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Jamaican lawyer Greg Christie has been appointed the new Contractor General and will officially be sworn in by Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Howard Cooke, at King’s House on Wednesday (Nov. 30).
He will replace Dr. Derrick McKoy, who served for seven years and opted not to renew his commission.Mr. Christie, who is a Caribbean and British trained lawyer, was most recently employed as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel with the Global Commodities Business Unit of the Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation in Florida.
His 13-year tenure with Kaiser saw Mr. Christie functioning in a range of legal and non-legal senior management capacities for the corporation’s global bauxite mining, alumina manufacturing and aluminum smelting operations in Jamaica, the United States and Ghana.
At Kaiser, the Jamaican-bred lawyer was the management executive in charge of Kaiser Jamaica’s corporate, legal, government and public affairs functions, and he otherwise held several senior management positions at the corporate business level in the areas of commercial services, strategic projects, business process re-engineering, supply chain management and quality systems implementation and audits.
Prior to joining Kaiser, Mr. Christie served as a law lecturer, a legal consultant, an attorney, and is the founder and chairman of a Jamaican credit reporting firm.
He has lectured full-time for 10 years at the Law Faculty of the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago in the disciplines of corporate, criminal, insurance, international and aviation law, and for three years at the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad as a lecturer in insurance, banking, credit and securities law. Mr. Christie has also worked throughout the Caribbean as a legal consultant, handling various consultancy assignments for private and public sector organisations, including the United Nations.
Mr. Christie is a graduate of Campion College and the former College of Arts, Science, and Technology (CAST). He is the holder of the LL.B (Hons.) Degree from UWI, the C.L.E. professional qualification from the Hugh Wooding Law School and the LL.M. Masters Degree in corporate, insurance and international law from the University of London.
Mr. Christie’s diverse and extensive background in corporate management and law, together with his work in the Jamaican bauxite industry and experience in the management of strategic projects and commercial and procurement services, have all contributed to his selection as the most suitable and ideal candidate to be appointed Contractor General.
Mr. Christie has been married to Janice Anderson for 26 years and the couple has a daughter, Natalie, who is a graduate of the Florida State University and who is presently employed as a financial specialist with the Wachovia Banking Group in Florida.