Vision/Mission

SSL Venture Capital Limited is a publicly traded company listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange.

We provide access to capital for the entrepreneurial eco-system in Jamaica.

Mission Statement:

  • To become a symbol of patriotism for entrepreneurship in Jamaica
  • To manifest the dreams of Jamaican business owners through equity capital and activist intervention
  • To find the “sweet spot” between being a local innovator and operating a scalable and sustainable company
  • To create a network of Jamaican businesses that blend competencies to maximize revenues for each other and grow the economy.
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Executive Director & Group CEO

Mr. Zachary Harding

Executive Director & Group CEO

Zachary Harding is the Group CEO of the SSL Group with responsibility for SSL Growth Equity Limited, Stocks & Securities Limited and SSL Venture Capital Jamaica Limited. He is also the founder and chairman of Hyperion Equity, a private firm with investments in entertainment, biometric research, agriculture, fintech and traffic management. Over the years, Zachary has developed a solid reputation in senior management and strategic marketing roles enjoying stellar track records in positions including Chief Executive Officer, Head of Strategy and Director of Marketing at companies including ATL, Wisynco and Red Stripe. He has often been dubbed a “rain-maker” and “marketing guru” based on several successful brand campaigns and turnaround situations. From 2008 to 2010 he was seconded to the Tourism Ministry as Special Adviser to the Minister and Deputy Director at the Jamaica Tourist Board. Zachary serves on several boards and was named as one of the top “50-under-Fifty Business Leaders Shaping Jamaica’s Future” by the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica and The Gleaner Newspaper.

Independent Director

Mr. Brent Ciurlino

Independent Director

Mr. Brent Ciurlino, currently serves as a Sr. Vice President, for Risk and Operation at Newtek Small Business Lending the 5th largest SBA lender. In addition, he is also Board Director and Chairman of the Compliance Committee for Patriot Bank, NA, a $1.0 billion community bank serving New York, Connecticut and the Northeast market with a 7a and 504 lending division. Mr. Ciurlino has led a series of specialized national risk management and regulatory practice initiatives serving as a Director at IvorHill Risk Advisors in Washington DC which also includes international bank regulatory and small business lending assignments with the FDIC, US Treasury, World Bank, IFC and IMF.

Prior to his regulatory and risk management appointments during this financial crisis, Mr. Ciurlino served as Managing Director/ CEO of UnionBank Holding Company and UnionBank a $2.0 billion international banking group, with 32 domestic and international branches and 2 international credit card processing centers. As a lender, he also served as the Director of Large Loans & Credit for the Farm Credit Banks of Spokane and St. Louis for 10 years, coordinated capital assistance with the Farm Credit Administration and served as Managing Director with the international accounting/consulting firm of RSM
McGladrey , for the Banking and International Structured Finance practice leading projects for the World Bank-IFC, International Monetary Fund, The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the InterAmerican Development Bank. As well he served as the Deputy Director of Real Estate and Asset Disposition for the FDIC-RTC during the S & L Crisis of the 1990’s. Mr. Ciurlino attended University of Maine and Washington State University respectively for his undergraduate and graduate master’s studies in applied economics and finance.

Board Of Directors

Non - Executive Director & Chairman

Mr. Jeffrey Cobham

Non – Executive Director & Chairman

Mr. Jeffrey Cobham serves as Non – Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. He also sits on the boards of Sagicor Property Services Limited, Sagicor Life of the Cayman Islands Ltd., Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited, Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited and Pulse Investments Limited. Mr. Cobham chairs the board of Diverze Assets Inc., (parent company of Tropical
Battery Company Ltd., Diverze Properties Ltd. and Chukka Cove Adventures Ltd.)

He is Chancellor’s representative to the UWI’s Mona Campus Council and sits on its Finance and General Purposes, and Audit Committees. Mr Cobham is an approved Mentor on the Mentor List for the Jamaica Stock Exchange.

A former Managing Director of National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited, Mr. Cobham also served for 13 years as Chairman of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. He has also chaired the board of the National
Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica and the Montego Bay Little Theatre Movement and has been a director of the National Gallery of Jamaica.

Independent Director

Ms. Christine Birch

Independent Director

Christine Birch has an array of skills in executive management, brand development and marketing, consumer insights, creative strategy, talent development and business operations. She has earned industry honours and a well-deserved reputation for driving performance with compelling, creative and integrated campaigns that delight and excite consumers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature from Dartmouth College and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of ROYGBIV Collective, LLC., California, United States. Christine is a trailblazing entertainment marketer, a diversity pioneer, and dynamic thought leader.

Independent Director

Mr. John Jackson

Independent Director

John Jackson brings to the Board his experience in the financial services industry. He is the Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee and Mentor to the Board. He is a Chartered Accountant and Financial Analyst. He was a founder of the chartered accounting firm, Jackson Burnett Parkinson Jackson. John is a Director of Bridgeton Management Services Limited, a private investment and management company since 1974, and publisher of the
financial website ICinsider.com. He chairs the boards of Jetcon Corporation Limited and Jamaica Deposit Insurance Corporation (JDIC).

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Corporate Governance Policy

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