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JCC lauds GraceKennedy

Published:Monday | March 26, 2012 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) has lauded GraceKennedy for its 90 years of unbroken service in the fields of commerce, manufacturing and services.

Since its earliest days, the company has been a trailblazer in acknowledging that Jamaican firms must engage with the international markets, read a citation presented to GraceKennedy executive chairman Douglas Orane, group chief executive officer Don Wehby and retired executive Francis Paco Kennedy at a special meeting of the JCC on Thursday.

Long before a consensus emerged that Jamaican enterprises must look beyond our shores, GraceKennedy was building one of the nations first multinational corporations. Today, its presence in markets of both north and south is a source of pride to Jamaicans at home and throughout its diaspora. the citation stated.

It further noted that, when called by Government to provide human, technical and other resources to the development and management of the countrys affairs, GraceKennedy has demonstrated its firm commitment to contributing and creating an environment supportive of national, social and economic growth.

At the same time, the firm has given its proactive encouragement to, and support of its representatives from all levels, to fully involve themselves through service to the institutions dedicated to the strengthening of the social services infrastructure and the business community.

GraceKennedy joined the JCC when the company was formed in 1922. It has provided three of the Chambers presidents: Carlton Alexander, Bruce Rickards and James Moss-Solomon.

Several of its senior executives have served as committee chairmen, directors and vice presidents.

Similarly, Grace Kennedys leaders have helped to found several other private sector organisations, including the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, spearheaded by Carlton Alexander and the Shipping Association of Jamaica, led by Luis Fred Kennedy.