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First Citizens

Banking, Investment and Financial Services

The First Citizens Group is one of the leading financial services group in Trinidad and Tobago and the Eastern Caribbean. The Group offers a full range of retail, corporate and merchant banking services as well as trustee, investments and brokerage services. The Group is headquartered in Trinidad and Tobago and First Citizens Bank, which is the largest part of the Group, has an extensive retail branch network in Trinidad and Tobago with a large deployment of ATM and point of sale devices in both islands.

The Group’s growth and expansion has been consistent with highlights such as its acquisition of Caribbean Money Market Brokers Limited (now re-branded as First Citizens Investment Services Limited) in 2009, the largest full service securities trading Company in the Caribbean with offices in Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, St, Vincent and St. Lucia. Following this was the acquisition of Butterfield Bank in Barbados in August 2012 (now called First Citizens Bank [Barbados] Limited) and the opening of a financial services office in Costa Rica. These acquisitions round out the services that the Group offers its customers, both local and regional, making it possible for us to address every financing or investment need of our customer base. They also provide a physical footprint for the Group in the Caribbean region.

First Citizens has won a number of awards over the years, including Bank of the Year 2017 from The Banker and Safest Bank in ‘T&T’ from Global Finance. Over the years, the Group has also been involved in financing a number of landmark projects across the region and has an asset base of just over TT$42 billion and recorded profit before tax of slightly over TT$1 billion for the last fiscal year ended September 30, 2018.

First Citizens’ strength was further solidified by the reaffirmation of its BBB/A-2 credit rating in October 2018 by one of the world’s leading credit rating agencies Standards and Poor’s.

In 2018, First Citizens celebrated its 25th anniversary, a unique legacy that each stakeholder is proud of. Embracing the challenge to celebrate milestone anniversaries, the Group takes this opportunity to renew its commitment to build rewarding and sustainable relationships through a highly engaged team, versatile and secure technology, and innovative financial services. We look forward to the next 25!

Executive Management Team

Karen Darbasie Group Chief Executive Officer

Karen Darbasie

Group Chief Executive Officer

Jason Julien Deputy Chief Executive Officer - Business Generation

Jason Julien

Deputy Chief Executive Officer - Business Generation

Professor Sterling Frost Deputy Chief Executive Officer - Operations and Administration

Professor Sterling Frost

Deputy Chief Executive Officer - Operations and Administration

Senior Management Team

Shiva Manraj Group Chief Financial Officer

Shiva Manraj

Group Chief Financial Officer

Nicole De Freitas General Manager - Operations

Nicole De Freitas

General Manager - Operations

Brian Woo General Manager - Corporate and Investment Banking

Brian Woo

General Manager - Corporate and Investment Banking

Neela Moonilal-Kissoon General Manager - Group Human Resources

Neela Moonilal-Kissoon

General Manager - Group Human Resources

Anthony St. Clair Chief Internal Auditor

Anthony St. Clair

Chief Internal Auditor

Sana Ragbir General Manager - First Citizens Investment Services

Sana Ragbir

General Manager - First Citizens Investment Services

Christopher Sandy General Manager - Trustee Services

Christopher Sandy

General Manager - Trustee Services

Richard Look Kin Group Chief Risk Officer

Richard Look Kin

Group Chief Risk Officer

Lindi Ballah-Tull Head - Legal, Compliance and Goverance (Group Corporate Secretary)

Lindi Ballah-Tull

Head - Legal, Compliance and Goverance (Group Corporate Secretary)

Robin Lewis General Manager - Retail and Commercial Banking

Robin Lewis

General Manager - Retail and Commercial Banking

Kurt Valley General Manager - First Citizens Depository Services

Kurt Valley

General Manager - First Citizens Depository Services

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