Ian De Souza, new CEO of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Commerce and Industry has appointed Ian De Souza as the new CEO.
His appointment takes effect Monday, and he will replace Gabriel Faria whose term ended on January 31, the chamber said in a statement.
He said De Souza has brought 35 years of experience to the chamber, which should strengthen efforts to boost private sector growth and improve TT’s business competitiveness.
His previous portfolios have included the former Senior Advisor at Advice Financial Co Ltd, an independent financial advisory service, several senior positions within the Republic Bank Group in risk management, merchant and investment banking, and financial and investment banking services in the region.
The chamber said De Souza also specializes in corporate finance, debt management and corporate turnarounds, mergers and acquisitions and was the project manager in the Republic Bank’s acquisition of the operations of Scotiabank in Anguilla, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the British Virgin Islands.
De Souza was also Executive Director and CEO of the Cave Hill School of Business and Management at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and Professor of Practice, Banking and Finance, in the Department of Management Studies.
The chamber added that he is an alumnus of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Counselor, and Certified in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics, Graduate Diploma in Management, Masters of Business Administration from UWI, St Augustine and also a Chartered Professional Accountant.
De Souza’s affiliations included the American Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors Association and an associate member of the American Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.