The Board of Directors of GraceKennedy Limited comprises eight members, six of whom are non-executive Directors. The remaining two Directors are executives Donald Wehby, the Group’s Chief Executive Officer and Andrew Messado, the Group’s Chief Financial Officer. The Board is led by an independent Chairman, Professor Gordon Shirley.
Professor the Hon.
Gordon Valentine Shirley, O.J.
Professor Gordon Shirley is the Chairman of GraceKennedy Limited. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1996 and previously served as Chair of the Corporate Governance & Nomination Committee, and a member of the Audit Committee.
He has also served as the Executive Chairman of the Jamaica Public Service Company and has been a board member of several public and private sector entities.
He holds an MBA and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Harvard University and a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from The University of the West Indies.
He has been conferred with the honour of the Order of Jamaica.
Don Wehby, C.D.
Group Chief Executive Officer
On July 1, 2011, Mr Don Wehby was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer of GraceKennedy Limited. Prior to this appointment, Mr Wehby held the position of Group Chief Operating Officer from October 5, 2009.
During his tenure as Chief Operating Officer of the Financial Services Division, the division’s pre-tax profit rose from $280 million in 2000 to $1.417 billion in 2005, an increase of 406%.
In December 2005 Mr Wehby relinquished his role as Chief Operating Officer of the Financial Services Division to take on expanded responsibilities as Group Chief Financial Officer, which included heading a new Strategic Planning Unit. In 2006, following the reorganisation of GraceKennedy he was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer, GraceKennedy Ltd. and Chief Executive Officer, GK Investments.
In September 2007, Mr Wehby resigned from his positions at GraceKennedy Ltd. and its Board of Directors to serve for two years as Government Senator and Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.
Following his two-year stint in public service, he was reappointed to the Board of Directors of GraceKennedy Ltd. On his return to GraceKennedy on October 5, 2009.
Mr Wehby’s prior professional affiliations include Vice Chairman of the Diaspora Conference Implementation Council and Chairman of the Jamaica Cricket Franchise Development Company. In December 2014, he retired from the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) where he previously held the post of Vice-President of the PSOJ and Chairman of its Economic Policy Committee. His prior association with the PSOJ was that ofHonorary Treasurer. He also served on the Boards of Food for the Poor, Cable & Wireless Jamaica and his alma mater St. George’s College (where he also served as a Director of its Endowment Fund Board up to March 2016). He previously a Director of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), and Chairman of its newly created Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee. He is an avid sports fan and was instrumental in GraceKennedy’s sponsorship of School Boy Cricket in Jamaica and the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys & Girls Championship.
The first Jamaican to win the Young Caribbean Professional Network’s (YCPN) Award, Mr Wehby was honoured as the International Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015 for his leadership in making GraceKennedy a major player in the global marketplace, his commitment to investing in downtown Kingston and to Sports. In May 2015, he received the key to the city of Miramar, Florida, from its mayor, Wayne Messam, for his work in the private sector, his two-year stint in government, and his overall contribution to Jamaica. The ‘Key to the City’ is an honour bestowed by a city upon esteemed residents and visitors. He was the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ) Distinguished Member Awardee for 2015. The award recognises a member who through service and achievements, has contributed to the prestige and status of the Institute and the Accountancy profession. Mr Wehby is the youngest recipient of the ICAJ award. Additionally, on Saturday, September 24, 2016, Mr Wehby was inducted into the St. George’s College Hall of Fame for Excellence and Achievement in Business, Community Spirit and Service to the College. On March 23, 2019, he received the G. Raymond Chang Award and was inducted into the Immaculate Hall of Fame. On June 29, 2019, Mr Wehby was recognised by the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) for his transformational leadership for the JSE’s Junior Market.
Mr Wehby is currently New Zealand’s Honorary Consul to Jamaica, following his appointment in September 2015. In March 2016, he was appointed by Jamaica’s Prime Minister, The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, as an independent Senator, which will once again allow him to offer his services by giving an independent, non-aligned voice in critical national matters, including among other things, helping to shape new legislation and amend existing legislation in need of reform. In September 2020, Mr Wehby was reappointed to the Senate allowing him to continue his service to Jamaica and his contribution to nation-building. He is also the Chairman of JAMPRO following his appointment in April 2016. JAMPRO is a government agency which promotes business opportunities in export and investment to the local and international private sector. On October 16, 2017, Mr Wehby received the Order of Distinction (Commander Class) for his sterling contribution to both the public and private sectors. He is also the Chairman of the Finance Commission for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kingston following his appointment on August 2019.
A Fellow Chartered Accountant, Mr Wehby holds both a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) and a Master of Science degree in Accounting from The University of the West Indies and has completed an Advanced Management College certificate course at Stanford University.
Mr Wehby is married with three children. He is an avid cricket fan and a member of the Kingston Cricket Club
Group Chief Financial Officer
Andrew Messado, a Finance and Accounting professional with years of experience in consolidation, budgeting and accounting standards, became a Director of GraceKennedy Limited on April 1, 2019.
He spearheaded the Group’s conversion to International Financial Reporting Standards and during his tenure has had oversight responsibility for accounting matters including coordinating financial reporting, auditing and budgeting processes. He has also been integral in various GK projects involving mergers, acquisitions and divestments.
Mr Messado holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting (First Class Honours) and a Master of Science Degree in Accounting (Distinction) both from The University of the West Indies. He has structured training annually in the areas of leadership, accounting, finance and treasury, including the High Potentials Leadership Program, Harvard Business School, Boston; Treasury Management and Financial Management, Euromoney, New York and the International Financial Reporting Standards, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica, Kingston.
Mr Messado is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ).
Dr. Parris Lyew-Ayee Jr
Dr Parris Lyew-Ayee Jr was appointed to the Board on March 6, 2013. He is a Senior Lecturer and Managing Director of the Mona GeoInformatics Institute of The University of the West Indies (UWI), Jamaica.
He is Chairman of the Scientific Research Council and the International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences, and sits on the board of the Bureau of Standards Jamaica. He is also an Eisenhower Fellow (USA).
Dr Lyew-Ayee Jr holds a D.Phil. from the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, as well as a BSc in Earth Science from the UWI, Mona, Jamaica. He is also a member of several professional organisations and societies.
Gina Phillipps Black
Mrs Gina Phillipps Black was appointed to the Board of Directors of GraceKennedy Limited on February 8, 2012 and as Chair of the Corporate Governance & Nomination Committee in 2014 a position she still holds. Mrs Phillipps Black is an Attorney-at-Law and Partner of Myers, Fletcher & Gordon, where she is Head of that firm’s Commercial Department.
Mrs Phillipps Black has experience in a wide range of commercial matters including corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, banking and securities law and regulation, security and loan documentation, company law and taxation.
She was the only IFLR Women Leader for Jamaica for 2021, selected on the basis of reputation and experience of working on complex deals, and leadership roles with her firm and practices.
She has served on the boards of several companies in the manufacturing and financial services industries. For many years she served as a Member of the Board of Governors of St. Hugh’s Preparatory School. She is an active member of the Jamaica Bar Association’s Commercial Law Sub-Committee and the General Legal Council’s Proceeds of Crime Committee.
In 2013 Mrs Phillipps Black was appointed as a Member of the Management Board of Tax Administration Jamaica, and in 2016 she was appointed as its Chairman, a position she held until May 2021.
Dr Indianna Minto-Coy was appointed to the Board of GraceKennedy Limited on June 26, 2018.
As a world renown academic, her research, consultancies, and publications cover the themes of Diasporas and Migration, Entrepreneurship, International Business, Small Business and Disaster Risk Reduction, Business Continuity Management, ICTs and Public Policy. She has been a consultant for the Government of Jamaica, having compiled the first draft of the Jamaica Diaspora Policy. Dr Minto-Coy has also won a number of awards for her work, including the Principal’s Award for the Most Outstanding Researcher in the Faculty of Social Sciences (2018 and 2020).
She has held appointments at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Said Business School (University of Oxford), the University of Waterloo and the Centre for International Governance Innovation, where she also coordinated the research component of the Caribbean Economic Governance Project. She has also worked at the Shridath Ramphal Centre for Trade Policy, Law and Services, UWI, Cave Hill Campus.
Dr Minto-Coy serves as a Board member of the Diaspora Engagement Centre in Guyana and also as a member of the judging committee for the Ministry of Finance and the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica’s Public Sector Corporate Governance Awards, contributing to the increased governance and management of public sector boards in Jamaica. She has served as a member of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Best Practices Awards Committee, where she chaired the Member Dealer and Investor Relations Sub-Committees and served as a member of the Corporate Governance Sub-Committee. She also served as a member of the Listing Committee of the Jamaica Social Stock Exchange.
Dr Minto-Coy earned her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the University of West Indies and her Doctorate from the Law Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
She is married with two children.
Vanessa Rizzioli was appointed to the Board on July 28, 2022.
She began her career at the law firm, Dunn Cox Orrett & Ashenheim in Jamaica and worked in its associated office in the Turks & Caicos Islands.
Mrs Rizzioli holds a Master of Law (LLM) degree in corporate, securities and commercial law from Cambridge University (Queens College) and a Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree from The University of the West Indies (Cave Hill). She is also a graduate of the Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland.
She is a former trustee of the British Foundation for The University of the West Indies.
Peter E. Williams
Mr Peter Williams was appointed to the Board of GraceKennedy Limited on April 1, 2021 and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Board on May 26, 2021.
He has four decades of experience in public accounting, assurance and consulting services for large public and private companies, multinationals and Government entities, and is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica. Mr. Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from University College Dublin, Ireland.