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Guest Speaker 2017- Senator Donald “Don” George Webhy


Group Chief Executive Officer of Grace Kennedy Limited, Senator Donald “Don” George Webhy, is the RJRGLEANER Sports Foundation Guest Speaker for the 2017 National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards ceremony.

Mr. Webhy, an astute and visionary busninessman and finance officer, has risen rapidly through the ranks at Grace Kennedy since joining the company in 1995 as group finance manager.

In September 2007, Mr. Webhy resigned from his positions at Grace Kennedy and its Board Directors to serve for two years as government senator and minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service. Mr. Webhy has also served as vice-president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica and vice chairman of the Diaspora Conference Implementation Council. He became the youngest ever recipient of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ) Distinguished Member Award in 2015 Mr Webhy is currently New Zealand’s honorary consul to Jamaica, and in March 2016 was reappointed to the Senate. Mr Webhy is also the chairman of JAMPRO.

Mr Webhy’s close links with sports, dating back to his high-school days at St George’s College, make him the ideal guest speaker for the National Sportsman and Sportswoman Awards. He is an avid cricket fan and a member of the Kingston Cricket Club. He was chairman of the Jamaica Cricket Franchise Development Company, a director of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), and chairman of its newly created Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee up to June 2017. An avid sports fan, he was instrumental in Grace Kennedy’s sponsorship of Schoolboy Cricket in Jamaica and the ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships.

Mr Webhy was honoured as the International Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015 for his leadership in making Grace Kennedy a major player in the international marketplace, his committment to investing in downtown Kingston, and his committment to sports.

Mr Webhy is married with three children.