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Sunny Verghese

Co-Founder and Group Chief Executive Officer
Sunny co-founded Olam in 1989 and leads the Company’s strategy, planning, business development and management. His external Directorships include Chairman of International Enterprise Singapore and the Human Capital Leadership Institute. Sunny is a recipient of the Outstanding CEO of the Year award, as well as the Public Service Medal from the Government of Singapore.

Vivek Verma

Managing Director & CEO Coffee & CSFG
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 28 years’ agri‑commodities experience.  

Ranveer Chauhan

Managing Director & CEO Palm & Rubber
Ranveer joined Olam in 1993 and is the Global Head of the Oil Palm and Natural Rubber businesses. He is a management graduate with over 26 years’ experience in agri-commodities, and he is an alumni of IIM-A, India.

Venkataramani Srivathsan

Managing Director &  CEO, Africa & Middle East
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

Executive Director and Group Chief Operating Officer
Shekhar has been an Executive Director on the Company’s Board of Directors since 1998 and is currently a member of the Board’s Capital and Investment and Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Committees. He has been a member of the Group’s Executive Committee since its inception.

Ashok Hegde

Managing Director & CEO Cotton
Ashok joined Olam in 1994 in Benin, West Africa and from there he led Olam’s diversification into South East Asia. In the last 28 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, Natural Rubber, Risk Management, and IT. He is currently the Global Head of the Cotton business, and Chairman of the Executive Capital Investment Committee.

Gerard Manley

Managing Director & CEO Cocoa
Gerry has over 30 years’ experience in the Cocoa and the Chocolate industry and recently stepped down as 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.

Jagdish Parihar

Managing Director & Chief Risk and Compliance Officer
Jagdish has been with Olam since 1990 and over the past 26 years has been involved in the creation of many businesses in Olam’s portfolio, as well as overseeing the India/South East Asian regions. He is currently a Director on the Board for International Cotton Association, UK. In 2007 he led 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 of Risk, Market Compliance and the Internal Audit functions. He has a postgraduate degree in Business Management from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India.

Ashok Krishen

Managing Director & CEO Edible Nuts
Ashok is a management graduate with 27 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.

Greg Estep

Managing Director & CEO Spices and Vegetable Ingredients
Greg joined Olam in July 2010. He has 15 years’ 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 a BSc in Agricultural Economics from Virginia Tech and an 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' 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 Grain and Oilseed divisions. By 2009 he was appointed Executive Vice-President 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. 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.

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