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RJR Group changes management structure

Published:Thursday | September 22, 2016 | 3:59 PM
The RJR communications group building on Lyndhurst road in Kingston.

The RJR Group has announced changes to its management team as part of the operational amalgamation of its new subsidiary, The Gleaner Company (Media) Limited.

The company says discussions have also started with trade unions representing some staff in the companies about possible non-management changes in coming weeks.

New group-level team:
  1. Gary Allen - Chief Executive Officer

   2. Christopher Barnes  - Chief Operating Officer/ Managing Director,

   3. Andrea Wilson-Messam - Chief Financial Officer

   4. Shena Stubbs-Gibson -  Company Secretary/Legal Officer

   5. Dr. Dennis Howard - General Manager - Radio Services

   6. Claire Grant  -    General Manager - Television Services

   7. Roland Booth  - General Manager - Online and Multimedia Services

   8. Marcha Christie  - Group Financial Controller

   9. Robin Williams   -  Group Information Technology Manager

   10. Tanya Smith - Group HR Manager

The RJR group also says the editorial plurality of RJR 94, Power 106, TVJ and The Gleaner will continue with editorial leadership being provided by:

   a. Milton Walker  - Group Head of News (Broadcast)

   b. Patrick Anderson - Group Head of Sports (Broadcast)

   c. Garfield Grandison - Editor-in-Chief, The Gleaner Company (Media) Limited


IN PHOTO: The Gleaner Company (Media) Limited building in Kingston.

In highlighting post-amalgamation initiatives, RJR says in the past few months the focus of its North American publications has been adjusted, reporting more on activities of Jamaicans in their Diaspora communities.

Radio programming on one of the group’s radio stations, Power 106FM is also being re-purposed for these publications as well as being part of cross promotion of Diaspora activities between radio and print.

The Group says collaboration across print and television, as happened with the general elections and Olympics, shows the potential of things involving The Gleaner and TVJ, which were recently jointly award the Media of the Year Title by the Advertising Agencies Association of Jamaica

The Group’s new technology platform, 1spotmedia, was also highlighted by RJR for substantial, multiple platform Diaspora engagement with Jamaican audiences globally. 1spotmedia has surpassed the 100,000 registered users mark in more than 40 countries.

The Group has also started to build out access to all commercial services from is several offices with the integration of bookings and other services being facilitated from offices at Lyndhurst Road and North Street in Kingston,  Orange and King Street in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, St Ann and Mandeville in Manchester.

A number of national public service initiatives are also in the pipeline of the expanded Group with formal announcements scheduled to be made shortly.

On July 20, the Group published its first Audited Financial Statement for a Financial Year while on August 12, its first fully-amalgamated accounts for the quarter ending June 2016 were released.

The company, which has scheduled its Annual General Meeting for Wednesday October 12, 2016 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel at 10 a.m., declared an interim dividend of $0.02 per ordinary share which was paid on September 14, 2016.