GraceKennedy Limited has announced that the Hon Douglas Orane will retire from the Board of Directors effective May 30, 2018, having served as a member of the board in various capacities since May 30, 1985.
In a press release yesterday, GraceKennedy said Orane’s decision is in keeping with his previously stated intention to gradually reduce participation on corporate boards in order to spend more time with his family and on philanthropic work, particularly in the education and entrepreneurship of young people.
Chairman of GraceKennedy, Professor Gordon Shirley, described Orane’s service to GraceKennedy and Jamaica as “invaluable”.
“Douglas has made a solid contribution to shaping and strengthening the governance structure of the board. He is a really outstanding leader and we are going to miss having him as a member of the board, but we are equally happy that he will be devoting more time to developing the next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders,” Professor Shirley said.
Similar sentiments were echoed by Group CEO Don Wehby. According to Wehby, Orane was a visionary leader who played a pivotal role in the growth and development of GraceKennedy.
“Douglas Orane is a master strategist — I learnt a great deal from him when we worked together at GraceKennedy and he was instrumental in shaping my career. I have always admired his commitment to country and willingness to give young people a chance. I consider him my mentor, confidant and friend. He is truly the brother that I never had,” the CEO said.