KINGSTON, Jamaica – Highly experienced public sector leader, Onika Miller, has joined the team at the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) as Executive with responsibility for Government Relations and Public Policy. Her appointment became effective on October 20.
Ms Miller, who brings nearly two decades of experience in management in the public sector to JNBS, will focus primarily on strategically engaging ministries and public sector agencies at various levels to advance the interests of JNBS and its subsidiaries, says Earl Jarrett, General Manager.
“Her responsibility will include forging and maintaining diverse relationships that will redound to maintaining a positive profile for Jamaica National Building Society; effectively promote and protect our interests, and identify and develop new business for the JN Group,” Mr Jarrett announced.
He said that her experience and track record in management at the highest level in the public sector will add meaningful value and capacity to the JN Group.
Ms Miller last served as the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, a position which she held for nearly six years under the leadership of three prime ministers, prior to demitting office on October 1, 2015.
In that capacity, she provided technical support to the Prime Minister and oversaw some 35 public entities. She also engaged heads of governments and supported bilateral partnerships with several countries including: the United States of America (USA), Canada, South Africa, China and Japan; and, recently played a major role in executing the visit of USA President, Barack Obama, to Jamaica in April 2015.
She has also served as Chief Technical Director in the Office of the Cabinet, a position she held from 2007-2009; and, previously worked in the Ministry of Local Government and the Jamaica Social Investment Fund.
Ms Miller says in her new post at Jamaica National Building Society she will be working closely with regulators and agencies, locally and overseas, to assist JN to forecast and anticipate legislative changes and measures; as well as cement and foster relationships, while leveraging opportunities for the organisation and its subsidiaries.
“Those are some of the areas that lend themselves readily to my experience and skills set,” she said. “What I plan to do is to put policy into action, for it to be meaningful; and add value, which will ultimately be profitable for our business lines,” she maintained.