Board of Directors

Meet our Board of Directors.
J.A. LESTER SPAULDING, C.D., J.P.
Chairman
(Appointed Managing Director 1978, Retired 2008, Chairman since 1994.)

Mr. Spaulding also serves as Ex Officio director of all subsidiary boards and all board sub-committees in the Group; Chairman/Trustee for the Group Pension Scheme. He is Co- Chairman of the National Digital Switchover Steering Committee. Mr. Spaulding also serves as Director/Mentor on the boards of Lasco Distributors Ltd. and Lasco Manufacturing Ltd., In a 50 year career in Media he has held many Directorships and Chairmanships in numerous Jamaican and Caribbean institutions dedicated to the advancement of the independence and freedom of the electronic and print media plus many professional, charitable and community based voluntary institutions. He received national honours for distinguished service with the conferment of the Order of Distinction – Commander Class (CD). He is a Justice of the Peace (JP).

HON. OLIVER F. CLARKE, OJ, JP, BSc (Econ.) FCA, Hon. LLD
Deputy Chairman
(Appointed March 31, 2016)

Mr. Clarke is Chairman of 1834 Investments Limited (formerly The Gleaner Company Limited) since April 1979 and Managing Director from May 1976 – January 2011.He is also Chairman of The Jamaica National Building Society and serves as a Board member of several other companies. Mr. Clarke was President of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (2002/2003). He was awarded two Honorary Degrees of Doctor of Laws in 2009 from the University of The West Indies and from the University of Technology as well as one from the Northern Caribbean University in 2013. In 1997, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ).

GARY ALLEN, E.M.B.A., J.P.
Managing Director
(Appointed Deputy Managing Director in June 2006, and Managing Director in October 1, 2008)

Mr. Allen is a career journalist and Media Manager with experience in local, regional and international media. He has served RJR for 20 years. At the regional level he served the Caribbean Broadcasting Union, (CBU), the Caribbean News Agency, (CANA) and the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC).. He is a graduate of the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communications (CARIMAC), and the Mona School of Business (MSB) at the UWI, is a past chairman of the Media Association Jamaica Limited and the Jamaica Debates Commission. He is Vice President of the CBU and Vice President of the Public Media Alliance. He serves as Chairman of Independent Radio Company and director on the subsidiary boards of TVJ, JNN, RETV and GCML.

CHRISTOPHER BARNES, JP, BSc, MBA
Chief Operating Officer
(Appointed March 31, 2016)

Barnes is the Chief Operating Officer of Radio Jamaica Limited, Managing Director of subsidiary:- The Gleaner Company (Media) Limited, Chairman of Multimedia Jamaica Limited and Gleaner Online Limited, and Director of other group subsidiaries namely TVJ, RETV, JNN, IRC. A trained mechanical engineer with a graduate degree in Finance and International Business from Boston University and McGill University respectively, Mr. Barnes also serves on external boards including Media Association Jamaica Limited, 1834 Investments Limited (formerly The Gleaner Company Limited), Caribbean News Agency, Caribbean Media Corporation, Inter American Press Association, JN Life Insurance Company Limited, Pan Jamaican Investment Trust Limited, and Ocho Rios Beach Limited. He is the Chairman of PALS Jamaica Limited and Vice President of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica.

CARL DOMVILLE, B.Sc. (Hons.), F.C.C.A., F.C.A.
(Appointed June 1990.)

Mr. Domville was the Chief Operating Officer and Group Treasurer of the Seprod Group of Companies (Retired October 2013). He serves on the Board of Directors of Barita Investments Ltd., is a Trustee of the Superannuation Fund for Employees of Seprod Ltd. and Approved Organizations and a member of The Teachers Services Commission.

GLENWORTH FRANCIS, E.M.B.A., B.Sc.
(Appointed April 2006)

Mr. Francis is the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Cooperative League. He serves as a member of the Board of J.E.T.S. Limited (operator of the MultiLink debit card network), Credit Union Fund Management Company Ltd., Centralized Strategic Services Company, Jamobile Payment Services Limited (Operator of the CONEC Mobile Wallet) and Quality Network Co-operative.

ANDREW LEO-RHYNIE, B.Sc. (Acctg.), M.B.A. (Finance), Chartered Business Valuator
(Appointed December 2011)

Mr. Leo-Rhynie is the General Manager at GK General Insurance Company Limited. Prior to joining the GraceKennedy Group in 2009, he was a Management Consultant at Sierra Associates Limited for 13 years where he provided management consulting and business valuation services to corporate clients.

MINNA ISRAEL,B.Sc. (Management Studies), M.B.A.
(Appointed September 26, 2012)

Ms. Israel is currently Special Advisor to the Vice Chancellor on Resource Development at The University of the West Indies, with focus on philanthropy. A former banker for over 30 years, Ms. Israel served as President & Country Head of RBC Royal Bank Jamaica and Managing Director of Scotiabank (Bahamas) Limited. She serves on a number of boards and organizations including First Global Bank, Cari-Med Limited, Jamaica Public Service Co Ltd., and the Mona School of Business & Management.

LAWRENCE NICHOLSON, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D
(Appointed September 2013)

Dr. Nicholson is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Mona School of Business and Management, with over a decade of experience in Decision Sciences. Among the courses he has taught are Business Statistics, Quantitative Methods and Operations Management. He is also the head of the Decision Sciences and Information System Unit. Dr. Nicholson is the Chairman of the Mona High School and the Steering Committee of the Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP). He is a committed Christian and elder at Bethany Fellowship.

HON. DOUGLAS ORANE, CD, JP, BSc (Hons.), MBA, Hon. LLD.
(Appointed March 31, 2016)

Mr. Orane is a Director of 1834 Investments Limited (formerly The Gleaner Company Limited) since May, 1988. He is former Chairman and Managing Director of GraceKennedy Limited, is currently a director of that company and a member of other Boards. He served as President of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica from December 1992 to December 1994 and as Vice President from December 2001 to February 2003. Mr. Orane served as an Independent Senator in the Senate from 1998 to 2002 and was appointed a member of the Privy Council in 2009. He is an Industrial Engineer and a Justice of the Peace.

DR. CAROL ARCHER, BA, MA, MURP, Mphil, Ph.D.
(Appointed March 31, 2016)

Dr. Archer is a Director of 1834 Investments Limited (formerly The Gleaner Company Limited) since December 2001. She is currently Associate Professor and Projects Coordinator of the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of Technology. Prior to her appointment as Associate Professor, she served as Dean of that faculty from 2006 to 2015. Dr. Archer severed in several senior management posts before her appointment as Dean. Dr. Archer is or has served on boards including Scotia Jamaica Building Society, University Council of Jamaica, Town & Country Planning Authority/National Resource Conservation Authority (Deputy Chair), South East Regional Health Authority (Deputy Chair), National Chest Hospital (Chair), Council for the University of Technology, Jamaica, National Investment Bank of Jamaica and Water Resources Authority.

ELIZABETH ANN JONES, CD, FCA (Ja.), FCCA (UK), BSc.
(Appointed March 31, 2016)

Miss Jones is a Director of 1834 Investments Limited (formerly The Gleaner Company Limited) since November 2014. She is a retired Senior Partner of KPMG in Jamaica, former Head of the firm’s Tax practice and past Chairman of KPMG CARICOM.

She has served on several tax reform committees and was seconded to the Ministry of Finance, between 1989 and 1992, as special advisor to the Minister. Ms. Jones also served as Chairman of the Trade Board and Fiscal Services Limited and on the Committee to Review and Eliminate Waste in the Public Sector.

She has served as a member of the Divestment Committee responsible for the divestment of Government-owned sugar factories, and as a member of the Tax Policy and Tax Administration Working Group under the Partnership for Transformation Project in Jamaica.

JOSEPH M. MATALON,CD, BSc (Econ.) (Hons)
(Appointed March 31, 2016)

Mr. Matalon is a Director of 1834 Investments (formerly The Gleaner Company Limited) since October, 1987 and Vice Chairman since January, 2015. He is Chairman of ICD Group Holdings and a director of a number of its’ related companies including British Caribbean Insurance Company and West Indies Home Contractors. He is also a director of Scotia Group Jamaica.

Mr. Matalon served three terms as President of the PSOJ; and also served as Chairman of the Development Bank of Jamaica between 2007 and 2016. In 2016 he was appointed Chairman of the Office of Utilities Regulation. In 2010, Mr. Matalon was appointed to the Jamaican Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander (CD), in recognition of his contribution to the Public and Private Sectors, and to community service.

LISA JOHNSTON, BA, MA
(Appointed March 31, 2016)

Mrs. Johnston is a Director of 1834 Investments Limited (formerly The Gleaner Company Limited) since April, 2000. She is the Corporate Affairs Manager at the Jamaica Producers Group Limited. She is a member of the board of the Jamaica Exporters Association and Honorary Consul of Costa Rica. She is also a member of the Jamaica Trade and Adjustment Team in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. Mrs. Johnston was a former Galo Plaza Fellow at the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington D.C.