Board of Directors
Hon. Michael Lee Chin - Chairman
Michael Lee-Chin is the Chairman and President of Portland Holdings Inc. and Chairman of NCB Jamaica Limited. He has over 32 years experience in financial services. Portland Holdings Inc. is a privately held investment company which manages public equity, private equity as well as having direct ownership interest in a collection of diversified businesses operating in sectors that include media, tourism, health care, telecommunications and financial services.
Mr. Lee-Chin holds a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the McMaster University in Canada and has received honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from McMaster University; the University of Toronto; The Northern Caribbean University Mandeville, Jamaica; the Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business & Economics, Waterloo, Canada; University of the West Indies and York University. He has received several prestigious awards in the areas of business and community service including the 2004 International Humanitarian Award from the American Friends of Jamaica.
Michael Lee-Chin was awarded the Order of Jamaica, for outstanding service in business and philanthropy, in October 2008.
Patrick Hylton - Group Managing Director
Patrick Hylton first received local and international acclaim when he was appointed a leading role by the Government in the rehabilitation of the Jamaican financial sector during the mid 1990s. The wealth of his experience in all facets of the financial services industry led to him being named the Managing Director of FINSAC for five (5) years, where he had responsibility for the re-structuring and divestment of intervened financial institutions and the acquired assets. His successful completion of that undertaking culminated in the national award of the Order of Distinction, Commander Class, being bestowed on him by the Prime Minister and Governor General of Jamaica in 2002.
In 2002 he joined the island's largest commercial bank, National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited (NCB), as the Deputy Group Managing Director, where his responsibilities included the Bank's investment and insurance subsidiaries. On December 1, 2004 Mr. Hylton was appointed the Group Managing Director of NCB and since then he has led the organization to achieve record growth in profitability.
Complementing his strategic business acumen and an empathetic but firm leadership style, are his academic achievements as an Honours Graduate in Business Administration and as an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIB) London. He is a Past President of the Jamaica Bankers Association and in addition to being a Director of NCB, Mr. Hylton is the Chairman of Harmonisation Limited and sits on several boards including the Caribbean Information and Credit Rating Services (CariCRIS).
Robert Almeida is the Executive Director of AIC Global Holdings Inc. He is a Chartered Accountant and has over 25 years of experience as an investor and a business professional, having worked in Canada, the USA and the Caribbean.
Robert is also a founding Partner of Portland Private Equity and a Managing Partner of the AIC Caribbean Fund, a private equity fund with capital commitments from institutional investors in Europe, the U.S.A., Canada and the Caribbean.
He joined Portland Investment Counsel Inc. (AIC) in July 2002 and is a co-manager of the Manulife AIC Advantage Fund with approximately $900 million invested globally. As a manager of public and private equity portfolio investments, Robert continues to practice as both, an Investor and a Business Person.
Robert has also served as an executive at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, one of Canada's largest banks and at Loblaw Companies Limited, Canada's largest retailer where he was responsible for strategy and development which was integral in Loblaw's successful entry into financial services.
Wayne Chen holds an LL.B (Hons.) degree from the University of the West Indies and is the Chief Executive Officer of Super Plus Food Stores. He is the recipient of several national awards including the Jamaican Institute of Management Young Entrepreneur for 1997 and the Jamaica Observer Business Leader of the Year 1998. He is the President of the Jamaica Employers' Federation.
Mr. Chen is the Chairman of NCB Insurance Company Limited and West Indies Trust Company Limited. He is also a Director of NCB (Cayman) Limited, AIC (Barbados) Limited. He is also Chairman of the Urban Development Corporation, National Land Agency and The National Gallery of Jamaica.
Dennis G. Cohen - NCB Deputy Group Managing Director
Dennis Cohen is the Deputy Group Managing Director for National Commercial Bank (NCB) Jamaica Limited and CEO of NCB Capital Markets Limited. He is also a member of the institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ).
Mr. Cohen joined NCB in 2004 as Group Chief Financial Officer after a decade of experience gained at Citibank N.A. Jamaica, including serving as Country Treasurer for the local branch and its affiliates. He also served as head of Citibank's Relationship Management Group. Prior to commencing his career in Banking, Mr. Cohen was employed to Price WaterhouseCoopers as a Senior Accountant.
As Deputy Group Managing Director, Mr. Cohen will be charged with oversight of a number of the Bank's Business Segments including retail, corporate and treasury, as well as the electronic banking and merchant sales business. As CEO of NCB Capital Markets Ltd, he has responsibility for developing the wealth management, securities dealership and stock brokerage.
He is a director of NCB (Cayman) Limited, National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited, NCB Capital Markets Limited, NCB Insurance Company Limited, West Indies Trust Company Limited, the Jamaica Stock Exchange and chairman for Mutual Security Insurance Brokers Limited.
Sandra Glasgow is the Chief Executive Officer of The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) and a member of the Board of Directors of several companies including the National Export-Import Bank of Jamaica (Ex-IM), the Planning Institute of Jamaica, the GraceKennedy Foundation and the Jamaica Productivity Centre. She serves as Co-Chair of the Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leaders Dialogue 2011.
She has been certified as a Director by the Commonwealth Association for Corporate Governance (CACG), a Trainer of Trainers in Corporate Governance Board Leadership by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and a Trainer of Trainers in Business Ethics by the Inter-American Investment Corporation and the US Department of Commerce.
Mrs. Glasgow was Jamaica's Eisenhower Fellow in 2000. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Applied Zoology and Applied Botany and an MBA from the University of the West Indies.
Sanya Goffe is an Attorney-at-Law and partner of the firm Hart Muirhead Fatta. Her main areas of practice include Commercial, Pensions and Intellectual Property Law. A former Commissioner of the Fair Trading Commission, her practice also encompasses consumer and competition law as well as general corporate law.
An active member of the Jamaican Bar Association, Mrs Goffe is the Convenor of the Intellectual Property Committee and a member and former Chairperson of the Social Affairs Committee of the Bar. She is also a director of the Pension Funds Association of Jamaica as well as a co-founder of the Adult Learning Centres of Jamaica, a non-profit organisation committed to improving the literacy and numeracy of adults in Jamaica..
Mrs Goffe has written and lectured on subjects including the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, anti-counterfeiting, brand protection as well as consumer and pension law issues.
Noel Hylton is the Chairman and the President & Chief Executive Officer of The Port Authority of Jamaica. He is the recipient of the national awards of Commander of the Order of Distinction (C.D.) and the Order of Jamaica (O.J.) for service to the growth and development of the shipping industry. He previously served for 10 years in various administrative posts with the Eastern Regional Government of Nigeria.
He has received various awards, including conferment of the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws (Hon. LLD) by the University of the West Indies and the designation of "Caribbean Luminary" by the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies, for outstanding contribution to the Caribbean.
Mr. Hylton serves on several boards including the Jamaica Urban Transport Company, Jamaica Promotions Corporation, the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, Air Jamaica Limited and the Police Service Commission.
Thalia Lyn holds a Bachelor's Degree from Manhattanville College in the United States of America, was a teacher and a licensed stockbroker and Marketing Manager for one of the largest Mutual Fund companies in Canada.
Mrs. Lyn founded and is presently CEO of the Island Grill chain of QSC restaurants which has earned her many awards including Business Leader of the Year (twice) from the Florida International University MBA graduating Classes. The company has received numerous "Best Fast Food" awards and accolades.
She is a Director of Jamaica Macaroni Factory Limited, Consolidated Bakeries Limited, Port Royal Patties (UK) and JAMPRO. She also serves as Chairman of the NCB Foundation, and on the Boards of St. Patrick's Foundation and Mustard Seed Communities. In 2004, she was appointed Jamaica's Honorary Consul General to the Kingdom of Thailand, and was bestowed the honour of Commander Third Class of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand shortly thereafter.
Alvin Wint is a Professor of International Business and a Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of the West Indies.
He currently serves on the board of directors of Jamaica Producers Group, the Caribbean Policy Research Institute and the Planning Institute of Jamaica.
He is a former chairman of the Statistical Institute of Jamaica and former director of the Bank of Jamaica, Jamaica Promotions Corporation and the Jamaica Exporters Association.
Oliver C. Mitchell, Jr.
Oliver C. Mitchell, Jr. is an attorney, advisor and consultant with over 28 years of experience in executive human resources matters and litigation avoidance issues. Mr. Mitchell is currently a member of the Board of Directors for FS Global Credit Opportunities Fund, a Philadelphia-based mutual fund established in 2013, and a member of its audit and governance committees. He has a distinguished record of public service, having been a member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System, a public employee pension fund based in the United States with about $30 billion in assets. He is also a member of the fund’s Audit Committee.
Mr. Mitchell previously was general counsel and secretary for Carpenter Technology Corporation of Reading, PA. In addition to his roles as chief legal officer and corporate secretary, he was responsible for state, federal and local governmental relations at Carpenter. Carpenter is a NYSE-listed company that manufactures and sells specialty alloys. He was also chairman of the Dealer Policy Board, Assistant General Counsel and Assistant General Counsel at Ford Motor Company. He also served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts and was the First Assistant District Attorney for Hampden County, Massachusetts.
He was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Judicial College and served as its Treasurer and Chairman of its Audit Committee.
An experienced trial lawyer, who has tried civil and criminal cases as lead counsel in a variety of state and federal courts, Mr. Mitchell has been admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan and Massachusetts and is an attorney and consultant in Reading, Pennsylvania.