Thursday 12 December, 2019

Jerome Smalling elected president of Jamaica Bankers Association

Jerome Smalling (left), newly appointed President, Jamaica Bankers Association shakes hands with outgoing President, David Noel.

Jerome Smalling (left), newly appointed President, Jamaica Bankers Association shakes hands with outgoing President, David Noel.

Jerome Smalling, Chief Executive Officer, JMMB Bank, was on Thursday, unanimously elected as the new President of the Jamaica Bankers Association (JBA) at its annual general meeting.

Chorvelle Johnson, CEO Sagicor Bank was also elected as the new Vice President, along with Mariame McIntosh-Robinson, President and CEO, First Global Bank, as Treasurer of the JBA, and Barbara Hume – CEO (Designate), Cornerstone Trust and Merchant Bank as Honorary Secretary.

Accepting his new leadership position, Smalling recognized the vote of confidence in him demonstrated by the JBA’s Executive Council and thanked them for their faith in his leadership.

“I appreciate the executive council for their trust in my abilities to lead this organisation. Our mission continues to be to maintain a stable, secure, competitive and profitable financial industry as we all thrust towards business growth in Jamaica. The plan is to continue to do so through education and collaborations with stakeholders to include the Government of Jamaica, the regulators, private sector partners, international agencies and the general banking public”.

The newly appointed President also recognized the outgoing JBA President, David Noel, for his significant contribution to promoting change and fostering growth within the industry during his tenure. Noel stated, “I am pleased to know that the JBA will be under the distinguished leadership of Jerome, the new President. He is highly skilled and knowledgeable in the industry and equally as passionate. I have no doubt the organisation will continue to put forward necessary solutions to facilitate the growth of the Jamaican economy”.

Smalling joined the JMMB Group team in 2013 as the CEO of the JMMB Merchant Bank and boasts an esteemed 25-year career in banking.

His career has included tenures as Scotiabank Branch Manager; Vice President, Personal Banking at RBC Caribbean and Manager, Branch Sales Strategy Initiatives at the RBC Royal Bank’s National Office in Toronto Canada. In addition, he previously served as Vice President, Jamaica Bankers Association and a Member of the Board of Directors for the Port Authority of Jamaica.

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