Parris A. Lyew-Ayee was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Cement Company Limited in October 2016, after serving as a Director from 1991 to 1999, then from 2006 to September 2016.
Mr Lyew-Ayee holds a BSc Honours degree in Special Geology from The University of the West Indies, and a Master of Engineering degree in Mineral Engineering Management from The Pennsylvania State University. He is a member and former President of the Geological Society of Jamaica; a member of the International Committee for Studies of Bauxites, Alumina and Aluminium (ICSOBA); and a member of the Society of Mining Engineers of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers.
A geologist and mineral engineer, Mr Lyew-Ayee worked at the Jamaica Bauxite Institute from its inception in 1976, and was its Executive Director for 23 years, retiring in June 2018. For his service to the bauxite/alumina industry in Jamaica throughout his career, the Government of Jamaica awarded him the Order of Distinction (Rank of Officer) in 1988, then the Order of Distinction (Rank of Commander) in 2007. The International Association for the Study of Bauxite, Alumina and Aluminium (ICSOBA) awarded him its prestigious Gold Medal in 1988 for his contribution to the international bauxite and alumina industry.
In addition to being Chairman of the Board of Directors of Caribbean Cement, Mr Lyew-Ayee has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Jamaica National Building Society (now the Jamaica National Group) since 2007, where he also serves as Chairman of the JN Foundation and Chairman of the JN Small Business Loans subsidiary. At the Mona campus of The University of the West Indies, he serves on the Mona Campus Council, the Strategy and Policy Committee, the Finance and General Purposes Committee, the Audit Committee, the Grounds and Buildings Committee, and the Board of Directors of the Mona GeoInformatics Institute.