“After spending over three decades (35 years), 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,” stated Ms. Dawne Williams during a special welcome ceremony for her on Tuesday 27th August, 2013.
Williams indicated that she understood the scale of the 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.”
Williams who will officially take up her new position on 1st September, 2013, began her banking career in 1977, 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 various posts at FirstCaribbean International Bank, including Director of Business Transformation (with responsibility for FCIB’s seventeen territories) and Director of Retail Banking, Small Business Banking, Domestic Wealth Management, and Insurance and Investment Banking (with responsibility for the OECS, Barbados and Belize). FirstCaribbean International Bank is the product of a merger between Barclays Bank and CIBC.
Williams was born in Basseterre, St. Kitts, but 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 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.
Speaking at the welcome reception for Ms. Williams, Chairman of the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank Limited’s Board of Directors, Mr. Linkon Maynard, 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, stated Maynard