Christopher Zacca was on Thursday re-elected as President of The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), having previously assumed the role from 2006 to 2009.
Zacca replaces Joseph M Matalon, who took over from him as PSOJ president when he stepped down in 2009.
Zacca, in a wide ranging address to the council of the organisation, outlined an agenda for promoting Economic Growth and Good Governance, and was also effusive in his praise for the outgoing president, noting that "his tireless efforts and tremendous commitment to serve the PSOJ have been reflected in the huge accomplishments of the organisation during his tenure."
He made special mention of Matalon'ssuccess in making the PSOJ more broad based and relevant to its membership and the wider society and particularly his achievements in initiating the YUTE programme, the PSOJ's participation in the Jamaica Civil Society Coalition which provided a platform for the PSOJ to integrate its advocacy with civil society and leverage its voice in taking a stand in the Christopher Coke extradition matter."
Also elected were vice presidents Richard Byles of Sagicor, Don Wehby of GraceKennedy and Keith Duncan of Jamaica Money Market Brokers. Jacqueline Sharp of Scotiabank was returned as the honorary treasurer. The proposed honorary secretary, Christopher Barnes of The Gleaner Company, will be appointed by the executive committee when it meets next, consequent on the resignation of the current honorary secretary, Earl Jarrett.
Elected to the Executive Committee were seven associations: Jamaica Bankers Association (JBA), Jamaica Exporters Association (JEA), Jamaica Employers Federation (JEF), Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Jamaica Securities Dealers Association (JSDA), Small Business Association of Jamaica (SBAJ)and the Women Business Owners Association (WBO). The Executive Committee comprises the seven association presidents and seven officers, including the CEO.
In his final address to the Council, Matalon thanked his slate of Officers and Committee chairpersons for their support as well as the staff of the secretariat, headed by CEO Sandra Glasgow. Council member Roy Banarsee, on behalf of Council acknowledged Matalon's sterling leadership of the PSOJ and praised him for his dedication and hard work during his tenure.