R. DANVERS WILLIAMS, O.J., C.D., Hon. LLD., J.P., CLU

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R. Danvers (Danny) Williams has had a distinguished career in the life insurance industry spanning some 55 years. He is the Founder and Past President and Chief Executive Officer of Life of Jamaica Limited, one of the largest life insurance companies in the West Indies. 

His involvement with the industry dates back to 1953, when at the age of 18 years 9 months he joined North American Life Assurance Company, NALACO, as a salesman. Within 7 years, he was appointed Branch Manager for Jamaica and over the next decade, he guided the branch to the number one position in the company’s international network.

A dedicated professional committed to the development of his country and with a zest for challenges, Danny Williams molded the branch as the nucleus for Life of Jamaica Limited, which he founded in 1970. He built the company that is today a respected and dynamic financial institution.

R. Danvers Williams is noted for his considerable service to the wider Jamaican community which has earned him the national honours of Commander of the Order of Distinction (1972) and the Order of Jamaica (1993). He served the Government of Jamaica for three years from 1977 to 1980 as a Senator, Minister of State and Minister of Industry and Commerce respectively. He was in 2005 conferred with the degree of Doctor of Laws (Hon) by the University of Technology.

He was President of the Jamaica Association for the Deaf for 10 years. He was also Chairman of the Jamaica Association for the Advancement of Literacy, JAMAL and the National Development Foundation of Jamaica as well as Vice President of the Jaycees of Jamaica and the West Indies Jaycees.

Mr. Williams currently serves on the boards of several major Jamaican companies, Organizations and Foundations, including Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited. He was appointed Director Emeritus of the Jamaica Broilers Group Limited in December 2008. He is the Chairman of the Alkali Group, Virginia Dare (Jamaica) Limited, Irish Town, Redlight & Middleton Community Development Association Ltd., Jamaica College and the Jamaica College Foundation.

 

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