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Kwa Chong Seng

Non-Executive Chairman
Kwa Chong Seng is currently Chairman of Neptune Orient Lines Ltd, Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd and Fullerton Fund Management Co. Ltd. He is Non-Executive Director of Singapore Exchange Ltd and the Defence Science and Technology Agency. He is also Deputy Chairman of the Public Service Commission. He was the Deputy Chairman of Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited from 1997 to 2012. Chong Seng has more than 40 years’ experience in the petroleum industry, from holding various senior management roles to becoming Chairman and Managing Director of Esso Singapore before he retired as Chairman and Managing Director of ExxonMobil Asia Pacific. He was awarded the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award by the National University of Singapore, and the Singapore Public Service Star. Chong Seng was also conferred the Honorary Ningbo Citizenship.

Sunny George Verghese

Co-Founder, Group Managing Director and CEO
Sunny Verghese is currently Chairman of the Human Capital Leadership Institute. His past key appointments include being Chairman of International Enterprise Singapore, Chairman, Cityspring Infrastructure Management Pte Ltd and member, Board of Trustees of National University of Singapore. Sunny was named ‘Outstanding Chief Executive’ in the Singapore Business Awards in 2007, Ernst & Young ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ 2008 and ‘Best CEO of the Year 2011’ for large cap companies at the Singapore Corporate Awards. He was awarded the Public Service Medal by the Government of Singapore in 2010.

Michael Lim Choo San

Lead Independent Director
Michael Lim is Chairman of the Land Transport Authority of Singapore and Nomura Singapore Limited and a Director of Nomura Holdings Inc, Japan. He is concurrently Chairman of Singapore Accountancy Commission and the Accounting Standards Council as well as a member of the Public Service Commission. A chartered Accountant by profession, Michael was PriceWaterhouse Singapore’s Managing Partner from 1992 and its’ Executive Chairman from 1999 until his retirement in 2003. Michael was conferred the Meritorious Service Medal by the Government of the Republic of Singapore 2010.

Robert Michael Tomlin

Non-Executive and Independent Director
Robert Tomlin is Vice Chairman of Lepercq de Neuflize Asia and a Trustee of Singapore Management University. He also holds Directorships in several other companies. He currently chairs the Design Singapore Council and the Singapore Repertory Theatre. Robert retired from UBS Investment Bank as Vice-Chairman, Asia. Prior to this, he was also with the Schroder Group, where he became CEO, Southeast Asia.

Jean-Paul Pinard

Independent Director
Jean-Paul Pinard is a Non-Executive and Independent Director and was appointed to the board in 2008. Jean-Paul has spent 17 years with the International Finance Corporation, Washington DC (IFC), becoming Director of the Agricultural Department, responsible for managing IFC’s US$1.5 billion portfolio of loan and equity investments in agri-business and food industries. Jean-Paul is currently a board member of several companies, he holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California and a Diplome d’Ingenieur from the Ecole Polytechnique, Paris. He chairs our Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Committee and is a member of the Capital and Investment and Human Resource and Compensation Committees.

Sanjiv Misra

Non-Executive Director and Independent Director
Sanjiv Misra is currently Chairman of the Asia Pacific Advisory Board for Apollo Global Management, a Director of Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd, a BSE-listed company, and a Director of OUE Hospitality Trust Management Ltd, a SGX-listed company. Sanjiv is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Singapore Management University and the Board of Directors of the National University Health System. Sanjiv held several senior positions in a career spanning 11 years with Citigroup including Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup’s Global Corporate and Investment Banking Group in Singapore and Brunei.

Nihal Vijaya Devadas Kaviratne CBE

Non-Executive and Independent Director
Nihal Kaviratne is currently Chairman of Akzo Nobel India Limited and an Independent and Non-Executive Director of GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd. StarHub Ltd, SATS Limited, DBS Group Holdings Limited and DBS Bank Limited. He is also a member of the Private Sector Portfolio Advisory Committee in India for the UK Government’s Department for International Development. Before retiring from Unilever Group in 2005, Nihal spent 40 years with the Unilever Group in various senior management positions including Chairman and Managing Director across Asia, Europe and Latin America. Nihal was cited in the Queen’s 2004 New Year Honours List in the UK and was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for services to UK business interests in Indonesia.

Katsuhiro Ito

Non-Executive Director
Mr. Katsuhiro Ito is a Senior Vice President of Mitsubishi Corporate. He has been with the Mitsubishi Group since 1982 and has held senior positions within the Group in New York and Tokyo. Before his current appointment, Mr. Ito was the Senior Vice President and CRO of Mitsubishi Corporation Americas from 2012 to 2014. He holds a degree in Economics from the Yokohama National University and has attended the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program in Boston 2011.

Yutaka Kyoya

Non-Executive Director
Mr Yutaka Kyoya is a Senior Vice President of Mitsubishi Corporation and COO of the company’s Living Essential Resources Division. He joined Mitsubishi Corporation in 1984 and has since been engaged in the food business. Mr Kyoya has played various roles in Mitsubishi Corporation, in Tokyo as well as in its overseas offices, including the US, Malaysia and Singapore. Prior to his current position, Mr Kyoya was the Deputy General Manager of Living Essentials Group CEO Office in 2011 before he was promoted to General Manager of Global Consumer Business Development Unit in 2012. He holds a degree in Commerce from Waseda University, Tokyo.

Yap Chee Keong

Non-Executive and Independent Director
Mr. Yap Chee Keong is Non-Executive and Independent Chairman of CityNet Infrastructure Management Pte. Ltd. (the trustee manager of NetLink Trust) and the Lead Independent Director of Tiger Airways Holdings Ltd. Concurrently, he is a Non-Executive Independent Director of Citibank Singapore Limited, InterOil Corporate and Certis Cisco Security Pte. Ltd. as well as a Non-Executive Director of Straits Trading Limited and ARA Asset Management Limited. Previously an Executive Director of Straits Trading Limited and CFO of the Singapore Power Group. Mr. Yap also serves as a board member of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority and a member of the Public Accountants Oversight Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from the National University of Singapore and is a fellow of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and Certified Public Accountants Australia.

Marie Elaine Teo

Non-Executive and Independent Director
Ms. Marie Elaine Teo is a Senior Advisor and Partner at the Holdingham Group Ltd. 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 investment manager. She was formerly the Chairman of Capital International Research Group and Managing Director of Capital International Inc. Asia. Ms. Teo holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University.

Shekhar Anantharaman

Executive Director and Group Chief Operating Officer (ED & Group COO)
Shekhar leads Olam’s overall strategy and business development activities, as well as the Corporate Finance and Accounts, Banking and Treasury, Audit and Corporate Affairs, Strategic Investments, Investor Relations, and Manufacturing and Technical Expertise functions. He has held various senior roles in country management, global management and has been the Global Product Head for several businesses.

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