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SteppingStones  

SteppingStones Recruitment has promoted Lindsey Gordon and Pam Abbott to newly created positions which will help the company better service and manage its clients, SteppingStones has said. 

The growth of its business has caused SteppingStones to reorganise the company’s structure with two new divisions being created – Immigration and Recruitment.  

SteppingStones said the reorganisation was designed to strengthen the company’s position as one of Cayman’s leading recruitment consulting firms. 

“Our new structure will allow SteppingStones to be more responsive to clients and ensure the areas of expertise of our staff are aligned with needs of our clients,” said Milly Serpell, managing director. “This is just one of a series of actions and plans designed to ensure that our company remains well-positioned and appropriately structured for sustainable, long-term growth in Cayman’s recruitment industry.”  

Ms Gordon has been promoted to recruitment manager and will lead the temporary and permanent recruitment divisions. She has been with SteppingStones for more than five years, originally joining as staffing coordinator after being involved in recruitment in Edinburgh.  

Ms Abbott has been promoted to outsourced services and administration manager and will lead the Immigration team. She has a breadth of knowledge of Cayman’s immigration system and has been a staffing coordinator at SteppingStones since 2008.  

“One of SteppingStones’ key strengths is the commitment of its staff,” Ms Serpell said. “Most of our staff have been with us for more than four years, and, as such, have a thorough working knowledge and understanding of Cayman’s business community. 

“It is with such pleasure that we are able to promote dedicated and hardworking staff, such as Lindsey and Pam, in order to help further develop and grow our staff.” 

 

 

Digicel 

Digicel has achieved Cisco Gold Certification in the Caribbean, Panama and El Salvador. To earn Gold Certification, Digicel had to meet rigorous standards set by Cisco in networking competency, service, support and customer satisfaction.  

Using a third-party audit process, the programme validates a partner’s technology skills, business practices, customer satisfaction, pre-sales and post-sales support capabilities and other critical factors to customers.  

Digicel Group Director of Business Solutions Tom Carson said: “I am delighted with this achievement. Digicel Business is the region’s leading full services business solutions partner and we continue to develop our capabilities in all markets through recruitment and training. Now, having a key solutions presence in 26 markets with this type of capability sets us apart and will allow us to deliver increased value, innovation and partnership to our customers across the region.” 

“We are committed to providing the tools, training and programmes that facilitate partner growth, differentiation and profitability,” said Edison Peres, senior vice president of worldwide channels at Cisco. “With specialisations in unified communications, routing and switching, security, and wireless LAN, Digicel has made an investment in developing the capability to deliver the integrated and customised technology solutions that today’s customers demand.”  

 

 

Harneys  

Harneys has added partners Colin Berryman and Andrew Morehouse to its Cayman Islands team. Both join from Ogier in the Cayman Islands. 

Managing partner of the Cayman office Marco Martins said: “Andrew and Colin are highly experienced Cayman corporate and funds lawyers who come to Harneys with a proven track record for excellence. They will fit in extremely well with the high-calibre Cayman Islands team we have built over the past few years. I am delighted to welcome them both and see this as another exciting and significant step in the evolution of Harneys’ Cayman offering.” 

Mr. Morehouse has been based in Cayman since 2006 and progressed to partnership with Ogier’s Cayman office. Earlier, he practised with their Jersey office. He has also managed in-house legal teams with Royal Bank of Scotland and Martin Currie Investment Management Limited. His practice encompasses all aspects of Cayman investment funds, including formation, ongoing maintenance, restructuring, investor relations and termination. He also acts in relation to general corporate work particularly in relation to the sale and purchase of securities in secondary transactions, governance issues and reorganisations. 

Mr. Berryman has been with Ogier in Cayman since 2007 practising in the investment funds and corporate areas. His practice includes providing advice to clients over the complete life cycle of an investment fund from launch to wind-down. He also has extensive experience in advising clients in a wide variety of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, listings, joint ventures and both public and private offerings of debt and equity securities.  

Prior to joining Ogier, Mr Berryman practised in Canada at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt in the Toronto and Calgary offices. Harneys has recruited six partners for its Cayman practice since 2012. 

Mr. Berryman and Mr. Morehouse are expected to commence work at Harneys this summer. 

 

 

Citco  

Tile It Up Limited, a Junior Achievement Company sponsored by Citco, excelled among 14 companies to receive the Company of the Year, Product of the Year, Human Resources Officer of the Year and Sales Person of the Year awards during the JA awards banquet held on 18 May at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort. The awards marked the end of the sixth year that Citco has sponsored the JA Company programme. 

The 18-week programme started last October and ended in mid-March with 13 students from three schools coming together to learn about operating a business in the real world. The students incorporated a company, selected officers and chose tile coasters and trivets as their products in line with the JA rules. Throughout their project, they were mentored by eight dedicated volunteers, Fauzia Ahmed, Giselle Viggers, Julie Belton, Mark Knapen, Miklos Ujhelyi, Morris Muriithi, Stephen Webb and Vumi Dube, who are all Citco employees.  

Among other achievements, Tile It Up reported stellar sales and profits and paid a 100 per cent dividend to its shareholders. 

“Having been so successful in sales, our company decided to give back to the community and donate 10 per cent of our profits to Kiwanis Club’s Give a Kid a Breakfast programme”, said Lucas McField, Tile It Up president, in the company annual report.  

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest nonprofit educational organisation offering in-school and after-school practical business programmes.  

The programme helps young people appreciate and better understand the role of business in society. With the support and guidance of volunteers from the local business community, JA provides basic economic education for high school students.  

By organising and operating an actual business enterprise, students learn how businesses function and also the structure of the free enterprise system and the benefits it provides. JA has a proven long-term impact on youth, giving them a stake in the free enterprise system to create a better workforce for tomorrow. 

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Lindsey Gordon and Pam Abbott. – Photo: Submitted
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