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UDC board appoints new CEO

Published:Sunday | January 1, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Former general manager of JP Farms, Dr Damian Graham, has been appointed CEO of he Urban Development Corporation (UDC) effective January 3, 2017.

Graham, who takes over after a six month period during which the Ransford Braham-headed board of the UDC led a search for a new CEO, will be charged with fostering development across Jamaica.

Contacted for comment, Braham would only confirm the appointment.

"Yes, I can confirm the appointment. We understand that he will be taking it up and we look forward to him coming on board," said the UDC chairman.

The UDC has been without a CEO since July 15, 2016 when Desmond Malcolm demitted office. Deputy general manager, Finance and Treasury, Donald Hamilton acted in the position until the new appointment was made.

Contacted for comment the new UDC head says he is upbeat about his latest challenge. Graham says he regards the corporation as an important driver of development in Jamaica.

"I am certainly energised by Vision 2030 and the exciting prospects to move development forward in a bold and new vision for our country. I believe that the UDC is well poised to deliver transformational development towards the desired outcome of building a better Jamaica," he said.

Prior to his posting at JP Farms, Graham was project lead at local brewing giant Red Stripe with responsibility for Project Grow, which was aimed at substituting cassava starch for barley and fructose in the brewing of Red Stripe beer.

Graham holds a MPhil in Industrial Engineering from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine and a DBA from Capella University.