The Barbados Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) has named its replacement for the outgoing Lisa Gale, who is stepping down as executive director at the end of this month.
The Chamber said international trade and development specialist Carlos Wharton would take over the reigns from Gale, who served in the post for seven years.
Wharton has over 15 years’ experience working in both the public and private sectors, getting his early groundings in trade policy and private sector development at the International Business Division of the Ministry of Industry and International Business and the Barbados Private Sector Trade Team, the BCCI said.
He also served in senior capacities at the Caribbean Export Development Agency, and more recently, as the person within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) responsible for implementing the Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the CARIFORUM grouping, comprising CARICOM and the Dominican Republic, the private sector grouping said.
BCCI President Eddy Abed said Wharton’s wealth of experience would come in handy as the Chamber develops its members through advocacy, trade facilitation and policy formulation, while Wharton promised to concentrate on improving the local business environment and maximizing Barbados’ export potential.