Joseph M. Matalon, C.D.


Since 2007, Mr. Matalon has been Chairman of the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), the Government of Jamaica’s principal development finance institution. In that capacity, he serves on a number of Enterprise Teams overseeing privatization as well as Public-Private Partnerships transactions.

He has also served on a number of government-appointed national committees established to advise on financial and economic matters, most notably The Tax Reform Committee (1985), The Tax Reform Successor Committee (1991), The Incentives Working Group (2013), The Electricity Sector Enterprise Team (2014), and as Chairman of The Tax Policy Review Committee (2004).

He was President of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) from 2009 -2012 and during his tenure, initiated the formation of a Private Sector Working Group on Tax Reform (PSWG).

His appointments and service to Boards include the following:  Scotia Group Jamaica Limited (Director); RJR Group (Director), 1834 Investments Limited - formerly the Gleaner Company Limited - (Vice Chairman); Chairman of ICD Group Holdings Limited and a Director of certain of ICD’s subsidiary and associated companies, including British Caribbean Insurance Company Limited, West Indies Home Contractors, CGM Gallagher Group, and Advantage Communications.

His appointments to charitable and other organizations include: St. Patrick’s Foundation, which supports charitable activities in inner-city communities (Honorary Chairman); Hillel Academy, a K-12 international school in Kingston (Chairman of the Board of Governors); YUTE Limited, the Multicare Foundation (Chairman of  the joint boards of  Governors),  and the US-based International Youth Foundation (Director).

In 2010 the Government of Jamaica appointed him to the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander (CD), in recognition of his contribution to the Public and Private Sectors, and to community service.

He is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

He was appointed Chairman of the Office at the OUR by the Governor General on 2016 January 11.