Executive Management

DODRIDGE D. MILLER, FCCA, MBA, LLM, LLD (Hon)
Group President and Chief Executive Officer

Dodridge Miller was appointed Group President and Chief Executive Officer in July 1, 2002, and has been a Director since 2002.  A citizen of Barbados, Mr Miller is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and obtained his MBA from the University of Wales and Manchester Business School.  He holds an LLM in Corporate and Commercial Law from the University of the West Indies and, in October 2008, he was conferred with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the University of the West Indies.  He has more than 30 years' experience in the banking, insurance and financial services industries.  Prior to his appointment as Group President and Chief Executive Office, he held the positions of Treasurer and Vice President - Finance and Investments, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Miller joined the Group in 1989. He is a Director of Sagicor Life Inc, Sagicor USA, Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited, Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited, Sagicor Investments Jamaica Limited and a number of other subsidiaries. 

RICHARD M. KELLMAN, BSC, FIA, ASA
Group Chief Operating Officer

Richard Kellman was elected as a Director in June 2009, and was appointed Group Chief Operating Officer on November 1, 2009. He is a citizen of Guyana and of the United Kingdom. He holds a BSc in Statistics from University College, London University, is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and an Associate of the Society of Actuaries. He has also attended training programmes at Harvard Business School and has completed other financial, investment and management training courses. Mr Kellman is a financial services professional with wide knowledge regionally in the areas of finance, pensions, insurance and investments. He has also held senior actuarial and management positions, and served on several Boards.


DONALD AUSTIN, BSC, mBA, FCCA
Chief Executive Officer, sagicor (Eastern Caribbean) Inc

Mr Donald Austin was appointed Chief Executive Officer, Sagicor Life (Eastern Caribbean) Inc on March 1, 2015. He has held several senior management roles with regional responsibility throughout his career including Executive Vice President – Government, Legal & Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Communications at Cable and Wireless (LIME) Caribbean; President- Cable and Wireless Barbados, CEO of Cable and Wireless St. Lucia, CEO of Cable and Wireless St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Electronic Engineering from the University of Bristol, a Master of Business Administration from Manchester Business School and he is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Mr Austin is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of LIME Grenada and LIME Dominica and a current Board Member of LIME Barbados, Sagicor Funds Inc and Sagicor Asset Management Inc. 


RONALD B BLITSTEIN, BA MBA
Group Chief Information Officer

Ronald Blitstein joined Sagicor Financial Corporation in September 2013.  He holds a BA in Political Science and MBA in Finance from Syracuse University.  He has attended various training programmes at Harvard Business School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Mr Blistein is an IT professional, with broad and deep knowledge in all areas of information technology and its application to driving improved business outcomes.  He has previously served as Director, Business Technology and Strategies Practice for the global advisory firm, Cutter Consortium, supporting Fortune 500 clients, as well as national governments and various United Nations agencies. Mr Blitstein has also held CIO or other key executive leadership positions at Revlon, Pitney Bowes, BOC Group, and Xerox Corporation.  He has served as a Six Sigma Champion for firms pursuing enterprise operational excellence.


RICHARD BYLES, BSC, MSC
President and Chief Executive Officer, Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited

Richard Byles was appointed President and CEO of Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited in March 2004. He is Chairman of Sagicor Bank Jamaica Limited, Sagicor Property Services Limited, Sagicor Reinsurance Limited (Cayman), Sagicor Insurance Managers (Cayman) and Desnoes and Geddes Limited. He also serves on the boards of several subsidiary and associated companies, and is a Director of Pan-Jamaican Investment Trust Limited.  Mr Byles is the Co-Chair of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), a private/public sector committee established to oversee the implementation of the IMF programme in Jamaica.  He has earned valuable experience within the financial sector spanning the areas of Life, Health and General Insurance, Asset and Investment Management, Banking, Pension Administration, Property Development and Reinsurance Management. Mr. Byles holds a BSc in Economics from the University of the West Indies and an MSc in National Development from the University of Bradford, England.

 

BART F CATMULL, BSc, CPA
President and Chief Operating Officer, Sagicor USA Inc

Bart Catmull was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer in April 2013.  A citizen of the United States of America, Mr Catmull is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University in 1992.  He has more than 20 years' experience in the insurance industry.  Prior to his appointment as President, he held the positions of Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Chief Accounting Officer.  Mr Catmull joined the Group in 2005, when the predecessor of Sagicor Life Insurance Company (the US operating company) was acquired by the Group.  He has been with the Company since 1999.

ANTHONY CHANDLER, CGA, MBA
Group Chief Financial Controller

Anthony Chandler was appointed Group Chief Financial Controller on July 1, 2013. Prior to this, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Sagicor Life Inc from 2011. He joined Sagicor in 1995 as Financial Accountant and was transferred to the Group subsidiary, Island Life Insurance Company Limited, in 2000. In 2003, he joined the management of Life of Jamaica as Head of its Internal Audit function, before returning to Barbados in the position of Vice President, Finance, of Sagicor Life Inc later in the same year. In 2006, he was promoted to Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr Chandler is a member of the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada, and holds an MBA from the University of Manchester.

DR. M. PATRICIA DOWNES-GRANT, CBE, MA, MBA, DBA, LLD (HON)
President and Chief Executive Officer, Sagicor Life Inc

Dr. Patricia Downes-Grant was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Sagicor Life Inc on January 1, 2006, having served as Group Chief Operating Officer, since July 1, 2002. She joined Sagicor in 1991 and held several senior positions, including those of Vice President, Investments and Treasurey and Executive Vice President (Finance and Investments) before being appointed Chief Executive Officer. She holds an MBA in Finance, an MA in Economics, a Doctorate in Business Administration (Finance) and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of the West Indies. Prior to joining Sagicor, Dr. Patricia-Downes-Grant was a Senior Manager in the Management, Consulting and Insolvency Division of Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). Dr. Downes-Grant has also had significant work experience in development banking. She is a former Chairman of the Barbados Stock Exchange and Barbados Central Securities Depository, and a Director of several companies within the Sagicor Group and within the private sector of Barbados. 

J. ANDREW GALLAGHER, FSA, FCIA
Chief Risk Officer

Andrew Gallagher was appointed to the position of Chief Risk Officer for the Group in 2007. He joined Sagicor in August 1997, and previously held the position of Resident Actuary. He holds a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo, is both a Fellow of Canadian Institute of Actuaries and a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and is a Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst. Prior to joining Sagicor, Mr. Gallagher worked with Eckler Partners in Toronto in their financial institutions practice. He has over 25 years' experience in the industry.


ALTHEA HAZZARD, lLM (Cantab), fCIS, MICA
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer

Althea Hazzard was appointed Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Sagicor Financial Corporation on January 1. 2014, having previously served in the positions of Vice President, Legal and Compliance of Sagicor Life Inc and Corporate Secretary of Life of Barbados Limited.  An attorney-at-law, Chartered Secretary and Compliance Professional, Mrs. Hazzard joined the Group in 1997 after an eight-year attachment to a leading corporate law firm in Barbados, specialising in international business.  Mrs Hazzard holds a Bachelor of Laws Honors Degree from the University of the West Indies and a Certificate in Legal Education from the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad, and was called to the Bar in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago in 1989.  She obtained her Master of Laws degree from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and also holds International Diplomas in Compliance and Anti-money Laundering from the International Compliance Association in the United Kingdom and the Executive Diploma in Management from the UWI Centre for Management Development (now the Cave Hill School of Business). Mrs. Hazzard is a professional member of the International Compliance Association and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in Canada.


RAVI RAMBARRAN, BSC, MSC, FIA
President and Chief Executive Officer, Sagicor International

Ravi Rambarran has 25 years' experience, both regionally and internationally, in the pension, insurance and asset management industries.  He was awarded an Open Mathematics Scholarship by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, has a BSc (hons) in Actuarial Science from City University, London, and an MSc in Finance from the University of London, and is also a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.  He is a member of the Executive of the Caribbean Actuarial Association and represents the Caribbean on the International Actuarial Association Committee.


ROBERT J L TRESTRAIL, BA
Executive Vice President And General Manager, Trinidad and Tobago Operation

Robert Trestrail was appointed Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Trinidad and Tobago Operations of Sagicor Life Inc with effect from January 1, 2007. He joined Sagicor Life Inc on May 1, 2001, as an Assistant Vice President – Administration, and became a member of the Senior Management Team of the Trinidad and Tobago Branch operations. He has since been responsible for general branch administration and administration of the Investment Portfolio. He was promoted to the post of Vice President – Administration in 2004, and became Executive Vice President and General Manager Designate on May 1, 2006. He brings several years of Commercial Banking experience to this position, and holds a Bachelor of Arts with an Economics major from the University of Toronto.

 

KESTON D. HOWELL, BSc (Hon), MBA
Executive Vice President And General Manager, Dutch Caribbean and Central America​

 After seventeen years in the banking industry (the last seven of which were at the senior executive level) Keston Howell joined Sagicor in July 2006 as Executive Vice-President, Merchant Banking, with responsibility for the establishment of Sagicor Merchant Limited as well as the overall banking strategy for the Group. In 2008 he assumed the position of Executive Vice President and General Manager of Sagicor Asset Management where he was responsible for overseeing management of the investment portfolios of Sagicor Life Inc and Sagicor Capital Life as well as promoting and managing Sagicor’s Eastern and Southern Caribbean Asset Management Initiative. On April 1st 2013, Mr Howell assumed executive responsibility for Sagicor Capital Life Insurance Company Limited and Sagicor Life Aruba N.V. He retains executive oversight of the Mortgage Recovery Unit and for the Mortgage department. Mr Howell holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies and a MBA from the University of London.