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Corporate Movements – February 2024

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The Board of Directors of Fontana Limited is pleased to announce the appointment of Independent Director, Larren Peart, to the Audit & Compensation Committees effective Friday, February 9, 2024.

Tropical Battery Company Limited is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Itamar Frankenthal and Mr. Andrew Cramer as new directors to the Board of Tropical Battery Company Limited, effective February 12, 2024.

Mr. Itamar Frankenthal is a distinguished professional with a multifaceted career spanning engineering, entrepreneurship, and academia. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the City University of New York where he led his team to win the capstone robotics competition and graduated summa cum laude. He also holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School where he graduated with EC Honors.

Mr. Andrew Cramer is a co-founder and COO of KAYA and oversees project development and implementation processes. He is a frequent speaker at regional energy and technology conferences – including the MIT Technology Review’s EmTech and the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum – on topics including the role disruptive technologies like machine learning will play in the renewable energy industry.

NCB Financial Group Limited (NCBFG) announces the following board and executive leadership developments:

Management Team: Mr Robert Almeida, previously announced as Interim Group Chief Executive Officer of NCBFG, has been formally appointed Group Chief Executive Officer effective February 9, 2024.

Board of Directors: (1) Messrs Bruce Bowen and Gary Brown were elected to NCBFG’s Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on February 9, 2024.

(2) Professor the Hon. Alvin Wint, OJ, CD, retired from the Board of Directors at the AGM as he did not offer himself for re-election.

Professor Wint’s retirement does not relate to any disagreement regarding financial statement disclosures, accounting principles or practices, or any matter impacting the Audit Committee, which he had chaired, or his ability to execute his functions delegated by the Board. The Board of Directors, management and staff of the NCB Financial Group are grateful to Professor Wint for his stewardship and commitment to excellence over the years and wish him every success in his future endeavours.

MASSY HOLDINGS LTD. Board wishes to advise that Mr. E. Gervase Warner, President and Group Chief Executive Officer, has undertaken to proceed on early retirement from the Company and retire from its Board of Directors effective April 06, 2024. The Board is also pleased to advise that Mr. David Alfonso, Executive Vice President and Executive Chairman Integrated Retail Portfolio, will replace Mr. Warner as President and Group Chief Executive Officer effective April 06, 2024, while continuing in his current role. The Chairman and the Board of Directors would like to thank Mr. Warner for his many years of dedicated service to the Group.

GraceKennedy Limited has advised that Mr Jason Bailey has been appointed to the position of Head of Risk, effective February 1 , 2024.
Prior to joining GraceKennedy, Mr. Bailey served as Manager, Risk & Compliance at VM Wealth Management Limited; and Manager, Enterprise Risk Management, Strategic & Operational Risks at Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited. Mr Bailey holds an MSc in Enterprise Risk Management and a BSc in Mathematics, with an emphasis on Actuarial Science. In his new role, Mr. Bailey will report to the Group Chief Compliance Officer & Senior Legal Counsel.

Seprod Limited (SEP) announces that Mr. Euton Cummings joined the Seprod Group as Chief Strategy Officer–Human Capital effective January 1, 2024. Mr. Cummings holds a B.Sc. in Accounting and Management Studies and a M.Sc. in Computer Based Management System. He has more than 25 years of executive experience and comes to Seprod from a distinguished career in the banking sector. The Group welcomes Mr. Cummings and wish for him success in his new role.

Scotia Group Jamaica Limited announces the appointment of Dayne Bucknor to the role Director, Strategic and Business Analytics, Caribbean North & Central and Christopher Samuels to the role Regional Director, Jamaica Retail District B, both effective February 1, 2024.

Seprod Limited (SEP) informs that Dr. Patrick Sterling departed the Seprod Group as Group Human Resource and Industrial Relations Manager effective December 31, 2023. Dr. Sterling served the Group for over ten years and was responsible for several key developments in the human resource and industrial relations functions.

Caribbean Assurance Brokers Limited wishes to advise that effective January 31, 2024 Ms. Krystal Gayle, has transitioned from her position as Divisional Manager – International Insurance and has joined our third party claims administrator (loss adjuster) for International Health Insurance (ICHIP) in a more senior role. As a result, Ms. Judane Brissett has been promoted to Administrative Manager – International Insurance Division, effective February 1, 2024.

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Corporate Movements – July 2024

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Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) wishes to advise that Mrs. Clair-Ann Kennedy the CEO of Supreme Ventures Services Limited and Ibet SV Ghana resigned effective 30 June 2024.  Mrs Kennedy has been a valuable and respected member of the SVL Group Executive team. SVL thanks her for the hard work and commitment that she has displayed during her tenure with the Group. Mrs Kennedy will be pursuing other interests and personal projects. In the interim period, Ms. Krista-Gaye Fisher SVP Legal, Regulatory and Compliance will assume the responsibilities of CEO for SVSL.

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A Legacy of Leadership: Dr. Marlene Street Forrest and the Future of the Jamaica Stock Exchange

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“As the JSE looks to the future, it will be crucial to find a leader who can match, if not exceed, Dr. Street Forrest’s impressive legacy.”

Introduction
Dr. Marlene Street Forrest, who has led the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) for nearly two decades, is set to retire, leaving behind a legacy of innovation and resilience. Her tenure has been marked by significant achievements and overcoming challenges in a male-dominated field, setting a high bar for her successor.

Accomplishments and Achievements
Dr. Street Forrest’s tenure at the JSE has been transformative. Under her leadership, the JSE has seen a notable increase in market activity, listings, and the introduction of new financial instruments.

She spearheaded the launch of corporate secretarial services to assist smaller companies in maintaining compliance and accurate reporting, which is crucial for their growth and sustainability​​.

In recognition of her outstanding leadership, Dr. Street Forrest received several prestigious awards, including the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander (CD) in 2016 and the Afroglobal Excellence Award for Global Impact from Canada the same year​.

Her efforts have not only enhanced the visibility and credibility of the JSE but have also contributed significantly to Jamaica’s economic resilience and development.

Overcoming Challenges
Leading the JSE in a male-dominated industry came with its challenges. Dr. Street Forrest often had to navigate skepticism and bias, proving her competence through relentless hard work and strategic vision.

The global financial crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic posed additional challenges, yet she successfully steered the JSE through these turbulent times by promoting market stability and investor confidence​.

Her focus on digital transformation and enhancing regulatory compliance helped the JSE remain a pivotal player in Jamaica’s economic strategy. She emphasized the importance of high-quality, timely financial information and investor education, which are critical for maintaining market integrity and attracting capital​​.

The Road Ahead: What Her Successor Needs
As the search for Dr. Street Forrest’s successor begins, the JSE requires a leader who can build on her legacy of innovation and resilience. Key characteristics for the next managing director include:

Visionary Leadership: The ability to foresee and adapt to market trends and technological advancements.
Strong Regulatory Knowledge: Ensuring compliance and fostering investor trust through transparent practices.
Commitment to Digital Transformation: Embracing new technologies to enhance market operations and accessibility.
Economic Insight: Understanding market dynamics and economic policies to drive growth and stability.
Collaboration Skills: Building strong relationships with stakeholders, including regulators, investors, and listed companies.

Benchmarking against global stock exchange leaders, the new head of the JSE should embody a blend of strategic foresight, regulatory acumen, and innovative thinking. Leaders like Adena Friedman of Nasdaq and David Schwimmer of the London Stock Exchange exemplify these traits, balancing market growth with robust governance.

Conclusion
Dr. Marlene Street Forrest’s leadership at the JSE has set a high standard, marked by significant achievements and resilience in the face of challenges. Her successor will need to bring a mix of visionary leadership, regulatory knowledge, and a commitment to digital transformation to continue driving the JSE’s growth and success. As the JSE looks to the future, it will be crucial to find a leader who can match, if not exceed, Dr. Street Forrest’s impressive legacy.

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Who Is Roxane De Freitas?

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Early Life and Career Beginnings
Roxane De Freitas has a distinguished career marked by her leadership and strategic roles in major companies. She has served as a pivotal figure in the Caribbean business community, with extensive experience across various sectors. Her early career saw her rising through the ranks in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry, which laid the foundation for her expertise in corporate leadership.

Professional Accomplishments
Roxane De Freitas is well-known for her significant contributions to Scotiabank and Massy Stores. She recently retired from the Board of Directors of Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago, where she played a critical role in steering the bank’s strategies and operations. In her tenure, De Freitas contributed to the bank’s growth and its robust community initiatives through the Scotiabank Foundation, emphasizing the well-being of women and youth in Trinidad and Tobago.

In addition to her banking career, De Freitas has been instrumental at Massy Stores. As CEO of Massy Stores Trinidad, she oversaw the expansion of the chain, including the implementation of innovative self-checkout services, which have been lauded for enhancing customer convenience and operational efficiency. Her leadership during the rollout of these services across multiple locations demonstrates her commitment to modernizing retail operations and improving customer experience.

Roxane De Freitas also has a robust background in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector, having held several key positions at Unilever Caribbean Limited. Her roles included Country Manager for Unilever Jamaica and General Manager for Unilever Caribbean, where she oversaw operations in multiple territories across the Caribbean. Her leadership has been marked by strategic initiatives that drove growth, enhanced operational efficiency, and improved market share.

Recent Appointments
On June 6, 2024, Roxane De Freitas was appointed to the Boards of Scotia Group Jamaica Limited and The Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica Limited. This new role signifies her continued influence in the Caribbean banking sector, where her strategic insights and extensive experience are expected to drive further growth and innovation for Scotiabank in Jamaica.

Industry Impact and Legacy
De Freitas’s impact on the Caribbean business landscape is profound. Her strategic vision and leadership have not only driven financial performance but also fostered community development and corporate responsibility. At Massy Stores, her efforts in promoting sustainable practices and efficient retail technologies have set new benchmarks for the industry.

A Role Model for Future Leaders
Roxane De Freitas’s journey is a testament to the power of dedication and strategic thinking in achieving corporate success. Her career path serves as an inspiration to aspiring leaders, particularly women in business, demonstrating that perseverance and innovation can break barriers and lead to significant achievements in diverse sectors.

As she takes on her new responsibilities with Scotiabank in Jamaica, the business community will undoubtedly be watching her next moves, anticipating further contributions to the growth and development of the Caribbean’s financial and retail sectors.

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Corporate Movements June 2024

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The Board of Directors of Mailpac Group Limited is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Kamar Palmer and Mrs Sheree Martin as Directors of the Company, effective June 1, 2024. The Board welcomes them to the Mailpac family and looks forward to their invaluable contribution to the Company.

Scotia Group Jamaica Limited is pleased to announce the appointment of Roxane De Freitas to the Boards of Scotia Group Jamaica Limited and The Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica Limited effective June 6, 2024.

IronRock Insurance Co Ltd (ROC) hereby advises that, effective May 1, 2024, Mr. Richard Fraser has been appointed as an Independent Director and the Company Secretary. He has also been appointed Chairman of the Corporate Governance & Conduct Review Committee and will serve as a member of the Audit and the Nominations & Remuneration Committees.

Eppley Limited has advised that Mr. Raymond Donaldson has been appointed as a director of Eppley Limited with an effective date of June 3, 2024.

Lumber Depot Limited wishes to advise the Jamaica Stock Exchange, its shareholders and stakeholders that the company has added to its management team Mr. Karl Lambert in the capacity of Chief Accountant with effect from May 1, 2024.

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Corporate Movements – May 2024

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GraceKennedy Limited (GK) has announced the resignation of Mrs. Patsy Latchman-Atterbury as Managing Director of GK Capital Management Limited and consequently from the Board of Directors of GK Capital Management Limited, effective May 22, 2024. Mr. Kareem Tomlinson has been appointed as Managing Director of GK Capital Management Limited and as a Director of the Company, effective May 22, 2024. Mr. Tomlinson is a Chartered Financial Analyst with over a decade of experience working in the Jamaican financial sector. He is also the Managing Director of GK Investments Limited.

Stationery & Office Supplies Ltd (SOS) is pleased to announce that at its board meeting held on May 16, 2024, the appointment of Mr. John Hudson as an independent director of the company. Mr. Hudson will join the board of directors as well as be a member of SOS’s remuneration and corporate governance committee’s and will chair the audit committee.

Access Financial Services Limited (AFS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Johann Heaven as a Non-Executive Non-Independent Director. This following a previous announcement on March 18, 2024, regarding Mrs. Nerisha Davis-Farquharson’s resignation from the Board of Directors,

Key Insurance Company Limited advises that Mr. Adrian McBean has been appointed to the position of Chief Financial Officer effective April 22, 2024. With over 15 years in the financial sector as an accounting and finance professional, Mr. McBean brings a wealth of experience to this role.

Image Plus Consultants Limited (IMAGE) announces the appointment of Dr. Wendy-Gaye Thomas to the post of Chief Operating Officer, effective June 3, 2024. Dr. Thomas brings a wealth of experience and a stellar track record in healthcare management. Dr. Thomas graduated Magna Cum Laude from Universidad Central del Este. In her prior roles, she was responsible for driving profitability by delivering growth in food safety audit services and other medical technical services. Dr. Thomas is an author and speaker on public health issues. Her appointment is expected to enhance the company’s operational capabilities and drive efficiency to deliver stronger net profit margins.

The Management of Radio Jamaica Limited (RJL), the parent company in the RJRGLEANER Communications Group, today advised the Board of directors that the current Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Andrea Messam has opted to proceed on early retirement at the end of December 2024.

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