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Richard O. Byles

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Mr. Byles currently serves as the Chairman of the Sagicor Group Jamaica, Ltd. Prior to being appointed Chairman, Mr. Byles served as President and CEO of the Sagicor Group from 2004 until 2017. Under his leadership as President and CEO, the Sagicor Group grew and evolved through a series of acquisitions, including Pan Caribbean Investments Limited and First Life Insurance Company Limited in 2004, the Blue Cross Jamaica health insurance portfolio in 2009, and in 2014, the banking operations of RBC Jamaica. Prior to his tenure at Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited, Mr. Byles was the President and CEO of Pan Jam Investment Limited (“Pan Jam”). In addition, Mr. Byles is the current Chairman of Red Stripe Jamaica (Desnoes and Geddes), a Director of Pan Jam and a member of Council of the University of the West Indies. He is the former Co-Chairman of Jamaica’s Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) which has been charged with oversight of the implementation of the International Monetary Fund Agreement with the Government of Jamaica since 2013. Mr. Byles holds a BSc. in Economics from the University of the West Indies and a MSc. in National Development from the University of Bradford, England. In June 2016, he was awarded the Doctor of Business degree.