The BVI Finance Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Elise Donovan as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Ms. Donovan currently serves as Director of BVI House Asia, the BVI Government’s representative office in the Asia Pacific Region. She is expected to come directly from that position to take up the role as BVI Finance’s CEO on October 1, 2017.
In her role as CEO, Donovan will lead BVI Finance in continuing to market, promote and manage the reputation of the BVI’s financial services industry.
She will replace Lorna Smith, OBE, who has been serving as Interim Director.
Ms. Donovan brings with her a wealth of knowledge and expertise, having previously served as Director of the BVI International Affairs Secretariat, Executive Director of the BVI International Finance Centre (the forerunner to BVI Finance) and a member of the BVI’s Tax Information Exchange Agreement Negotiating Team with countries such as China, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. She also holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Carleton University and Columbia University.
Commenting on the appointment, Kenneth Morgan, Chairman of BVI Finance said, “BVI Finance is delighted to appoint Elise Donovan as CEO and we are especially excited to have someone of such high calibre leading the voice of the BVI’s financial service sector.”
He added, “Our international business and finance centre has faced significant attention in the last 18 months, so it’s vital that we continue to promote, educate and inform all audiences about the quality and value of our services, particularly following the release of the Capital Economics report. Given her experience and ability, I have no doubt that Elise will further strengthen our efforts in this.
Mr. Morgan also thanked Mrs. Smith for her valuable contribution and service as Interim Executive Director.
The newly appointed CEO of BVI Finance said, “I am very pleased to be joining BVI Finance at such an important time for the BVI’s international business and finance centre. We have a hugely positive story to tell with unrivalled expertise and services in a number of areas that promote cross border trade and investment, including company incorporations, legal services and investment funds. I look forward to promoting these both locally and internationally, as well as supporting our members maintain and build new commercial partnerships around the world.”