Board of Directors

    Franka Costelloe
    President

    Ms. Costelloe holds a MSc in Building and Construction Management (with distinction), an (MBOS) Associate Degree in Project Management and BSc in Business Administration with a Major in Human Resources and Master’s Certificate in Corporate Governance from the Caribbean Corporate Governance Institute.

    Ms. Costelloe is a Director of Lifetime Roofing Ltd - a manufacturer, distributor and contractor specialized in metal and flat roof waterproofing. She has experience in various departments including; Human Resources, Accounts, Project Management, Contracts, Budget Planning & Administration, Sales and Marketing.
    She sits as the Chairperson of First Citizens Trustee Services Limited and is a Director on the Boards of First Citizens Bank limited, First Citizens Investment Services (Barbados) Limited and First Citizens Bank (Barbados) Limited.

    Ms. Costelloe currently sits on the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) Board as the President.

    Dr. Mikaeel Mohammed
    Vice President

    Dr. Mikaeel Mohammed is the Group Director of SMJ and CEO of SMJ Trinidad Subsidiary. He is the fourth generation of Leadership to emerge from the Mohammed / Jaleel family, within the S.M. Jaleel Group, a group formed and established locally but able to transition, sustain and grow itself over the years from local and regional operations to an internationally competitive player with products in over 60 countries.

    Dr. Mohammed graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, where he attained his M.B., B.Ch, B.A.O. credentials . Further to his medical degree, he holds an abundance of certifications in areas ranging from executive leadership to international business and joined S.M. Jaleel in 2009.

    At present Dr. Mohammed is Chief Executive Officer of Jaleel Distributors Limited, S.M. Jaleel’s Sales and Distribution Company. He is primarily responsible for driving market growth and sales of S.M. Jaleel’s large and diverse nonalcoholic beverage portfolio in the local and international market. He is also the owner of several independent successful business enterprises locally.

    Dr. Mohammed is currently a Director and Vice President on the Board of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association (TTMA) and the Chairman of the Export Marketing sub-committee.He is also a Director of ExporTT and was recently appointed Commissioner on the Fair-Trade Commission.

    Dr. Mohammed has championed the cause of building a highly successful business organization, which is underpinned by a philosophy that all of life’s endeavors should be in service to God and humanity.

    Robin Lewis
    Director

    Mr. Robin Lewis joined First Citizens as the General Manager-Retail and Commercial Banking, with effect from April 02, 2012. Mr. Lewis holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Lincoln, London, a Diploma in Business Management from the University of the West Indies and certification in Computer Applications from the University of the West Indies - Institute of Business.

    Mr. Lewis is a career banker with over thirty (30) years’ experience in the financial services industry. The majority of his career was spent with a local financial services provider gaining experience in all aspects of banking operations. His prior appointment was at director level with another major regional financial institution with responsibility for Banking Operations for the Retail Wealth and Small Business groups, also including Branch Banking, Electronic Channels and Call Centres. He currently sits on the Boards of the Trinidad & Tobago Manufacturers’ Association, the National Insurance Board of Trinidad & Tobago and is also serving on the Boards of First Citizens Depository Services Limited and First Citizens Brokerage and Advisory Services.

    Anthony Farah
    Director

    Anthony G. Farah is the General Manager of MDC-UM, the largest manufacturer of office furniture in the region. After graduating with a degree in Business Administration from Miami Dade Community College, Mr. Farah gained 17 years of experience from a host of industries in the United States. Anthony returned to Trinidad to help develop MDC-UM’s strategic alliances with large furniture manufacturers in North America, China, Europe and India. As a consultant and project manager he has helped ensure that local content is maximized on projects in the Caribbean.

    George Naime
    Director

    George Naime (GN) a former student if Harrisons College, is a founding partner of the B. E. Naime Group of companies (BEN) that was established in 1980 in Barbados. After the sale of the retail and manufacturing divisions of the BEN group in Barbados, Mr. Naime relocated to Trinidad and Tobago in 1992 and launched the PROTOX Aerosol Insecticide and Angel Liquid Detergent range of products.

    In 1993, Mr. Naime was also responsible for expanding the BEN group into the Energy Sector of Trinidad and Tobago by the establishment of Aerogas Processors Limited (APL) in 1998. A joint venture with the Rahael Group of companies. In 2012, with his partners, Joseph Naime and Tony Paul formed a company, BEN LNG, which is geared to provide supply chain solutions for applications of Natural Gas Derivatives as power plant displacement Fuels in the Caribbean. He also established Five Star Private Members Club in 2012. In 2016, he was appointed Director of TTMA, currently Chair of Standing Committee on Trade and representative member of PLCC on Energy Sector.

    Ryan Lewis
    Director

    Ryan Lewis is the Executive Director of Label House Group Limited. Mr. Lewis has extensive experience in marketing and finance having worked both locally and abroad. Mr. Lewis holds an MBA Marketing and Finance from University of Miami and a B.Sc. Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology.

    Ian Mitchell
    Director

    Mr. Ian Mitchell has over twenty one years experience in the manufacturing sector, having held managerial positions at WITCO and Bermudez Biscuit Company Limited where he last served as General Manager. Mr. Mitchell holds an International MBA as well as a B.Sc. Industrial Engineering, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance. Mr. Mitchell was a mentor with the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business and is currently the Managing Director at ANSA Polymer.

    Dale Parson
    Director

    Dale Parson is the CEO of KPL Group Ltd, a diversified group in the Manufacturing and Distribution Industry in Paints, Adhesives, and Brewery/Beverage products. Mr. Parson holds a BSc in Engineering and an MSc in Strategic Leadership and Management from the University of the West Indies.

    He is currently pursuing his PhD in Business Administration with concentration in Marketing. Mr.Parson is a member of Board of Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago (BOETT) and Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago (APETT). As the Chief Executive Officer of a regionally recognised privately held organisation, Mr. Parson has acquired extensive knowledge and experience in manufacturing, competitiveness, international trade, management, international business operations and strategic planning. His background provides the TTMA board with a broad scope of expertise in the manufacturing industry particularly in strategic planning, trade agreement negotiations and competitiveness.

    Tricia Coosal
    Director

    Miss Tricia Coosal is an Executive Director of Finance and Administration at the Coosal’s Group of Companies which allows the management and execution of a wide range of economic aspects. Her role in the 70-year-old plus Coosal’s Group allows her to possess a broad range of managerial skills, which is not only limited to finance and administration but extends to manufacturing, wholesale and retail. Managing and overseeing various departments such as Finance, Audit, Marketing, Sales, Human Resources, Information Technology, Security Management and Future Business Development also comprise her portfolio. She possesses administrative and financial background in the development of strong organizational systems and processes.

    Miss Coosal is also a Director of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA), honorary secretary of TTMA, a member of TTMA and a member of the Private Sector / Civil Society Group (PSCSG).

    She is also the Founder, Managing Director and Corporate Secretary of Top Class Distributors Limited, a Company which falls under her sole jurisdiction.

    Miss Coosal holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in English and a Master’s in Business Administration. After completion of her studies, she joined the Coosal’s Group of Companies in 2011.

    Patricio Torres
    Director

    Patricio Torres, was appointed the Head of Market for the Anglo-Dutch Caribbean at Nestlé Trinidad and Tobago Limited in September 2017. Patricio joined Nestlé 23 years ago when he started as a Professional Trainee in Chile. He then worked in several sales areas for Confectionery, Coffee, Ambient Dairy and Culinary. In 2003, he started his international career in Brazil as part of the Global Business Excellence team in generating demand, implementing best practices and commercial processes across Zone Americas.

    He returned to Nestlé Chile in 2005 joining the Ice Cream Business in Marketing, after which he joined the Ice Cream Strategic Business Unit in 2008, taking responsibility for sales and distribution for Zone Americas, Europe and Africa, Oceania and Asia. He later became Country Manager at Nestlé Paraguay in 2010 before assuming his role as Business Executive Officer, Savory Ice Cream in Nestlé Chile in 2012. Patricio holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University Diego Portales in Chile, an MBA from Pontificie Catholic University in Chile as well as a PED Executive IMD from Switzerland.

    Gary Awai
    Director

    Mr. Awai has a banking career spanning over 30 years, in which he has held several senior management positions at various local banks including most recently, Deputy CEO at Intercommercial Bank Limited (now JMMB Bank). He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and member of the Society of Management Accountants of Nova Scotia, Canada, holds a Masters in Business Administration from Andrews University, Michigan and Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada.

    He has an extensive background in Treasury Risk Management, Strategic Management Accounting, Correspondent Banking, Structured Trade Finance, Compliance, Corporate Finance and Marketing and Sales, with strong emphasis in Treasury Operations, specifically Foreign Exchange and Dealing, where he has spent much of my career to date.

    Mr, Awai is member of the Academic Council of UWI Roytec, Director of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (Trinidad and Tobago Chapter) and a founder member of the Caribbean Financial Planning Association. He has also previously served director and past Vice President of both the Securities Dealers Association of Trinidad and Tobago and the Institute of Banking and Finance. He has been a part-time lecturer in the Special Degree in Banking and Finance at the University of the West Indies for the period 2007 to 2017.

    John De Silva
    Director

    John De Silva is an experienced FMCG Executive and was appointed Managing Director of Unilever Caribbean Ltd. in November 2017. Mr. De Silva has over 20 years experience in General Management, Supply Chain, Operations, and Finance, having worked in Trinidad, Jamaica, Switzerland, The Dominican Republic and Mexico. Most of that time was spent with Nestlé, holding senior executive positions including Director at Nestlé Jamaica, General Manager of Nestlé Caribbean Inc., and Nestlé Professional’s Head of Supply Chain and Operations for Latin America.

    He has led the integration of acquired businesses, established Regional Shared Services, developed and executed manufacturing and operations improvement strategies, implemented Customer Service Excellence initiatives and turned around under-performing commercial operations through Consumer and Customer engagement, restructuring and cost-reduction and strengthening of Global Brands.John is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of the UK and an alumnus of IMD Business School, Switzerland.

    Colin S. Sabga
    Corporate Secretary

    Mr.Colin Sabga holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Bristol with a specialization in Private Equity, and a Masters of Law (with distinction) from University College London with a specialization in International Banking and Finance. He subsequently completed the Bar Vocational Course at the College of Law, London and the Legal Education Certificate at the Hugh Wooding Law School.

    He is a member of the Honorary Society of the Inner Temple and the Law Society of Trinidad & Tobago.In 2013, Colin joined the BCL Group of Companies full time as Executive Director responsible for new business development.

    Adrian Sabga
    Director

    Adrian Sabga is currently operating as the sector innovation head for the ansa mcal beverage sector. He completed his bachelors of Science Degree in Business Management, Finance and Economics in the University of the West of England. He then followed up with his Masters Degree in Management, Information Systems, and Innovation from the London School of Economics.

    Adrian began his career in manufacturing when he entered into Carib Brewery in 2011. He started as a brand manager under the Heineken brand which offered him the opportunity to work in their brewery in Panama called Cerveceria Baru as head project manager. After a 16 month stint in Panama, he returned to Trinidad to lead the trade marketing division, which offered him great depth and knowledge into all facets of Carib brewery operations.

    At the end of 2017 he transitioned into the sector lead for innovation across the beverage sector, charged with bringing new brands and packaging to all markets which are in line with existing and emerging consumer needs. Launching brands like Caribe, Carib Radler, Stag Light, Smirnoff Ice Green Apple to name a few.

    Amy Lazzari
    Director

    Amy Lazzari is a seasoned HR Professional with almost 20 years in local and international experience. She studied and worked in Canada, primarily with AB-Inbev before returning to Trinidad in 2010 to join the Ansa McAL Group. Here she continued to lead HR teams across multiple industries, including FMCG, manufacturing, financial and automotive sectors. Her strengths are in leading business change and driving strategic talent programs throughout organizations to deliver commercial success. She also has obtained significant Industrial Relations experience through her work across these industries.

    For the past three years, Amy has been in the role of Senior HR Business Partner for British American Tobacco, where she sits on the leadership team of West Indian Tobacco and BAT’s Caribbean subsidiaries to drive their HR and commercial agenda. She currently is an active member of the TTMA Advocacy committee and also represents the TTMA and Joint Chambers in the ILO Tripartite Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development.

    Guillermo Rojo De Diego
    Director

    Country Manager for Trinidad and Tobago – TCL, RML, TPL, TPM.
    Mr. Guillermo Rojo de Diego was appointed Country Manager for Trinidad and Tobago on February 6, 2019. Prior to this appointment he held the position of Country Manager, CEMEX Guatemala for three and a half years.

    An experienced professional with a 20 year history of working in the building materials industry in Spain, Morocco, Italy, Guatemala and now Trinidad and Tobago. Mr. Rojo de Diego assumed growing responsibilities within several CEMEX holding companies in a variety of areas such as technical, commercial, operations management and strategic planning in various businesses such as cement, concrete, mortar and aggregates.

    Mr. Rojo de Diego holds an International MBA from INSEAD, France, along with a major degree in Geological Sciences from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain & Universidade de Ciencias de Lisboa, Portugal. Mr. Rojo de Diego is fluent in Spanish, English and French.

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