Steven Whittingham is the Group Chief Investment Officer for GraceKennedy Limited. In this role, he works closely with the Group CEO to formulate strategy, ensure effective execution of key strategic initiatives and oversee global M&A activities. He is also the President and CEO of GK Capital Management, the investment and advisory subsidiary of GraceKennedy.
Steven was previously the President of First Global Financial Services Limited (FGFS), at the time one of Jamaica’s leading diversified financial institutions.
Before joining the GraceKennedy Group, Steven was the Managing Director of the Shell Licensee in Jamaica, the country’s largest downstream petroleum distribution business. Steven has significant Mergers and Acquisitions experience, acquiring and operating multiple enterprises in Jamaica as well as working for Morgan Stanley in their Investment Banking Group in London. Steven began his career at BlackRock in New York focusing on institutional fixed income asset management.
Steven attended the University of Pennsylvania where he completed a dual degree program, earning a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the College of Arts and Sciences. He received his MBA from the Harvard Business School in 2008 where he was awarded the Morgan Stanley Fellowship.
Steven is currently a director of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, GraceKennedy Foods USA LLC and GK General Insurance Company Limited. He has also served as a director on several other private and public sector boards including Jamaica Promotions Corporation Ltd. (JAMPRO), National Road Operating and Constructing Company Ltd. (NROCC), the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association, the Fisheries Management and Development Fund and HEART Trust/NTA.
He is married with two children.