BF&M unveils timing of succession plan


BF&M unveils timing of succession plan

Abigail Clifford as president, group chief operating officer & CEO designate, BF&M Limited

BF&M, the holding company of the Bermuda-based BF&M group of companies, has unveiled details of the timing of its succession plan.

Group CEO John Wight, who has been president and CEO of BF&M since 2005, will retire on August 31 of this year. As announced in October 2021, Abigail Clifford (pictured) will succeed him as Group CEO, effective September 1, 2022. Wight will continue in his role as chairman of the board of BF&M.

Wight joined the company in 1992. He became CFO in 1995 until 2005, at which time he assumed the role of CEO. During his tenure, he oversaw the expansion of the company from operating in the jurisdiction of Bermuda to 16 jurisdictions across the Caribbean region, as he led the organization through significant growth. He has served on the BF&M Board of Directors since 2005, becoming Group Chairman in 2019.

Anthony Joaquin, deputy chairman of BF&M, said: “On behalf of the Board of the BF&M Group, I would like to thank John for his years of dedication to this company as CEO. He has led the organization with a steady hand, not only achieving strong financial performance but also establishing BF&M as a dedicated community partner. Abigail has the full support of the Board as she begins a new chapter for the Company as CEO. She is an exceptional leader and she is ready to implement her strategic vision.”

Wight said: “On a personal note I have been honoured to serve as CEO and I am exceptionally proud of the work the team has accomplished. It is my ongoing pleasure to continue to serve as Chair of the Board. I am delighted to pass on the baton to Abby. She has a deep understanding of the business and cares deeply about our clients, our staff and the communities in which we operate. I look forward to continuing to work with Abby in her new role as CEO and I wish her every success.”

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