A new position of deputy managing director has been created at J. Wray & Nephew Limited as part of management changes since the departure of former Managing Director Robert Cooper, who held the job for just two months since August 2.
Clement 'Jimmy' Lawrence has been appointed deputy MD.
Cooper demitted office from Wray & Nephew and parent company Gruppo Campari on October 11, the company announced.
Meanwhile, Milan-based Stefano Saccardi, chairman for J. Wray & Nephew, has reassumed the role of managing director. He held the dual role earlier this year when Gruppo Campari first took ownership of the Jamaican rum manufacturer.
As deputy MD, Lawrence will have overall responsibility for Wray & Nephew operations in Jamaica and the Caribbean.
The position is based in Jamaica, but will entail travel to head office in Milan. He will report directly to Saccardi, who is also Gruppo Campari's general counsel and business development officer.
Lawrence, who was educated at the University of the West Indies, has been a part of the former Lascelles deMercado Group for over 18 years and has served in various leadership positions, according to a press release from the company. Campari dropped the Lascelles deMercado name and rebranded the group operations under the flagship Wray & Nephew name earlier this year.
Lawrence was previously the senior production and logistics director for the company. Prior to that role, he was the chief operating officer for the Kingston division of Wray & Nephew.
Former Managing Director Paul Henriques continues in his role as senior director in charge of production supply chain, with responsibility for the full supply chain, including agriculture, production and distribution.
Cooper previously worked at Campari competitor, Diageo, for 13 years in various roles.