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Businessuite 50 Power and Influence

COVER STORY: The Top 40 Most Powerful and Influential Women in Jamaican Business for 2016.



BUSINESSUITE Magazine’s annual ranking of Jamaica’s leading businesswomen provides a unique opportunity to secure an insight into the professional lives and activity of some of the most interesting and inspiring women in Jamaica’s private sector today.

How we pick the Power 50

What qualities can adequately describe a woman of power and influence on a national level? She is often described as ambitious, driven, determined, creative, a confident leader and a risk-taker. She allows her passions to order her steps, her gifts and her talents to become her own personal calling card.

Powerful and influential women are thriving in their business lives across Jamaica and so the move by the BUSINESSUITE editorial team to select, based on the format created by FORTUNE magazine editors, the 50 most powerful and influential women was truly a daunting task.

As stated, the selection process for the BUSINESSUITE list of the ’50 Most Powerful and Influential Women’ is based on a general format created and used by the editorial team of FORTUNE Magazine. This includes:

1. The general size (Revenue, Profitability and Human Resource) and importance of the woman’s company in the Jamaican economy;
2. The health and direction of the company;
3. The arc of the woman’s career and;
4. Societal and cultural influence of the business as informed by key industry insiders and published information

It must however be noted that since BUSINESSUITE Magazine is not privy to the financial statements of some of the companies mentioned, this was not heavily factored into our final listing and placements. Readers are therefore invited to debate and discuss the names and placement of individuals.

The following names reflect the Top 40 Most Powerful Women in Jamaican Business for 2016. For information on the Top 10, visit

Valerie Facey, Founder and director of The Mill Press.

Michele Rollins, Chairman, Rose Hall Development
Michele Rollins

Marjory Kennedy, Director Jamaica Freight & Shipping Co. Ltd and Vice President The Jamaica Exporters’ Association.
Marjory Kennedy

Marlene Street-Forrest, General Manager, Jamaica Stock Exchange Limited (JSE)
Marlene Street Forrest

M. Audrey Stewart – Hinchcliffe C.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Manpower & Maintenance Services Limited
M Audrey Stewart

Donna Duncan-Scott, Group Executive Director of Culture & Leadership Development, Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB)
Donna Duncan Scott

Hon. Dorothy Pine-McLarty, O.J. Consultant-Myers Fletcher and Gordon (MFG)
Dorothy Pine McLarty

Hyacinth Bennett – Founder and Chairman Hydel Group Of schools
Hyacinth Bennett

Imani Duncan-Price, Chief Group Strategy Officer JMMB Group and Government Senator
Imani Duncan Price

Lisa Simone Bell Managing Director of the National Export-Import Bank of Jamaica Limited (EXIM Bank),
lisa bell>

Shirley Carby, Managing Director, Carlong Publishers Ltd


Michelle Chong, CEO Honey Bun (1982) Limited
Michelle Chong

Nicola Madden-Greig, President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) & Group Director of Marketing & Sales, The Courtleigh Hotel Group
Nicola Madden-Greig

Sharon Donaldson – Managing Director, General Accident Insurance Company Limited and a Director of Musson (Jamaica) Limited
Sharon Donaldson

Dr. Rosalea Hamilton, Vice President, Development and Community Service at University of Technology, Jamaica
Dr Rosalea Hamilton

Doreen Frankson C.D., Co-founder and Managing Director of Edgechem Jamaica Ltd.
Doreen Frankson

Sandra A. C. Glasgow, Founder and Managing Director, BizTactics Limited
Sandra Glasgow

Megan Deane, Chief Executive Officer, Creditinfo Jamaica Limited
Megan Deane

Marilyn Burrowes, JP Principal Shareholder, co-founder, Director and Director of Marketing at Dolphin Cove Limited
Marilyn Burrowes

Ambassador Audrey P. Marks, B.A., M.B.A Founder and Managing Director, Paymaster Jamaica Limited
Ambassador Audrey Marks

Minna Israel, Senior Advisor to the Vice Chancellor on Resource Development, UWI
Minna Israel

Chorvelle Johnson – President & CEO, Proven Wealth Ltd.
Chorvelle Johnson

Becky Stockhausen Executive Director AMCHAM JAMAICA



Barbara Gloudon Journalist, Playwright, Communications Consultant
Barbara Gloudon

Pansy Johnson, Executive Chair Noranda Bauxite
Pansy Johnson

Marcia Forbes Ph.D. Director & Co Founder Phase 3 Productions Limited
Marcia Forbes

Novia McDonald-Whyte OD, Senior Associate Editor–Lifestyle & Social Content The Jamaica Observer.
Novia McDonald Whyte

Lorna E. Green Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Digital Transtec Limited (DTL).
Lorna Green

Jean Lowrie-Chin Chair Digicel Jamaica Foundation & Founder, President and CEO PRO Communications Ltd
Jean Lowrie Chin

Grace Burnett CEO, Insurance, GK Financial Group Division
Grace Burnett

M. Georgia Gibson-Henlin, Attorney-at-law, Henlin Gibson Henlin

Dr. Blossom O’Meally-Nelson, Chief Operating Officer, The Aeromar Group Limited
Dr Blossim OMeally Nelson

Paula Kerr-Jarrett Attorney-at-law & philanthropist
Paula Kerr Jarret

Jacqueline Coke-Lloyd, Managing Director & Partner, Make Your Mark Consultants.
Jacqueline Coke-Lloyd

Kay Osborne President & CEO, Kay Osborne Associates Ltd.
Kay Osborne

Lisa Lake, Chief Entrepreneurship Officer The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship
Lisa Lake

Erica Wynter, President Young Entrepreneurs Association of Jamaica (YEA) & President and CEO C&E Innovational Services Limited
Erica Wynter

Yanique Page Founder & Managing Director Future Services International Limited (FSIL), Director Women’s Business Owners.
Yanique Page

Saffrey Brown, General Manager JNBS Foundation
Saffrey Brown 2

Yanique Forbes Patrick, Vice President Caribbean Central (Scotia Bank)

The Businessuite Magazine family is aware that in some cases, the titles/ positions have changed. However, the list above represents the positions held during the year 2015.

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#1 Melanie Subratie, Vice Chairman, Musson Jamaica Limited



Melanie Subratie was recently appointed the new Chairman of JAMPRO, Jamaica’s trade and investment promotion agency, in the Ministry of Industry, Investment & Commerce. She is a graduate of the London School of Economics with a BSc in Government and worked as a consultant in the Financial Services Division of Deloitte and Touche before returning to Jamaica. Melanie is an astute business leader, with an impressive career spanning 20 years of both operational and strategic roles in Insurance, Information Technology, Telcom, Food Distribution and Manufacturing. Subratie is the current Vice Chairman of Musson Jamaica Limited, where she has been responsible for developing over 535k square feet of BPO commercial real estate. She is also chairman and CEO of Stanley Motta Limited, which has the only all-female board of directors in the region. Other projects have included a major focus on the development of technology and coding skills among Jamaican youth. Her work as cofounder and chair of the Jamaican Girls Coding and Freedom Skatepark is credit to her commitment to Jamaica’s orange economy, particularly in film and animation – a significant area of focus for JAMPRO. Melanie is a keen angel investor and sits on the board of Bookfusion, and is a board member of First Angels. Since its inception, First Angels has managed 16 rounds of investments with a total of USD$2 million for start-up companies in Jamaica.


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#2 Diana S. Stewart, Philanthropist and Chairman Stewart’s Automotive Group



Philanthropist and Chair of Stewart’s Automotive Group, Diana Sherry Stewart CD has written her first book entitled ‘Dunsinane, A Memoir’ which is in memory of her late husband Richard Stewart. It is a tribute to the many memories shared with him, family and friends at their home in Gordon Town, after which the book is titled – Dunsinane. Stewart thought the time was right to capture her memories and launch the book on September 28, the eve of the seven-year memorial of her husband’s passing. Her first literary feat could have been anything else, but the businesswoman and philanthropist thought a memoir was best as it would be a fitting legacy for her family. Dunsinane is a powerful literary travelogue of Stewart’s account of journeying through life with family, friends, employees, politicians and a host of other persons; and the profound experiences, events, and exposures that have impacted her world. For Stewart, Dunsinane can also be the road map for readers to realise that all that glitters are not gold and it is important to live life with determination and hope. Passionate about philanthropy and giving back to Jamaica, all proceeds from the sale of her memoir will go to The Richard and Diana Stewart Building Fund. Among the revelations is the major accident she had, and after being treated in Jamaica, her parents took her to the United States where they were told she would never walk again or have children. She defied the odds – an active member of her community, Stewart now has five great-grandchildren. Never a dull moment, the read is guaranteed to have book lovers turning the pages as Stewart, who was born in Slough, Buckinghamshire, England, to a Jamaican father and an English mother, shares chunks of her life taking readers through the myriad twists and turns of that journey.


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#3 Paula Kerr-Jarrett Wegman, Lawyer, Social Entrepreneur and Company Director



Born into a Jamaican family that goes back many generations, Paula Kerr-Jarrett Wegman, the daughter of Christopher Bovell, Attorney-at-Law and Michelle started her early education in Jamaica and completed high school in the UK. She continued her education there, going on to read Law and Politics at the University of London, where she gained both her BA and LLM degrees. Paula moved back to Jamaica in 1990, and was called to the Jamaican Bar thereafter. Over the following years, as she re-assimilated into the Jamaican culture, she had many experiences which allowed her to recognize and appreciate the tremendous assets that Jamaica had to offer, particularly in the people. Her primary passion has since then, been to help develop and establish Jamaica and its environs into one of the most highly sought-after locations to visit, live and work. In order to realize this goal, she cultivated a role as a “social entrepreneur”, connecting various individuals; charities; business and government organizations in order to create a synergy of ideas, always where possible, aiming to advance the prospects of Jamaicans from all levels of society. This role involved her in numerous projects, involving religious, charitable and educational organizations, and eventually led to her become a candidate in the national elections. It was in this forum that she was able to fully understand the economic, social and educational disparity that often exists in developing countries. This led her to establish “Hanover Hope”, a non-profit foundation focusing on raising awareness and funds to provide scholarships (based on meritocracy as opposed to political affiliation) for many young people across the island.

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#4 Lorna Myers, Chairman, Restaurants of Jamaica Limited



Hailed as the hardest working woman in Corporate Jamaica, Lorna Myers, Chairman of Restaurants of Jamaica Limited, became the first woman inducted into The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica’s Hall of Fame at a gala event on the 14 November 2012, at the then Wyndham Kingston Hotel. Myers became the 20th inductee to take her place in the Hall of Fame among the finest and most celebrated businessmen in Jamaica. Lorna Myers is a phenomenal entrepreneur, who is most well-known for a decision she made 43 years ago. Myers went in pursuit of the Jamaica franchise for the world-famous KFC and secured it. To endure for so long and still be on top says it all. Known for her tenacity and philanthropy, she continues to be a stalwart in the business community. Before she was the matriarch of the Myers family empire, she worked in the airline industry and in real estate thus explaining her well-honed work ethic and her ability to effectively execute. It is always heartening when you raise your children right and they can safeguard your life’s work and legacy. Lorna Myers has done that and her businesses may well endure for decades to come. Today, Restaurants of Jamaica Limited operates both the local KFC and Pizza Hut franchises, which accounts for a collective, 46 locations and 2,000 Jamaican jobs.


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#5 Lois Lake Sherwood Managing Director, Restaurant Associates Ltd



Lois Sherwood, a Business Executive, is the former Honorary Consul for Lithuania in Jamaica. Mrs. Sherwood is also a highly regarded fine artist (painter) and has exhibited her work in several countries of the world. She owns and operates Island Homes Ltd., a property development company as well as Restaurant Associates Ltd., franchisee for Burger King, Jamaica, Popeyes and Little Caesars’ Pizza. Mrs. Sherwood was recently appointed Pulse’s Director Emerita.

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