J. Wray and Nephew commercial director, Cecil Smith Jr has been appointed to lead Campariâs Canada sales outfit as the new commercial director based in Toronto.
Michelle Brown will replace Smith as head of the Jamaican commercial operations.
Smith joined J. Wray & Nephew as systems and promotional store officer in 1998 after leaving Calabar High School, the company said in a release.
He steadily climbed the ranks, holding numerous senior positions in sales and marketing before becoming commercial director, a post to which he was promoted in 2015.
As the new commercial director, Brown will continue leading J. Wray & Nephewâs sales thrust in the Caribbean.
âPeople is one of the two main pillars of our business along with brands. Our group is growing exponentially and we have a great need for talent overseas,â said Jean-Philippe âJPâ Beyer, Managing Director, Campari Group, Jamaica and the Caribbean in announcing the changes.
The promotions are part of the companyâs global talent management and succession planning programmes, which also see Levi Bloomfield, Kevin Davis and Leleika-Dee Barnes moving up the ranks.
Bloomfield will assume responsibilities as commercial manager in Jamaica, covering both the on and off trade sales channels and supervising all five regional sales managers.
Davisâ has been appointed commercial manager for export with responsibility for growing sales in the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
âWe believe strongly in training and have embarked on a leadership programme to train every employee involved in people management,â Beyer said.
âIn the next two years, we will exceed a milestone of 100 Jamaicans participating in our leadership development programme. This will broaden their horizons and their marketability globally,â he added.