The Hon. Douglas Orane joined GraceKennedy Ltd in 1981, as Corporate Planner and held several senior leadership positions throughout the Group culminating in his appointment as CEO of GraceKennedy Limited from 1995. In 1998 he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors and held the position of Chairman & CEO of the Company until his retirement as CEO in 2011 when he assumed the transitional position of Executive Chairman until June 30, 2012. He served as non-executive Chairman of the Board of the Company from July 1, 2012 to December 31, 2013 when he stepped down from that position. Mr. Orane remains a member of the Board of the Company and a member of the Corporate Governance & Nomination Committee and Audit Committee. 

Accepting the Planet Africa Leadership Award in Toronto Canada, 2012.  Photograph by © Silvertrust Media.

Accepting the Planet Africa Leadership Award in Toronto Canada, 2012. Photograph by © Silvertrust Media.

An engineer by training, Mr. Orane holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Glasgow University. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School where he earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration. He was appointed a Baker Scholar, an honour reserved for those placing within the top 5% of the graduating class. 

Mr. Orane possesses an active social conscience and leverages his position as a leader of industry to highlight the possibilities in Jamaican society. As President of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (for two terms between 1992 and 1994) he gained national attention for his incisive, rational and pragmatic views on topical issues, particularly on electoral reform. In 1998, he chaired a Task Force to examine ways to reduce waste in the public sector. Implementation of the resulting recommendations, known as The Orane Report, saved the Jamaican government several million dollars. In 1998, he was appointed an Independent Senator in the Jamaican Senate, a position which he held for four and a half years. 

Visiting a shopkeeper customer in rural Jamaica.

Visiting a shopkeeper customer in rural Jamaica.

In 2002, the Jamaican Government named him 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. 

He continues in the philanthropic footsteps of previous GraceKennedy Chairmen, lending his active support to the company’s programmes for inner-city residents and youth, and to strengthening educational institutions at all levels throughout the country. He is a Trustee of his alma mater Wolmer’s Schools, and is passionately involved in fundraising and infrastructural improvements for the Wolmer’s Trust. He reserves time for mentoring young people in life skills and entrepreneurship. He enjoys international travel to garner new ideas, and to cheer for our Jamaican athletes at international meets.