Sector - IBM Trinidad

Greer Quan, Chief Executive Officer, Caribbean - Pan-American Life Insurance Group

Katishe Serrette, VP-AML/ATF Compliance - Scotiabank Trinidad & Tobago Limited

Karrian Hepburn, Chief Customer Relationship Officer - Trinidad & Tobago Unit Trust Corporation

Nicholas Galt, Chairman - Trinidad Systems Limited (The TSL Group)

Ravi Suryadevara, Chief Executive Officer - Trinidad Valve & Fitting Company Limited 

Richard Look Kin, Group Chief Risk Officer - First Citizens Trinidad & Tobago

Andrea Davis, Country Manager - DHL Express

Angélique Parisot-Potter, Executive Vice President of Business Integrity & Group General Counsel - Massy Group of Companies.

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