David Shirley has been appointed Chairman of KLE effective September 1st, 2016. Shirley who replaces Ambassador Audrey Marks is a founding member and director of the KLE Group and has also served in the capacity of Deputy Chairman.
Shirley has had an illustrious career which spans more than a decade within the Coffee, Sports, Entertainment and Tourism industries. He is currently the Managing Director of Jamaica Coffee Corporation Limited, a position he has held since 2004. He is also the founder and Chairman of Locker Room Sports which opened its doors in 1998; Founder and Director of Velle Sport International, Director of Stoneleigh Coffee Processors Limited and Director of Stoneleigh Coffee Roasters Limited. He currently serves on the Coffee Industry Board, Independence Parks Limited and the Sports Development Foundation.
Shirley’s new role comes on the heels of Ambassador Audrey Marks’ resignation from the KLE board. Ambassador Marks, the founder of Paymaster, will once again assume the role of the Jamaican Ambassador to the USA, a position she previously held from 2010-2012. During her tenure as Chairman of the group she oversaw KLE’s turnaround and was integral to the noteworthy performance recorded in the first half of this year. CEO Gary Matalon expressed his heartfelt congratulations to Ambassador Marks and also earnestly welcomed Shirley as the new Chairman of the Board.
“Ambassador Marks has done a spectacular job as Chairman of the group and I expect great things from her in her role as Ambassador to the US. I have nothing but gratitude for all the great work she has done for KLE. This baton change now places David at the helm and I am certain that he will perform this job with the same laser like focus he applies to everything he does within KLE and his other business ventures,” Matalon said.