Carlos Wharton will succeed Lisa Gale as the newly appointed Executive Director of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI).

The Chamber announced the appointment of the new Executive Director via a press release.

Gale will demit office at the end of March having spent seven years at the Chamber, however during this month as the outgoing Executive Director she will be working with Wharton to ensure a smooth transition.

Wharton, a seasoned international trade and development specialist, has over 15 years’ experience working in both the public and private sectors. He has his early groundings in trade policy and private sector development working in the International Business Division of the Ministry of Industry and International Business and the Barbados Private Sector Trade Team. He has also served in senior capacities at the Caribbean Export Development Agency and more recently at the CARIFORUM Directorate of the CARICOM Secretariat as Director with responsibility for Implementation of the CARIFORUM European Union (EU) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). Carlos holds both graduate and post graduate degrees in Political Science with Public Sector Management and International Relations respectively.

President Eddy Abed in welcoming Wharton indicated that given his wealth of experience, the Chamber looks forward to working with him, as the BCCI continues to play a critical role in advocacy, trade facilitation, policy formulation and the development of its members.

Wharton said that he looks forward to working with the BCCI’s Council and its membership as well as with the stakeholders of the social partnership with a view to improving the local business environment and maximising Barbados’ export potential.

Article compliments LOOP News Barbados.