Frank James - 1st Vice President
Frank James was elected 1st Vice President of the Wolmer’s Old Boys' Association in 2017. Frank is a graduate of the Class of 1992 and was Valedictorian of the Class; he is also a former Deputy Head Boy.
Frank is Group Chief Financial Officer and a Director of GraceKennedy. He joined GraceKennedy in August 2005 as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Corporate Development for the then Information Services Division. He subsequently moved quickly up the ranks. In December 2006 he assumed the role of Principal, GK Investments, since renamed GraceKennedy Financial Group. He was seconded to GK General Insurance Company (formerly JIIC), as a member of the Management Team in April 2010, and joined the Corporate Finance and Accounting Department of GraceKennedy as Principal in November 2010. He was appointed Deputy CFO in July 2011 and Group CFO in January 2012. A strategic thinker, he is solutions oriented and known for his tenacity and drive. Frank has successfully led a number of strategic transactions for the group including acquisitions, divestments, capital structuring and raising.
Prior to joining GraceKennedy, he worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Senior Consultant and Manager, and at Desnoes & Geddes Limited (now Red Stripe Limited) as Distribution Planner.
Mr James holds an MBA in Finance from the University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management, and a B.Sc. in Management Studies and Accounting from The University of the West Indies. He is also a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.
He was appointed a director of GraceKennedy Limited in September 2012, sits on a number of boards in the GraceKennedy Group and is a Trustee of the GraceKennedy Pension Funds. Frank is a Vice President of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (“PSOJ”) and a Board member of the College of Agriculture Science and Education ("CASE").