Barbados Chamber of Commerce & Industry Enlists New Marketing Communications Executive

Ian Bourne

Ian Bourne

The Barbados Chamber of Commerce & Industry in meeting the current economic challenges of Barbados through effective and efficient communications with its stakeholders has announced the appointment of Mr. Ian Bourne as its new Marketing Communications Executive.

Chief Executive Officer of the BCCI, Magnus Whitehead, says that Bourne will strengthen his organisation’s ability to communicate with its members, government and local and international business partners.  We are pleased to welcome Ian as a member of our team. Following the development of a three-year Strategic Plan in 2008, Ian’s appointment brings us closer to fulfilling our restructuring process and achieving our objectives, says Whitehead.

Bourne, familiarly know as a former Anchor for CBC-TV 8’s Evening News, has several years experience in marketing communications, the most recent as Public Relations Officer with a government statutory organisation.

Bourne says that while grateful for his time with his previous employer, which he views as another family, he nevertheless looks forward to reviving certain initiatives of the BCCI and developing new ones. He says he appreciates and is looking forward to the challenge of carrying forward the directives of the BCCI during a very challenging financial period.


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16 responses to “Barbados Chamber of Commerce & Industry Enlists New Marketing Communications Executive

  1. hm

    so that is who beat me out for the job… sigh.

  2. Gear Box

    Congratulations. I most certainly may not like your brain, but I do know you can represent your charge as well as the best of them.

  3. Rumplestilskin


    Congratulations, enjoy your new role.

  4. Adrian Loveridge

    Many Congratulations Ian and I wish you well in the new position.

    I am sure you already have a list of priorities but when you have a moment look at and update the BCCI’s website, ensure they have a LIST of members on the website and maybe lobby (if it isn’t available now) for a tax enhancement for membership fees (ie: 150% tax right-off).

    I think many more organisations (like us at P & Q and re-DISCOVER) would be tempted to join but there are already associations’ that may better represent specific sectors.

  5. reality check

    “Bourne will strengthen his organisation’s ability to communicate with its members, government and local and international business partners”

    Lets hope and pray that Ian can convince those in power that there can be no real long term promotion and development of business without full ITAL and FOI.

    Good Luck!!!


    Let me add my well-wishes to you in your new job. I’m sure you’re conscientious and a do-it type person.

    We’ll be watching your blog for a change in tone.

  7. No surprise… Website’s content is one of my duties, LOL! Thanks, Adrian.

  8. Hi BB,

    My News-Blog will always demand better service from local businesses, maybe even more so now?

  9. Nice surprise – thanks.

  10. anon

    The Barbados Chamber of Commerce & Industry whose members have been robbing consumers in Barbados blind, should have hired an Executive Of Fair Pricing.

    All a New Marketing Communications Executive will do is to attempt to get us to accept continued price gouging.

    From the positive side I do not see anything important about this new post.

  11. PiedPiper

    Congratulations Ian. I know you’re a go-getter and you are a very able “think outside of the box” kind of guy.

  12. Green Monkey

    Congratulations Mr. Bourne on your new post You might want to check with the BCCI members as to how they plan to handle the challenges of peak oil.

    Rubin blames recession on oil

    For 20 years, Rubin was chief economist at CIBC World Markets. His newly published book Why Your World Is About To Get a Whole Lot Smaller (Random House, $29.95) rests on a simple argument. Our entire globalized economy depends on cheap oil, but we have already burned most of the easily obtained free-flowing oil. That’s why we’re now spending vast amounts to wring the difficult oil from the deep sea and the tar sands, because that’s all that’s left.

    So the world’s steadily rising demand for oil ultimately can’t be satisfied. According to conventional economics, when a thing is scarce, its price goes up. Higher prices stimulate more production, which drives the price down again. But not this time. With the easy oil already used, we’ll be hard-pressed even to maintain today’s production for very long. More and more dollars will chase less and less oil, and the price will soar.

    When the oil price jumps, the economy slumps. One of Rubin’s startling assertions is that four of the last five world recessions were caused by upward spikes in oil prices — two after the OPEC oil shocks of the 1970s, one after Iraq invaded Kuwait and torched its oil wells, and another one right now. This recession, Rubin contends, is a result not of malodorous mortgages in middle America, but of $147 oil.

    There’s a pattern, says Rubin. The oil price rises, and the economy stalls. The demand for oil then drops sharply, and the oil price falls. Consumers and producers alike heave a sigh of relief and get back to work until the next spike. But notice this: the prices always ratchet upward. In 2000, when Rubin predicted $50 oil, a $30 price was considered high. Just eight years later, we regard $50 oil as cheap.

    Without cheap oil, the globalized economy withers. As fuel costs become prohibitive, companies stop importing raw materials and shipping products halfway around the world. High transport costs, says Rubin, work exactly the same as a tariff, penalizing imports. Firms realize that they can compete more effectively if their factory is close to the consumer.

  13. Green Monkey :

    Maybe , just maybe, the word is finally getting through.

    The last four recessions may have been caused by oil price spikes, the difference this time around is that in the previous four oil has dropped to around $10 per barrel to allow a smooth recovery.

    The scarcity of cheap easily gettable oil has ended, and with it all hope of a swift return to growth.

    $60 per barrel today, and rising swiftly.

    Rubin , of course, is in cahoots with the manipulators of the futures market, being a previous chairman of both Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, so take his hype with a pinch of salt.
    He may just need to squeeze the last drop of private investment funds into the markets before crashing them again.

    While we’re whistling in the wind, Carbon Taxes are the soup de jour.
    Feel very good you consumers, paying even more taxes to”save the planet”.
    You may soon need that same money to save yourselves.

    Lord help us, wake up people.

  14. Sundowner

    Many Congratulations, good man for the job!

  15. Congratulations, Ian!

    Hope all goes well!

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