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News Report: Chamber names new CEO

by Chester Robards, The Nassau Guardian, July 6th 2021

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation (BCCEC) announced a new chief executive officer (CEO) in a press statement yesterday, several long months after Jeffrey Beckles stepped away from the post.

The Chamber announced Dr. Waldon Russell as the BCCEC’s new top man, effective yesterday.“Dr. Russell’s appointment comes after an exhaustive search to find the right fit for the leadership role, especially given the uncertain pandemic-normal that the business community has faced,” the BCCEC’s statement pointed out. BCCEC Chairperson Khrystle Rutherford-Ferguson said in a statement that the appointment comes during a challenging time for a country still in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic fallout that has come with it.

“As the Chamber continues to lend its voice to advocate for the private sector, we believe that a critical component of our efforts must be driven from within,” said Rutherford-Ferguson.

“We are pleased to have such a talented and well-rounded individual join our team. We look forward to providing an enhanced level of service to our membership going into the future.”

Russell is an engineer by profession and holds a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree in strategy and innovation and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in finance, as well as two professional designations in engineering.

In the BCCEC statement, Russell said he will work to expand the BCCEC’s growth.

“I thank the board for entrusting me with the leadership of the organization at this critical time. Leading the BCCEC is a task of national import. I gratefully and humbly accept my appointment as CEO by the BCCEC’s board.”

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