BCI Names its next Chief Executive Officer 

Bank of the Cook Islands announces with excitement the appointment of Jennifer Henry as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective from the 10th July 2023.

Recently taking the helm as Chairperson of BCI, Tatiana Burn makes this announcement following a wide international recruitment search, culminating in an objective point-scoring screening of all applicants, before a shortlist of applicants were interviewed by a panel that included independent proficient recruitment panellists. “We ran a thorough process, determined that due diligence be taken in our search for the right leadership for BCI. We believe that in Jennifer, we have an outstanding combination of personal values, experience and credentials for the next phase of BCIs development in service to our people, customers and communities.”

Jennifer Henry (nee Matheson) is a seasoned banking professional with over fifteen years of experience in a variety of leadership, advisory and project management roles, including but not limited to board, operations, lending, international & offshore banking and climate finance. Through these experiences, Jennifer has developed a deep understanding of all aspects of banking, including governance, financial management, risk management, regulatory compliance, staff development and customer service.
"I am thrilled to join BCI and lead this exceptional team," said Jennifer. "I look forward to working closely with our talented team, our inspirational Board of Directors, our unwavering partners, and especially our customers, to drive growth and innovation, and to build on the company's already strong foundations."

Vaine Nooana-Arioka, who served firstly as Managing Director from 2008, then as CEO since 2020, will step down as CEO immediately on Jennifer’s start. Vaine’s 2022 announcement of intended departure in 2023, catalysed the robust and extensive search for her replacement. Vaine has been instrumental in guiding BCI through a period of significant transformation, and we thank her for her contributions to the company's success.

The Bank of the Cook Islands is a state owned enterprise, and the Cook Islands only nationally owned bank with close to 100 staff serving in nine locations throughout the Cook Islands. As "the people's bank", BCI is dedicated to serving the Cook Islands and delivering the best in banking products and services. Our history and experience demonstrates our commitment to doing business in good times and not so good times. We respect each relationship we build and every customer is important to us – no matter what their bank balance may be. We recognise that the people of the Cook Islands are deserving of a sound and vibrant banking service, so at BCI we have made it our challenge to look after our existing customers, earn new ones and build lifelong relationships with each.