UWI alumnus Richard Byles: The New Governor of the Bank of Jamaica

UWI alumnus Richard Byles: The New Governor of the Bank of Jamaica

As of August 19, 2019 Richard Byles is the Governor of Jamaica’s central bank, Bank of Jamaica (BOJ). He will head the Bank’s Board of Directors, as well as act in the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Bank.

While the role is a massive step-up, Byles is no stranger to CEO and Chairman positions, having spearheaded several corporate business and finance companies in Jamaica and is the former CEO of Sagicor Jamaica. He holds a BSc. in Economics from The UWI and a Master’s Degree in National Development from the University of Bradford, as well as his many years of experience, have equipped him with the skills to balance economics with the needs of the country.
During his 40 -year career, Byles has served on boards of both private and public business companies and organizations, building a reputation as one of the most outstanding corporate leaders in Jamaica. he was Co-Chairman of the Economic Program Oversight Committee (EPOC) which was formed to monitor Jamaica’s performance under its IMF agreement and he was one of the key players involved in the country’s success in the recently concluded IMF programme.


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