Lakespen St. Catherine Jamaica

Directors and Management

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS
John Lee
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John Lee is Chairman of 138 Student Living, having conceptualised and implemented the idea in 2013 of ‘on campus’ student housing.

Up to retirement in 2013, John was a Director/Partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Tax and Advisory Services Limited, with 35 years of accounting and business experience obtained through corporate and project finance, insolvency and business turnaround, litigation support and auditing assignments.

He has assisted companies in the public and private sectors in their structuring of corporate and project financing and led the PwC team in advising clients on access to the local and international capital markets for corporate and project finance.

John holds a M.Sc. in Finance and is a retired member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.

John is also a member of the Company’s Audit & Risk and Compensation & Governance Committees.

Lisa Soares Lewis
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Lisa, a Jamaican national and the Founder/CEO of Great People Solutions that she created following her Human Resources Director roles in DIAGEO Jamaica (Red Stripe) and North Latin America and the Caribbean (NorthLAC). Her career has spanned 20+ years across a range of local and global businesses in banking, telecoms, and FMCG industries including DIAGEO, Cable & Wireless, Scotiabank and KPMG. Her roles covered general management consulting, end-to-end human resource (HR) management, corporate and commercial banking and corporate governance.

She is trained in performance diagnostics and breakthrough performance coaching and has a strong and consistent ownership orientation. She has undertaken and held leadership roles in global transformational projects, is known for delivering compelling results. Lisa is highly respected in the business community in Jamaica, has held key industry association roles and sat on company boards and pension plan trustee boards in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. She has a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering (First Class Hons) and an MBA (Distinction) in Finance and Marketing from UWI; and has held the PHR and SPHR designation.

Lisa is also a member of the Company’s Audit & Risk, and Compensation & Governance Committees.

Adam Stewart
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Adam is the dynamic Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sandals Resorts International, one of the world’s leading resort companies; and the ATL Group, Jamaica’s longest standing automotive and appliance distributors with recently expanded region-wide operations.

In August 2009, Adam was appointed CEO and Deputy Chairman of the family-owned ATL Group comprising the Jamaica Observer and ATL Appliance Traders, a chain of domestic and commercial appliance outlets combining exclusive distributorship of some of the world’s top electronic brands and “unbeatable” customer service throughout Jamaica.

In 2016, Adam received the Order of Distinction (Commander Class) for outstanding contribution to tourism and the hotel industry. Additionally, he has also been appointed as a member of Jamaica’s Economic Growth Council and the Board of Directors of the Port Authority. He has been chosen to lead the Tourism Linkages Committee in the capacity of Chairman and currently holds the post of First Vice-President for the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association.

Adam is also a member of the Company’s Audit & Risk and Compensation & Governance Committees.

Odetta Rockhead-Kerr
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A senior executive in the BPO and Transformation space with over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience, Odetta Rockhead-Kerr is the Country Head and Vice President at Sutherland Jamaica since its inception in 2012. Sutherland is the largest privately-owned global provider of business transformation and technology management services, employing over 60,000 professionals in 19 countries globally. Odetta spearheaded Sutherland’s entry into Jamaica employing 6,000 professionals at a growth rate of 1,000 per year and establishing 5 service delivery centers in 6 years.

Prior to joining Sutherland, Odetta spent 14 years at Xerox, a Fortune 500 company. She spent the last 10 years there in the capacity of Vice President managing 1,400 employees delivering services for a Fortune 50 client portfolio valued at $50M USD in annualized revenue. Not only was she one of the first non-expatriates and one of the first females to take on a leadership role at this level in Xerox, but she was also the first Vice President outside of North America.

Odetta is qualified at the undergraduate and graduate level in Business with focus on Management and Marketing. She has established her own foundation and has scholarships that she offers at her alma mater. She also serves as a Lay Magistrate (Justice of the Peace) for St. James.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS
William Mahfood- Chairman
François P. Chalifour
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William Mahfood was appointed Chairman of the Board in 2014. He holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering & Management Information Systems from North Eastern University.

He started his career with Wisynco Trading Limited as Warehouse Supervisor back in 1988. He then moved to Wisynco Group Limited where he served as Co-Director, Managing Director and Director for Wisynco Group and Walisa Marketing Limited for 11 years concurrently.

William has served on over 10 Boards during his career. This includes serving as President of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) and Trade Wind Citrus Limited.

Andrew Mahfood - Chief Executive Officer
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Andrew Mahfood is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Wisynco Group Limited. Andrew worked at PriceWaterhouse North York, Ontario Canada for 3 years before moving to Wisynco Trading Limited as the Financial Controller in 1991. He then went on to become Group Finance Director for 6 years before being appointed CEO.

He is a Chartered Accountant and member of the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Association in Ontario, Canada. He obtained a B.Sc. in Finance, Economics and Computer Science from Boston College.

Andrew serves on the Boards of Wisynco Group Limited, Wisynco Foods Limited, Food for the Poor Jamaica, Trade Winds Citrus Limited, United Estates Limited and Seville Development Corp.

François P. Chalifour - Director of Marketing & Development
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Currently the Director of Marketing & Development of Wisynco Group Limited, Francois began his career in Montreal Canada during the early 1990s as an Auditor for Richter, Usher & Vineberg; and Financial Controller at Bariatrix International. He moved to Jamaica to start-up The Jamaica Drink Company Limited where he served as Managing Director for 8 years. As Jamaica Drink was amalgamated into The Wisynco Group Limited, Francois continued his role overseeing manufacturing of the Company’s beverage brands. In 2012, he took on the role of Director of Marketing and Development for the entire Group.

Francois has a Degree in Administrative and Commercial Studies from the University of Western Ontario, and a Degree in Accounting from the University of Laval, Canada. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Association of Quebec.

François P. Chalifour serves on the Boards of Recycle Partners of Jamaica, Wisynco Group Limited, Wisynco Foods Limited, CGM Gallagher, United Estates Limited and Trade Winds Citrus Limited.

Devon H. Reynolds - Director of Manufacturing
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Devon Hugh Reynolds has served as Maintenance Manager, Assistant Plant Manager, Plant Manager, General Manager, Managing Director and now Director of Manufacturing for the past 20 years at Wisynco Group Limited.

Prior to working at the Wisynco Group, Devon started his work experience as a Maintenance Engineer at Thermo-Plastics Jamaica Limited, where he became a supervisor. He went on to the Plastic Corporation of Jamaica as a Production Factory Foreman and was later promoted to Plant Manager. He returned to Thermo-Plastics as the Production Manager.

Devon has a Diploma in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from UTECH (formerly the College of Arts, Science & Technology), and received certification and training in Supervisory Management, Injection Moulding, Production Management, Industrial Relations, Flexible Packaging and Advanced Executive Management Development.

Joseph M. Mahfood - Director Emeritus
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Joseph Mahfood, Wisynco Group Director Emeritus, was educated at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Prior to becoming Store Manager of Mahfood’s 1965 Limited, Joseph started his work experience as a travelling salesman for Mahfood’s Commercial Limited, after which he started working at Wisynco where he was Plant Manager, General Manager and Group Managing Director.

Joseph serves on the Boards of Wisynco Group Limited and Seville Development Corp.

Andrew Fowles - Group Company Secretary
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Andrew worked at PriceWaterhouse as a Group Manager and at Jamaica Broilers as Project Co-ordinator, before joining West Indies Synthetics in 1987 as Financial Director. He left in 1995 to set up his own consulting practice, and now serves a wide range of corporate clients throughout Jamaica.

Andrew is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in both Scotland and Jamaica.

He was appointed Group Company Secretary in 2005 and sits on the Boards of Seville Development Corporation Limited and Xsomo International Limited.

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Halcott Holness - Head of Sales
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Halcott was appointed Head of Sales in 2007. He has experience in managing large distribution/sales divisions and implementing automated sales/distribution systems.

He was a Production Supervisor at Dairy Industries Limited and was also an Assistant Sales Manager at Gator Ltd, Business Manager at Walisa T&T Limited, and Sales & Marketing Export Manager at Wisynco Group. He went on to become the National Sales Manager of the Wisynco Group.

Halcott has a master’s degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University and a B.Sc. in Management studies from the University of the West Indies, Mona.

Tabitha Athey – General Manager, Full Service Model (FSM)
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Tabitha Athey currently heads the sales transformation and distribution project as a member of Wisynco’s Executive Management Committee. With over 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, business operations, management, and business development, she previously worked at VIP Attractions as Chief Executive Officer, Ritz Carlton Hotel Company, and Sysco Foods.

Tabitha holds an MBA from Hult International Business School and a BSBA in International Business from the University of Nebraska.

N. Craig Clare – Head of Operations (Acting)
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Currently the Head of Operations (Acting), Craig has served the Wisynco Group in manufacturing as the Assistant to the Director of Manufacturing and Group Engineer since 2012. Prior to his stay at Wisynco, Craig’s occupation was in construction project management.

He has a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and a Master of Business Administration from Tias Nimbas in Utrecht, Netherlands. Craig is also currently certified and registered as a Professional Engineer at the Professional Engineering Registration Board (PERB) in Jamaica.

Christopher Ramdon- Chief Information officer
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Christopher Ramdon currently serves as the Chief Information Officer at Wisynco Group Limited where he oversees all hardware and software, telecom and systems infrastructure.

He has a B.Sc. in Electronics and Physics from the University of the West Indies and a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Operations with emphasis in Brand Management, from the Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. His areas of expertise also include Project Management and Business Process Improvement, ERP implementation, Strategic Planning and execution and IT Security Policy implementation.

Jacinth Bennett – Group Financial Controller
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Jacinth became the Group Financial Controller of Wisynco Group Limited in August 2006.

Her career started as an Input Clerk/Teller at NCB. She served as a Cost Accountant at Caribbean Casting Limited, Senior Accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Financial Controller at Partner Foods Limited and then at Sugar Company of Jamaica before assuming her current role at Wisynco Group Limited.

Jacinth is an ACCA Certified Accountant and sits on the Boards of Wisynco Foods Limited and the Greendale Early Childhood Development Centre.

Annette Morrison – Group Head of Human Resources
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Annette joined Wisynco Group Limited in April 2018 with over 20 years of experience within the human resource management field. She is responsible for developing and executing Wisynco’s people strategy. Prior to Wisynco Annette was the Head of Talent & Global Mobility at GraceKennedy Limited. She also held senior HR roles at Lascelles deMercado / J. Wray & Nephew Limited, including General Manager – Customer & Employee Experience.

She has a B.Sc. in Psychology and Management Studies and a M.Sc. in Human Resource Management. Annette also holds the designation of certified Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR).

Leilani Hunt – Chief Internal Auditor
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Leilani joined Wisynco Group Limited in 2017 as Chief Internal Auditor. In this capacity and reporting directly to the Audit & Risk Committee and CEO, she is responsible for implementing a systematic, disciplined approach to improving the effectiveness of risk management, internal control, and governance processes.

Leilani brings a wealth of experience with over ten years working in audit practice. She began her career in Atlanta GA, working at Ernst & Young LLP for 5 years, followed by a 7-year tenure at PricewaterhouseCoopers SA in Switzerland, where she held the position of Audit Senior Manager.

She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.Sc. in Accounting from Oglethorpe University and a B.A. Degree in Spanish from the University of Virginia.