Noel Hylton dies

Sunday, February 25, 2018

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Former Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) President and Chairman Noel Hylton died yesterday afternoon at the University Hospital of the West Indies Intensive Care Unit after a long illness. He was 86.

Born in August 1931, Hylton was an accountant by profession. He joined the public sector in 1975 as chairman and chief executive officer of the PAJ, and has been influential in the development of the modern container terminal at the Port of Kingston, as well as the development of Jamaica's first export free zone.

He retired in 2013 and was commended by then Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller for his record of service, commitment, dedication, passion and achievement.

“He stamped his indelible mark on the PAJ and has chalked up an impressive and enviable record of public service, a testimony to his quest for excellence… He has served with equal distinction under no fewer than six prime ministers, spanning both political administrations,” Simpson Miller said at a farewell reception held in his honour at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston on Thursday, October 31, 2013.

During his years of service, Hylton received many awards, among them the Order of Distinction (Commander class) for service to the shipping industry in 1979, after which he received the nation's fourth-highest honour — the Order of Jamaica.

Over the course of his life Hylton also served as chairman of the Police Service Commission; member of the Royal Commission of Enquiry in the Fiji Islands in 1970; general manager of the Shipping Association of Jamaica between 1970 and 1981, while he was chairman and CEO of the PAJ; and president and managing director of Air Jamaica for two years.

He was also a director at NCB Financial Group Ltd; chairman of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company Limited and Jamaica Merchant Marine Limited. Hylton also served on several boards including Jamaica Promotions Corporation.

In 2001, The University of the West Indies conferred on him the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws in recognition of his contribution to the region's maritime and shipping development.

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