Ladesa James-Williams Appointed Country Head of CIBC In Antigua

Mrs. Ladesa James-Williams

Mrs. Ladesa James-Williams has taken up her appointment as CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Director, Retail Sales OECS and Country Head, Antigua.

She is the first Antiguan born female to attain this position.

She is a product of public school education, having attended Bolans Primary School, Antigua Girls High School and Antigua State College, followed by studies at UWI St Augustine where she obtained a double degree in Chemistry and Management.

She began her career in banking in 2001 with her employment at Barclays Bank PLC as a management trainee and worked in Retail and Personal Banking in Antigua, Corporate Banking in St Kitts, Human Resources in Barbados, and International Wealth Department in The Bahamas.

Ladesa also completed assignments as Corporate Manager in Antigua; Senior Corporate Manager in Barbados; Country Manager of St Kitts & Nevis and most recently as Director, South EC having responsibility for Grenada and St Vincent and Country Head St Lucia.


She serves as Trustee on CIBC FirstCaribbean’s ComTrust Foundation which manages the Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility activities focusing on Youth & Education; Health & Wellness and the Community and Environment. She is also a Director of the Eastern Caribbean Automated Clearing House Services Incorporated and also serves on the Salvation Army Advisory Board St Lucia.


She is the immediate Past President of the Bankers Association in St Lucia and was recently appointed Director on the Antigua and Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra Board.


Under her leadership FirstCaribbean International Bank St Lucia was awarded Bank of the Year 2019 for Customer Service by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank.


She was the recipient of the Antigua & Barbuda National Young Professional of The Year Award 2012 and is a recent graduate of FirstCaribbean Senior Leadership Development Programme through Harvard Business School.


Ladesa is a sports fanatic, a self-professed foodie and mother to 5 year old son Zane and 10 month old daughter Zary.


Her personal motto is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.


The bank’s Managing Director, Donna Wellington congratulated Mrs. James-Williams and noted that “Ladesa has a passion for developing people, nurturing client relationships and giving back through social corporate responsibility initiatives. Under her leadership the St Lucia business was recently awarded Bank of the Year for Customer Service by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank. We wish Ladesa continued success as she provides strategic leadership to driving growth and efficiencies in line with our overall strategic mandate.”

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  1. Congrats to you young lady. May you continue to seek the Most High for wisdom and understanding. In ALL your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.

  2. I am so proud, my cousin. I was in class with her sister, my other cousin, in primary School. They were always well-behaved and intelligent. There are some people you can say they have done bad things but they are still good and there are people who are always decent people and these sisters are decent people, I can not say I have seen any of the sisters do anything bad or shameful and I was in the same class for God knows how many years with her sister Tamarie, and her younger sister who was the class below us, because she was younger. Congratulations and continue being great, all of you.

  3. Congratulations to Ms. James-Williams on your great achievement. Very proud of you. You are very deserving of this promotion after your years of experience and hard work.🤗🙏

  4. Congratulation, all things are possible with the creator and your years of excellent service.
    Continue to shine.

  5. Notes From A Native Son Of the Rock!

    My Warmest Congratulations to Mrs. Ladesa James-Williams!

    “Comrades, there is no true social revolution without the liberation of women.” – Capitaine Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara, the Upright Man, Revolutionary, Pan-Africanist theorist, and assassinated President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987!

    May you Bring Continuous Improvement and Success to your Forward and Upward Trajectory at the Institution and assist with Antigua and Barbuda’s Banking Sector National Development!

    “The importance of dialectical materialism lies in going beyond the inherent limits of biology, rejecting simplistic theories about our being slaves to the nature of our species, and, instead, placing facts in their social and economic context.” – Capitaine Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara, the Upright Man!


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