Meet the Senior Management Team
To create a world-class knowledge-based special economic zone and build a state-of-the-art campus of 850,000 square feet and bring a vibrant new book of industries to Cayman, in the technology, media, commodities, maritime services and biotech sectors. Our world-class offshore special economic zone, is bringing new opportunities to Caymanians, and we are ensuring we meet our commitments to government and the local community.
Our award-winning zone is the first of its kind in the western hemisphere and provides a vibrant ecosystem for businesses and entrepreneurs, with world-class office and business centre facilities and an enviable IT and business infrastructure. We currently have 4 office buildings open in the zone located around George Town, the capital of Grand Cayman. 180 mid-sized zone enterprises and brands operate from the zone and are taking advantage of Cayman’s tax-neutral platform to rapidly grow their companies internationally.
Our design and development team is also working on our new, state-of-the-art main campus, on 70 acres of land just five minutes from George Town and Cayman’s international airport. Take a peek at our new campus here.
Charlie Kirkconnell, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Kirkconnell is responsible for leading the development and the execution of the company’s long-term strategy with a view to creating shareholder value. Managing day-to-day operations he acts as a direct liaison between the Board and management of the Company, and communicates to the Board on behalf of management. He also communicates on behalf of the company to shareholders, employees, Government authorities, other stakeholders and the public.
Mr. Kirkconnell holds an LLB (Hons) degree from the University of Liverpool and completed, with distinction, the Qualifying Examination of the Professional Practice Course at the Cayman Islands Law School in 2006. He also holds a B.A. in International Relations with a Business Concentration from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, USA (1993).
Mr. Kirkconnell is a Caymanian attorney and well-respected businessman. Prior to joining the CEC, he was a member of Walkers’ International law firm in their Corporate and International Finance Department in the Cayman Islands where he specialised in investment funds and advised on a range of general corporate matters. Prior to that, he held various positions over a 12 year period with a group of Cayman Islands companies specialising in retail and wholesale distribution, including serving for four years as the managing director of the group.
Cindy O’Hara - MRAIC LEED AP, Chief Development Officer
Caymanian Architect and entrepreneur, Ms. O’Hara’s is the Chief Development Officer for Cayman Enterprise City. She oversees all aspects of the design and development of this (850,000 sq. ft. project, as well as overseeing all design and fit-out relating to the needs of clients in the gateway buildings, which are being utilized whilst the main campus is being built.
Ms. O’Hara is owner and Managing Director of Design (Cayman) Limited, the leading sustainable architectural practice in the Cayman Islands. Established in 2008, the firm has accomplished over 500,000 sq. ft. of Commercial, Civic and Residential projects including the recently completed Government Administration Building in George Town. Cindy has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry gained both in the Cayman Islands and internationally. She has an exceptional foundation in sustainable architecture and project management. She has gained an outstanding reputation within the region for her hands-on-expertise in designing hurricane resistant facilities and is well respected by industry leaders for her in depth knowledge. Always entrepreneurial, Cindy along with business partner Russell Linford developed separate business streams into successful companies, including Build (Cayman) Limited adding Construction Management, Cost consulting and Facilities management to the Caymanian construction industry.
Hilary McKenzie-Cahill - Vice President of Marketing
Ms. McKenzie-Cahill is Vice President of Marketing and has been involved with the project since its inception in March 2011. She is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of the project’s international marketing, communications, lead generation and business development plans. Hilary also overseas local marketing initiatives including Enterprise Cayman, which is a partnership between the CI government and CEC to connect Caymanians with opportunities in the zone.
Ms. McKenzie-Cahill brings 25+ years of marketing and business development experience to the project and has called Cayman home for the past 20 years, where she has held several senior level marketing/business development roles with regional responsibility. Prior to that she was a founding partner of a highly successful European development group that marketed master-planned developments throughout Spain and Germany then studied E-Commerce with UCLA and went on to become one of Cayman’s first Internet entrepreneurs as co-founder of popular portals www.ecayonline.com and www.ecaytrade.com.
Maria Phillip, MBA - Vice President of Client Services
Ms. Phillip is the Vice President of Client Services for Cayman Enterprise City and responsible for the client licensing and overall customer care process for the Cayman Enterprise City Clients. Maria has over eleven years’ experience in the business and financial sectors specializing in the areas of business strategy, operational assessment and management, market analysis and organisation review and design.
Maria was formerly a Manager within Deloitte’s Strategy and Operations Consulting Department and experience and involved in private wealth management, investor relations, and product strategy conducting business process reviews and design, database management with an emphasis on process and relationship mapping and assessment, and overall efficiency improvements of business Information systems.
Maria also has prior consulting experience in the European market conducting market assessments and feasibility studies for a multi-national corporation that entailed assessing potential market entry strategies within the Asian retail market and identifying, developing and evaluating growth strategies. Maria holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from Claflin University, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Ohio University.
Daniel Ebanks, Technology Officer
Daniel Ebanks is CEC’s Technology Officer, who is here to assist you with all your IT and telecommunications needs, so that setting up your operation in Cayman will be seamless.
Daniel’s extensive career in technology spans over 25 years and like many of his generation he began with Cable and Wireless receiving his training at the C&W Telecommunications College in Cornwall, UK.
Daniel has helped a wide range of clients, including global brands, mid-sized enterprises and tech start-ups with their IT structures, literally from the ground up. He will work with you to source and implement technology that embraces the very latest in technology solutions.