Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday said she was saddened to hear of the recent passing of the first woman president of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association (TTMA), Karen de Montbrun.
Persad-Bissessar said de Montbrun was seen as a leader whose every action epitomised dignity and grace.
In a statement, Persad-Bissessar said she was “deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs Karen de Montbrun, who succumbed to her two-year-long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Hers was a life of determination and achievement, cut short at the age of 63”.
The statement added, “Mrs de Montbrun was a woman who was driven, accomplished, and stood as a true inspiration for young women in our country, and indeed all in Trinidad and Tobago. In the private sector especially, she was seen as leader whose every action epitomised dignity and grace.
“She was the first woman president of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association (TTMA), serving two successful terms. And as one of our nation’s leading women in the private sector, her rise to the presidency heralded tireless work and effort in promoting the TTMA’s mandate and our country’s manufacturing sector. “She was a fervent proponent for economic diversification, which she stressed was necessary for the sustainable growth and development of Trinidad and Tobago. She was also a champion for business competitiveness and a business-friendly climate that fosters investment, innovation and entrepreneurship. “I also recall how her advocacy helped to bring social dialogue, greater focus on local content and procurement legislation high on the national agenda.
“As a consummate professional and exemplary citizen, Mrs de Montbrun continued serving her country by using her tremendous experience at the Trinidad and Tobago Transparency Institute as vice-chairman; at the former Business Development Company as a director; at the Council for Competitiveness and Innovation as a council member, and at exporTT Limited, as a director.
“It is with a sad and heavy heart that I express my sincerest condolences to her family, and wish them God’s grace in this time of loss. Her proud legacy shall surely live on to inspire many in years to come.”