Yesterday, former longtime group managing director of Jamaica Producers Group, Marshall Hall passed away at the age of 88. Hall served as group managing director of Jamaica Producers for 27 years, and as a director for over 40 years.
His son, Jeffrey Hall is the company’s current CEO. He stated: “My father was above all a family man. He was a leader, a protector, and a selfless champion for his family and for the people at the institutions with which he was affiliated.”
“He did this with sincerity and humility and humor and wisdom and hard work. He showed us how to break down barriers and taught us not to see limits. This was his gift to us, and we truly loved him for it. We will forever miss him,” Jeffrey Hall stated in a press release.
Marshall Hall was a graduate of Columbia University in New York, and the University of Wisconsin, where he earned his PhD in 1960. He served as a faculty member of the University of Wisconsin and Makerere University in Uganda, and as a full professor of economics at Washington University in St Louis Missouri, the release stated.
After an extensive academic career he pursued a career in business and government leadership. He served as chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jamaica Public Service and as chairman of the Jamaica Development Bank (the precursor to the Development Bank of Jamaica) and chairman of National Commercial Bank and Mutual Life. He was also chairman of the Caribbean Policy Research Institute and a member of the West Indian Commission, the Police Service Commission, Police Civilian Oversight Authority and served very recently as a director of the Caribbean Maritime University.
During Hall’s executive leadership of Jamaica Producers, he was credited with implementing thousands of acres of large-scale modernised banana production in Jamaica and leading the development of a best-in-class industrial-scale UK distribution platform for fresh fruit.