Author: Erasmus Williams | Date: 24 March 2019
Basseterre, St Kitts, March 24, 2019 - Former St Kitts and Nevis tourism minister Richard "Ricky" Skerritt is the new president of Cricket West Indies.
Skerritt, 62, defeated the incumbent president Dave Cameron 8-4 at the presidential election that took place on Sunday, on his own soil at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica.
Cameron was seeking a fourth term in office.
Richard “Ricky” Skerritt first served as Minister of State for Tourism, Sports & Culture from November 2004 in the St Kitts-Nevis Labour Government under Prime Minister , the Rt Hon Dr Denzil L Douglas.
He was then appointed Minister of Tourism & International Transport following the 2010 elections. Then in February, 2013, International Trade, Industry, Commerce & Consumer Affairs were added to his responsibilities.
Skerritt has significant experience in private enterprise, economic development, community service and professional sports. Over the years, he has spearheaded St. Kitts’ impressive growth in air service and pioneered the island’s cruise sector which has been developed into a leading economic driver.
Skerritt is a former Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), where he initiated significant reforms. He was the Caribbean’s longest-serving Minister of Tourism.