Senior Deputy Governor of the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ), John Robinson is retiring in April after 36 years of service in various capacities at the Central Bank.
Robinson will step aside in April when his contract comes to an end having opted not to seek a renewal. Caribbean Business Report caught up with Robinson who confirmed his departure but would not say where he is going.
Robinson would only say he plans to take a break before moving on to his next job, which he admitted is preferably in Jamaica but would not limit his options. Robinson has been with the BOJ since 1984 and feels it is time to go and has therefore elected not to renew his contract when it ends.
When questioned about the imminent departure of Robinson, BOJ Governor, Richard Byles, praised Robinson for the work done during his tenure joking that this is the second time that Robinson is retiring. Byles told The Caribbean Business Report that the process of finding a replacement is on in earnest.
Already, the BOJ has advertised the vacancy and is now receiving applications. The BOJ Governor disclosed that the process of recruitment is a long and elaborate one, which could take as much as four months to complete.
As Senior Deputy Governor, Robinson was responsible for Research and Economic Programming; Financial Stability; Banking and Market Operations.
The career economist and banker served as Division Chief from 2006 – 2011 and was promoted to Deputy Governor, Research from May 2011 prior to his appointment as Senior Deputy Governor. He also served as chief technical and economic adviser to former Governor Brian Wynter, and in the absence of the Governor was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the bank.
Robinson studied at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, and Columbia University, New York.
He has served on the boards of the Statistical Institute of Jamaica and the National Investment Bank of Jamaica and with areas of expertise including econometric modelling and forecasting and monetary and financial economics.