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Topic: Positioning HR to provide superior services while delivering organizational excellence

Session Type: Closing Plenary

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Time: 3:50 - 4:35 pm

As the Chief Executive Office of Corporate Strategies Ltd., Aubyn Hill, has over 35 years working experience in the private sector. He has been a senior executive and CEO in the banking and finance industry in excess of 26 years.

In early 1980 he led the start-up team a branch of American Express International Banking Corporation in Sri Lanka. The bank became profitable in approximately 15 months – well ahead of schedule.

During his 21 years as a banker in the Middle East, Hill assisted and led the restructuring and turnaround of two major banks – Burgan Bank in Kuwait and the National Bank of Oman. He also led the management team that completed the successful turnaround of one of the largest banks in the Caribbean – National Commercial Bank Limited (NCB) – within a short two years. When he joined NCB the share price was $5.51 and the market capitalisation was $13.5 billion. By the time he left, the bank’s share price reached a high of $31.70 which translated into the company’s market capitalisation of $78.2 billion.

Hill established Corporate Strategies Limited as a management consultancy firm in 2005.

"During the period December 2005 - October 2011, Aubyn Hill worked in various roles as unpaid consultant, chairman, paid consultant and finally CEO of SCJ Holdings Limited, the company which carried the Government of Jamaica-owned (GOJ) six sugar estates (approximately 40,000 hectares) and five sugar factories for the primary purpose of divesting them. Jamaican investors bought and leased two of the factories and accompanying estates in July 2009, while the three largest estates and factories were divested to the Chinese state-owned COMPLANT International Sugar Company Ltd., in August 2011. Aubyn Hill returned to his private businesses – Micro-Finance, Solar Energy and Management Consultancy - in October 2011, shortly after he lead the divestment team to the successful completion of its mandate to relieve the GOJ of these perennially loss-making, aged and fiscally burdensome sugar assets."

Aubyn Hill sits on various corporate boards including Jamaica Broilers Group Limited, Salada Foods Jamaica Limited and he is Chairman of NationGrowth MicroFinance Limited and BCW Capital. He also serves on the University Council which governs four campuses of the University of the West Indies; he also chairs the Audit Committee of the University Council.

He has lived in eight countries in the Caribbean, North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and has done business in about 105 different countries. Among Aubyn Hill’s academic qualifications is an MBA from Harvard Business School, which he earned in 1978. He went to work on Wall Street in New York City immediately after graduating from business school.

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