Mr. Oliver Holmes was appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Carreras Limited on November 12, 2015. Prior to that he served as a Director since February 6, 2007. He is Managing Director of Capital Options, a financial advisory firm he founded in 1997. Prior to establishing Capital Options, Mr. Holmes was the Chief Operating Officer of Manufacturers Merchant Bank Ltd. and prior to that Vice President of Citibank N. A.
He served as a senior manager in virtually all aspects of Citibank and its subsidiaries operations in Jamaica, including Vice President - Corporate Finance, Financial Controller - Citibank Jamaica and its subsidiaries, Corporate Banking Group Head, Managing Director - Citifinance Limited, Manager - Centralized Operations and Chief Inspector for the Caribbean region. During his career at Citibank, he led or participated in many notable transactions in the Jamaican and international markets.
In addition to Carreras Limited, Mr. Holmes sits on the Board of Allied Insurance Brokers Limited. He graduated from the University of the West Indies with a B.Sc. degree in Management Studies (Hons.) and a M.Sc. degree in Accounting.
He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica. Mr. Holmes’ hobbies are cricket, golf, squash, running and reading.
Mr. Michael Bernard first joined Carreras Group Limited in 1988 and in 1991 he was appointed General Manager of the Jamaica Biscuit Company. In 1995 he assumed concurrently, the positions of Managing Director of two subsidiaries; the Cigarette Company of Jamaica Limited and Agricultural Products of Jamaica Limited. In 1997, he was appointed to the Carreras Board of Directors until 2000 when he was seconded to the USA subsidiary of British American Tobacco, Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corporation. He regained leadership of the Cigarette Company of Jamaica Limited at the end of 2001 and was re-appointed to the Board of Carreras Group Limited in 2004.
In 2005, he was appointed Managing Director of Carreras Limited, the role he held until retirement in 2010. Michael currently serves as Executive Chairman of Peak Bottling Company Limited and Chairman of Spike Industries Limited. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Salada Foods Limited, GK General Insurance Company Limited, New Transport Group Limited and Sterling Investments Limited. He is a graduate of Jamaica College where he serves as Chairman of the Board of Management.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science summa cum laude degrees in Business Administration and Forest Management respectively, from Washington State University, and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. Michael is the 2010 recipient of the Carlton Alexander Award for Excellence and is also a Fellow of the Jamaica Institute of Management.
He is a philanthropist, a former national youth cricket representative, a significant owner and breeder of thoroughbred horses and is the 2012 Leading Owner of Thoroughbred Horses in Jamaica.
Mr. Jorge Cabrera was appointed to the Board of Directors of Carreras Limited in May 2017. He is currently the Legal and External Affairs (LEX) Director for British American Tobacco Caribbean and Central America (BATCCA). Jorge first joined the BAT group in 2011 as LEX Director for BAT Colombia, having responsibility for the company’s public affairs and regulatory strategy, inclusive of managing strategic relationships with key stakeholders on a government, legislative, departmental, City Council and diplomatic level. He was also responsible for the company’s Anti-Illicit Trade strategy which included managing the company’s interaction with the military and police force. Prior to joining BAT, Jorge worked in the Insurance business for 15 years both in Colombia and in Canada in various roles which entailed facilitating national and international research in insurance fraud and representing the Colombian Insurance Fraud Bureau to national, regional and local authorities, including the military and police force. He has also lead legislative strategies for the insurance industry on crime and risk related issues. Jorge holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Alberta, Canada. He is an international speaker on topics related to Risk Management, Insurance Crime and the legal approach to legal fraud, and has made presentations in several countries across the world including the United States, England, Canada and Honduras. He is the author of many publications in his country, Colombia. Jorge enjoys reading, spending time with his children and travelling.
Mr Marcus Steele currently serves as Managing Director of Carreras Limited. He graduated from St. Jago High School and is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of the West Indies and a Master of Business Administration from Florida International University. Mr. Steele also completed an Executive Programme in General Management at the Harvard Business School. Mr. Steele first joined Carreras Group Limited in the Company’s Tobacco division,Cigarette Company of Jamaica Limited, in the capacity of the Company’s Management Accountant in April 1998. In June 1999, he was promoted to Finance Planning Manager and later appointed Marketing Finance Manager in June 2001. In May 2002, Mr. Steele was appointed Finance Planning Manager for Cigarette Company of Jamaica Limited with overall responsibility for management of Marketing and Operations Finance.
In March 2004, Mr. Steele was seconded to British American Tobacco Caribbean and Central America’s Area Office in Costa Rica as the Country Readiness Manager for the Caribbean with the responsibility for leading the migration of the Caribbean legal entities into the regional shared service centre. In July 2005, he was appointed Finance Planning and Reporting Manager for BAT’s operations in the Caribbean and Central America where he focused on financial reporting, strategy and planning. Mr. Marcus Steele was then appointed to the Carreras Board of Directors on October 1, 2007 and served as Finance Director and Company Secretary up until August 2011 when he was seconded to the Trinidad branch of another BAT Company, Carisma Marketing Services Limited, in the position of Country Manager with responsibility for the general management of the Company’s businesses across 24 markets in the English, French and Dutch Caribbean. Mr. Steele currently serves as a Director of Proven Wealth Transition Limited.
He enjoys reading, dancing, cricket, football and athletics and has two children, son, Marquis and daughter, Sonique.
Janene joined Carreras Limited as Finance Director and Company Secretary and was appointed to the Board of Directors on May 27, 2015. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of the West Indies, Mona.
She has over 25 years’ experience and a proven track record in financial management, accounting and auditing. Janene was previously employed at J. Wray & Nephew Limited / Lascelles deMercado & Co. Limited where she held various senior finance positions being General Manager, Finance & Administration – JWN Agricultural Division, Group Financial Officer and the most recent being Accounting and Treasury Director. In the role of Accounting & Treasury Director, she had responsibility for Financial Accounting, Treasury & Credit and maintained relationships with external stakeholders such as financial institutions, auditors, actuaries, tax advisors and certain government institutions. Prior to that, she was employed at PriceWaterhouseCoopers where she gained progressive audit experience to the level of Audit Manager. In that capacity she had responsibility for planning and executing audits in various sectors including manufacturing, financial services and certain specialized industries.
Janene is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica and also of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants in the U.K. She is currently a trustee of the Lascelles deMercado Defined Contribution Fund.
She enjoys athletics, cricket, spending time with family and has an interest in the different cultures of the world. Janene is married to Ewan and they have two daughters, Kristen and Justine.
Mrs. Gaby Rincon was appointed to the Board of Carreras Limited in May 2017. She is a qualified professional business manager with a proven track record in positioning finance as a value adding business partner. Gaby has over 16 years´ experience in financial and commercial roles internationally within the British American Tobacco (BAT) group, her most recent being Finance Controller Director at BAT Canada, where she was responsible for Statutory Accounting, Treasury and Financial Planning. She also served as a member of BAT Canada Extended Leadership team being a key driver in business strategic agenda, delivering outstanding and increased profits while going through massive business transformation (PBIT £400millions). Before assuming this position, she held other senior posts within the BAT Group including: Global Commercial Finance Business Partner for Global Trade Marketing & Distribution, Global Customer Investments Manager, both roles at British American Tobacco plc, Head of Commercial Finance for Venezuela , Colombia & Ecuador cluster, Marketing Finance Manager Venezuela, Audit Manager for Venezuela & Colombia, and Supply Chain - Procurement Manager, Operations Finance and HR Finance in Venezuela. In March 2017, Gaby was appointed to the role of Finance Director for British American Tobacco Caribbean and Central America (BATCCA). Gaby holds a bachelor of Business Administration with two majors in General Management and Banking & Finances, and a Masters degree in Management from IESA Business School. She was born and raised in Venezuela, is married to Juan and has a son, Benjamin. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, travelling and if there is time left, dancing and movies.
Brenda Wilbert was appointed to the Board of Carreras Limited on November 9, 2016.
Brenda is currently the Human Resources (HR) Director for British American Tobacco Caribbean and Central America (BATCCA).
She joined the BAT Group in 2000 and two years later, she moved cross-functionally to Human Resources where she has since had extensive experience in areas such as Talent Acquisition, Leadership Development, Employee Relations and Union Negotiations. In 2008, she was transferred to BAT Americas as Regional Leadership and Development Manager for Canada and Latin America.
In 2010, Brenda was promoted to the position of Head of Talent for the Americas Region. Before moving to London, she had a short-term assignment in Canada where she gained valuable on-the ground understanding of the business and was able to later shape and drive a commercially focused Strategic Talent Agenda for the Region.
In 2014, Brenda was appointed Senior HR Business Partner for Marketing, Trade Marketing and Corporate Services in Brazil, where she was also responsible for the HR Strategy of the joint venture in Cuba.
Brenda is a Brazilian national and is married to Marcio and has a son, Antonio. She likes travelling, cooking and spending time with her family.
Mr Matthew Hogarth was appointed to the Board of Directors of Carreras Limited on February 4, 2016. He is currently the Managing Partner at MH&CO., Attorneys-at-Law, a corporate law firm specializing in banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, taxation and real estate.
Over his years in practice, Mr. Hogarth has managed numerous corporate bank loan transactions for numerous international blue chip companies, private equity and debt transactions, mergers and acquisitions, Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), private business and legal audits and has acted in numerous cross-border matters including the management and strategy of insolvency and receivership assignments, including advising the Liquidator or Receiver on legal issues. He also has considerable experience with both residential and commercial real estate transactions, including real estate investment vehicles and structures. Mr. Hogarth has a reputation for being solution-oriented, detailed, thorough and for his proficiency at creating practical corporate structures that marry business and the law. He received his LL.B (with Honours) from the University of Liverpool. Mr. Hogarth has been called to the bar in multiple jurisdictions including Jamaica, New York State, The British Virgin Islands and Saint Lucia. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Jamaican Bar Association, the BVI Bar Association, INSOL International (International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals) and the American Bankruptcy Institute. He is also the legal member of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica’s Listed Company’s Committee.
Mr. Hogarth currently sits on the Board of Directors of IronRock Insurance Company Limited and Heave-Ho Properties Limited (Century-21).
He enjoys the culinary arts, traveling and golf and is married to Lisa Hogarth.