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Lim Ah Doo

Chairman and Non-Executive and Independent Director
Lim Ah Doo had an 18-year banking career at Morgan Grenfell, which included being the Chairman of Morgan Grenfell (Asia) Limited from 1993 to 1995. He also chaired the Singapore Investment Banking Association in 1994. Between 2003 and 2008, he was President and then Vice Chairman of the RGE Group, a global resource group. Ah Doo was previously an Independent Director at EDB Investments and an Independent Commissioner and Chairman of the Audit Committee of PT Indosat (Indonesia).

Sunny Verghese

Co-Founder and Group CEO
Sunny Verghese had been with the Kewalram Chanrai Group (K.C. Group) for nearly 3 decades and in 1989 was mandated to start the Company with a view to building an agricultural products business. Before joining the K.C. Group, he worked for Unilever in India. Sunny has won several awards including Ernst & 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. At the beginning of 2018, Sunny Verghese also officially took up his role as the new Chair of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the global, CEO-led organisation dedicated to accelerating the transition to a sustainable world.

Jean-Paul Pinard

Independent Non-Executive Director
Jean-Paul Pinard, prior to joining Olam, spent 17 years with the International Finance Corporation, Washington, DC (IFC), becoming Director of the Agribusiness Department, responsible for managing IFC’s global investment portfolio in agri-business and food sectors.

Sanjiv Misra

Independent Non-Executive Director
Sanjiv Misra’s career featured several senior positions including Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup’s Global Corporate and Investment Banking Group in Singapore and Brunei and Country Officer in Singapore, Head of Asia Pacific Investment Banking and Head of the Asia Pacific Corporate Bank, in a career spanning 11 years with Citigroup. His career prior to Citigroup included 10 years with Goldman Sachs & Co in New York, Hong Kong and Singapore. He was previously a member of the Board of Trustees of the Singapore Management University.

Nihal Vijaya Devadas Kaviratne, CBE

Independent Non-Executive Director
Nihal Kaviratne CBE 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. He was cited in HM Queen Elizabeth II’s 2004 New Year Honours List in the UK and has been made a 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”.

Yap Chee Keong

Independent Non-Executive Director
Yap Chee Keong was previously an Executive Director of Straits Trading Limited and the CFO of the Singapore Power Group.

Marie Elaine Teo

Independent Non-Executive Director
Marie Elaine Teo was previously a Senior Advisor and Partner at the Hakluyt & Company (formerly Holdingham Group Ltd). Elaine 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. She was formerly the Chairman of Capital International Research Group and Managing Director of Capital International Inc., Asia. ice.

Rachel Eng Yaag Ngee

Independent Non-Executive Director
Rachel Eng is the Deputy Chairman of WongPartnership effective 1 March 2016. She is involved in initial public offerings by companies and REITs on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited. She also handles corporate advisory and corporate governance work.

Mitsumasa Icho

Non-Executive Director
Mr. Mitsumasa Icho is currently Senior Vice President of Mitsubishi Corporation’s Risk Management function. He has been with the Mitsubishi Group since 1982 and has held senior positions within the Group in Houston and New York as well as other key Group functional roles in Finance, Tax and Administration. He was the Executive Vice President of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. from 2006 to 2008 and subsequently Mitsubishi Motors Corporation from 2008 to 2012. Prior to assuming his current role, Mr. Icho was appointed General Manager of Mitsubishi Corporation’s Machinery Group Administration Department from 2012 to 2014. He was promoted to General Manager of Risk Management Department which is the advisory organisation for the President office from 2014. He holds a Bachelor of law from the University of Tokyo.

Yutaka Kyoya

Non-Executive Director
Yutaka Kyoya is Executive Vice President of Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) and Chief Executive Officer of its Living Essential Group. He joined MC in 1984 and has since been engaged in the food business. Kyoya san has held various roles in MC, in Tokyo as well as in its overseas offices, including the USA, Malaysia and Singapore. Prior to his current position, Kyoya san was General Manager of the Global Consumer Business Development Unit in 2012 before he was promoted to Senior Vice President of the MC and Chief Operating Officer of its Living Essential Resources Division in 2014.

A. Shekhar

Executive Director and Group Chief Operating Officer
Shekhar Anantharaman is currently the Group Chief Operating Officer of the Company jointly overseeing all aspects of the Company’s global business with the Group CEO. Shekhar joined Olam in 1992. Prior to his current 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. He has incubated and managed various global businesses for the Group including Edible Nuts, Spices and Vegetable Ingredients and Packaged Foods. As the Global Head of these businesses, Shekhar 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 roles across Africa, Asia, Russia, South and North America.

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