FirstCaribbean International Bank has announced the appointment of Ella N. Hoyos to the position of General Counsel.

In her new role, Ella will have overall responsibility for all legal matters, Governance and Corporate Secretarial functions. She previously held the role of Head of Corporate Governance and Corporate Secretary.

Ella received her early education at Hampton School, Jamaica. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of the West Indies and the Legal Education Certificate from the Norman Manley Law School. She successfully pursued post-graduate studies at the University of Wolverhampton where she gained a Masters in International Business Law in 2002.  She was also a member of the first cohort of the FirstCaribbean Executive Leadership Training Programme at the prestigious Wharton Business School.

She joined FirstCaribbean in 2004, following a successful career with the legal firm Chancery Chambers, where her practice covered international business law, corporate law and financial services law. In that role, Ella also had primary responsibility for the legal work associated with the establishment of Caribbean Integrated Financial Services Ltd (CarIFS), the Barbados inter-bank switching system, Barbados Automated Clearing House Services Inc. (BACHSI), the local automated clearing house for the settlement of cheques, and the Barbados Bankers Association. She was also involved in a project led by the US firm of Holland & Knight geared at the Harmonization of Caribbean Stock Exchanges which fostered new securities legislation and the establishment of the Central Securities Depositories in the region.

She has presented various papers on governance, the impact of e-commerce on business, codes of conduct, amongst others.  She is a member of the Barbados and Jamaica Bar Associations and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

As she continues to build on her career in the financial services sector, Ella noted, “Chancery Chambers acted as principal legal advisors when FirstCaribbean was formed and therefore it seemed natural that I eventually came to work for the Bank. It is indeed a privilege to be called to a higher level of service within our dynamic organisation at such an important stage of our development, having accomplished the goals we set out to achieve in our first five years. I look forward to being a part of the team charged with leading the execution of the next phase of our strategy”.

Michael Mansoor, Executive Chairman, to whom Ella will report, observed that Ella’s scholarship and professional track record make her well suited for her new role.

“We are pleased to have Ella on board the Executive Leadership Team and keenly welcome her perspective and input. Her industry experience continues to be invaluable to FirstCaribbean.”

Hoyos, who is a citizen of both Jamaica and Barbados, brings to three the number of women currently serving on the Bank’s Executive Leadership Team (ELT).