The Board of the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) has announced the appointment of Diane Edwards as president of the national investment and trade promotion agency, effective September 1, 2013.
In making the announcement to the JAMPRO management and staff, Milton Samuda, chairman of the JAMPRO board, acknowledged the incoming president as a key acquisition for the agency, given her impressive career and global experience.
In a release, the agency said that as a former trade commissioner for JAMPRO in New York, Brussels, and London, Edwards would bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in international marketing and business development to the job.
"She successfully managed product launches of Jamaican food brands into mainstream markets, and conceived and negotiated substantial European Union funding for the innovative 'Target Europe' Trade Development Programme, an initiative that positioned Jamaican products in the European market, and subsequently evolved into the five-year Private Sector Development Programme," the release stated.
Edwards will rejoin the agency after completing a successful tenure as general manager and director of J. Wray & Nephew UK Ltd, where she led the organisation to profitability and successfully grew the UK company's turnover by 77 per cent for the past 10 years.
Edwards holds an MBA from New York's Pace University, a Masters in International Relations from Institut d'études politiques de Paris, and a BA (Hons) in French, Spanish, and German from the University of the West Indies (UWI). She is a member of the UK Institute of Directors, a trustee for the British Foundation for the UWI, and an active member of the St Andrew High School Old Girls' Association.