Pandohie returns unopposed as JMEA president
Pandohie will serve his second term as JMEA president.
CEO of Seprod Limited, Richard Pandohie, was returned unopposed as president of the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) at its the annual general meeting on Thursday.
Pandohie will serve his second term. Under the JMEA constitution, a president can serve four consecutive one-year terms.
Jerome Miles, General Manager of Rainforest Seafoods Limited, was elected as the new deputy president of the association. Clover Moodie, Chief Financial Officer of Kingston Wharves, ran unopposed as treasurer.
Miles defeated David Martin and Andrew Wildish of GraceKennedy, for the position of deputy president. Miles got 22 votes, Martin 15 and Wildish nine.
Group shot of some JMEA Board of Directors 2020-2023
The eight director positions available were hotly contested with 19 nominations.
The JMEA’s Board of Directors for 2020-2023 comprises of: Novelette Deans, General Manager, Corporate Affairs & Finance, ARC Manufacturing Limited; Aswad Morgan, Director, Morgans Group; Lisa Johnston, Corporate Affairs Manager, Jamaica Producers Group Limited; Marc Frankson, Operations Manager, Designs by Marc; David Martin, Director, Tortuga Caribbean Rum Cake Company Limited; Alicia Bogues, Head of Marketing and Regional Development, CB Foods Limited; P. Andrew Gray, Managing Director, Gray’s Pepper, and John O. Minott, Jr, General Manager ,Jamaica Standard Products Company Limited.
Pandohie, in his acceptance speech, said he would continue to push for an environment to drive productivity, innovation and export.
He said the executive would also continue to exert pressure on the government and policymakers to be aligned with the productive sector, as a key part of growth recovery.
Pandohie also called for a diversification of the economy with the manufacturing sector being a pillar in the resilient and sustainable growth equation.
He said this would be in tandem with the service industry, which includes the BPO and tourism sectors.
As the Association closes a chapter and starts a new one, the focus will be on helping its members and the economy on a path of recovery from COVID-19.
The JMEA will continue to advocate for ways to diversify the economic base with a focus on value-added exports, driving equitable and inclusive growth for our people.