Earl Jarrett was appointed General Manager of the Jamaica National Building Society in October 1999. He joined the Society in 1997 as Executive with responsibility for Compliance and Overseas Subsidiaries. With the transformation of JNBS to JN Bank on February 1, 2017, Mr Jarrett was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the restructured mutual holding company, The Jamaica National Group (JN Group).
He is a member of the Board of JN Bank and all the local and overseas subsidiaries of the JN Group. He is Chairman of the JN Foundation, the Jamaica Automobile Association (Services), JN Cayman and the overseas subsidiary companies of JN Money Services Limited.
A Chartered Accountant, Mr. Jarrett completed BSc (Honours) and the Master’s degree in Accounting at The University of the West Indies. He serves on the boards of several external organisations.
Chairman – Jamaica Cancer Society; Jamaican Diaspora Foundation and Mona Geoinformatics Institute
Director – The Gleaner Company’s UK and North American Boards; Edna Manley College Arts Foundation
Trustee – Dudley Grant Memorial Trust, the YWCA Trust, Caribbean Council (UK)
Trustee Member/Secretary, FIA Foundation
Member – National Council of Jamaica, Order of St John; The University of the West Indies Mona Campus Council
He is former Deputy Chairman of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), former deputy Chairman JAMPRO, former Council Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica and past President of the Rotary Club of New Kingston. He has served as a member of the National Task Force on Political Tribalism, and as Honorary Secretary of The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ).
In 2008, Mr Jarrett received the Order of Distinction, in the rank of Commander (CD), by the Government of Jamaica for service to the financial sector and the Pelican Award from The University of the West Indies Alumni, Florida Chapter, for outstanding work in business development among the Jamaican Diaspora in the USA.
In 2010, he was recognised by the American Foundation of The University of the West Indies as a 2010 recipient of the Caribbean Luminary Awards; received the Pelican Award from the Jamaican Chapter of The University of the West Indies Alumni, for significant contribution to the development of the University and to Jamaica; and the Doctor of Laws (LL.D) degree, honoris causa, by the University of Technology Jamaica. In 2011, Mr Jarrett received a second Doctor of Laws (LL.D) degree from The University of the West Indies.
He was awarded the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston’s Man of Excellence award and recognised as the Jamaica Institute of Management (JIM)/Gleaner 2011 Manager of the Year in 2012; and subsequently inducted as a JIM Fellow.
Mr Jarrett was appointed a member of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica in 2013, and in 2014 was inducted into the Council of Volunteer Social Services (CVSS) Hall of Fame for his contribution to the community. In 2015, he was recognised as the Gleaner Honour Awardee for exceptional voluntary service in 2014 and was the 2015 inductee for The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) Private Sector Hall of Fame
In 2016, Mr Jarrett was presented with the Visionary Award by the Golden Krust Foundation (New York) and Distinguished Member Award by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ).
He was again recognized by the Government of Jamaica in 2018 with his appointment to the Order of Jamaica (OJ), the nation’s fourth highest honour, for his exceptional contribution to the banking and financial sectors, public service and volunteerism.