The Board of Directors of GraceKennedy Limited comprises nine members, seven 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 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. He is also a Director of several of GraceKennedy’s Boards including chairman of First Global Holdings GK Foods & Services Limited and GraceKennedy Money Services SRL.
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 Organization 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 of Honorary 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 also served as a Director of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), and Chairman of its newly created Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee up to June 2017.
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 recognizes 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.
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 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. 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.
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.
Mary Anne Chambers
Mary Anne Chambers has held several senior positions in Systems Development, Project Management and Electronic Banking at Scotiabank in Toronto, retiring from the Bank as a Senior Vice-President in 2002.
Mrs Chambers obtained the Chartered Director (C. Dir.) designation from The Directors College (a joint venture of McMaster University and The Conference Board of Canada) in 2008. She is a Member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto where she majored in Commerce in 1998 and Political Science in 2003. She also completed the Executive Management Programme at Queen’s University School of Business in Kingston, Ontario in 1995. In 1979, she became a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers (F.I.C.B.) with Honours.
She was appointed to the Board of Directors of GraceKennedy Limited on May 26, 2011. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees and chairs the Governance Committee for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Canada), serves on the Board of Governors and the Audit Committee of the University of Guelph and the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement Canada. She is also Chair of the Advisory Council for York University’s Centre for Education and Community (YCEC).
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.
Previously, Andrew served as the Group Comptroller at GraceKennedy Limited, having joined the Company in January 1999. In that position, he had oversight responsibility for accounting matters within the Group, coordinated the financial reporting, auditing and budgeting processes as well as participated in various projects involving mergers, acquisitions and divestments.
He has held various positions within the Corporate Finance & Accounting Department, including Financial Analyst, Financial Accountant and Group Finance Manager.
Over the years he participated in several special assignments and served on many project management teams, resulting in cost savings initiatives and tracking for the Group. He spearheaded the Group’s conversion to International Financial Reporting Standards and played a key role in the Hardware & Lumber divestment in 2015.
He 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 over 60 hours of structured training annually in the areas of leadership, accounting, finance and treasury, including High Potentials Leadership Program, Harvard Business School, Boston; Treasury Management and Financial Management, EuroMoney, New York; International Financial Reporting Standards, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica, Kingston.
Andrew 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 Director of the Mona GeoInformatics Institute of The University of the West Indies (UWI), Jamaica, as well the Head of the University’s Department of Geography and Geology.
His scholastic achievements include the Jamaican Government Exhibition Scholarship between 1998-2001 and the United Kingdom Commonwealth Scholarship between 2002-2004. He was also shortlisted for the 2002 Jamaica Rhodes Scholarship.
He is the author of two books, several refereed journal articles as well as articles for other publications, and technical reports.
Everton Lloyd McDonald
Everton McDonald is presently a business and financial consultant. He is a former Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers Caribbean and Territory Senior Partner PricewaterhouseCoopers, Jamaica, where he had a distinguished career spanning close to 40 years, retiring in 2009. His areas of specialisation were Assurance and Business Advisory Services.
He qualified for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in 1972, and became a Practising Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ) in 1973. He has also held the positions of Vice-President and Council Member, and served as President of the ICAJ from 1989 to 1991. He currently serves as a member of the ICAJ Disciplinary Committee. He holds the designations of FCCA and FCA.
Mr McDonald was appointed a Director of GraceKennedy Ltd. on May 26, 2011. He is also a Director of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) and of the hospital’s private ward, the Tony Thwaites Wing, and is a Trustee of the National Health Fund Pension Scheme. He served as a Board member of the Jamaica Conference Board, and as the ICAJ representative to the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ). He was Honorary Treasurer of the National Crime Prevention Fund, as well as a Board Member and Finance Director of Hillel Academy. He also served as a member of the Public Accountancy for a number of years.
Mr McDonald is a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Foundation, Rotary International. He was recognised as an outstanding UWI alumnus in the field of business during the UWI’s 60th Anniversary Celebrations in 2008.
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. Mrs Phillipps Black is an Attorney-at-Law and Partner of Myers Fletcher & Gordon, where she is Head of that firm’s Commercial Department.
In 2013 Mrs 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 still holds.
Mrs Phillipps Black obtained her Bachelor of Laws Degree in 1989 at The University of the West Indies, Mona and gained her Certificate of Legal Education at Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica in 1991. She was admitted to the Jamaican Bar in October 1991.
Dr Indianna Minto-Coy was appointed to the Board of GraceKennedy Limited on 26th June 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).
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. Additionally, she serves as Co-Director at the Centre for Entrepreneurship Thinking and Practice at the UWI. 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 UWI and her Doctorate from the Law Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is married with two children.
Mr. Peter Moses retired as Chairman of CitiFinance and CitiMerchant Bank and CEO of CitiBank N.A. Jamaica) in March 2017 after a banking career spanning 42 years.
He joined Citibank as a Management Trainee then was promoted to progressively senior roles culminating with his appointment as CEO of Citibank N.A.
Mr. Moses has served on several Boards and organizations within the Private and Public Sector and civil society including: President of the Jamaica Bankers Association, President Private Sector Organization of Jamaica, President American Chamber of Commerce, Director Jamaica Exporters Association, Chairman Salvation Army Advisory Board, Director Jamaica Drug Abuse Committee, Chairman, Jamaica Foundation for Children, Member Review Board for the Jamaica Constabulary Force and Chairman of the Public Sector Reform Oversight Committee.
He currently serves on the following Boards and organizations: Chairman of the Oversight Committee for the Security Agencies of the Government, Member of the Calabar High School Executive, and President of the Real Mona Football Club.
Mr. Moses’ contributions to nation building have been recognized by the conferring of the national awards, Commander of the Order of Distinction (CD) and Order of Jamaica (OJ)
He received a BA in Economics from the Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA.