Evon Brown re­tires af­ter 55 years in spir­its in­dus­try

Jamaica Gleaner - - BUSINESS - Mcpherse.thomp­son@glean­erjm.com

MAN­AG­ING DI­REC­TOR of the state-owned Na­tional Rums of Ja­maica, Evon Brown, is demit­ting of­fice af­ter 55 years of ser­vice to the spir­its in­dus­try.

Brown went on pre-re­tire­ment leave on Oc­to­ber 1, but his re­tire­ment takes ef­fect Jan­uary 2017.

Brown was not avail­able to re­spond to Gleaner Busi­ness queries about his years of ser­vice to the in­dus­try, es­pe­cially given that the statu­tory re­tire­ment age for men is 65. How­ever, a com­pany of­fi­cial said the spir­its com­pany was ac­count­able for the fact that he worked past re­tire­ment.

Apart from serv­ing as man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Na­tional Rums of Ja­maica Group, Brown also served as chair­man of Caribbean Mo­lasses Com­pany for 39 years and chair­man of the Spir­its Pool As­so­ci­a­tion for 20 years.

Na­tional Rums of Ja­maica com­prises Claren­don Dis­tillery Lim­ited, Long Pond Dis­tillery Lim­ited and Innswood Dis­tillery Lim­ited. The Na­tional Rums of Ja­maica Group com­prises Na­tional Sugar Com­pany Lim­ited, De­mer­ara Dis­tillers Lim­ited and the West Indies Rum Dis­tillery Lim­ited, a sub­sidiary of God­dard En­ter­prises of Bar­ba­dos.

A press re­lease on his re­tire­ment said Brown has been a

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di­rec­tor of the West Indies Rum and Spir­its Pro­duc­ers As­so­ci­a­tion for 31 years and served sev­eral terms as chair­man.

Ac­cord­ing to Na­tional Rums, 10 years ago he de­vel­oped a plan to re­cap­i­talise the group with in­jec­tion of new cap­i­tal from Caribbean com­pa­nies West Indies Rum Dis­tillery of Bar­ba­dos and De­mer­ara Dis­tillers Lim­ited of Guyana, as well as the world’s largest spir­its com­pany, Di­a­geo.

“The re­sult is that the group now op­er­ates one of the most mod­ern rum dis­til­leries in the re­gion at Claren­don,” the re­lease said. “The group is now poised to be a more sig­nif­i­cant player in the in­ter­na­tional rum mar­ket.” Chair­man of Na­tional Rums Ko­mal Sa­ma­roo said in the re­lease that a re­place­ment had been re­cruited to suc­ceed Brown, but the new man­ag­ing di­rec­tor was not named.

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