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J. Wray & Nephew reorganises management team

Published:Wednesday | March 9, 2016 | 3:00 AM
Clement ‘Jimmy’ Lawrence, newly appointed chairman of J. Wray & Nephew Limited.
Jean-Phillipe Beyer, new managing director of J. Wray & Nephew Limited, in charge of Jamaica and the Caribbean.
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Clement 'Jimmy' Lawrence, former managing director in charge of Jamaica and the Caribbean, has been appointed chairman of the distiller, blender and bottler J. Wray & Nephew Limited (JWN).

The appointment was on February 24, 2016, but the company is just making the announcement.

Lawrence is replaced as

managing director of JWN by Jean-Phillipe Beyer, who has been transplanted from Mexico.

JWN, formerly Lascelles deMercado, was acquired by Campari at the end of 2012. Lawrence was appointed head while the transition to the new owners was ongoing.

During his tenure as managing director, Lawrence's in-depth knowledge of Gruppo Campari's activities in the region, as well as his leadership skills, were used to empower and astutely guide the company through the journey of transitioning, J. Wray & Nephew's board said in a statement.

Lawrence replaces Jean-Jacques Dubau as chairman of JWN.

"It is expected that he will bring the same skills to this new position, where he will be fully devoted to managing public affairs and sustainability for JWN and Gruppo Campari in Jamaica," it said.

Beyer, who previously held the position of managing director of Campari Mexico, has 10 years of experience working in the Caribbean.

"His extensive knowledge and experience will prove instrumental in developing the business," said the JWN board.

J. Wray & Nephew is said to be the oldest company in Jamaica and one of the largest exporters in the Caribbean, with its products reaching more than 60 countries worldwide.

The company has Jamaica's largest wine and spirits portfolio, comprising a mix of proprietary and represented brands.

PRINCIPAL OPERATIONS

Its principal operations include the cultivation of sugarcane, the manufacture of sugar and the distillation of rum and other spirits; the ageing, blending and bottling of rum; production of wines and other alcoholic beverages and the marketing, sales and distribution of the company's brands as well all non-owned brands that are represented by J. Wray & Nephew in Jamaica.

JWN owns three sugar estates - Appleton Estate in St Elizabeth, Holland Estate in Trelawny, and New Yarmouth Estate in Clarendon - which account for approximately 63 per cent of all spirits produced in Jamaica.

Campari's portfolio includes more than 50 brands of spirits, wines and soft drinks sold in 190 markets worldwide. Internationally renowned brands include Aperol, Appleton Estate, Campari, SKYY and Wild Turkey.

The Italian company owns 16 plants and two wineries worldwide and has its own distribution network in 19 countries. The group employs around 4,000 people.

mcpherse.thompson@gleanerjm.com