Ambassador from Barbados: Who is John Beale?

Sunday, September 25, 2011
Banking executive John E. Beale was appointed ambassador of Barbados to the United States on January 29, 2009. Eleven days later he also presented his credentials as Barbados’ representative to the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States.
Beale attended college at Marietta College in Ohio, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1971. He holds an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona, which he earned in 1978.
He has 26 years of experience in the international banking and project financing sectors.
His career has included 11 years in the Chase Manhattan Bank network, including serving as deputy director; 3½ years as general manager of the full branch unit at Banco Internacional;  8 years as an investment officer with the Business Advisory Service of the International Finance Corp. (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank (1987-1995); divisional executive chairman of Barbados Shipping and Trading Co. (BS&T) and director of BS&T and Neal & Massy (1995-2004); and president and CEO of RBTT Barbados Ltd. (2004-2009), a pan-Caribbean banking group with assets of $7 billion.
Beale also has served as honorary consul in Rio de Janeiro and Uruguay, as well as head of the Barbados Private Sector Trade Team from 2003 to 2007.
He speaks English, Portuguese and some Spanish. Beale and his wife, Leila Mol Beale, have three children.
-Noel Brinkerhoff
Biography (Harvard Club)


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