Geoff Cook, the head of Jersey Finance, has announced that he is stepping down after almost 12 years at the helm of the representative body for the Jersey finance industry.
Appointed in 2007, Cook was at the helm of the organisation during critical times like the financial crisis of 2007/8 and played a key role over the last decade in pushing Jersey forward as an international finance centre of excellence.
He will remain in his position as chief executive throughout his notice period. The body’s board is already searching for a successor.
Cook commented: “I am so proud to have been at the heart of this great organisation for the past 12 years, working with a fantastic team, key partners and members to grow our finance industry, an industry that is now recognised globally as a leading international finance centre. It is an opportune moment for a new leader with a fresh perspective to help shape the future direction of our industry.”
“After a long and privileged career as an ambassador for Jersey, I plan to transition to a non-executive career in financial services as a board director and adviser. I would like to thank my team, peers, partners and the Jersey Finance Members and Board for their continued support over the years and I am confident that this organisation and our industry will continue to go from strength to strength.”
Jersey Finance chairman, Gunther Thumann said: “On behalf of the Jersey Finance Board, I would like to sincerely thank Geoff for his fantastic contribution to Jersey Finance and the success of our industry over his 12 years of service. He has played a pivotal role in shaping our future through his expertise, commitment and passion. He has been a brilliant ambassador for Jersey and is highly regarded by all those who have met with him locally and internationally. We wish him well in his new career and congratulate him on his many achievements over the years.”
Minister for External Relations, senator Ian Gorst added: “Having worked with Geoff for a number of years, I would like to thank him for his outstanding service to the financial services industry and to the Island. It has been a pleasure to work alongside Geoff and share his enthusiasm and dedication to the success of our international finance centre. I wish him all the very best for the future and every success with his new business venture.”
This article was first published in our sister title InternationalInvestment