Industry giant Beverly Lopez is dead

Tributes have been pouring in after news broke that former PSOJ head, Beverly Lopez has died.

Mrs Lopez, a former Desnoes and Geddes General Sales Manager, died at her home on Sunday. While the cause of death has not been ascertained as yet,  her death has certainly cast a pall of gloom over the country.

Mrs Lopez was a household name in Jamaica and was a familiar face on TV when she led the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) and the Jamaica Exporters Association for a number of years.

The PSOJ released a statement in which they lauded her contributions especially being the second woman to take up that mantle as head of the organization. 

They further noted that “she was tireless in her efforts to champion the development of the private sector, particularly for small businesses and exporters, at times in face of daunting obstacles”.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness in his tribute remarked that Mrs Lopez was a “trailblazer as a woman in business and made distinguished contributions on both private and public sector boards” while expressing condolences to her family and friends. 

Dr Peter Phillips, Leader of the Opposition, also expressed condolences and sought to remind everyone that she did some very important work during her life which included her role in setting up the social partnership agreement between the private sector, government, trade unions and civil society groups.

Lopez led the PSOJ from 2003 to 2006.

In 2002, she was honoured with the Order of Distinction, Commander Class and was conferred with the Order of Jamaica in 2006.