Vincentian Isaac Solomon is set to become the highest ranked Vincentian national to date at the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) when he takes up the position of Vice President-Operations on March 1.
Solomon comes to this post having distinguished himself in both the public and private sectors. As a public servant, he rose to the rank of Budget Director in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning. In 2002, he resigned from the public service to take up the position of Resident Representative in St Vincent and the Grenadines at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), where he remained for four years until he was appointed Area Vice President for RBC/RBTT in St Vincent and the Grenadines. He demits the office of Managing Director for RBC’s operations in the Eastern Caribbean to take up the new post.
The new CDB VP was one of two directors from St Vincent and the Grenadines on the Board of Liat (1974) Ltd. He served for 19 years, acting as deputy Chair and Chair from time to time. He also served as a director of the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) for 16 years.
In 2014/15, Solomon became the District Governor for the Association of Lions’ clubs for District 60B, which stretches from the Cayman Islands in the north to Grenada in the south. He has served as a Director on the boards of several other local and regional bodies.
Solomon told SEARCHLIGHT that this opportunity at the CDB provides an excellent platform for him “to fulfill that higher purpose of making a difference to humanity; to satisfy my appetite for challenges and my curiosity to always learn; to orchestrate transformation and to continue the pursuit of my vested interest in Caribbean development.”
He is a finance professional with a BSc in Management form the University of the West Indies; a MSc in Finance from the University of London; a Certified Public Accountant; Certified Fraud Examiner; Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and Chartered Director.
In taking up this new appointment, Solomon joins a handful of Vincentians, past and present, to pass through the doors of the CDB.