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NCB's Matthews - a young global leader

Published:Friday | March 24, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Nadeen Matthews

A Jamaican woman has been selected as the sole representative of the English- and Spanish-speaking Caribbean in the World Economic Forum's 2017 cohort of Young Global Leaders (YGL), a high-profile network of young leaders from across the world.

Nadeen Matthews, chief digital and marketing officer for the National Commercial Bank (NCB) Group, joins the ranks of an august group, including Mariame McIntosh Robinson, Imani Duncan Price and Marlene Malahoo Forte - who were also selected in previous years for outstanding contributions in their respective fields.

At 37, Matthews is the youngest female head of a division at NCB, the largest financial services institution in Jamaica. She leads NCB's shift to leveraging digital technology to transform and renew how financial services are delivered in Jamaica and the region.

She also leads the group's marketing and communications and enterprise information management functions, and serves as the chief executive officer of the NCB Foundation.

The Wharton School graduate has served as assistant vice-president at JPMorgan Chase and senior associate at the international management consultancy firm McKinsey & Company. She joined NCB in 2010 as assistant general manager for strategy, and was promoted to senior assistant general manager for strategy, marketing and communications, in just under three years.


Innovative solutions


In November 2015, Matthews was named chief digital and marketing officer for the group. Under her tenure, NCB has rolled out innovative solutions including online account opening, NCB Quisk (a mobile money solution), and the latest Loan at ABM solution, a first for the English-speaking Caribbean.

Matthews is also co-creator and executive producer of the hit business reality TV programme NCB Capital Quest, which features small and medium enterprises competing for the opportunity to access an equity investment of up to $50 million.

"It is an honour and privilege to be selected as a part of the 2017 class of Young Global Leaders. I look forward to collaborating with my peers in the forum from all over the world, and harnessing the valuable educational opportunities this experience provides, to serve as a force for good for Jamaica and the broader Caribbean. I also look forward to positively representing Jamaica in this forum with some of the foremost political and business leaders shaping the world today," Matthews said.