The Bermuda Business Development Agency has appointed Ross Webber as its new CEO, following the departure of Stephen Lund. He will begin work at the start of August.
Webber was previously the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Education and Economic Development within the Bermuda Government.
Commenting on his appointment, chairman of the BDA board Caroline Foulger comments: “We had keen interest in the CEO role from several strong local and international applicants. The selection process and interviews brought out the best in the candidates and we take great pleasure in naming Ross Webber to the position of CEO of the BDA.
“Mr. Webber has been involved with the BDA and its predecessor organisation the Bermuda Business Development Corporation since its formation in 2012 and he has been very involved in the launch and day-to-day operations of the BDA in his position as a member of the Board of Directors and as the Permanent Secretary for Education and Economic Development.”
Foulger adds: “Ross has long been a supporter of Bermuda and Bermudian business. He worked with BIBA before serving as the Global Head of Marketing & Business Development for Conyers Dill & Pearman. During this time Mr. Webber gained significant experience working with Bermuda’s international business community promoting Bermuda overseas. He has extensive knowledge and expertise working across many of the sectors that the BDA is targeting today including the asset management, private wealth and offshore commerce sectors.”
Webber has spent the last two years of his career working for the Bermuda Government serving as a permanent secretary. Webber has also worked in Bermuda’s international insurance sector in underwriting and business development roles with ACE and AIG.
Webber will initially work alongside deputy chairman and current interim CEO, David Cash, who adds: “I am thrilled to see Ross appointed to the position of CEO. He brings important experience and great passion to the role and I have every confidence that he will do a terrific job.”
“I have had the pleasure of working with Ross both as a colleague on the Board of Directors and tackling day-to-day activities together at the BDA. In both settings he has shown great energy and sound judgment and I look forward to supporting him in his new position. I have committed to Ross and the Board that I will work with him and his team through this year and stand ready to support him wherever needed in 2015 and beyond.”
Grant Gibbons, Minister of Education and Economic Development, comments: “While I will be very sorry to lose Ross as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Economic Development, I look forward to working with him in his new role of CEO in the BDA. The experience and relationships he has built up in his Government capacity will be invaluable in carrying out the responsibilities of his new position.”
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