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It oversees every aspect of our performance, risk management, compliance, control and assurance framework, audit, people and sustainability through regular discussions with the Management Team.
More than 50% of our Board members, including the chair, are independent, giving the company a nuanced external perspective on our activities.
Mr Lim Ah Doo brought with him over 40 years of broad and in-depth experience of the banking and commerce world. He was a senior banker with a distinguished career who led several landmark transactions during his banking days, top executive of a large major global leading resource-based group, and a director of several large-sized listed and private companies in and outside of Singapore. Mr Lim Ah Doo was formerly the President and subsequently the Non-Executive Vice Chairman of RGE Pte Ltd (formerly known as RGM International Pte Ltd). His past working experience includes an 18-year banking career in Morgan Grenfell from 1977 to 1995, during which he held several key positions including that of Chairman of Morgan Grenfell (Asia) Limited.
Sunny Verghese is Group CEO of Olam, and post the re-organisation of the Group announced on 20 January 2020, he holds charge as CEO of Olam Global Agri and Olam International.
Sunny Verghese was with the Kewalram Chanrai Group (KC Group) for over two decades and in 1989 was mandated to start the Company with a view to building an agricultural-products business for the KC Group. Before joining the KC Group, he worked for Unilever in India.
Since 2018, Sunny Verghese has been Chair of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the global, CEO-led organisation dedicated to accelerating the transition to a sustainable world.
Mr Verghese previously chaired CitySpring Infrastructure Management Pte Ltd, a listed Business Trust in Singapore and was also a Commissioner of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC). He has won several awards including ‘Outstanding Chief Executive’ at the Singapore Business Awards in 2007, ‘Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ for Singapore in 2008 and ‘Best CEO of the Year 2011’ at the Singapore Corporate Awards. He was also awarded the Public Service Medal by the Government of the Republic of Singapore in 2010.
Mr Sanjiv Misra’s career in investment banking spanned mergers and acquisitions advisory, capital markets and restructuring in the USA and Asia Pacific. Over this period, he held several senior roles at Goldman Sachs, Salomon Brothers/Salomon Smith Barney and Citigroup in New York, Hong Kong and Singapore. These roles included Head of Asia Pacific Corporate and Investment Banking at Citigroup and CEO of Citi’s institutional business based in Singapore. He has subsequently been deeply engaged in investing in private markets; board and corporate governance roles at corporates, and at national educational institutions and healthcare institutions in Singapore. These board roles include Singapore Management University, National University Healthcare System, Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd and OUE Hospitality Trust. Mr Misra is also an active investor in early stage growth companies globally.
Mr Nihal Kaviratne CBE’s career with the Unilever Group spanned 40 years during which he held various senior level management positions in sales, marketing, brand and strategic planning and development, and as Chairman/CEO across Asia, Europe and Latin America. He retired from Unilever in 2005. Mr Kaviratne was cited in HM Queen Elizabeth II’s 2004 New Year Honours List in the UK and has been made the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to UK business interests and to sustainable development in Indonesia. He was one of “25 leaders at the forefront of change” chosen by Business Week in 2002 for the Stars of Asia Award. In its year end 2010 issue, Forbes India listed him as one of the “5 top names to have on your Board”. He was awarded for driving “Business Excellence” at the World Business Conclave 2016 in Hong Kong. Mr Kaviratne brings with him extensive organisational, business, management, strategic planning and customer-based experience and knowledge.
Mr Yap Chee Keong’s career included being the Executive Director of The Straits Trading Company Limited and the Chief Financial Officer of Singapore Power Ltd. Mr Yap has also worked in various senior management roles in multinational and listed companies. He was a Board Member of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority and a member of the Public Accountants Oversight Committee, the MAS/SGX/ACRA Work Group to review the Guidebook for Audit Committees in Singapore and the MAS/SGX/ACRA/SID Review Panel to develop a Guide for Board Risk Committees in Singapore.
Ms Marie Elaine Teo brings investment experience across a broad range of industries and markets to bear in assessing opportunities and challenges in the future. She has over 20 years of investment experience, primarily with the Capital Group companies where she focused on Asian banks and global emerging markets, both as an analyst and an investment manager. Ms Teo was formerly the Chairman of Capital International Research, Inc. and Managing Director of Capital International Inc., Asia.
A. Shekhar was appointed CEO of Olam Food Ingredients following the re-organisation of the Group announced on 20 January 2020, transitioning from his previous role as Group Chief Operating Officer of the Olam Group.
Shekhar has been with the Group since 1992 and as the Group Chief Operating Officer, he had joint oversight on all aspects of the Company’s global business with the Group CEO. Prior to this role, he was the Executive Director – Finance and Business Development for the Group leading the Company’s overall Strategy and Business Development activities along with responsibility for various functions including the Group’s Finance and Accounts, Treasury and IR, IT and Shared Services, Legal and Corporate Secretarial and Manufacturing and Technical Services.
Prior to this, Shekhar has incubated and managed various global businesses for the Group including its Edible Nuts, Spices and Vegetable Ingredients and Packaged Foods businesses. As the Global Head of these businesses, he has been directly involved in identifying and leading many of the Company’s organic and inorganic growth initiatives. He has also played a variety of country management and regional oversight roles across Africa, Asia, Australia, Russia, South and North America.
Mr Kazuo Ito is currently the Division Chief Operating Officer, Food Resources Division, Food Industry Group of Mitsubishi Corporation. He has been with Mitsubishi Corporation since 1991 and has held various managerial roles including secondment to Princes Limited, a global food and drink group involved in the manufacture, import and distribution of branded products, having been its Chairman between 2007 to March 2018 and its Director since 2001 till January 2019. With over 20 years of experience in the global food and beverage industry, in his current role as Division COO, Kazuo oversees Mitsubishi Corporation’s food supply chain from agri-products procurement, trading, to processing.
Having been appointed CEO of Siber Hegner Ltd in 2000, Dr Joerg Wolle was instrumental in a quick turnaround of the 130 year old Asia trading company which had fallen on hard times. Following this, he merged the company with two other Swiss-based Asia-focused distribution companies and created the leading business services and distribution group in the ASEAN region with more than 33,000 specialised staff. He grew sales three and profits six-fold during his tenure as CEO and took the company public on the Zurich Stock Exchange. Dr Joerg Wolle is presently Chairman of Kuehne + Nagel International Ltd and KlingeInberg AG. He was President and CEO of DKSH Holding Ltd from 2002 to 2017 and became its Chairman from 2017 to 2019. Dr Wolle was a member of the Supervisory Board of Louis Dreyfus Company B.V. (2014 to 2018) and a member of the Board of Directors of UBS Ltd (2006 to 2009) and DietheIm Keller Holding Ltd. (2004 to 2019).
Dr Ajai Puri brings more than three decades of global experience in various food and agri industries. His expertise spans several domains – innovation, science and technology, food safety, consumer, customer, channel insights and marketing. Dr Puri, from 1981 to 2003, was with The Coca-Cola Company where he held a variety of roles in Research and Development, Innovation, Consumer Marketing and General Management. When he left Coca-Cola in 2003, he was Senior Vice President – Science and Technology for Coca-Cola’s non-carbonated juice business in North America. From 2003 to 2007, Dr Ajai Puri was Executive Board Member and President – Research, Development and Product Integrity at Amsterdam-based Royal Numico N.V. Dr Ajai Puri served as an Adviser to Mead Johnson Nutrition (2008-2010) and DSM N.V. (2008-2011). He was also a Non-Executive Director with Nutreco N.V. (2009-2015) and Barry Callebaut AG (2011-2014). Dr Puri is presently a Non-Executive Director with Firmenich S.A., Tate and Lyle PLC, Britannia Industries Ltd and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (G.A.I.N.).
Mr Nagi Hamiyeh brings 24 years of experience in strategy, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions (MandA), growth equity, private equity and public investing in multiple industries across the globe. Furthermore, he was intimately involved in companies’ consolidation and restructuring, as well as working closely with portfolio companies on value uplift opportunities. Lastly, he led the development of the various greenfield platforms by way of MandA and organic growth. Mr Hamiyeh is the Joint Head of Temasek’s Investment Group, and is concurrently the Head of Portfolio Development. Mr Hamiyeh joined Temasek in 2005. Over the course of his career with Temasek, he had led the firm’s Natural Resources, Industrials, Consumer and Real Estate Investment teams and was Joint Head of Enterprise Development Group and Head of Africa and Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. Prior to Temasek, Mr Hamiyeh was a banker with Credit Suisse First Boston’s Energy Group. He began his career at Bain and Company.
Mr. Norio Saigusa is currently the Executive Vice President, Group CEO, Food Industry Group of Mitsubishi Corporation. He is concurrently a Non-Executive Director of Thai Union Group Public Company Limited, a global seafood leader involved in manufacture, import and distribution of seafood-based food products based in Thailand and listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. He joined Mitsubishi Corporation in 1985 and has since been engaged in the food business. He has played various managerial roles in Mitsubishi Corporation in Tokyo as well as in its overseas offices, including Germany and Thailand for the last 35 years. Prior to his current position, he was appointed as the Division COO of Living Essential Resources Division of Mitsubishi Corporation in 2016 and subsequently President of Mitsubishi Company (Thailand), Ltd. and Thai-MC Company Limited in 2017.