The FGB Board, through their combined wealth of experience in the banking and finance industry, provides oversight for the strategic direction of the bank. The board of ten (10) is led by Chairman Peter Moses.
Mr. Peter Moses retired as Chairman of CitiFinance and CitiMerchant Bank and CEO of CitiBank Jamaica in March 2017 after 42-year banking career. He joined Citibank Jamaica as a Management Trainee then was promoted to progressively senior roles culminating with his appointment as CEO.
Mr. Moses has served on several Boards and organizations in the public and private sectors and civil society including: President of the Jamaica Bankers Association, President Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ), President American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), Director Jamaica Exporters Association (JEA), Chairman Salvation Army Advisory Board, Director Jamaica Drug Abuse Committee, Chairman, Jamaica Foundation for Children, Member Review Board for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and Chairman of the Public Sector Reform Oversight Committee.
Mr. Moses’ contributions to nation building have been recognized by the conferring of the national awards, Commander of the Order of Distinction (CD) and Order of Jamaica (OJ). In 2009, he was appointed to Jamaica’s Privy Council by Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen.
He currently serves on the following Boards and organizations: Chairman of the Oversight Committee for the Security Agencies of the Government, Member of the Calabar High School Executive, President of the Real Mona Football Club. Peter holds a BA in Economics from the Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA. He continues in the philanthropic footsteps of previous GraceKennedy Chairmen, lending his active support to the company’s programmes for inner-city residents and youth, and to strengthening educational institutions at all levels throughout the country.
Kerry-Ann Heavens is an attorney-at-law, specializing in corporate finance having acted as counsel in substantial private equity deals, debt financing arrangements, mergers & acquisitions, and other transactions since being called to the Jamaican Bar in 2010. She joined the team at GraceKennedy in 2017, providing legal advice and oversight for the companies in the GraceKennedy Financial Group, including First Global Bank. She previously worked in the commercial department at one of Jamaica’s leading law firms.
Kerry-Ann is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, where she obtained a Master of Corporate Law degree as a Chevening Scholar. She also holds a Certificate of Legal Education from the Norman Manley Law School; a Bachelor of Laws Degree as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in International Relations and Public-Sector Management (both with first class honours) from the University of the West Indies.
Kerry-Ann has contributed to the development of national policies and legislation whilst serving on various national boards and committees. She is a current member of the Jamaica Bar Association.
Densil A. Williams is Professor of International Business and Executive Director of the Mona School of Business and Management at UWI, Mona Campus, the largest Business School in the Caribbean. He obtained a BSc degree with first class honours in Economics and, a MSc degree in International Business from the UWI between 1996- 2001. In 2006, he obtained a Ph.D. in International Business and Strategy from the Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, in the UK. He is the youngest person to be promoted to the rank of Professor in the history of UWI, Mona and the second youngest across all the Campuses of the UWI. Also, he is the first person in the over 40 years history of Business and Management education at UWI, Mona to be promoted to the rank of Professor.
Since his first academic appointment in 2006, he has published over 50 refereed papers on economic development, small firm’s strategy and economic competitiveness in academic journals and conference proceedings. He is also the author of three books, two of which have won outstanding research awards at the UWI. In 2013 and 2015, he was awarded the prize for the most outstanding researcher in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the UWI, Mona Campus.
Densil serves on a number of Boards as Chairman, Deputy Chairman and, Director in the public and private sectors in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean region. Before joining academia in 2006, he worked as a Business Analyst in Strategy and Transformation at Cable and Wireless Jamaica. He was a Jamaica Government Exhibition Scholar, A Jamaica Flour Mills Scholar, a Lome IV Scholar and, A Commonwealth Scholar.
Don Wehby became Group Chief Executive Officer of GraceKennedy Limited on July 1, 2011. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Wehby was Group Chief Operating Officer, a position he took up when he rejoined the company on October 5, 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. During his tenure as Chief Operating Officer of the Financial Services Division, the division's pre-tax profit rose from $280 million in 2000 to $1.417 billion in 2005, an increase of 406 %.
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. In 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.
Professor the Hon. Gordon Shirley joined the port Authority of Jamaica on September 1, 2013 on secondment from the University of the West Indies, and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer on November 1, 2013.
He was pro Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of the West Indies, (UWI) Mona Campus from August 1, 2007 - August, 2013. He is a graduate of the UWI, St. Agustine Campus with a BSc in Engineering; Harvard University with a MBA in Operations and Finance, and Doctorate in Business Administration in Operations Management.
Professor Shirley started his professional career with Alcan Jamaica Company Limited as a Mechanical Engineer in the late 1970s to early 1980s. He then served as Assistant Professor of Operations Management at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Until 1991. In 1991, Professor Shirley joined the staff of the UWI, Mona Campus first as the Carlton Alexander Professor of the Management and Head of the Department of Management Studies, then as Executive Director, Mona School of Business. He also served concurrently as Executive Chairman of the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited. In 2001 he was seconded to the Government of Jamaica as Jamaica's Ambassador to the USA and Permanent Representative to the OAS. He has served on several public sector and private sector boards and committees in Jamaica, USA and Canada. The honour of the Order of Jamaica was conferred on him on August 6, 2009.
Herma McRae is an Attorney-at-Law and a former Banker. Mrs. McRae began her professional career in banking and served the National Commercial Bank (NCB) for many years, in diverse capacities including General Manager of the Credit Division.
After leaving banking she pursued her lifelong desire to study law and was called to the Jamaican Bar in 2008. Thereafter, she served as a Crown Counsel in the Commercial Affairs Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) in Jamaica. In this position she leveraged her banking experience to advise the Government on a wide array of commercial matters. She left the AGC in 2012 to start a civil practice specializing in Commercial Law.
She holds the Legal Education Certificate from the Norman Manley Law School; LLB from the University of London; B.Sc. Management Studies and MBA Finance from the University of the West Indies; and ACIB from the Institute of Bankers (London). Mrs. McRae serves on the Legislative Review Committee of the Jamaica International Financial Services Authority (JIFSA) and is a member of the Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI).
Joseph Taffe joined GraceKennedy in 1989. In September 2005, Mr. Taffe was appointed deputy chief operating officer of the financial services division of GraceKennedy and after a four-month transition period, assumed the post of chief operating officer (COO) of the financial services division.
With the streamlining of the divisions within the GraceKennedy Group, Joe Taffe assumed the role of Deputy CEO, GK Investments, on December 1, 2006.
Mr. Taffe received a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) degree in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies; is a chartered accountant, and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica and the Association of Chartered Accountants, UK.
Mariame McIntosh Robinson joined First Global Bank in Jamaica as President & CEO in 2016 to lead the Bank’s transformation and strategic pursuit of Financial Inclusion. Prior to this, Mariame was a private equity investor for 7 years where she was a Partner at Portland Private Equity, the largest private equity fund management company focused on the Caribbean region which successfully raised two US$200M+ Funds. Mariame also worked as a Strategy Consultant for 8 years with McKinsey & Company, Atlanta office and Bain & Company New York office where she was a Manager prior to joining Portland. Mariame currently serves as a Trustee on United Way Worldwide Board and several private and public Boards in Jamaica and Barbados. Mariame is also the Board Chair of TEACH Caribbean, an educational NGO she co-founded in 2006 with seed financing from Rhodes Trust to provide access to quality education for economically disadvantaged youth. Mariame has a BSc in Electrical Engineering from MIT, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an MPhil in Economics from Oxford University where she attended as a Rhodes Scholar. She is married and has a son.
Maureen Denton currently serves as the Executive Director of Jamaica’s Economic Growth Council and Head of the Growth Secretariat. Prior to returning to Jamaica in late 2014, Maureen worked in Zimbabwe in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors. Maureen has over 20 years of legal experience in business-related transactions, commencing her legal career in 1990 at the preeminent New York law firm, Sullivan & Cromwell. While there, she worked on the majority of Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) by Latin American companies during that decade and on project financing transactions. She has worked for major US corporations including AT&T, Lucent Technologies, Tyco, and Cisco.
Prior to going to Southern Africa, Maureen held the position of Vice President & Associate General Counsel for Goldman Sachs & Co., New York. She has provided consulting services to private companies and government entities on structuring and negotiating both domestic and international transactions. Maureen also lectured in the fields of International Politics and Caribbean and African American Literature, at Hunter College of the City University in New York (CUNY), United States.
Maureen graduated from Columbia University School of Law in New York and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1992. She has a Masters degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a Masters in Spanish and French Language and Literature from Queens College, CUNY and was a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is fluent in Spanish with a working knowledge of French and Portuguese. She is a former college table tennis champion and has a daughter, Tahira.
Distinguished Business Fellow, Mona School of Business, UWI
A former banker with over thirty years of corporate, commercial and retail banking experience, Minna Israel was appointed Distinguished Business Fellow at the UWI, Mona School of Business (MSB) effective March, 2012. Prior to her appointment at the MSB, Minna was the President & Country Head of RBC Royal Bank Jamaica/RBTT Bank Jamaica for 4 years. In January 2003, she was appointed the first female Country Head in Scotiabank and spent 3 years as Managing Director of Scotiabank (Bahamas) Limited, leading approximately 700 employees to achieve outstanding results. Previously, she held the position of Executive Vice President and Deputy CEO of the Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica Limited.
Minna’s performance and contribution to the wider society has made her the recipient of a number of local, regional and international awards; the latest being the UWI Honorary Doctor of Laws degree, in November, 2012. She is a member of the UWI Vice Chancellor Award Selection Committee; the United Way Women's Leadership Initiative; Rotary Club of St. Andrew, Chairperson of the Mona School of Business, UWI; and Vice President, International Women Forum (Jamaica).
Minna holds a Masters of Business Administration in Finance and General Management from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, Canada; a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies, and a Diploma in Business Administration specializing in Banking from the University of Technology. In 2002, Minna also completed the Executive Program at University of Michigan Business School.
Minna is the immediate past-president of the Jamaica Bankers’ Association, having served for the period 2009 to 2011. She was the first female to be elected president of the Association since its incorporation. Minna believes that “The secret of success is loving what you do, doing it to the best of your ability, and remaining true to your core values.