On July 1, 2011, Mr. Donald Wehby was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer of GraceKennedy Limited. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Wehby held the position of Group Chief Operating Officer from October 5, 2009.
Mr. Wehby first joined GraceKennedy Ltd. in 1995 as Group Finance Manager. He was appointed Deputy Finance Director in 1997 and in that same year was appointed to the Board of Directors of GraceKennedy Ltd. He held several positions throughout the years including Chief Operating Officer of the Financial Services Division in 1999. During his tenure the division's pre-tax profit rose from $280 million in 2000 to $1.417 billion in 2005, an increase of 406 %. In September 2007, Mr. Wehby resigned from his positions at GraceKennedy Ltd. and its Board of Directors to serve for two years as Government Senator and Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service. Following his two-year stint in public service, he was reappointed to the Board of Directors of GraceKennedy Ltd. in October 2009. He is also a Director of several of GraceKennedy’s Boards including chairman of First Global Holdings GK Foods & Services Limited, GraceKennedy Money Services SRL and the recently acquired Key Insurance Company Limited. A Fellow Chartered Accountant, Mr. Wehby holds both a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) and a Master of Science degree in Accounting from The University of the West Indies and has completed an Advanced Management College certificate course at Stanford University.
In May 2015, Mr. Wehby was the recipient of the key to the city of Miramar, Florida, for his work in the private sector, as well as his two-year stint in government, and his overall contribution to Jamaica. The ‘Key to the City’ is an honour bestowed by a city upon esteemed residents and visitors. In December 3, 2015, he was the recipient of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ) 2015 Distinguished Member Award. This award is presented annually to a member of the ICAJ who has contributed, through his/her outstanding achievements, to the prestige and status of the Institute and Accountancy profession. Mr. Wehby is the youngest recipient of the award. Additionally, on Saturday, September 24, 2016, Mr. Wehby was inducted into the St. George’s College Hall of Fame for Excellence and Achievement in Business, Community Spirit and Service to the College and on March 23, 2019, he received the G. Raymond Chang Award and was inducted into the Immaculate Hall of Fame. On June 29, 2019, Mr. Wehby was recognized by the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) for his transformational leadership for the JSE’s Junior Market.
Mr. Wehby is currently New Zealand’s Honorary Consul to Jamaica, following his appointment in September 2015. In March 2016, he was appointed by Jamaica’s Prime Minister, The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, as a Senator, which will once again allow him to offer his services by giving an independent, non-aligned voice in critical national matters. He is also the Chairman of JAMPRO following his appointment in April 2016. On October 16, 2017, Mr. Wehby received the Order of Distinction (Commander Class) for his sterling contribution to both the public and private sectors.
Mr. Wehby is married with three children. He is an avid cricket fan and a member of the Kingston Cricket Club.