The Governor


Mr Richard Owen Byles received a graduate degree from the University of Bradford and an undergraduate degree from the University of The West Indies. He holds BSc and MSc degrees in Economics and National Development.

Before assuming the role of Governor of Bank of Jamaica, Mr. Byles served at the helm of one of the largest conglomerates in Jamaica. He has enjoyed a 40-year career in business and finance and is one of the most accomplished corporate leaders of his generation.

Mr. Byles was also Council Member at the University of The West Indies, Vice President of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica and served on the board of six other companies.

He was an orginal Co-Chair of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) formed to monitor Jamaica’s performance under IMF-supported reform programme.

Mr. Byles was appointed Governor of Bank of Jamaica with effect from 19 August 2019.

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