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Gov. Mapp Meets With New Head of Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority

WARM WELCOME: Kamal Latham, the CEO of the Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority (VIEDA) (left) shakes hands with Governor Kenneth Mapp at Government House in St. Thomas on Friday.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Kenneth Mapp met with the new CEO of the Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority, Kamal Latham and Chairman of the Board Jose Penn on Friday at Government House on St. Thomas.

The August 17 meeting was held to formally introduce the new CEO to Governor Mapp, according to Government House.

Latham has helped facilitate over $5 billion in economic growth throughout his nearly 20 years of combined experience as a non-profit executive, entrepreneur, Fortune 500 adviser, U.S. diplomat and Wall Street financial analyst.

Born and raised in New York City, Latham earned a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Temple University. He has lived and worked in North America, Europe and Asia. He and his wife Jonnel are the proud parents of a son and daughter.

“I am honored and humbled to be here to serve the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands. I look forward to a productive relationship with Governor Kenneth Mapp,” Latham said.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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