Grantley St. John Stephenson has been a central figure in the Jamaican shipping industry for over forty (40) years. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Kingston Wharves Limited, a position he has held for fourteen (14) years. Mr. Stephenson’s reputation as a leading voice in shipping in this hemisphere has earned him some of the region’s most prestigious positions within shipping and logistics-related organisations. These include: Kingston Wharves Limited (KWL); Jamaica Producers Group Ltd. (JPG); The Jamaica Maritime Institute (as member of the initiating team); Shipping Association of Jamaica, Shipping Association of Jamaica Property Limited, ADVANTUM and Assessment Recoveries Limited.
Under his visionary leadership, KWL has established itself as the key transhipment hub for leading regional shipping lines, allowing for direct shipment to over twenty-five (25) international ports in the Caribbean and Latin America. He remains resilient in his stewardship to transform KWL into the lead logistics provider in the region.
Mr. Stephenson has received the 2015 ‘Manager of the Year’ Award from the Jamaica Institute of Management. He was ranked as the No. 1 CEO among all companies trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange by Businessuite Magazine in 2010, based on the performance of KWL under his guidance. He also received the Order of Distinction – Commander Class and is a Justice of the Peace for the parish of Kingston.
He is currently the Honorary Consul General for the Kingdom of Norway in Jamaica and recipient of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit – the highest non-national award. Mr. Stephenson is also the Immediate Past President of the Caribbean Shipping Association and Immediate Past Dean of the Consular Corps of Jamaica.
Mr. Stephenson received undergraduate qualifications in Engineering and Shipping Management from the College of Arts, Science and Technology, now the University of Technology and later the University of Plymouth, England respectively. He then earned a Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of the West Indies. In 2017, the Caribbean Maritime University conferred upon Mr Stephenson, the degree of Doctor of Science in Port Management, honoris causa for his significant contributions to shipping in Jamaica, his support of the growth imperatives of the country, and for his belief in finding and uplifting the dignity in life through his outreach and philanthropic efforts.