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NCU confers Richard Byles with honorary degree

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

MANCHESTER, Jamaica — The Northern Caribbean University (NCU) conferred Chairman of Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited, Richard Byles, with the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa), in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Jamaica's growth and development.

Byles received his award during NCU's 94th Commencement (Graduation) Ceremony held at the university's main campus in Mandeville, Manchester on Sunday.

“I am honoured by the recognition of Northern Caribbean University, a noble institution with a rich and lasting legacy of contributing to Jamaica's economic development through the thousands of persons it has trained in multiple academic disciplines and importantly, its passion for character and nation building,” said Byles.

Byles served as president and CEO of Sagicor Group Jamaica for 13 years, and retired from the post in May of this year. In addition to his role as chairman of Sagicor Group Jamaica, Byles also chairs the Board of Sagicor Bank Jamaica Limited and Sagicor Real Estate X-Fund Limited.

Outside of the Sagicor Group, Byles is the current chairman of Red Stripe Jamaica, a director of Pan Jam and a member of the council of the University of the West Indies. He is also the former co-chairman of Jamaica's Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC).