Douglas Orane non-executive chairman of GraceKennedy
Mr. Orane is Executive Chairman of GraceKennedy, a position he assumed on July 1, 2011.
Prior to this position, he served as CEO from 1995 and, in 1998, added Chairman of the GraceKennedy Board of Directors to his portfolio.
Mr. Orane’s career at GraceKennedy began in 1981 when he joined the company as Corporate Planner.
Since then he has held several leadership positions in almost all areas of the highly diversified Group.
As President of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica for two terms between 1992 and 1994, Mr. Orane gained national attention for his views, particularly on electoral reform.
In 1998, he chaired a Task Force to examine ways to reduce waste in the public sector.
In 1998, he was appointed an Independent Senator in the Jamaican Senate, a position which he held for four and a half years.
In 2002, the Jamaican Government named Mr. Orane a Commander of the Order of Distinction (C.D.) in recognition of his contribution to commerce and the private sector.
In 2009, he was appointed to Jamaica’s Privy Council by Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen.
An engineer by training, Mr. Orane holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Glasgow University. ■