A Jamaican professional is set to take a top role with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Jennifer Lester has been appointed as the organisation’s Director of Corporate Services after having previously served as the Deputy Director of its Corporate Services and Facilities Department.
Lester was appointed to the role after the retirement of incumbent Chris Hemus, who has worked for the IMF for over 20 years, holding a number of senior and leadership positions.
Speaking about Lester’s appointment IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said: “Jennifer is widely recognized for her leadership, her strategic problem-solving and managerial skills, and her ability to engender trust amongst all parties.
“She has been instrumental in transforming service delivery through modernization and process efficiencies, while strengthening engagement with stakeholders.”
The IMF consists of 189 countries working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade
Before joining the organisation in 1997, Ms. Lester was a legal officer at the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, and previously practiced corporate law, international trade law and litigation as an associate in private practice with the Washington, D.C. office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton.
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She is a former career foreign-service officer with the Jamaican Foreign Service and served at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kingston and as Minister Counsellor in the Jamaican Embassy in Washington from 1985-1991.
Lester received her Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., and holds a Master of Science degree in International Relations and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages from the University of the West Indies.