Board of Directors
Oliver W. Holmes, B.Sc., M.Sc. , Chairman
Mr. Holmes is the Managing Director of Capital Options Limited, a financial advisory firm which he founded in 1997. He has extensive experience in commercial and investment banking and financial services having held various positions at leading financial institutions. He is a former Vice President of Citibank N.A. (Jamaica Branch) where he held several senior management positions, including Vice President – Corporate Finance, Corporate Banking Group Head, Financial Controller
– Citibank Jamaica and its subsidiaries, Managing Director – Citifinance Ltd., Manager – Centralized Operations and Chief Inspector for the Caribbean Region. Following his career at Citibank, Mr. Holmes assumed the position of Chief Operating Officer at Manufacturers’ Merchant Bank Ltd. where he participated in growing the bank into one of the leading merchant banks in Jamaica.
During his career Mr. Holmes has held several directorships and currently serves as Chairman of both Carreras Limited and Allied Insurance Brokers Limited and Director of Barnett Limited. He is also a former guest lecturer in the Department of Management Studies at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the University of Wales, MBA Programme. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Accounting from the UWI.
Dennis Chung, JP, FCA, M.Sc.
A chartered accountant by profession, Mr. Chung is Chief Executive Officer at Supreme Ventures Services Limited and currently serves as Chairman of GK Capital Management Limited and the National Solid Waste Management Authority. He is also a Director at Petrojam Limited and the Jamaica Football Federation and a Justice of the Peace, for the parish of St. Andrew.
Prior to his current appointments, Mr. Chung was CEO of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) and served on numerous public and private sector boards, including the Bank of Jamaica, and more recently the Pension Industries Association of Jamaica. A former Chairman of National Integrity Action, Mr. Chung is also a Past President and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica and a Past Director of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean.
A graduate of Jamaica College, Mr. Chung completed a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Accounting, in 1987 and 1989 respectively, at the University of the West Indies, and the Certified Public Accountant exams in 1990 in California, USA. He has authored two books; Charting Jamaica’s Economic and Social Development – A much needed paradigm shift; and Achieving Life’s Equilibrium – balancing health, wealth, and happiness for optimal living.
Earl Barrett, B.Sc., Managing Director
An Engineer with over 40 years of experience in the bauxite, cement and renewable energy industries, Mr. Barrett has spent the last two decades at the senior management level working with entities across the Caribbean. He has been at the helm of Wigton for more than 10 years; piloting the company through a decade of growth and expansion and spearheading the transition from a Government of Jamaica entity to a publicly traded corporation with one of the largest shareholder bases in Jamaica. Mr. Barrett holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Wisconsin USA. He received senior management training from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. Mr. Barrett is a life member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) and a Past Chairman of the Electrical Engineering Practices Committee of the Jamaica Bureau of Standards
M. Georgia Gibson Henlin, QC, B.A., LL.B. (Hons.), LL.M., FCIArb
Mrs. Gibson Henlin is the Managing Partner of the law firm, Henlin Gibson Henlin. She has practised at the Jamaican Bar since 1993 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel (QC) in 2015. In addition, she is called to the Bar in Ontario, Canada and New York, USA. At the Jamaican Bar she practices as a commercial litigator with a focus on information and communications technologies, intellectual property, data protection and privacy and cybersecurity. Mrs. Gibson Henlin is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Certified Computer Forensics Examiner (CCFE) as well as a member of the Jamaican Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the International Trademark Association and the International Technology Law Association. Mrs. Henlin has published several articles in international journals on intellectual property law issues and technology and she speaks on these subjects and numerous other issues at local and international law conferences.
Gregory Shirley, B.A., MBA
Mr. Shirley has over 30 years of experience as a management consultant with KPMG where he rose to Partner-in-Charge of Advisory Services for KPMG CARICOM. In that capacity he provided business advisory services to firms in a wide range of industries across the Caribbean region including banking and finance, utilities, manufacturing and the service sector. Prior to joining KPMG in 1976, he served as Manager of Human Resources Planning and Development for a major United States utility company. Mr. Shirley currently serves on the boards of several companies including Jamaica Broilers Group Limited, JMMB Bank Limited and Phoenix Printery Limited. He also served on numerous Public Sector Boards including Port Authority of Jamaica and as Chairman of Kingston Container Terminals Limited. He is currently a trustee of the Munro and Dickerson Trust and was formerly Chairman of the Munro College School Board. Mr. Shirley holds a Bachelor of Arts
Degree in Economics from the University of Arkansas and an MBA from Michigan State University.
Hugh G. Johnson
Mr. Johnson is a certified automotive engineer who spent several years working in the field of motor vehicle assessment before embarking on a career in agriculture. For the last 18 years he has been a broiler farmer and prior to that he raised livestock and was active in organic agriculture, having served for over 25 years as Managing Director and later as Chief Executive Officer of Johnson and Sons Organic Fertilizer Company Limited. For his contribution to sustainable agriculture, in 2008 he received a Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) award for food security and biodiversity; and he was an Inter-American Institute for Co-operation in Agriculture (IICA) regional hemispheric farmer nominee in 2009. Mr. Johnson is currently President of the Small Business Association of Jamaica, (SBAJ) Vice President of The World Cocoa Farmers Organization (WCFO) and a founding member of the Jamaica Organic Agricultural Movement (JOAM)
Jacqueline M. Stewart-Lechler, J.P.
Mrs. Stewart-Lechler is the Managing Director of the Stewarts Automotive Group of Companies. She has over 30 years of experience in the automotive industry having served the Stewart Group as Group Financial Director, Group Human Resources Director, Group Sales & Marketing Officer and Director of Administration. Mrs. Stewart-Lechler currently serves as Director of several companies within the Stewarts Group including Stewart’s Group Holdings (2000) Limited and
Silver Star Motors Limited. She is also a Director and Company Secretary of the Richard and Dianna Stewart Foundation; a Director of Simpson Finance Jamaica Limited and Chairman of the Financial Services Commission (FSC).
Nigel Davy, B.T., J.P
Mr. Davy is an entrepreneur and energy professional with over three decades of experience in the energy sector. He currently serves as Managing Director of Innovative Energy Company Limited, an engineering, energy and construction firm operating in Jamaica and the Caribbean which he founded in the early 2000s.
Prior to launching his own firm, he developed, financed, constructed and operated over 15 cogeneration and energy infrastructure projects in the United States, Central America and Jamaica; and led a subsidiary of a Fortune 500 energy company.
A qualified Aeronautical Engineer and Commercial Pilot, Mr. Davy earned a Bachelor of Technology Degree (B.T.) from the College of Aeronautics in New York as well as several certificates in Electrical Power Generation Management, Power Systems Harmonics and Power Plant Management. He is also the holder of several professional licenses from the Federal Aviation Administration and Federal Communication Commission.
Omar Azan has been one of Jamaica’s leading manufacturers and exporters of furniture for over 20 years. As an avid believer in service above self, he has become a strong voice for the manufacturing industry, charting a course that has resulted in the achievement of noteworthy milestones such as the removal of the 2% Customs User Fee on raw materials and capital equipment, provision of free factory space for startups and expanding entities and the awarding of contracts to local printers during his tenure as President of the Jamaica Manufacturers Association.
Omar Azan is the founder and CEO of Boss Furniture Company Limited, a leading manufacturing company with local and regional customers and an employ of over 200 Jamaicans.