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1st National Bank St. Lucia Limited New Appointments

Debbie Phillip - Chief Financial Officer
Debbie Phillip – Chief Financial Officer

The Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Debbie Phillip as Chief Financial Officer effective August 21st, 2023.

In this role Ms. Phillip will be responsible for providing support and strategic recommendation to the Managing Director and the Board of Directors in strategy formulation and implementation, monitoring, establishing and implementing internal controls to ensure efficient and effective financial management.

Ms. Phillip comes with a wealth of experience in excess of 15 years as a practicing professional accountant with leading public accountancy firms in the region, 14 of which were with top tier accounting firms including 12 years with a Big 4 firm.  She would have been instrumental in the successful execution of the audits of many financial institutions including banks and credit unions both locally and across the region.  Prior to attaining her professional qualification, she would have been gainfully employed with the First Caribbean International Bank for close to five years as an officer in the Recoveries department. Debbie is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and holds a Master of Science degree in Professional Accountancy from the University of London.

The Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Samuel Agiste to the position of Chief Investment Officer effective August 22nd 2023.

Samuel Agiste - Chief Investment Officer
Samuel Agiste – Chief Investment Officer

In this role, Mr. Agiste’s responsibility will be to co-ordinate, oversee, and operationalize all new initiatives set forth by the Board or MD in the areas of investment, corporate banking, and wealth management, and contribute to the expansion and achievement of the Bank’s strategic goals and initiatives. This will include responsibility for developing business plans, budgets, setting performance objectives, evaluating, and optimizing operational performance, ensuring regulatory compliance and maintenance of the Bank’s standards.

He brings over 20 years’ experience within the Banking, Finance, Accounting and Investments sectors, recently holding the position of Chief Financial Officer (Acting) at 1st National Bank St. Lucia from April 2023, having previously performed in this capacity on a number of occasions over the last two years.

Mr. Agiste joined the Bank in August 2020 as Finance Manager, with responsibility for the Bank’s investment portfolio. Prior to this, he was the Operations Manager at the First Citizens Investment Services St. Lucia office, part of the Team offering brokerage and investment services throughout the Eastern Caribbean. He was also a Registered Representative, licensed by the Eastern Caribbean Securities Regulatory Commission.  He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Studies.

As part of the Bank’s strategic plan, a Wealth Management division will be implemented in quarter 4, 2023 which will be headed by Mr. Agiste.

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