Janice P. Holness, Executive Director, Financial Services Commission, Jamaica.
Appointed as Executive Director in March 2013, Ms. Holness oversees the operations of the FSC, a 127 employee financial services regulator with responsibility for regulating, monitoring and supervising the insurance, pensions and securities industries.
With over 17 years’ experience in financial services regulation, her experience spans multiple jurisdictions. She was previously employed to the FSC between 2003-2011 as the Director, Investigation and Enforcement, where she was instrumental in the FSC’s enforcement thrust in combatting unlawful financial operations and led the FSC’s successful efforts on meaningful cross-border cooperation and collaboration on investigation and enforcement actions involving financial crimes. These efforts resulted in successful civil and criminal prosecutions in several jurisdictions.
Prior to joining the FSC in 2003, she lived and practiced as an attorney in New York with McCarter and English, LLP. Her primary concentration was representing major insurance companies in matters involving policy interpretation, benefits entitlement and sales and marketing practices. She also served as a law intern with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (Enforcement Division) working on a variety of securities matters resulting in prosecution and forfeiture actions.
Ms. Holness holds a Juris Doctor degree and is a member of the boards of the Bank of Jamaica and the FSC.