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Bringing a deep understanding of our Company alongside diverse international and market expertise, our senior leaders are dedicated to delivering on our Strategic Plan, capitalising on key market opportunities to drive profitable growth and to maximise long-term value, while continuing to leverage the benefits and unique entrepreneurial culture of the Olam Group.
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.
Muthu joined Olam in July 1997 as Finance Manager of Olam Benin. Since then he has held a number of roles including Group Head of IT and Shared Services, Head of Corporate Affairs, and Group CFO.
Muthu obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Madras University, India, and qualified as an Associate member of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India. He has also completed the Advanced Management Programme from Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania.
Ashok joined Olam in 1994 in Benin, West Africa and from there he led Olam’s diversification into South East Asia. In the last 26 years, he has held a broad spectrum of roles including Country Head of Indonesia, Regional Controller in South East Asia, Global Head of Wood Products, Global Head of Risk Management and Global Head of Sugar. He is currently the Managing Director and CEO of the Cotton and Edible Oils businesses.
Gagan is a chartered accountant by training who joined Olam in 2008 before taking on the role of Country Head of Gabon in 2010. Since then, Gagan established Olam’s flagship infrastructure and logistics ventures in Gabon, before rolling out this new business model across West Africa under the banner of ARISE, an affiliate company. ARISE designs, finances, builds and operates industrial zones, roads, ports and other infrastructure in key African trade hubs, including Gabon, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo and Benin.
K.C. joined Olam in 1994 and established the Company's East African operations. He started Olam’s Grains platform in 2008 and is now the Managing Director and CEO of the Grains business. He is an Engineer from IIT-BHU, India and also holds an MBA (Honours) from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.
Suresh joined Olam in 1996 as Finance Manager in Cameroon and was transferred to Singapore in 1998 to head the Corporate Affairs function overseeing Financial Accounting, Tax, Secretarial, Audit as well as equity capital raising activities of the Group. In the late 2008, Suresh moved on to manage Business and Corporate Finance and lead the newly created Global Business Services function responsible for end-to-end business processes and analytics. In 2016 Suresh assumed lead role for corporate functions including Digital, Tax, Legal, IT, Global Business Services and Strategic Investments, and in 2020 his role expanded to include Risk, Market Compliance and Insurance as well as business oversight role for Farmer Services Platform and EcoCal.
Suresh holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Madras, India, a degree in Cost Accountancy in 1990 from The Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India and is a qualified Company Secretary with The Institute of Company Secretaries of India.
Ben joined Olam in October 2019 from Ripplewood Advisors, a private equity firm where he was an Operating Partner based in London. Prior to this, he spent 20 years with Bunge Limited.
Between 2009 and 2014 he served as Managing Director of Global Sugar and Bioenergy, and Chief Development Officer, and was a member of Bunge’s Executive Committee.
Ben started his career at McKinsey and Company in the UK. He holds a First-Class Honours in Modern History and Economics from Oxford University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Joydeep joined Olam in 2003, establishing the Human Resources function. The function has played a key role in the expansion of Olam from a privately held company with 2,500 employees, to a publicly listed company with more than 40,000 employees. Prior to joining Olam, his experience has been in the chemicals and technology industries.
Joydeep has a bachelor’s degree in engineering and an MBA from XLRI, a premier Indian business school specialising in human resources management.
Sri is a Chartered Accountant and joined Olam in 1994. After undertaking country and regional finance roles, he moved into operations and is currently the Regional Head of Africa and Middle East, and oversees the Fertiliser business.
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 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.
Shekhar has been an Executive Director and a member of the Group Board from 1998.
Rishi Kalra joined Olam in 2000 and has held several senior finance roles including CFO India, CFO West Africa, and President and Global Head of Corporate Finance. Following the Group’s re-organisation in January 2020, he was appointed as Managing Director and CFO of Olam Food Ingredients.
Rishi has led many group-wide initiatives, including the acquisition of ADM’s Cocoa processing business, Olam’s Sustainability for Finance (F4S) department and today leads the project team responsible for executing the re-organisation.
A qualified Chartered Accountant, Rishi has over 25 years’ experience in Finance and Accounts and is also a founder member for Accounting for Sustainability (A4S), Singapore Circle of Practice.
Ashok is a management graduate with almost 30 years’ experience. He has been with Olam since 1992 and is the Global Head of the Edible Nuts business which includes almonds, cashew, hazelnuts, peanuts, pistachios, sesame and walnuts. He is also Chairman of the Executive Human Resource and Compensation Committee.
Gerard has over 30 years’ experience in the Cocoa and the Chocolate industry and was a former Chairman of the Federation of Cocoa Commerce. He has been with Olam since 1998 and is Chairman of the Executive Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Committee.
Greg joined Olam in July 2010. He has extensive experience in food ingredients and commodity trading. He is on the Executive Committee of the California League of Food Processors and serves on the Foundation Board of Trustees at the University of California, Merced. He holds a BSc in Agricultural Economics from Virginia Tech and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.
Prakash joined Olam in 1998, taking responsibility for coffee operations in Uganda. He moved into the risk function in 2001 and relocated to Vietnam in 2007 to take on the role of Country Head, extending to a regional role in 2010.
Since 2016, he has been responsible for Olam’s Southeast Asia and China operations, which he continues to manage today. His key markets include China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea and Thailand.
Prakash is a Graduate of Commerce and holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management. He was recently awarded the prestigious Young Alumni Achiever Award by his alma mater for Corporate Leadership.
Vivek joined Olam in 1992 to head operations in India. He is currently responsible for the Coffee and Commodity Financial Services businesses. Originally trained as an engineer, Vivek has over 30 years’ agri‑commodities experience.
Sandeep adopted the responsibility for edible nuts and cocoa operations in Indonesia in 1998, when he joined Olam. He moved into the Coffee business in 2003 and relocated to Singapore. In 2005 he started Olam’s Dairy business which he leads today.
He is a Director on the board of Open Country Dairy, the second-largest independent processor in New Zealand.
Sandeep is a Graduate of Commerce and holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade.
Teji joined Olam in 1997 and went on to manage Olam’s cocoa business in Togo, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire and Singapore. He moved to London in 2009 to manage the Company’s global cocoa beans and products business, returning to Singapore in 2019.
He was integral in the integration process following the acquisition of ADM Cocoa in 2015. He is an expert in cocoa trading and origination, and previously served on the Board of Cocoa Association of Asia.