Prof Avinash Persaud
Reynolds joins Scotia, Dixon departs
Scotia DBG Investments Limi-ted has announced the appointment of Adrian Reynolds as assistant vice-president for treasury and trading, effective December 14, 2009.
Reynolds was formerly assistant vice-president for wealth management at Capital & Credit Securities Limited.
The brokerage's parent Scotia Group Jamaica (SGJ) Limited also announced that Dr Jean Dixon, director of both SGJ and Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica Limited has given up her seat on the two boards, effective December 30, 2009.
Spanish Foundation reorganises
Two top positions at the Spanish Jamaican Foundation have been filled by new recruits, following a management restructuring in September.
Betty Valiante McKenzie has been appointed general manager, replacing Beatriz Pozueta, whose job included general organisation and supervision of the foundation; and Avalon Arscott is now the project officer, a position formerly held by Katrine Smith, who was responsible for the planning, coordination and execution of projects.
The changes were disclosed in the three-year-old foundation's newsletter.
Ambassador Jesus Silva, president of the foundation, said of Pozueta and Smith that they "served limitlessly and efficiently throughout their time with the foundation".
LIME exec named to Senate
Kamina Johnson, attorney-at-law and business executive, has been appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Bruce Golding to fill the vacancy created by Don Wehby's departure in July.
Johnson is a corporate executive employed to LIME Jamaica as deputy company secretary and assistant vice-president for legal, regulatory and corporate affairs.
She was educated at the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica, and the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom.
CaPRI fellow cited as leading intellectual
Professor Avinash Persaud, a senior fellow at think tank Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI), was named in December among the world's top three most important contributors to financial reform by Prospect Magazine.
He received the 14-year-old British magazine's 2009 Silver Medal as public intellectual on the financial crisis, from among a field of 25 whose ideas either influenced policies or contributed significantly to public discourse, CaPRI said in a statement.
"I hope we may be able to use these accomplishments and those of our colleagues to encourage more of our impressive diaspora to return to at least engage with us more," said Persaud.
CaPRI is based in Jamaica at the University of West Indies Mona, Kingston.
Persaud, a financial analyst, runs the think tank's office in Barbados, his home country.
"It is a tremendous honour, and reflects extremely well on CaPRI that he is one of our own," said CaPRI president, Dr John Rapley.
Prospect's gold prize went to Simon Johnson, an economist at the Peterson Institute in Washington, DC, and a former International Monetary Fund chief economist; and bronze to Adair Turner, chairman of the Financial Services Authority in Britain.