Matalon replaces Issa as Gleaner vice chairman
Joseph M. Matalon has been appointed vice-chairman of the board of The Gleaner Company, replacing John Issa, who stepped down as a director last week, having reached the age of retirement.
Issa, 75, will remain on the board as honorary chairman. The position, which conveys no voting rights, was held for a decade by Professor Gerald Lalor up to January 22, 2015 when the most recent board changes took effect. Prof Lalor was a director of the board between 1990 and 2005, and honorary chairman since that time.
Matalon, the chairman of the family-controlled ICD Group Limited, a former president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, and a tax expert to whom both the Government and corporate Jamaica has looked to in the past for guidance on tax policy, has been a member of The Gleaner's board since October 1987.
He is now the third longest-serving board member behind Oliver Clarke, who became managing director of The Gleaner in 1976 and chairman of the board in 1979. Issa has been on the board for four decades.
Issa's longevity was equalled by Christopher Roberts - both were appointed February 1975 - but Roberts, who was The Gleaner's head of finance and deputy managing director up to his retirement, resigned his seat on the board just weeks ago on December 31.
With the changes, The Gleaner's board now comprises Clarke as chairman, Matalon as deputy chairman, Managing Director Christopher Barnes, who joined the board in February 2008, Douglas Orane since May 1988, Lisa Johnston and Morin Seymour since April 2000, Dr Carol Archer from December 2001, Winston Dear from April 2004, Earl Maucker since April 2011, Elizabeth Ann Jones, who was appointed on November 3, 2014, and Issa.