Jamaica Gleaner / Last Thursday, Scotiabank said farewell to their first female President and CEO Jackie Sharp. The swanky Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel was the location for a fabulous send-off to a woman who has served the institution for more than 20 years.
Sharp was described by many as a warm-hearted, vibrant and tough woman, who worked hard against the odds to thrive within a male-dominated environment to come out on top.
Newly appointed President and CEO David Noel acknowledged Sharp as the smartest person he knows, and an excellent individual to learn from. “These are incredibly big shoes to fill from such a small woman,” Noel jest in his remarks.
Scotiabank Chairman Jeffery Hall made a very heartfelt speech reminiscing on his first encounter with Sharp. “Jackie is a woman that fights hard for what matters and does not make time for politics. She is someone who gets results,” said Hall. He explained an encounter he had with a customer who asked, “How a woman small suh can run a bank big suh?” This had the audience in stitches as they applauded in agreement.
In the same vein, Craig Mair, vice-president of corporate and commercial banking, concurred saying, “the only thing I have to add is, yuh likkle but yuh tallawah and we really appreciate you Jackie.”
In her response, Sharp said, “What made me stay at Scotia after all these years? It is a great place to work and learn as an individual. I want to thank everybody for all their efforts over the years which really allowed me to have the success that we have.”
It was an evening filled with joy and sadness, as friends and well-wishers said goodbye and good luck to an extraordinary woman whose mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style.