Mrs. Donna-Marie Rowe is the Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Information Service having been promoted to this position in 2009. Previously she served as Public Relations Manager for seven years at the Agency.
A Public Relations Specialist, with more than 18 years of experience, she joined the Government’s premier PR entity in 2001, immediately after graduating from the University of the West Indies (Mona) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She went on to achieve a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies and secured a diploma in Public Relations and training in Risk Communication in Washington DC, and Panama sponsored by PAHO/WHO.
A student of leadership principles, Mrs. Rowe is passionate about personal, professional and spiritual growth. Under her leadership the Agency achieved significant successes in the areas of revenue generation, increased public awareness through carefully crafted and executed PR programmes and an enhanced corporate brand.
Mrs. Rowe’s passion and professionalism were recognised when she received the 2019 RJRGleaner Communication Group Honour Award in Public Service for her inspiring leadership of the JIS and managing its transformation into a modernised government agency.
She was responsible for mobilizing the skills and competencies of her team in revolutionizing the JIS programmes in 2010, which for decades were allocated half hour blocks in the media. She marshalled the programme changes and gave oversight to a smooth transition from the long form programming to succinct and information-packed five-minute programmes.
She also championed the production of a commemorative Jamaica 50 publication, “Our Golden Jubilee: Snapshots of Post Independent Jamaica 1962-2012” which went on to win an international award eclipsing some 677 other publications, representing 21 countries.
As a born again Christian, Mrs. Rowe serves in her local assembly at All Saints Apostolic. She is a devoted wife and mother of two children. In her spare time she enjoys photography and reading.