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Evon Brown to continue lending expertise to spirits industry

Published:Friday | October 21, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Evon Brown ... retiring from National Rums after decades of service to the spirits industry.

Managing director of National Rums of Jamaica Evon Brown said his knowledge and experience will still be made available to the industry, despite him retiring with effect from January 2017.

National Rums of Jamaica (NRJ) is part-owned by Demerara Distillers Limited of Guyana, the West Indies Rum Distillery Limited, a subsidiary of Goddard Enterprises Limited of Barbados, and the National Sugar Company Limited.

NRJ holds 73 per cent of the shares in Clarendon Distillers Limited at Monymusk, with 27 per cent held by Diego North America through its subsidiary Trelawny Estates Limited.

Brown began his career at the West Indies Sugar Company, Monymusk, in 1961 and has served the industry in various capacities.

Apart from being managing director of National Rums of Jamaica Group, he also served as chairman of Caribbean Molasses Company for 39 year and chairman of the Spirits Pool Association for 20 years.

National Rums said he developed a plan 10 years ago to recapitalise the group with injection of new capital from West Indies Rum Distillery, Demerara and Diageo, resulting in the group operating one of the most modern rum distilleries in the region.