Career Ladder - Silvera welcomed to Toucan

Friday, February 02, 2018

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Kelly Silvera is now general manager of the Jamaican arm of Toucan Ltd, an interactive advertising agency incorporated in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

She has 15 years' experience in international media and has worked with the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Sky News — all in the UK, as well as Al Jazeera in Qatar.

Silvera is the recipient of a number of awards and nominations for her work, among them: Royal Television Society award for Best Educational Documentary, the Huffington Post Ultimate Media Game Changer Award, a Peabody Award for coverage of the 2011 Arab Spring and, more recently, in 2016, an international Emmy nomination for her coverage of the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake.

“Kelly brings a vibrant background to this role that will help to channel her knowledge and experiences into finding digital solutions and creating long-lasting partnerships with our clients.” said Douglas Ames, managing director, Toucan.

A Jamaican national, her return to the island sees her taking on the responsiblity of developing digital content for Toucan's partners and ensure the application of technology to extract value for clients' businesses. She will also “provide strategic counsel to account executives, the creative director and programming team for all web production and online advertising projects”, as stated on her LinkedIn page.

Of her return to the island, Kelly says, “It really is fantastic to be back home in Jamaica.”

“This position is a unique opportunity for me to showcase digital innovation from the Caribbean and help strengthen the relationship between Toucan and our clients,” she adds.

Silvera holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of the Arts London.

Redpath rises at Half Moon

Half Moon last week announced the promotion of Laura Redpath to the post of director of brand and communications.

The new role will see Redpath having responsibility for public relations, advertising, and digital and social media market initiatives both locally and internationally. In particular, she will focus on increasing brand awareness, creating innovative content, and supporting business development and revenue generation through key market activities and campaigns.

Redpath began at Half Moon in 2015 in the capacity of marketing communications manager, after working with Sandals Resorts International as public relations manager with responsibility for Sandals Foundation.

Redpath holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Journalism and English from the University of Toronto. She holds certification in journalism and fundamentals of digital marketing from Centennial College in Ontario, Canada, and University of Vermont in the USA, respectively.

Lopez Spence returns to Scotia

As of Monday, Debra Lopez Spence will be back at the Scotia Group, this time as vice-president of insurance sales and service.

In her new capacity Lopez Spence will be accountable for the development and successful deployment of sales and service strategies to improve customers' well-being, while leading an advisory-based sales team.

Lopez Spence has more than 20 years' experience in banking, business coaching, general management, and sales leadership in Jamaica, New Zealand and Australia. In her previous tenure with Scotia Group Jamaica, from 2010–2015, she served as centre director for Scotia Private Client Group and vice-president, small and medium enterprises.

From 2004–2007 she held the position of vice-president, wealth management and distribution at NCB Capital Markets, following which she served in two capacities at CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank — wealth director and retail director.

An alumna of Barry University, Florida, where she completed a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance, Lopez Spence also holds an MBA from Florida International University.

In addition, she is a Certified Business Coach with ActionCOACH, and has spent the last two years training, coaching and mentoring business owners and their teams.

De Jong lands top job at KFTL

Johannes “Hans” de Jong has been appointed to the position of chief executive officer of CMA CGM subsidiary Kingston Freeport Terminal Ltd since January 15, according to a release.

De Jong has more than 40 years' experience in both field and strategic management in the liner and port business, which spans growth, change management and increasing throughput in that industry. He has worked as CEO, chief operations officer, communications director and consultant for a number of world-leading trans-shipment, logistics and terminals companies, while being posted in several countries including Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Djibouti, Poland and Belgium.

— Josimar Scott

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