JM | Nov 22, 2022

PSOJ mourns the passing of Dr Marshall Hall

/ Our Today


The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) has expressed deep sadness at the passing of Dr Marshall Hall, one of the country’s business moguls.

In a statement, the PSOJ sent condolences to the Hall family, including son Jeffrey Hall (former vice president of the PSOJ), as well as friends and business associates.

The PSOJ described Hall as a smart businessman who contributed significantly to Jamaica’s business space.

“Dr Hall was an astute businessman who served his country with distinction in both academia and business.”

CAPRI chairman Dr Marshall Hall (second left) speaks with Sharon Saunders of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, as JN General Manager Earl Jarrett looks on. (2017 File Photo: Twitter @CapriCaribbean)

His passion for the growth and innovation of Jamaica’s banana industry has been exemplified throughout his 25 years as group managing director of Jamaica Banana Producers Association Limited (now Jamaica Producers Group).

Hall is accredited with spearheading the resuscitation of the banana industry in St Mary and Jamaica after hurricane Allen in 1980 and again hurricane Gilbert in 1988.

During his tenure as group managing irector, Hall made significant advances with the diversification of JP into the manufacturing industry and becoming the premier banana producer and exporter to the UK through a joint venture with the Government of Jamaica and Fyffes Plc.  

Dr Marshall Hall (left) with University of the West Indies Professor Michael Witter and Shahine Robinson, then minister of labour and social security. (2017 File Photo)

“His unwavering commitment to the development of Jamaica’s private and public sectors is an exceptional legacy that has been etched in Jamaica’s history.”

He has served on the boards of several corporations and as director of Kingston Wharves Ltd, executive chairman of the Jamaica Public Service Company Ltd, chairman of Jamaica Mutual Life, the National Development Bank and the Development Bank of Jamaica.

The PSOJ noted that it had the honour of recognising Hall for his invaluable role as an outstanding business leader by recognising him as the 2004 PSOJ Hall Of Fame inductee. At the time, he was duly highlighted in his citation as “a Jamaican of whom Jamaicans can be justifiably proud”.

Hall, the PSOJ said, distinguished himself as a remarkable intellectual with a tenacity for hard work.

He extended his years of service to academia, having served as an academic economist and subsequently as professor and chairman of the Department of Management Studies (now the Mona School of Business) and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of the West Indies (Mona).

His vast academic expertise has also extended beyond the shores of Jamaica, having served as professor at the University of Wisconsin, Washington University and Makerere University in Uganda.

Jamaica has lost a true patriot who used his knowledge and expertise to further the nation’s growth and development.

Hall, the PSOJ said, will be dearly missed.