Glen Christian is the CEO and Chairman of Cari-Med Limited, Kirk Distributors Limited and Federated Pharmaceutical (FP 2014) Limited.
A graduate of Mico Teachers’ College, Glen entered the pharmaceutical industry in 1971, as a general sales representative with H.D. Hopwood Limited. He later worked with the company as a medical representative, before being promoted to the position of sales manager.
In 1986 he started his own pharmaceutical distribution company, Cari-Med Limited, with three employees. Today, Cari-Med is the leading Jamaican distributor of pharmaceutical and consumer goods, with a workforce of over 400 employees.
In 1995, the company announced its entry into the consumer goods industry with the launch of its Consumer Sales Division. This division leads the distribution to groceries, pharmacies and non-traditional accounts in Jamaica, representing such leading international companies as Procter & Gamble, Nestle Purina, and Wrigley.
The company’s pharmaceutical division represents seven of the top 10 drug companies worldwide, including GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, and Merck Sharp & Dohme. In 2002, the company formed its Hospital and Medical Equipment Division as an offshoot of the Pharmaceutical Division. This, in response to the need in the marketplace for a more diversified range of competitively priced, high quality medical equipment and supplies.
Another affiliate company – Kirk Distributors Limited – was formed in 2006 following Glen Christian’s acquisition of the assets of Colgate Palmolive Jamaica Limited and the distribution rights for their products. Kirk Distributors employs over 224 persons and represents several leading international brands. The company’s portfolio includes major brands such as Colgate-Palmolive, Johnson & Johnson, Listerine, and Clorox.
In 2012, Kirk Distributors purchased the Kendel brand with its extensive range of food products. In late 2014, Kirk Distributors acquired Federated Pharmaceutical, a company founded in 1958, as the first manufacturer of ethical pharmaceuticals in the English-speaking Caribbean. Federated Pharmaceutical manufactures a range of over- the- counter pharmaceuticals, with the main categories being analgesics, cough, cold and allergy medications, antacids and vitamins/supplements. The company employs some 70 persons.
Glen Christian has set an enviable record of achievement which has earned him numerous honours and awards, including the following:
2016 – Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) – (Hon LLD) from the University of Technology
2015 – Order of Jamaica (OJ) Award from the Government of Jamaica for invaluable contribution to the Pharmaceutical Industry.
2015 – Mavis & Ephraim Hawthorne Golden Krust Foundation -Business Excellence Award.
2014 – Induction into the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica’s Hall of Fame
2013 – Kiwanis Club of Downtown Kingston ‘Exemplary Service to the Community’
2013 – Kiwanis Club of New Kingston, ‘Touching Lives through Education’
2012 – Jamaica Observer Lifetime Achievement Award
2012 – Individual Chamber Member Award from the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce
2011 – Doctor of Education, Administration and Leadership (Honoris Causa) from theMico University College.
2010 – The prestigious Mico Gold Medal Award from the Mico University College.
2007 – Jamaica Observer Business Leader Award
2007 – Bear Stearns Award of Excellence
2003 – Order of Distinction Award from the Government of Jamaica
2001– Nominee for the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce National Award Ernst & Young Caribbean Entrepreneurship Award (Retail Business)
1995 – Governor General’s Achievement Award for community service.
The Companies have also received numerous recognitions from its business partners:
2015 – Jamaica Chamber of Commerce “Best of Chamber – Medium Enterprise” – (Kirk Distributors Limited)
2012 – Jamaica Chamber of Commerce “Best of Chamber – Medium Enterprise” – (Cari-Med Limited)
2012 – GSK Customer Appreciation Award (In recognition of outstanding dedication and support over the years)
2011 – P & G (Distributor of the Year for the Caribbean)
2011 – Abbott (Excellent Performance in Trade Sales & Distribution for Nutritional Products).
2008 – Wrigley Jr. Company (In recognition of extraordinary efforts and commitment to excellence).
2007 – Purina (Outstanding sales performance of Purina products)
2007 – P & G/Gillette (Outstanding performance in P & G/Gillette Integration).
2006 – Novartis (In recognition of 20 years sterling partnership )
2005 – GlaxoSmithKline (Excellent payment history from 2002 to 2009)
2005 – GlaxoSmithKline (Best support in implementation of trade promotion).
2005 – Apotex Inc. (Continuously achieving top status as one of their leading distributor worldwide)
2004 – Wrigley Jr. Company (In appreciation and recognition of outstanding service, continuous dedication and professionalism)
2001 – GlaxoSmithKline (Recognition of invaluable years of service and partnership)
He currently serves as a Director of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce and chairs that organization’s Pharmaceutical, Medical & Health Committee. He is Chairman of the fundraising committee of the Healing Ministry of Bethel Baptist Church, and is also a member of the Boards of the Mico University College and the Urban Development Corporation.
In 2014, Mr. Christian established the Union Gardens Foundation which seeks to forge public-private sector partnerships to construct state of the art early childhood facilities in low-income communities across Jamaica. The Foundation’s first project was the construction of an 11,000 square foot infant school in the inner city community of Union Gardens St. Andrew.
The Foundation’s objective of supporting the merger of under-resourced basic schools into government run infant schools is based on the model of the Evelyn Mitchell Infant School/Centre of Excellence. This school, for 3-6 year olds, was built in rural Clarendon in 2010 by the Cari-Med & Kirk Distributors Foundation following the merger of three basic schools. The new institution was then handed over to the Ministry of Education (MOE). This approach has now been adopted by the MOE which has stated its intention to merge basic schools across the island into government-managed infant schools.
A firm believer in the power of prayer, Mr. Christian credits his faith in God for giving him the strength and passion to persevere in building a legacy which has benefitted not only his family, but also the families of his over 600 employees.
He is married to Marva Christian and has two sons and two daughters.
Mrs. Marva Christian is a graduate of Mico College (now The Mico University College), and co-founder and director of Cari-Med Limited and Kirk Distributors Limited. A committed educator, Mrs. Christian has taught at all levels of the Jamaican public school system. She taught for a year (1967-68), at Frankfield Primary in Clarendon, before moving on to Clarendon College where she taught for three years. She also taught from 1971 to 1979 at the Spanish Town Secondary High School.
She successfully transitioned into the pharmaceutical industry in the 1980s, operating a retail pharmacy prior to joining her husband in the family business at Cari-Med in 1987. She has worked in the capacity of Credit Manager from 1987 to 2003 and has been the Director of Credit since 2004. Her astute business skills have contributed to the strong financial standing of both Cari-Med Limited and Kirk Distributors Limited.
Mrs. Christian is the Chairperson and Co-founder of Friends of the Homeless, and a director of the Open Arms Drop In Center, and the Wortley Home for Girls, where she has assisted several young ladies with job placement and accessing higher studies. She also serves on the board of the Evelyn Mitchell Infant School/Centre of Excellence, and is a director of the Union Gardens Foundation which seeks to upgrade early childhood facilities in Jamaica. Mrs. Christian was appointed as a Director on the Board of Supervision of the Ministry of Local Government in 2016.
Lanna Bennett joined Cari-Med Ltd. in 1996, as Marketing Manager and, in 2009, was appointed General Manager of Kirk Distributors Ltd. She has over twenty five years’ experience in sales and marketing, representing leading international brands of fast moving consumer goods (FMCGs) and pharmaceutical products across Caribbean markets. She has worked with multinational companies such as GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis Consumer (formerly Gerber Products).
Mrs. Bennett has a wealth of experience in transitioning new businesses, following mergers and acquisitions.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Florida International University (FIU), and a Bachelor’s degree in Education (B.Ed.) from the University of Technology, Jamaica (formerly the College of Arts, Science & Technology).
Mrs. Bennett serves on the Boards of Directors of Cari-Med and Kirk Distributors Limited. She is a member of The Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM), London.
Harry Smith is semi-retired and has served as a senior executive and board member with some of the leading local and multinational corporations operating in the region. These include employment at Digicel Jamaica, Desnoes and Geddes Limited (now Red Stripe), Colgate-Palmolive, Shell Chemicals and P.A. Benjamin. He now also serves as an Executive-in-Residence at Mona School of Business and Management, UWI, Mona.
He holds an MBA in Marketing, and a B.Sc. (Gen) Hons both from The University of the West Indies; as well as a certificate in Business to Business Marketing Strategy from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Chicago and completed Executive Business Strategy training at The Wharton School in Philadelphia, U.S.A..
Mr. Smith is a member of the Boards of Directors of Kirk Distributors Limited, Digicel Jamaica, NCB Capital Markets Limited, Hardware and Lumber Limited, Onnut Property Holdings (Jamaica1), Casa Monte Estate Limited and The Board of Trustees – Munro and Dickenson Trust.
He serves as a Justice of the Peace and Lay Magistrate in the parish of St. Andrew.
He is married to Ann Marie, and they have two grown sons.
Sonia Stewart-Gordon has been with Cari-Med Limited for over twenty-five years, and spearheaded the development of the company’s Human Resources Department, after a successful secretarial career.
She is a graduate of The University of the West Indies (UWI), where she earned an MBA in H.R. Development, and a B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Management Studies. She also holds a Certificate in Principles & Techniques of Counseling from The University of the West Indies School of Continuing Studies.
Mrs. Stewart-Gordon currently serves on the Boards of Directors of both Cari-Med and Kirk Distributors Limited. In addition, she represents Cari-Med on the General Council of the Jamaica Employers’ Federation, and on the Jamaica Business Council on HIV/AIDS.
She is actively involved in church activities, as well as outreach programmes of the Sunset Optimist Club of Kingston.
Dennis Grant has worked for over 25 years in the field of accounting in the financial and distribution sectors. He joined Cari-Med Limited in 1991, as Financial Controller and was appointed General Manager in 2006.
Mr. Grant holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Nova South-Eastern University (Jamaica Cluster). He was named to the U.S.A. National MBA Dean’s List in 1995. He also has a Bachelor’s Degree (Hons.) in Business Administration (BBA) specializing in Finance from the University of Technology, Jamaica (formerly the College of Arts, Science & Technology).
He is a member of the Boards of Directors of Cari-Med, Kirk Distributors Limited, and the Bellevue Hospital.
He is a sports enthusiast and is married, with three children.
Gregory Christian joined Cari-Med Limited in 1999, as a sales representative in the Pharmaceutical Division. Over the years he has worked in various areas of the company, developing extensive knowledge of sales and marketing, logistics, and retail distribution. He has been part of the redevelopment and modernization of Cari-Med, and currently holds the position of Group Business Development Director.
He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Marketing from the University of Nova South-Eastern.
He is a member of the Boards of Directors of both Cari-Med and Kirk Distributors Limited. In 2016 he was appointed to the boards of the Standards Council of the Bureau of Standards and the Management Committee of Kingston Public/Victoria Jubilee Hospitals.
He is married with two boys and three girls. He loves fishing and is an avid tennis fan.
Huntley Dilworth joined Cari-Med Limited in 2006, as Financial Controller.
Mr. Dilworth is a qualified accountant having completed the CPA examination. His work experience spans over 25 years in the fields of financial management, international banking, accounting, and auditing locally and internationally.
He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Studies from The University of the West Indies.
Mr. Dilworth is a member of the Boards of Directors of Cari-Med and Kirk Distributors Limited.
He is an avid sportsman and is married, with three children.
A former banker with over thirty years of corporate, commercial and retail banking experience, Minna Israel is a Special Advisor to the Vice Chancellor on Resource Development, with focus on philanthropy.
Prior to that, she held the position of Distinguished Business Fellow at The University of the West Indies, Mona School of Business & Management (MSBM) – an opportunity to “give back” to an institution which provided the foundation for a successful career.
Minna was the President & Country Head of RBC Royal Bank Jamaica for 4 years. In January 2005, she was appointed the first female Country Head in Scotiabank International and spent 3 years as Managing Director of Scotiabank (Bahamas) Limited, and previously, she held the position of Executive Vice President and Deputy CEO of The Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica Limited.
Minna’s performance and contribution to the wider society has made her the recipient of a number of local, regional and international awards including the UWI Honorary Doctor of Laws degree, in November, 2011.
Current Board Director Appointments in Jamaica
First Global Bank Jamaica Ltd
Cari-Med Ltd and subsidiary Kirk Distributors Ltd
RJR Communication Group
Jamaica Public Service Company Ltd
Mona School of Business & Management, UWI and
Member of the Judicial Service Commission
Minna holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the Western University, Ontario, Canada; a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies; and a Diploma in Business Administration specializing in Banking from the University of Technology. She is also a proud alumna of Clarendon College.
Minna is a past-President of the Jamaica Bankers’ Association, having served for the period 2009 to 2011. She was the first female to be elected president of the association.
Mr. Mitchell graduated from The University of the West Indies with a BSc in Government, and from the University of Miami with an LL.M. in International Trade Law. He is also an alumnus of the Institute of Management Development (Switzerland). He has spent more than 30 years in the legal field.
He currently serves as Chairman of Corrpak Jamaica Ltd., Island Grill/Chicken Mistress and TM Traders Ltd., and is the immediate past Chairman of the National Housing Trust, Coffee Industry Board, Cocoa Industry Board, Bauxite and Alumina Trading Company of Jamaica/Jamaica Bauxite Mining Ltd. and Jamaica Bauxite Institute.
He also holds directorships on the boards of Kirk Distributors Limited, Jamaica Deposit Insurance Corporation, Associated Manufacturers Limited and the G. Raymond Chang Foundation
He has served as a Justice of the Peace since 2009.