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Don Wehby

Don Wehby
Minister Without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and The Public Service
In office
September 2007 – October 2009
Personal details
Born (1963-07-14) 14 July 1963
Kingston, Jamaica
Nationality Jamaican
Alma mater University of the West Indies

Don Wehby is a Jamaican business executive. He is group Chief Executive Officer at GraceKennedy Limited and a former senator and cabinet minister. In September 2007, he became a senator and Minister Without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and The Public Service. On 5 October, he returned to GraceKennedy Limited and became the company's group chief operating officer.[1]

On 5 November 2009, he called for governance changes at the Bank of Jamaica, the country's central bank, following the resignation of the bank's governor. He said that the positions of governor and chairman of the bank should be split.[2][3]

Don Wehby became Group Chief Executive Officer of GraceKennedy Limited on 1 July 2011. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Wehby was Group Chief Operating Officer, a position he took up when he rejoined the company on 5 October 2009.

Mr. Wehby first joined GraceKennedy Ltd. in 1995 as Group Finance Manager. He was appointed Deputy Finance Director in 1997 and in that same year was appointed to the Board of Directors of GraceKennedy Ltd. The following year, he was appointed Group Chief Financial Officer and in 1999 undertook the additional role of Chief Operating Officer for the Financial Services Division. In addition, he was charged with the responsibility for leading the Group's local and international expansion especially as this relates to banking, investments and insurance services. He has directed the listing of the company in Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Securities Exchange sited in St. Kitts. Under his leadership, GraceKennedy acquired 100% ownership of First Global Bank Ltd., now a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company. In December 2005 Mr. Wehby relinquished his role as Chief Operating Officer of the Financial Services Division to take on expanded responsibilities as Group Chief Financial Officer, which included heading a new Strategic Planning Unit. In 2006, following the reorganisation of GraceKennedy he was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer, GraceKennedy Ltd. and Chief Executive Officer, GK Investments.

In September 2007, Mr. Wehby resigned from his positions at GraceKennedy Ltd. and its Board of Directors to serve for two years as Government Senator and Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.

Following his two-year stint in public service, he was reappointed to the Board of Directors of GraceKennedy Ltd. on his return to GraceKennedy on 5 October 2009.

His current professional affiliations include Chairman of the Taskforce on Tourism Contribution & Linkages. He is also Vice-President of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ). He previously served the PSOJ as a member of its Economic Policy Committee and Honorary Treasurer. He also served on the board of directors of his alma mater St. George’s College.

A Fellow Chartered Accountant, Mr. Wehby gained his early auditing experience at Touche-Ross Thorburn. He holds both a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) and a Master of Science degree in Accounting from The University of the West Indies and has completed an Advanced Management College certificate course at Stanford University.

Mr. Wehby is married with three children. He is an avid cricket fan and a member of the Kingston Cricket Club.

References

  1. ^ "Don Wehby Rejoins GraceKennedy as Group Chief Operating Officer". GraceKennedy Limited. 2 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-08. 
  2. ^ Roache, Alicia (6 November 2009). "Wehby calls for major changes to be made at BOJ". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 2009-11-08. 
  3. ^ "Restructure BOJ - Wehby proposes new central bank model - Split chairmanship and governor's position - Set up committee to determine interest rates". Jamaica Gleaner. 6 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-08. 

External links

  • "Don Wehby, Group Chief Operating Officer". GraceKennedy Limited. Retrieved 2009-11-08. 
  • "Senator the Hon. Don Wehby Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance & the Public Service". Jamaica Information Service. 19 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-08. 
  • "Profile of Senator The Hon. Don Wehby Minister Without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and The Public Service". Ministry of Finance and The Public Service (Jamaica). Retrieved 2009-11-08. 
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