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Grantley Stephenson is JIM's 2015 Manager of the Year

Published:Tuesday | July 26, 2016 | 12:00 AM
The Kingston Wharves Limited executive team on hand at Vale Royal to celebrate the special honour bestowed on their chief executive officer, Grantley Stephenson. From left: Caresha Taylor, executive assistant to the CEO; Simone Murdock, marketing and client services manager; Grantley Stephenson; Clover Moodie, group chief financial officer and Mark Williams, chief operating officer.
Grantley Stephenson (right), accepts his crystal trophy from Governor General Sir Patrick Allen.

Grantley Stephenson is JIM's 2015 Manager of the Year

The Jamaica Institute of Management (JIM) recently presented its 2015 Manager of the Year award to Grantley St John Stephenson, CD, JP, the chief executive officer of Kingston Wharves Limited (KWL), one of two terminals operating on the port of Kingston. Governor General Sir Patrick Allen lauded Stephenson for his contribution to nation-building over the years, noting that Stephenson had been consistently proactive and had demonstrated prudent management and leadership skills in an ever-changing financial and social environment.

Stephenson has been a central figure in the Jamaican shipping industry for over 40 years, some 30 of which have been spent in senior management positions at national and regional entities in the sector. He has also headed various shipping companies over the past 30 years, including Seaboard Freight and Shipping Jamaica Limited and Jamaica Merchant Marine.


He has held his current position as the CEO of KWL for over 13 years. Stephenson joined Kingston Wharves as the managing director before going on to serve as executive chairman. His tenure at the helm has been marked by the implementation of carefully crafted modernisation and growth strategies. This has seen the company not only growing, but also playing a significant role in the development of the shipping industry of Jamaica.

Stephenson's vast experience and industry insights have propelled him to positions of high regard internationally, with him being called on to share these insights in various fora across the globe. He is the immediate past president of the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA), which is a multinational members organisation accepted by governments and multilateral bodies as the representative voice of shipping in the Caribbean. During his term in office, he is credited with guiding the CSA to solvency and strengthening its training programmes.

His work internationally has seen his appointment to positions of diplomacy. he is currently dean of the Consular Corps of Jamaica and honorary consul general for the Kingdom of Norway in this country. In fact, he is the recipient of one of Norway's highest honours - Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit. He has also received national accolades in the form of the Order of Distinction - Commander Class, and is a justice of the peace for the parish of St Andrew.