As the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Deputy CEO), Shanna Lespere is responsible for providing executive leadership and direction concerning the BMA’s operational, human capital and regulatory strategies and policies. Additionally, she is responsible for assisting the Chief Executive Officer with developing strategic recommendations to the Board of Directors (Board) and implementing such agreed Board strategies and the associated executive responsibility for the BMA’s business under the authority delegated by the Board.
Mrs. Lespere joined the Authority in 2004, serving as Assistant Director of the Investment Group within the Banking, Trust and Investment Department. In this role, among other managerial duties, she was responsible for planning, directing and monitoring the Investment Group’s activities. In 2008, after serving as Assistant Director of the Insurance Department, Mrs. Lespere was promoted to Director of the Insurance Department, where she was responsible for the day-to-day supervision of licensed insurance companies and the management of the Authority’s on-site programmes for the insurance sector. During this time, Mrs. Lespere also held the position of Director of Licensing and Authorisations and was the Director of Supervision, Insurance – Complex Institutions before taking on the role of Director, International Affairs. In 2013, Mrs. Lespere held the Director of Operations position at the Authority and, in 2015, was promoted to Chief Operating Officer. In 2022, Mrs. Lespere became the BMA’s Deputy CEO.
Prior to joining the Authority, Mrs. Lespere was Vice President at Aon Insurance Managers (Bermuda) Ltd. having joined the company in 1996. As Vice President she held joint responsibility for managing the daily activities of the Financial Services Department within the Captive Management Group, which included maintaining existing client relations, developing new business opportunities and recruiting new staff. Additionally, she worked as a Senior Accountant in the audit and accounting departments of PriceWaterhouseCoopers (Bermuda).
Mrs. Lespere is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) of Canada. In 2019, Mrs. Lespere was awarded the Fellowship Designation (FCPA) by CPA Bermuda for her outstanding contributions to the accounting profession and the community. In 2022, she earned the Chartered Director designation from the Institute of Directors and became a Certified Coach through the International Coaching & Leadership Institute.