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Published:Friday | October 10, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Francis Kennedy

New supply chain manager

Berger Paints Jamaica Limited says Sreejith Venugopal was appointed regional supply chain manager in charge of the Caribbean, effective October 1.

Sreejith will be based in Jamaica but have oversight responsibility for all Berger companies in the Caribbean.

Berger has been making paint in the Caribbean since 1953 and currently operates manufacturing facilities in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

A mix of old and new

Francis Kennedy will be leading the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) for another term following his re-election as president at the end of September.

His executive team includes first vice-president Warren McDonald, second VP Paul Scott, third VP Catherine Kennedy, fourth VP Oliver Chen and treasurer Wilbert Spence.

In addition, to fill vacancies created in 2014, seven board directors were elected to serve three-year terms to 2017 - Glen Christian, Grace Burnett, Keith Collister, Lloyd Distant Jr, Winston Lawson, Donovan James and Dianne Ashton-Smith.
Jason Younis of Younis Investments was also elected to serve on the board for one year to 2015, filling the early vacancy created by the resignation of Anthony Gomes. JCC said Gomes remains affiliated with the chamber as director emeritus.

Spencer headed to South Africa

Cheryl Spencer has been appointed high commissioner of South Africa, replacing retired ambassador, Norma Taylor Roberts.

Schooled in international relations at the University of the West Indies, Spencer has given 24 years to the foreign service as a career diplomat.

She is currently the senior director for the Foreign Trade Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade with responsibility for trade policy, trade-related issues and technical leadership and coordination of Jamaica's positions in trade negotiations.

Spencer is proficient in French and Spanish. In her two-decade career, her tours of duty have included positions of first secretary of the Jamaican embassy in Brussels, Belgium; deputy high commissioner to Trinidad & Tobago; and deputy permanent representative of Jamaica to the United Nations.

She currently serves as deputy chairman of the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation.