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Jeffrey Hall Replaces Joanna Banks on the Board of Sagicor Group, and Related Companies

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Sagicor Group (SJ) wishes to advise that Miss Joanna Banks tendered her resignation as a Director of Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited (SGJ) and the following subsidiaries: Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited (SLJ); Sagicor Bank Jamaica Limited (SBJ) and Sagicor Investments Jamaica Limited (SIJ), effective June 30, 2023.

Additionally, we are pleased to advise that the Boards of Directors of SGJ, SLJ, SBJ and SIJ have appointed Mr. Jeffrey Hall as a Director of these companies effective, July 1, 2023, subject to regulatory approval.

Mr. Jeffrey Hall was appointed to fill the casual vacancy created by the resignation of Ms. Banks, who will assume the executive position of Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at SGJ on July 17, 2023.

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Corporate Movements – July 2024

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The Board of Directors of PROVEN Group Limited, hereby notifies the Jamaica Stock Exchange that it has received notice from PROVEN Management Limited (the Investment Managers of the Group) that Mr. Christopher Williams, the long-standing CEO of PROVEN Management Limited (“PML”) and co-founder of PROVEN Group Limited, will retire from hisrole in PML’s day-to-day operations effective January 31, 2025. Christopher Williams has served as President & CEO of PROVEN Management Limited since inception and January 31, 2025 marks a significant milestone, as it will be the fifteenth anniversary of the Group, which has benefited from his dynamic and visionary leadership at PML. Over this period, PROVEN has grown into one of the Caribbean’s premier providers of financial solutions, with significant strategic expansion, including the launch of PROVEN Wealth (Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Bahamas, and Barbados), PROVEN Properties, PROVEN Private Capital and PROVEN Bank (with operations in St. Lucia and the Cayman Islands). While retiring from daily executive operations, Williams will remain a significant shareholder, active director of PML, and member of the Investment Management Committee and will continue to sit on the board of directors of a number of PROVEN Group’s subsidiaries. In these capacities, Williams’ expertise, strategic insight, and guidance will remain an invaluable asset to the ongoing growth and success of the Group.

Wisynco Group Limited (Wisynco) wishes to advise our shareholders and the investing public of the following change to our executive management team, in accordance with the main market rules of the Jamaica Stock Exchange. Wisynco is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Tabitha Athey as Chief Commercial Officer, effective July 1, 2024. She brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record in commercial strategy and sales management, and we are confident that her expertise will drive Wisynco to new heights.

Caribbean Producers (Jamaica) Limited (JSE:CPJ) (“CPJ”) announced that A.S. Bryden & Sons Holdings Limited (JSE:ASBH) (“ASBH”) has acquired a
44.8% strategic stake in CPJ.  Nicholas Hospedales was appointed Chief Executive Officer of CPJ effective July 9, 2024. Mr. Hospedales is a senior executive at ASBH, having previously led its food and grocery, premium beverage and operations units over the last decade. Prior to his roles at ASBH, Mr. Hospedales held various regional leadership roles at Nestle. Richard Pandohie, the Chief Executive Officer of ASBH was appointed Chairman of CPJ effective July 9, 2024. Tom Tyler, CPJ’s Co-Founder was appointed Deputy Chairman of CPJ and will serve as a consultant to the Company focused on customer and supplier relationships and business development opportunities. Mark Hart and Candace Hart will remain the Directors of CPJ. In addition to Mr. Pandohie and Mr. Hospedales, ASBH directors Nicholas Scott, Michael Conyers and David Franco were appointed new directors of CPJ replacing Christopher Berry, Konrad Berry, Camille Shields, Frank O’Dowd and Mark Hall who has resigned.

tTech Limited announced, following a meeting of its Board of Directors on July 12, 2024. Effective July 12, 2024: Messrs. Kevin Gordon and Rob Mayo-Smith were appointed directors of the company.
Mr. Norman Chen resigned as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Kevin Gordon was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer.
The Directors thank Norman for his service and leadership during his period with the company. His leadership as CEO since December 2022, has been instrumental in navigating the company through significant changes and challenges. His dedication and vision have contributed significantly to the Company’s growth and positioned tTech as a leader in the industry. and we wish him every success in his future endeavours. Mr. Chen continues to serve as a director. Kevin Gordon and Rob Mayo-Smith are the owners of Simply Secure Limited, a company which acquired 49.1% of the issued ordinary shares of tTech Limited. Both Kevin and Rob are experienced executives in the Telecommunications and Information Technology sectors, and the company looks forward to benefitting from their experience and expertise.

Access Financial Services Limited (AFS) wishes to advise of the changes in the leadership positions within the Board of Directors, as decided in the recent Board meeting held on June 27, 2024. The Executive Chairman, Mr. Marcus James requested a one-year leave of absence from his role effective June 27, 2024. During this period, Mr. James will continue to serve on the Board. His request was granted, and Mr. Michael Shaw was subsequently appointed as the new Chairman of the Board. Mr. Shaw brings extensive leadership experience in the financial sector, having served in senior positions where he consistently exceeded targets, improved efficiency, and delivered strong financial results. Additionally, the Board has appointed Mrs. Charmaine Boyd-Walker as the Chairman of the Audit & Risk Management Committee. Mrs. Boyd-Walker has over 25 years of experience in accounting and finance, with significant expertise in audit and accounting standards, internal controls, compliance, and risk management. The Board has full confidence in these changes and looks forward to the exceptional contributions that the new appointees will make in their respective roles.

Access Financial Services Limited (AFS), wishes to advise of the resignation of Ms. Sherri Murray as Company Secretary of the Board, effective July 8, 2024. The Board extends its gratitude to Ms. Murray for her contributions and wishes her all the best in her future endeavours. AFS further advises that Ms. Carla Stephens-Mullings has been appointed as the new Company Secretary, effective July 9, 2024.

The JPS Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Hugh Grant as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. The appointment takes effect on August 1, 2024. Hugh Grant has more than twenty-five years of experience in the utility business, with extensive industry knowledge across the generation, transmission, and distribution sectors of the industry. He joins JPS from Consolidated Edison Company, the energy company that serves the ten million people of New York and Westchester in the US. In his most recent position, Grant served as the vice president of Steam Operations at Con Edison. In this capacity, he was responsible for managing the day-to-day operations and the P&L of the district steam business in Manhattan, a system that has the lowest greenhouse gas emissions of any energy system in New York City. During his time at Con Edison, Grant served in a variety of positions, with increased responsibility and impact on the company. Prior to his most recent assignment, Grant was the vice president of Substation Operations and was responsible for the more than one hundred electric transmission and distribution substations throughout the service territory, serving a customer demand of over 13,000MW.Grant is of Jamaican origin. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Florida International University in Miami, Florida, a Master of Science degree in information
systems from Pace University and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University in New York City.

The management of Radio Jamaica Limited (RJL), the parent company in the RJRGLEANER Communications Group (“the Group”) advises that a new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) designate, Ms. Karla Stephens-Hall has been identified. Ms. Stephens-Hall started work at the Group on Monday, July 8, 2024.

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.

Mr. Doug Hewson resigned from the Portland JSX Limited (PJX) Board effective July 12, 2024 and Mr. Ricardo Hutchinson was appointed a Director and Board Chairman effective on the same date.

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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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