Shanna Lespere Earns IoD Designation

April 25, 2022

The Institute of Directors Bermuda [IoD] welcomed the island’s seventh Chartered Director, with Shanna Lespere earning the prestigious designation.

A spokesperson said, “Chartered Directorship is the third and highest designation offered through the IoD’s professional development programme. For Mrs Lespere, it is the culmination of a two-year process, including pandemic-related delays, that saw her achieve both her certificate and diploma in Company Direction before submitting for the Chartered Directorship.

“As a member of boards in both Bermuda and overseas, she says it was important for her to continue developing her skills and knowledge base.”

Shanna Lespere Bermuda April 2022

Mrs. Lespere said, “I believe that continuing education is important and necessary at whatever stage of your career you find yourself.

“For me, volunteering is a way to give back to my community and the world. I am grateful for all of my blessings, so I feel that I should ‘pay it forward’ in return. I can also apply the knowledge gained during the CDir process to my current professional role.”

The spokesperson said, “Describing the process, Mrs Lespere says the training is modular and led by experienced directors and focused on key professional competencies. She also highlighted the advantages of having a locally based branch of the IoD, both for networking and educational opportunities tailored to the Bermuda market.

“The local branch supports its membership, encourages entrepreneurial activity, and promotes responsible business practices, and it is these higher standards benefiting the wider community,” she says.

“Mrs Lespere acknowledged the support of the CPA Atlantic School of Business, where she is Past-Chair. She served on the board for several years and her present employer, the Bermuda Monetary Authority, where she was very recently promoted to the role of Deputy Chief Executive Officer, having held the position of Chief Operating Officer for nearly ten years.

“She is also the Vice-Chair of CPA Bermuda and the Board of Governors for Acadia University.

“Given the comprehensive nature of the Chartered Director programme, Mrs Lespere appreciates that Board members must have a minimum level of competency across all facets of organisational management to respond to a rapidly changing world. She also acknowledged the importance of taking a leadership role in the modern boardroom’s evolving demographics.”

Mrs. Lespere said, “At the end of the day, as a female, I relish the opportunity to have a seat at the table and contribute in whatever capacity is required.

“Moreover, as the world focuses on diversity, equality and inclusion, I would like to help drive that initiative as it plays an important role in employee retention, innovation, and a synergy to meet an organisation’s goals and objectives.”

The spokesperson said, “To learn more about IoD Bermuda’s professional development opportunities, please visit or email”

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