HSBC supports long-term employee’s development

| 15/10/2008

(CNS): One of the longest-serving employees of HSBC Bank (Cayman) Limited (HSBC Cayman) has successfully completed studies which will enable her to continue to progress in the bank. Vernie Watler-Harris (left) graduated in July 2008 with an Associate of Arts (honours) degree in Accounting from the University Collegeof the Cayman Islands, following three years of part-time study, for which she received a scholarship from HSBC.

“HSBC Cayman is committed to the training and development of all of its employees and has been proud to support Mrs Watler-Harris in her studies. She has been a hardworking and loyal employee and we are certain that her valuable contribution to so many areas of the bank will only be enhanced through her new qualification,” stated Head of Human Resources, Walling Whittaker, in a release from the bank.

Watler-Harris, currently employed as a Client Account Associate, joined HSBC Bank (Cayman) Limited in 1986 when it was known as Samuel Montagu & Company. She worked as a secretary in the insurance department. In 1988, the company’s name was changed to Midland Bank Trust Corporation and Mrs. Watler-Harris was promoted to an executive secretary. She also served as an Assistant Administrator in the Funds Department and was later promoted to Assistant Account Manager.

Her progression through the company and her various promotions over the years were underscored by continuous educational pursuits. In 2005 she graduated from UCCI with a merit certificate in the Financial Services Foundation Certificate Course. Prior to that she completed a Mutual Funds Course at the then Community College of the Cayman Islands.

Watler-Harris stated, “Although sometimes there were challenges to working full time and studying, I was able to succeed in my course through the kind support of everyone at HSBC Cayman. This degree has prepared me for greater responsibilities at work and I look forward to even more training and new opportunities as I continue to grow with HSBC Cayman.”

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