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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:

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 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.

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.