Oliver Clarke

Jamaica  |  Chairman and Managing Director, The Gleaner Company

Former President of the Inter-American Press Association

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Oliver F. Clarke is the publisher of The Gleaner, the largest circulation newspaper in the Commonwealth Caribbean. Clarke joined The Gleaner Company Limited in 1976 as managing director. He held this position for several months before being appointed as chairman, a position that he holds today. Clarke also serves as the president of the Commonwealth Press Union and chairman of the Jamaica National Building Society.

In 2004, he was made a Caribbean Luminary of the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies for his work in the Caribbean and the wider world. Clarke was also the president of the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) from 1997 to 1998 and president of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ), from 2001 to 2002. He was awarded the Order of Jamaica in 1998 and was inducted into the PSOJ’s Hall of Fame in 1997. He received the Americas Award in 1990. In 2017, Clarke was appointed Chairman of the newly launched subsidiary, the JN Bank, as well as the restructured mutual holding company, The Jamaica National Group and the JN Financial Holding Company.


Clarke joined the Dialogue as a Member in 1983.