The executive team believes people and values are equal to strategy and focus in the success of Kirk Distributors. Maintaining that balance is what fosters the company’s continued growth. Meet our directors who make our company’s vision a reality.
Dr. Glen Christian, OJ, OD, JP
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:
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 the Mico 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.
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 CHASE Fund, and the Mico University College.
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 has worked in the capacity of Credit Manager for Cari-Med Limited since 1987 and currently occupies the position of Credit Director.
Mrs. Christian worked as an educator with the Ministry of Education and later successfully managed a retail Pharmacy prior to joining her husband in the family business at Cari-Med.
Mrs. Christian’s astute business skills have contributed to the strong financial standing of the organization. She currently serves on the Boards of Directors of both Cari-Med and Kirk Distributors Limited.
She is married to Glenford Christian and has two sons and a daughter.
Mrs. Lanna Bennett is the General Manager of Kirk Distributors Ltd and serves on the Board of Directors of Cari-Med and Kirk Distributors Limited. She is the holder of Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Florida International University (FIU), and a Bachelor’s degree in Education (BEd.) from the University of Technology (formerly College of Arts, Science & Technology). She is a member of The Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM), London.
Mrs. Bennett joined Cari-Med Ltd in 1996 as Marketing Manager. She has over twenty five years of Sales and Marketing experience working with leading international brands of fast moving Consumer Goods and Pharmaceutical Products. Mrs. Bennett has a wealth of experience in transitioning new businesses due to mergers and acquisitions. She has worked with Multinational entities such as GlaxoSmithkline& Novartis Consumer (formerly Gerber Products). Her work experience spans the Caribbean markets.
Mrs. Bennett is married and has two children.
Mr. Smith has had a successful career at Board and Senior Executive level in General Management, Marketing, Salesand charitable foundations for over 30 years involving local as well as multinational corporations in various industries.He currently serves as Executive-in-Residence at the Mona School of Business and Management, UWI.
Mr. Smith has had post graduate training in business (MBA) at the Mona School of Business and Management, UWI as well as executive training at Kellogg Graduate School of Business, North Western University, USA plus on-going business leadership specific training and corporate governance training at Board level.
In addition to Carimed and Kirk Distributors Boards, he serves as a Non-executive board member of NCB Capital Markets Limited, Digicel Jamaica Limited, Hardware and Lumber Limited and as member of 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.
Harry is married to Ann Marie and they have two grown sons.
Mrs Stewart-Gordon is a graduate of the University of the West Indies (U.W.I.), she holds a MBA (H.R. Development) and BSc (Hons.) degree in Management Studies. She also has a Certificate in Principles & Techniques of Counseling from the University of the West Indies School of Continuing Studies.
Mrs. Stewart-Gordon has been with the Cari-Med Limited for over twenty years and has spearheaded the development of the Human Resources department. The Company now has a staff complement of over 380 employees.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors of both Cari-Med and Kirk Distributors Limited. In addition, she represents the Company on the General Council of the Jamaica Employers’ Federation and is also the Company’s representative on the Jamaica Business Council of HIV/AIDS.
She is the mother of two daughters and a son.
She is actively involved in church activities, as well as outreach programmes of the Sunset Optimist Club of Kingston.
Mr. Dennis Grant is the General Manager of Cari-Med Limited and the holder of 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 (formerly College of Arts, Science & Technology).
Mr. Grant has over 25 years’ experience in the field of Accounting in the Financial and Distribution sectors. He joined Cari-Med Limited in 1991 as Financial Controller and in 2006 he was appointed General Manager.
He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of both Cari-Med and Kirk Distributors Limited. He is a sports enthusiast and is married with three children.
Mr. Gregory Christian holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Marketing from the University of Nova South-Eastern.
He joined the Cari-Med team in 1999 as a Sales Representative in the Pharmaceutical Division and is presently the Group Business Development Director. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors for both Cari-Med and Kirk Distributors Limited.
Mr. Christian has a sound knowledge of sales & marketing, logistics, retail distribution and he has a passion for business.
He is married with five children, two boys and three girls. He loves fishing and is an avid tennis fan.
Mr. Huntley Dilworth is a qualified Accountant having completed the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA) examinations and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies.
His work experience spans over 25 years in the field of auditing, accounting, and financial management, including employment with the “Big 4” Audit Firm, a leading conglomerate in Jamaica as well as overseas banking experience.
Mr. Dilworth joined Cari-Med Limited in September 2006 as the Group Financial Controller and currently holds the position of Director of Finance for the group. He also serves on the Boards of Directors of both Cari-Med and Kirk Distributors Limited.
He is an avid sportsman and is married with three children.
Mr. Howard Mitchell
Mr. Mitchell graduated from the UWI (BSc in Government) and the University of Miami (LL.M. in International Trade Law), He has spent more than 30 years in the legal field. He is an alumnus of the Institute of Management Development (Switzerland) and currently serves as Chairman of Corrpak Jamaica Ltd., Island Grill/Chicken Mistress and TM Traders Ltd.
He also holds directorships on the boards of Jamaica Deposit Insurance Corporation, Associated Manufacturers Limited and the G. Raymond Chang Foundation 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 has served as a Justice of the Peace since 2009.
Mr. Mitchell is married with 2 daughters.
Sancia Bennett Templer
Sancia Bennett Templer has over 30 years of executive management experience in the private and public sectors in Jamaica working with major companies/corporations involved in international business. She served as President of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) and CEO of the Partnership for Transformation’s Programme Management Office. She also served as Chief Technical Director in the Office of the Prime Minister.
Mrs. Bennett-Templer served as Senior Vice President of the Airports Authority of Jamaica. Mrs. Bennett-Templer is recognized as a pioneer senior female executive in the shipping industry in Jamaica having served in senior management roles in the bulk shipping sector and subsequently as Managing Director of International Shipping Limited in the 1980’s. Her regional and international experience includes President of the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotions Agencies and the spearheading of significant promotional events in major international business centers.
A graduate of the University of the West Indies and Plymouth Polytechnic in England, Mrs. Bennett-Templer holds an Executive Masters in Business Administration, a Master of Science in International Shipping and a Bachelor of Science in Management Studies.
She currently serves on the Privatization Enterprise Team for the Norman Manley International Airport. Previous Board directorships include Air Jamaica Ltd, Development Bank of Jamaica, Urban Development Corporation, Planning Institute of Jamaica, and the Technology Innovation Center.
Mrs. Bennett Templer is married to Julian Templer and they have two children, Lindsay and Gavin.
A former banker with over thirty years of corporate, commercial and retail banking experience, Minna Israel was appointed Distinguished Business Fellow at the UWI, Mona School of Business & Management (MSBM) in March, 2012.
She was the President & Country Head of RBC Royal Bank Jamaica for 4 years, and was the immediate Past President of the Jamaica Bankers’ Association. In January 2003, she was appointed the first female Country Head in Scotia Bank and spent 3 years as Managing Director of Scotiabank (Bahamas) Limited. She previously held the position of Executive Vice President and Deputy CEO of the Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica Limited.
Miss Israel is a member of the UWI Vice Chancellor Award Selection Committee; the United Way Women’s Leadership Initiative; Rotary Club of St. Andrew, Chairperson of the Mona School of Business & Management, UWI; and Vice President, International Women Forum (Jamaica). She also serves on public and private sector boards including First Global Bank, RJR Group, Public Accountancy Board, and National Housing Trust.
She holds a Masters of Business Administration in Finance and General Management from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western 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. In 2002, Minna also completed the Executive Program at University of Michigan Business School.