Friday 24 May, 2019

Gillian Haughton is the new CEO at AMCHAM

Haughton will ensure that AMCHAM continues to leverage itself in promoting trade and investment opportunities between Jamaica and the United States. (Photo contributed)

Haughton will ensure that AMCHAM continues to leverage itself in promoting trade and investment opportunities between Jamaica and the United States. (Photo contributed)

Veteran journalist and communication specialist, Gillian Haughton, is the new Chief Executive Officer of the American Chamber of Commerce of Jamaica (AMCHAM)

Her appointment becomes effective February. Haughton replaces longstanding CEO Gail Abrahams who has taken up a senior position at Supreme Ventures.

AMCHAM, in a statement on Friday, said as CEO, Haughton will ensure that AMCHAM continues to leverage itself in promoting trade and investment opportunities between Jamaica and the United States. She will also ensure that such opportunities are promoted between Jamaica and other countries.

AMCHAM said Haughton will also facilitate fora which will allow Jamaican business persons to advocate public policies and provide opportunities for international linkages for the chamber’s members interested in promoting and growing their business.

Haughton has more than 30 years’ experience in the communication sector. She has worked in media, advertising and government communications. Before joining AMCHAM, Haughton spent 12 years at the Ministry of National Security where she was director of public affairs and communication, and for the past 10 months was project manager responsible for communication of the JamaicaEye initiative.

A seasoned media practitioner, Gillian spent nearly 20 years between the now defunct Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation and the RJR Communications Group, in various positions including Radio News Producer, News & Current Affairs Editor, and Television News Editor. She has lectured the Introduction to Media and Communications Course at the International University of the Caribbean, worked as a proofreader for The Gleaner Company and was Public Relations Director at Advertising & Marketing (Ja).

Haughton holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree from the University of the West Indies, as well as a Diploma in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Wales, College of Cardiff. She also holds a certificate in Advertising, Media & Online Communications Planning from York University, Canada. 

 

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