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Sunny Verghese

Co-Founder and Group Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Sunny Verghese is Co-Founder, Group Managing Director and CEO and was appointed to the Board in 1996. He has been with the Kewalram Chanrai Group (KC Group) for over 2 decades and in 1989 was mandated to start the Company with a view to building an agricultural products business. Before joining the KC Group, he worked for Unilever in India. Mr. Verghese is currently the Chairman of the Human Capital Leadership Institute. He holds a postgraduate degree in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and has completed the Advanced Management Programme from the Harvard Business School. Mr. Verghese has won several awards including 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. Verghese is a member of the Company’s Board Risk, and Capital and Investment Committees.

Vivek Verma

Managing Director & CEO Coffee & CSFG
Vivek Verma joined Olam in 1992 to head operations in India. He is currently responsible for the Coffee and Olam's Invenio Asset Management businesses. An engineer with over 28 years’ agri-commodities experience, Vivek is also a member of Human Resource Committee and has chaired the Investment Committee and Executive Risk Committee in previous years.  

Ranveer Chauhan

Managing Director & CEO Palm & Rubber
Ranveer Chauhan joined Olam in 1993 and is the Global Head of the Oil Palm and Natural Rubber business. A management graduate with over 25 years’ experience in agri-commodities, he is an alumni of IIM-A (India).

Venkataramani Srivathsan

Managing Director &  CEO, Africa & Middle East
Venkataramani Srivathsan is a Chartered Accountant and joined Olam in 1994. After handling country and regional finance roles, Sri moved into operations and is currently the Regional Head Africa and Middle East and oversees the Fertiliser business. He is a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee.

A. Shekhar

Executive Director and Group Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Shekhar Anantharaman has been with the Group since 1992, and was appointed as an Executive Director to the Board in 1998. In June 2012, he moved into an enhanced role as Executive Director — Finance and Business Development, leading the Company’s overall strategy and new business development activities, as well as overseeing the Corporate Finance and Accounts, Banking and Treasury, Manufacturing and Technical Services, Strategic Investments, Investor Relations, Shared Services, Corporate Secretarial, Legal and Manufacturing and Technical Services (MATS) functions. Prior to this role, Mr. Anantharaman had responsibility for the Company’s global Edible Nuts, Spices and Vegetable Ingredients and Packaged Foods businesses, and regional oversight for operations in China, Brazil, Argentina and North America. Mr. Anantharaman holds a degree in Aeronautical Engineering and a postgraduate degree in Business Management. He has completed the Advanced Management Programme from Harvard Business School. Mr. Anantharaman is a member of the Capital and Investment, and Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Committees.

Ashok Hegde

Managing Director & CEO Cotton
Ashok Hegde joined Olam in 1994 in Benin, West Africa and then spearheaded Olam’s foray into SE Asia. In the last 20 years, he has handled a broad spectrum of roles across the Olam matrix such as Country Head – Indonesia, Regional Controller – SE Asia, Global Head – Wood Products, Global Head – Natural Rubber and Global Head – Risk Management & IT. He currently heads the Cotton business.

Gerard Manley

Managing Director & CEO Cocoa
Gerard Manley has 30 years’ experience in the Cocoa and Chocolate industry and recently stepped down as the Chairman of the Federation of Cocoa Commerce. He has been with Olam since 1998 and is currently Chair of the Executive Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Executive Committee and a member of the Strategy Committee and the Executive Risk Committee.

Jagdish Parihar

Managing Director & Chief Risk and Compliance Officer
Jagdish Parihar has been with Olam since 1990 and over the past 25 years has been involved in the creation of many businesses in Olam’s portfolio and overseeing India / South East Asian regions. He is currently a Director on the board for International Cotton Association in Liverpool U.K. In 2007 he spearheaded the acquisition of Queensland Cotton in Australia and consolidated Olam’s position as the second largest cotton merchant globally. He is now the Managing Director and Global Head responsible for Risk, Market Compliance and the Internal Audit function. He has a post graduate degree in Business Management from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India.

Ashok Krishen

Managing Director & CEO Edible Nuts
Ashok Krishen is a management graduate with 26 years’ experience. He has been with Olam since 1992 and is today the Global Head of the Edible Nuts platform which includes Cashew, Peanuts, Almonds and Hazelnuts. He is a member of the Strategy Committee and the Executive Risk Committee.

Greg Estep

Managing Director & CEO Spices and Vegetable Ingredients
Greg Estep joined Olam in July of 2010. He has 15 years of experience in food ingredients and 14 years in 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 BS in agricultural economics from Virginia Tech and a MBA from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.

Joe Kenny

Managing Director & CEO Sugar & Dairy
Joe joined Olam’s management team in 2012 with 23 years of cross commodity experience. From 1993 he worked with Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) where he held various leadership roles in their Grain, Oilseeds and Cocoa divisions. In 2007, after 14 years with ADM, Joe joined Nidera International as the Managing Director for their European Grains and Oilseeds. By 2009 he was appointed as Executive VP and member of Nidera’s Executive Committee, with responsibility for the Group’s Commodity Trading in Europe, Asia and Africa.

KC Suresh

Managing Director & CEO Grains
K.C.Suresh joined Olam in 1994 and established its East African operations. He started Olam’s Grains platform in 2008 and is currently it’s Global Head. He is an Engineer from IIT-BHU, India and also holds an MBA (Hons.) from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.

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