Press Release

    ofi announces retirement of Gerard Manley

    Press release

    Company and industry veteran retires after a stellar career spanning over 25 years with the company and 40 years in the industry 


    ofi, a global leader in naturally good food and beverage ingredients, today announced that the CEO of its cocoa business, and the group’s Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO), Gerard Manley, will retire at the end of June 2023.

    Tejinder Singh Saraon, (Teji), Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the cocoa business, will take over from Gerry as the MD & CEO of cocoa. A new group CSO for will be appointed by ofi in the coming months.

    Gerry’s departure will come after 25 years of a distinguished career with ofi and its parent company Olam International, and 40 years in the cocoa industry. He was a member of the Olam Group Executive Committee (ExCo) and is currently a member for the ofi Corporate Leadership Team (CLT). Under his leadership, the cocoa business grew from being a small exporter of cocoa beans from West Africa and Asia to becoming a leading supplier of cocoa beans and value-added cocoa ingredients to the chocolate, confectionery and wider food and beverage sector globally, with a particular focus on traceability and sustainability. Gerry was instrumental in the successful acquisition and integration of the US$1.3 billion business of ADM Cocoa – a transformational move to become a fully integrated cocoa business with industry-leading origination, processing, innovation and R&D capabilities.

    Gerry also played a key role in developing and leading the company’s sustainability efforts and footprint across the cocoa supply chain, and was closely involved with the development of the Olam Livelihood Charter to support smallholder farmers, the design and evolution of ofi’s  sustainability management platform AtSource, and the launch of the Cocoa Compass Strategy and Impact reports – all of which have received recognition for helping to drive positive impact and change across the supply chain. Post the reorganization of Olam, he was appointed as the CSO of ofi, leading the group’s sustainability efforts globally, across all its product platforms.

    Gerry is well recognized as an industry leader and expert, earning him appointments to many industry associations. He is currently a Board member for the European Cocoa Association and the World Cocoa Foundation.  He is also on the Ice Europe Consultative Committee and a Cocoa Arbitrator for the Federation of Cocoa Commerce.

    Teji will transition into his new role from May 8, 2023. He joined Olam in 1997 and for over 10 years headed the cocoa operations in Togo and Côte d’Ivoire. He subsequently moved to Singapore and cemented his relationships with the Asian cocoa industry and developed many of the customer relationships which are so valuable today. In 2009, he moved to London to manage the company’s global cocoa beans and products business. He was then instrumental in leading the integration process following the acquisition of ADM Cocoa. Today Teji is based in Geneva and is a member of the ofi CLT. He has previously served on the Board of Cocoa Association of Asia and the FCC contracts committee. 

    Commenting, ofi CEO A Shekhar said: “As a senior leader, Gerry’s passion for our people, for the smallholder farmers, and our business will be very much missed. His achievements have been significant, and this includes building a deep leadership pipeline which enables us to make a smooth transition at the helm of the business. Through Teji’s considerable experience, he is well prepared and a natural fit for the role. We look forward to strengthening our partnerships with customers and other stakeholders through his leadership.”

    Gerry Manley said: “In my 26th year at ofi, and after more than 40 years in the cocoa industry, I believe now is the right time to hand over the reins. I am incredibly proud of our track record in the cocoa business and of the sustainability efforts in the sector. I would like to acknowledge all those that we have partnered with over the decades to increase our combined impact. I will always cherish this remarkable experience and the many friends I have made over the years. Most importantly I will always carry the ofi Purpose with pride to “Be the Change for Good Food and a Healthy Future.”

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    About ofi

    olam food ingredients (“ofi”) is a new operating group born out of Olam. ofi offers sustainable, natural, value-added food products and ingredients so that consumers can enjoy the healthy and indulgent products they love. It consists of industry-leading businesses of cocoa, coffee, dairy, nuts, and spices. ofi has built a unique global value chain presence including its own farming operations, farm-gate origination, and manufacturing facilities. ofi partners with customers, leveraging its complementary and differentiated portfolio of ‘on-trend’ food products, to co-create solutions that anticipate and meet changing consumer preferences as demand increases for healthier food that’s traceable and sustainable.

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    About Olam

    Olam is a leading food and agri-business supplying food, ingredients, feed and fiber to 17,300 customers worldwide. Its value chain spans over 60 countries and includes farming, processing and distribution operations, as well as a sourcing network of an estimated 5 million farmers. Headquartered and listed in Singapore, Olam currently ranks among the top 30 largest primary listed companies in terms of market capitalization on SGX-ST. Since June 2020, Olam has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series, a global sustainable investment index series developed by FTSE Russell, following a rigorous assessment of Olam’s supply chain activities, impact on the environment and governance transparency. The FTSE4Good Index Series identifies companies that demonstrate strong Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices and is used by a variety of market participants to create and assess responsible investment funds. More information on Olam can be found at To subscribe to the Olam Newsroom please visit and read the Privacy statement here. If you do not wish to receive information from Olam, please contact


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