Michelle Allen

Position: 
Chief Executive Officer
Jamaica

On January 1, 2014, Michelle Allen was formally appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to this appointment, Michelle held the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO), GKMS, a role which she assumed in August 2012. In that role, she was responsible for providing effective and inspiring leadership for the GKMS Team, while focusing on internal systems and process improvements, and had direct responsibilities for the Trinidadian, Guyanese and Eastern Caribbean markets as well as the areas of Business Development and Information Technology.

Since joining GKMS in 1993 as Supervisor of Administration and Operations, Michelle has held the positions of Operations Manager, Vice President- Regional Markets, Vice President, Operations and Chief Compliance Officer. She is also credited for leading the expansion of GKMS into new Caribbean markets. Michelle’s experience is wide ranging as she has also gained considerable exposure to the operations in the North American and United Kingdom markets.

Michelle holds an MBA in International Business from the University of the West Indies, Mona and a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from the State University of York-Oswego and recently completed a course entitled “Leading Strategic Growth & Change” at Columbia University. She is a participant in GraceKennedy’s Senior Leadership Development Programme (SLDP) and a Director on the Boards of GraceKennedy T&T Ltd., GKRS Guyana Ltd., GKMS countries in the Eastern Caribbean and an invitee to the Board of First Global Bank Ltd. Michelle is currently the Vice-President of Jamaica Money Remitters Association.

She enjoys participating in 5K and half-marathon races, travelling and reading.