NEW YORK – After its Executive Committee meeting held today in Mexico City, CONCACAF announced the members of their new Integrity Committee, who will have the task of ensuring accountability, transparency, and good governance among the CONCACAF Congress and member countries.
The new body was presented with CONCACAF’s Terms of Reference and will have oversight of all investigations pertaining to past practices from the previous leadership in order to ensure clarity regarding all pending issues within the newly reformed confederation. This initiative plays a pivotal role in the confederation’s reform while establishing a clear roadmap for its future.
“At CONCACAF we are working tirelessly towards setting up solid foundations that will allow our confederation to concentrate on one thing: managing, developing and promoting the game,” said CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb. “We have invited the most qualified and reputable individuals in their fields to assist us in the fulfillment of our vision; building a powerful structure of integrity, transparency and accountability to allow our region to grow.”
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The Integrity Committee members consist of Chairman Sir David Anthony Cathcart Simmons, Ernesto E. Hempe and Honorable Ricardo M. Urbina, their bios follow. The members will supervise all CONCACAF practices to ensure utmost integrity among all processes and initiatives. These highly-regarded members have been carefully selected for their respectable and impeccable legacies in their respective fields of work.
Sir David Anthony Cathcart Simmons
Sir David Anthony Cathcart Simmons, K.A., B.C.H., Q.C., LL.M. (Lond.), Hon’y. LL.D (Lond.) was born on April 28, 1940, in Barbados, where he has had a prominent career as a lawyer and government official. Most recently, Sir David served as the 12th Chief Justice of Barbados between January 1st, 2002 and April 28th, 2010.
Prior to that, he served in the Parliament of Barbados from 1976 through 2001. Appointed twice as Attorney General (1985 -1986, and 1994 -2001), Sir David reformed and modernized the laws of his country in several areas and represented the country at numerous regional and international forums.
As Attorney General, Sir David presided over key leadership roles including Chairman of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (1997/98); Chairman of the EU/Caribbean Conference which developed the “Barbados Plan of Action” (1996); Chairman of the Joint US/Caribbean Sub-Committee which developed a Plan of Action on Justice and Security issues, signed by President Clinton and Caribbean Heads (1997); Chairman of the Regional Committee for the establishment of a Maritime Cooperation Against the Traffic in Illicit Narcotic Drugs in the Caribbean project (1999-2002); Chairman of the Preparatory Committee to establish the Caribbean Court of Justice (1999-2001); first Chairman of the Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission (2003-2004); and Chairman of the High Level Task Force to supervise the inauguration of the Caribbean Court of Justice (2004-2005).
In 1984, he was appointed Queen’s Counsel in shorter time than any other lawyer in the legal history of Barbados. Sir David also acted as Prime Minister of Barbados for 316 days between 1994 and 2000. To further honor his contribution to public service, law and politics, in 2001 was awarded the Barbados Centennial Honour (B.C.H.), and Barbados’ highest national honour, Knight of St. Andrew (K.A.).
As part of his academic achievements, Mr. Simmons earned an LL.B. degree in 1963 from the London School of Economics and Political Science and he was awarded a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in 1965. Sir David has also lectured law in London until 1970. Furthermore, between 1970 and 1974, he was a part-time lecturer in law at the University of the West Indies. In 2003, he was made an Honorary Fellow of the U.W.I. and was also awarded the Honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) by the University of London – the first Caribbean person to be accorded this high distinction by this University.
Ernesto E. Hempe
Ernesto E. Hempe is a retired partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Hempe has over 30 years of experience in the coordination and management of auditing, corporate finance and tax projects in different countries. He has had a prominent career as an international consultant and is recognized for his ethics and leadership roles in many regional firms and institutions.
Since April 2011, Mr. Hempe serves as General Coordinator of four projects financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) aimed at strengthening the Superintendency of Banks of Panama, including New Trust Law, Human Resources, IFRS Training and Risk-based Supervision. He is also an advisor to the Superintendent of Banks in complex accounting problems and other matters.
Prior to taking up his role with IDB, he was Managing Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers Interamerica in their San Salvador office from 2005 to 2008. During his years as Managing Partner, Mr. Hempe supervised diverse areas including audit and tax practices, administration, accounting, human resources and IT support. He was also Partner-in-Charge of Risk Management and Ethics in Central America.
Throughout his successful career at PricewaterhouseCoopers Interamerica, he conducted audits for several local and multinational clients. First, from 1998 to 2005, while serving as Managing Partner of the San Jose office in Costa Rica, and between 1994-1998, as partner for the San Salvador office.
Mr. Hempe’s extensive experience serving large multinational clients in a variety of industries includes responsibilities in the audit of Guinness, the largest client of the European office. He became partner of Price Waterhouse Europe in Madrid (1989-1993) and relocated to its Seville, Spain office (1993-1994).
In his early years at Price Waterhouse USA (1985-1987), he provided audit management services for important clients such as Thomas Lipton and Ingersoll Rand, among others. Between 1978-1985, the executive joined the office in Bogota, Colombia, where he was in-charge auditor of multinational clients including IBM, Exxon, Roche and Shell.
Mr. Hempe has provided advisory services for the British Ambassador to Costa Rica (2003-2005) and the General Secretary of the Andean Parliament in Bogota, Colombia (1985). In 2008, he also participated in the official mission of the Ministry of Foreign Affaires of El Salvador to the Republic of Colombia.
A Public Accountant graduate of Buenos Aires University in 1976, Mr. Hempe also received a Business degree (BBA) from the Buenos Aires University in 1975.
Honorable Ricardo M. Urbina
Born in 1946 in New York City, Honorable Ricardo M. Urbina (Ret.) served 18 years as a U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Columbia where he issued well over 1,000 memorandum opinions and settled cases before trial by coordinating his efforts with those of magistrate judges.
He has had an outstanding record of public service and has been recognized for his significant contributions to law, academia and to society. Most recently, Judge Urbina joined JAMS, the largest private alternative dispute resolution provider in the world.
Previously he worked for 31 years at the District of Columbia federal and superior courts. Judge Urbina also He began establishing his reputation as an attorney in the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia from 1970 to 1972, and in private practice specializing in commercial litigation from 1973 to 1981. Furthermore, during that period Judge Urbina served as an associate professor at Howard University School of Law.
During his years of service as Judge, he was appointed to several distinguished positions. In April 1981, he became the first Latino ever appointed to the bench in the District of Columbia. During his 13 years on the Superior Court, Judge Urbina garnered distinction for his handling of complex civil and criminal litigations. He handled complex civil litigation calendars and headed the court’s Family Division. Additionally, in 1994, Judge Urbina was nominated by President Bill Clinton for the U.S. District Court of Columbia.
His contributions have been recognized repeatedly, with honorary degrees and awards including the Lifetime Leadership Award, Hispanic National Bar Foundation and the Honorable William J. Brennan, Jr. Award for outstanding service to the Trial Advocacy Institute and to the legal profession from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2011. Washingtonian magazine has also selected Judge Urbina as the Washingtonian of the Year in 1986 and one of the region’s most influential leaders in 2007.
This prominent Judge is a 1967 honors graduate of Georgetown University and a 1970 Juris Doctor graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center.