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Lorna Myers for PSOJ Hall of Fame

Published:Wednesday | August 22, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Lorna Myers

Lorna Myers, the chairman of Restaurants of Jamaica (ROJ) Limited, will be inducted in the Private Sector of Jamaica Hall of Fame in November.

Myers will become the first woman, and the 20th addition, to the pantheon of business giants.

The induction has been an annual tradition since 1992.

Each year, the PSOJ pays tribute to one private sector leader who has made innovative and sustained strides in the development of the sector over a minimum of 25 years, demonstrates extensive knowledge in his/her company's respective industry and is devoted to both the advancement of this industry and national development.

Myers, along with her late husband Anthony, founded and developed ROJ in 1975. The company holds the franchise for KFC and Pizza Hut.

Myers became chairman and CEO of ROJ after the death of her husband Anthony, 15 years after ROJ was founded. Her son Mark Myers is now the CEO. Daughters Michelle and Tina are also involved in the business.

KFC, over the past three decades, has developed into a chain of more than 30 restaurants; Pizza Hut has five or six.

Restaurant of Jamaica now employs 1,300 persons across the country.

Fitting recognition

"It is fitting that Lorna's role and contribution to the private sector, through her leadership of Restaurants of Jamaica - the undoubted leader in the quick-service restaurant industry - should be recognised by being the first female in the PSOJ Hall of Fame, and I look forward to welcoming her into this prestigious body of Jamaican business leaders," said PSOJ President Christopher Zacca in a statement announcing Myers' selection.

"She is undoubtedly one of Jamaica's most powerful businesswomen, although rarely in the spotlight, and we are thrilled that she has broken the proverbial glass ceiling to become the first female member of the Hall of Fame," noted former President Joseph M. Matalon, speaking for the Selection Committee.

Myers will be inducted on November 14, PSOJ said.