Board of Directors
Patrick Hylton, Chairman
Patrick Hylton joined National Commercial Bank Limited in 2003 and was appointed Group Managing Director in December 2004.
He boasts an illustrious banking career which includes his tenure as Managing Director of Financial Institutions Services Limited and FINSAC, where he successfully led the intervention, rehabilitation and divestment of the Jamaican banking and insurance industry. He was recognized nationally for this sterling achievement and received the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander.
Mr. Hylton is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (London) and holds a BBA (Upper 2nd Class Hons.) in Management from the University of Technology, Jamaica. He is Vice President of the Jamaica Bankers Association.
Yvonne Clarke, Director
Yvonne Clarke is a Chartered Accountant with over 23 years experience in audit and accounting. She joined the Internal Audit Division of NCB in August 2000, and was promoted to Chief Internal Auditor in October 2001, a post she held until her appointment as Group Chief Financial Officer in December 2005. Prior to joining NCB in 2000, she worked at Pricewaterhouse Coopers where she gained experience in Assurance and Business Advisory Services.
Mrs. Clarke holds an MBA from the University of Manchester. She is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ) and a member of the Accounting Standards Committee of the Institute of Charted Accountants of Jamaica.
Shamena Khan, Director
Shamena Khan is the Vice President of Operations at AIC Limited and has over 24 years experience in her field. Ms. Khan currently provides operational guidance for AIC’s key investments in the Caribbean as well as its broker/dealer relations in Canada.
Prior to joining AIC, Ms. Khan served as a consultant to one of Canada’s leading software solution providers, RPM Technologies. She has also held several management positions with Canadian securities dealer, Richardson Greenshields of Canada Limited, where she spearheaded the development of the company’s sovereign investment programme.
Michael Ammar, Jr., Director
As principal of the Ammar retail chain, Mr. Ammar (Jnr.) has a wealth of experience in running a successful business. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and also serves as a director for Orr-Rus Limited. He is a former President of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce.
Dennis Cohen, Director
A Chartered Accountant by profession, Dennis Cohen has served in the local banking industry for almost 13 years. Prior to joining NCB, he served in a number of positions at Citibank N.A. Jamaica. Prior to commencing his Banking career, Mr. Cohen was employed to Pricewaterhouse Coopers as a senior accountant.
Mr. Cohen joined NCB in 2004 as the Group Chief Financial Officer and later assumed the role of Group Chief Relationship Officer. He was appointed Group Deputy Managing Director in April 2006. He is a Director of NCB (Cayman) Limited, National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited, NCB Insurance Company Limited, United General Insurance Limited and West Indies Trust Company Limited.
Dr. Cecil Batchelor, Director
Dr. Cecil Batchelor is a Senior Medical Officer at the Princess Margaret Hospital, Morant Bay, St. Thomas where he has served since 1990. Dr. Batchelor is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons as well as the Caribbean College of Surgeons. He is a member the Medical Association of Jamaica and the Association of Surgeons in Jamaica where he is a member of the executive team.
Dr. Batchelor also serves as a board member of the EXED Nursing Scholl in Morant Bay, St. Thomas.
He was awarded the Order of Distinction in national recognition of his dedication to the medical profession in Jamaica.
Septimus Blake, Director
Mr. Blake joined NCB in March 2002 as Manager - Asset Trading with responsibility for the management of the Bank's investment portfolio. He was subsequently promoted to Assistant General Manager in February 2003 and given responsibility for the tactical management of interest rate, liquidity and foreign exchange risk. He has been the head of the Treasury & Correspondent Banking Division since June 2004. In his present role he is also responsible for the management of local financial institution and correspondent banking relationships.
He has over a decade of experience in the financial services industry, and has received professional training in asset/liability & risk management both locally and overseas.
He is a member of NCB's ALCO (Asset & Liability) Committee and serves on the Investment Management Committees of NCB Capital Markets Ltd and NCB Insurance Company Ltd.
John Bell, Director
John Bell served as Audit and Business Advisory Services Partner with Pricewaterhouse Coopers Jamaica for 24 years. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica and the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants of Great Britain, and has over 35 years of experience in his profession.
Mr. Bell also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Accounting from the University of the West Indies.
Harry Smith, Director
Harry Smith currently serves as Executive-in-Residence at Mona School of Business, University of the West Indies, Mona (UWI). He has enjoyed a successful career at the Senior Executive level in Marketing, General Management and Sales – in both local and multinational corporations – for over three decades; his most notable alignment being that of Chief Customer Relations Officer for regional telecommunications giant, Digicel.
Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science and a Marketing MBA from UWI and received certification in Business to Business Marketing Strategy from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Chicago.
He is a Founding Chairman of the Digicel Foundation and a member of the following Boards: Mona School of Business UWI, Trustees of Utech Foundation, Cari-Med Ltd. and Kirk Distributors.