Julian Rogers takes over from Danville Walker at Observer

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Danville Walker has decided to move on from the Jamaica Observer and pursue other interests.

The vacancy created by Walker's departure will be filled by renowned Caribbean broadcaster, journalist, and media manager Julian Rogers.

He takes up the post as managing director tomorrow fresh from Guardian Media Limited where, as managing editor, he oversaw a major redevelopment of its 102-year-old Trinidad Guardian, CNC3-TV and TBC Radio Network.

He is perhaps best known as the host and producer of the weekly Talk Caribbean show, among other programmes, with the Caribbean Broadcasting Union.

His expertise has been in developing market leaders in several countries across the region where he has served as manager, from Antigua and Barbuda to Barbados to Trinidad and Tobago.

As a media trainer, Rogers has guided the growth of multiple talents in broadcasting and journalism across the Caribbean. He was appointed a Member of the British Empire by The Queen, on the recommendation of the Government of Barbados, for his 50-year contribution to the field of broadcasting.

He was also honoured by The University of the West Indies' television service, UwiTV, for a lifetime of service in the cause of regional integration through media, information and communication.

Walker, who was managing director of the Jamaica Observer and Appliance Traders Ltd, met with staff Monday and told them of his decision.

He said he was "closing an exciting and rewarding chapter" in his life with the Gordon "Butch" Stewart-led group and "will treasure the memories and lessons learned".

Walker said he was proud to have been at the helm of the Observer when it celebrated its 25th anniversary last year March and encouraged the newspaper to continue its fine tradition of highlighting issues of national importance as well as preserving Jamaica's democracy.

Walker served as director of elections and head of the Electoral Office of Jamaica from 1997 to 2008, the same year that he was named a member of the Order of Jamaica.

In 2004, the Government appointed him chief executive officer of the Office of National Reconstruction to oversee the reconstruction efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan.

In May 2008 he resigned as director of elections and was appointed commissioner of Customs the following month.

In March 2012 he was named managing director of the Observer.