WHO WE ARE
HISTORY OF JAMAICA TEAS LTD.
Jamaican Teas Limited (formerly Tetley Tea Co. (Ja) Ltd) was founded in Jamaica in 1967. Itinitially produced only black tea under the Tetley brand as well as providing contractmanufacturing arrangements.The company was acquired by the father and son team of Adeeb and John Mahfood in 1995.Since then, the product range has been considerably expanded and the Caribbean Dreams brandwas launched offering consumers unique herbal combinations and infusions. Today, with overforty different types of teas, the company is the largest producer of teas in the Caribbean withalmost one half its products exported to thirteen (13) Caribbean markets and North America.Teas are also produced through private label arrangements for a number of other local andinternational companies.Jamaican Teas Limited (JTL) became a public company in 2010 and is listed on the JamaicaJunior Stock Exchange. The company continues to diversify its product offerings and iscurrently undergoing expansion through the addition of other product lines and investments inkey growth areas. JTL now comprises three (3) divisions, namely – Manufacturing, Retail andReal Estate. Our Retail Division operates a chain of supermarkets in Jamaica with futureexpansion in the pipeline while our Real Estate Division develops housing and commercialproperties in the Jamaica market.As a company we believe in developing and offering quality products that are not only practicalbut safe and economical. Our food products are produced to the highest safety and qualitystandards thereby providing wholesome benefits to our consumers. Efficiency, customersatisfaction and visionary and participatory leadership continue to be the guiding principles in all we do.
OUR KEY MEMBERS
John Mahfood - Chief Executive Officer (appointed January 2007)
As the Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr. Mahfood is responsible for developing and implementing guidelines, internal controls and human resource procedures.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Mahfood acted as Director of Grace Kennedy Ltd and served as Chief Operating Officer of its retail and trading division. During his tenure at Grace Kennedy he headed its international division, and led the merger of Rapid Sheffield and Hardware & Co. Ltd to form the largest hardware group in the Caribbean. Mr. Mahfood also led the successful expansion and turnaround of the Hi Lo Supermarket chain. Mr. Mahfood is a Certified Public Accountant and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Marcos Dabdoub - Non Executive Director (appointed May 2010)
Mr. Dabdoub is a founding director and current Managing Director of Amalgamated Distributors Limited, the Company’s exclusive Jamaican distributor of its Tetley and Caribbean Dreams product lines, which generates approximately 50% of the Company’s overall sales. Mr. Dabdoub has 45 years experience in sales and distribution. Mr. Dabdoub will be a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committes of the Board required to be established under the Junior Market Rules.
Mr. Dabdoub began his career in 1963 when he joined J & J Dabdoub Limited as a salesman. In 1967 he opened the Mark’s Department Store in Kingston. Mr. Dabdoub attended St. Georges College, Kingston and graduated from St. Mary’s College, St. Andrew.
Suzette Smellie-Tomlinson -Non Executive Director
She has served at senior level with several corporate entities including: Scotiabank, AIC Limited, National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited (NCB) and Supreme Ventures Limited, among others.
She holds an MBA (Finance, Marketing), Manchester Business School & University of Whales, and a BSc. Economics & Management, University of the West Indies Jamaica.
Duncan Davidson - Non Executive Director (appointed April 2010)
Mr. Davidson brings to the Board his experience as a businessman. He is currently a business consultant, having worked for supermarket chain Hi Lo Food Stores and JSE listed company Hardware and Lumber Limited. Mr. Davidson previously worked in the Jamaican shipping industry, having been a Managing Director of H. McCauley Orrett Limited, a subsidary of Grace Kennedy & Co. Limited, and a director of Port Services Limited, Grace Kennedy Shipping Liminted, and the Maritime Training Institute (amongst other entities).
Mr. Davidson spent a number of years working in Canada prior to returning to Jamaica in 1989. He is also the holder of a diploma in mechanical engineering (Ryerson University, Toronto 1971)..
Duncan Davidson - Non Executive Director
John Jackson - Non Executive Director and Mentor to the Board (appointed April 2010)
Mr. Jackson brings to the Board his experience in the financial services industry, and he will participate in the corporate governance of the Company as a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees of the Board, both of which are required to be established under the Junior Market Rules. Mr. Jackson will also act as the Mentor to the Board, and be responsible for advising it on the implementation of adequate procedures, systems and controls for financial reporting, corporate governance, timely disclosure of information to the market, and compliance generally as is required under the Junior Market Rules.
Mr. Jackson is a Chartered Accountant and Financial Analyst. He is an associate of Crooks Jackson Burnett, having been a founder of its predecessor firm Jackson Burnett Parkinson Jackson. Mr. Jackson is a director of Bridgeton Management Services Limited, a private investment and management company, since 1974. He is also a director of Boston Holdings Limited, publisher of the financial journal Investor’s Choice, SandCastles Resorts Limited, the Strata Corporation of SandCastles, the Strata Corporation of Point Village, and several other private entities..
Violet Mahfood - Non Executive Director (appointed October 1996)
Mrs. Mahfood is a non executive director of the Company, and also a homemaker and the proud mother of 4. She is involved in many charitable causes including International Proxy Parents and the American Women’s Group. Mrs. Mahfood is also an active member of St. Margaret’s and St. Andrew’s Parish churches. In her spare time she is an avid bridge teacher and player, and enjoys cookery specialising in dishes with Arabic origins.
Mr. Oliver Goldsmith - Chief Accountant
Mr. Norman Russell - Factory Manager
Mr. Jonathan Mahfood - Sales and Marketing Manager
Miss Tanisha Samuels - Administrative Manager
Miss Samuels joined the Company in 2001. As a Certified Professional Secretary she supports the CEO in the day to day operations of the Company.