RJR Group an­nounces man­age­ment changes

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE RJR Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Group has ad­vised of changes to its man­age­ment team as it effects op­er­a­tional amal­ga­ma­tion of its new sub­sidiary, The Gleaner Com­pany (Me­dia) Limited (GCML).

The com­pany said on Tues­day that fol­low­ing board ap­proval for this as­pect of the re­or­gan­i­sa­tion, a new man­age­ment team has been an­nounced. The new team mem­bers at group level are: 1.Gary Allen, chief ex­ec­u­tive

of­fi­cer 2.Christo­pher Barnes, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer/man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, GCML 3.An­drea Wil­son-Mes­sam,

chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer 4. Shena Stubbs-Gib­son, com­pany

sec­re­tary/le­gal of­fi­cer 5.Dr Den­nis Howard, gen­eral

man­ager – ra­dio ser­vices 6. Claire Grant, gen­eral man­ager,

tele­vi­sion ser­vices 7. Roland Booth, gen­eral man­ager – on­line and multi-me­dia ser­vices 8.Mar­cha Christie, group

fi­nan­cial con­troller 9. Robin Wil­liams, group in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy man­ager 10. Tanya Smith, group HR


In high­light­ing post-amal­ga­ma­tion ini­tia­tives, RJR said that in the past few months, the fo­cus of its North Amer­i­can publi­ca­tions has been ad­justed, re­port­ing more on ac­tiv­i­ties of Ja­maicans in their di­as­pora com­mu­ni­ties.

Ra­dio pro­gram­ming on one of the group’s ra­dio sta­tions, Power 106FM, is also be­ing re­pur­posed for these publi­ca­tions, as well as be­ing a part of cross-pro­mo­tion of di­as­pora ac­tiv­i­ties be­tween ra­dio and print.

The group said col­lab­o­ra­tion across print and tele­vi­sion, as hap­pened with the gen­eral elec­tion and Olympics, shows the po­ten­tial of things in­volv­ing The Gleaner and TVJ, which were re­cently jointly awarded the Me­dia of the Year ti­tle by the Ad­ver­tis­ing Agen­cies As­so­ci­a­tion of Ja­maica.

The group’s new tech­nol­ogy plat­form, 1spot­media, was also high­lighted by RJR for sub­stan­tial, mul­ti­ple-plat­form di­as­pora en­gage­ment with Ja­maican au­di­ences glob­ally. 1spot­media has sur­passed the 100,000 reg­is­tered-users mark in more than 40 coun­tries.

The group has also started to build out ac­cess to all com­mer­cial ser­vices from its sev­eral of­fices, with the in­te­gra­tion of book­ings and other ser­vices be­ing fa­cil­i­tated from of­fices at Lyn­d­hurst Road and North Street in Kingston; Or­ange Street and King Street in Mon­tego Bay; Ocho Rios, St Ann; and Man­dev­ille, Manch­ester.

A num­ber of na­tional public­ser­vice ini­tia­tives are also in the pipeline for the ex­panded group, with for­mal an­nounce­ments sched­uled to be made shortly.

On July 20, the group pub­lished its first au­dited fi­nan­cial state­ments for a fi­nan­cial year, while on Au­gust 12, its first fully amal­ga­mated ac­counts for the quar­ter end­ing June 2016 were re­leased.

The com­pany, which has sched­uled its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing for Oc­to­ber 12, 2016, at The Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus ho­tel at 10 a.m., de­clared an in­terim div­i­dend of $0.02 per or­di­nary share, which was paid on Septem­ber 14, 2016.

Lead­er­ship of post-amal­ga­ma­tion team re­vealed

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