Board of Directors

 

 

Lai Hock Meng, Peter

Chief Executive Officer

Appointed in February 2020

Mr. Lai Hock Meng brings with him a wealth of experience from the financial industry and corporate governance good practices. As CEO, he is responsible for the executive management of the Group and also has the responsibility to recommend and to implement the Group’s strategic objectives.

Prior to his appointment as CEO, Mr Lai was an advisor to the Company for matters related to China and is the Legal Representative of one of the subsidiaries in China. He had also held the position of an independent non-executive director of the Company during the period from June 2008 to March 2017.

Mr. Lai is a Chartered Financial Analyst from the CFA Institute, USA and holds a BA (Honours) degree majoring in Economics from Cambridge University UK.

 

 

Lim Kian Thong, Jimmy

Chief Financial Officer

Lim Kian Thong, Jimmy, is a Fellow Chartered Accountant of Singapore and a Fellow CPA of Australia with over 27 years of financial and operational management experience. He has held leadership roles including as CEO and Executive Director of Haitong International Securities (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Haitong International Securities Group Limited, which is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Mr. Lim began his career with KPMG, Singapore, where he undertook and managed company audits for multi-national corporations and publicly listed companies across a diverse range of industries. He has also held senior roles in stockbroking and investment banking companies in the capital markets and securities broking industries.

Jimmy holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from National University of Singapore and an MBA (Banking and Finance) from Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.

 

 

Robert Cheim Dau Meng, Dato’

Non-Executive Chairman

Appointed in November 2019

Robert Cheim Dau Meng, Dato’, (“Dato’ Robert Cheim”) is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (“ICAEW”) and a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants.

He is currently Non-Executive Chairman of CIMB Investment Bank & CIMB Thai Bank Public Company Limited both of which are subsidiaries of CIMB Group Holdings Berhad (“CIMB Group”), a leading banking group in South East Asia.

He is also a Trustee of Yu Cai Foundation (a charitable foundation) and the current Chairman of the Malaysian Investment Bankers Association.

He retired from all his executive positions in the CIMB Group in February 2015 after having served in various capacities with CIMB Group since 1984 as Head of Corporate Finance, Chief Executive of CIMB Investment Bank, Adviser for Investment Banking.

He has also served previously as Independent Non-Executive Chairman of Tanjong PLC from 2005 to 2016 & also Chairman of CIMB Principal-Asset Management Berhad (a Joint Venture between the Principal Group from USA & CIMB Group) from 2015 to 2018.

Committee membership

Nomination Committee

 

 

Ali bin Abdul Kadir, Datuk

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed in November 2019

Ali bin Abdul Kadir, Datuk (“Datuk Ali”), is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (“ICAEW”), member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. He is also the Honorary Advisor to ICAEW Malaysia, Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators, United Kingdom.

Datuk Ali is currently the Chairman of JcbNext Berhad (formerly Jobstreet Corporation Berhad) and Enra Group Berhad. He is a board member of Glomac Berhad, Citibank Malaysia and Ekuiti Nasional Berhad (Ekuinas).

Datuk Ali was the Chairman of the Securities Commission of Malaysia from 1 March 1999 to 29 February 2004. He initiated and drove the development of the Capital Market Masterplan and the Capital Market Advisory Council which he chaired. He was also a member of the National Economic Consultative Council II, the Foreign Investment Committee, Oversight Committee of National Asset Management Company (Danaharta) and Finance Committee on Corporate Governance.

On the international front, he was a member of the Executive Committee of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and Chairman of its Asia-Pacific Regional Committee and the Islamic Capital Market Working Group and trustee of AAOIFI. He was also the advisor to the Sri Lanka Securities & Exchange Commission to develop their Capital Market Development Blueprint.

Earlier in his career, Datuk Ali was the Executive Chairman and Partner of Ernst & Young and its related firms. He was the Past President of the MICPA, chairing its Executive Committee and Insolvency Practices Committee, and co-chairing the Company Law Forum. He was appointed as an Adjunct Professor in the Accounting and Business Faculty, University of Malaya in 2008, retiring in August 2011. He was then appointed to the Advisory Board of the same faculty. Datuk Ali has also chaired the Financial Reporting Foundation from July 2009 to June 2015. He was an Authority board member of the Labuan Financial Services Authority from 2000 to October 2019.

Datuk Ali was bestowed with the “Lifetime Achievement Award” by MICPA and the “President’s Award” by ICAEW Kuala Lumpur City Chapter.

Committee chairmanship

Audit Committee

Committee membership

Nomination Committee

 

 

Sridhar Krishnan

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed in February 2020

Mr. Sridhar Krishnan is currently serving in an advisory capacity to some select organizations covering a cross section of industries. His 44 years of global experience extends to various industries such as the textile and agri-commodity industries. Mr. Krishnan’s executive tenure was largely spent in Olam International Limited (“Olam”) where he was an Executive Director on its Board from 1998 to 2013. Across his 25 years with Olam, he has held several senior positions including being the Global Product Head for several businesses, being a member of the Executive Committee, held the role of a Regional Head responsible for Olam’s operations in Australia, Asia, and North, South and Central America and Russia, as well as, oversees the Corporate Communications, Insurance and Administration functions.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and is a postgraduate in Business Management from a leading business school in India.

Committee membership

Audit Committee, Nomination Committee, Remuneration Committee

 

 

Olivier Maes

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed in February 2020

Mr. Olivier Maes has more than 25 years of experience in the FMCGs markets. He formerly held CEO positions of various companies in Europe and Asia for Campofrio Food Group, Danone Group, Kraft Group and Lactalis Group. He has built most of his professional career within Danone Group where he held leadership roles including as CEO of LU Benelux in Belgium and Netherlands, CEO of biscuits and snacks ASEAN zone.

He is currently Executive Chairman of Haudecoeur, the number one French exotic dry food and CEO of Oak Grove International, a company he founded specialising in providing consultancy to owners, leaders of businesses in the FMCGs market.

Mr. Maes has had significant experience working with the Company having been a previous independent non-executive director of the Company’s Board during the period September 2007 to March 2016. Mr. Maes holds an MBA from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (MBA HEC) Paris.

Committee membership

Audit Committee, Nomination Committee, Remuneration Committee

 

 

Wan Azmi Wan Hamzah, Tan Sri

Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed in November 2019

Wan Azmi Wan Hamzah, Tan Sri, (“Tan Sri Wan Azmi”) is currently Chairman and controlling shareholder in Rohas Tecnic Berhad, a Malaysian public listed company whose principal business is in manufacturing and infrastructure development. He is also Chairman and shareholder of Syarikat Pengeluar Air Selangor Berhad, a water treatment concessionaire company whose business was recently taken over by the government of Malaysia’s interests.

Tan Sri Wan Azmi has passed his final accountancy exam under the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1974. His career spans nearly 5 decades in the UK and Malaysia, serving in leadership position for a number of corporations. Over the years, Tan Sri Wan Azmi had also held directorship in, and acted as the Chairman of several publicly listed companies.

Committee chairmanship

Nomination Committee

 

 

Guy Wollaert

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed in July 2015

Guy Wollaert stepped down as a Senior Vice President and Chief Technical and Innovation Officer of The Coca-Cola Company, and member of the executive committee, after a 23 year career. Mr Wollaert previously served as General Manager of the Global Juice Center, where he was responsible for leading various functions including business development and supply chain for its global juice and juice drink operations.

Committee chairmanship

Remuneration Committee

Committee membership

Audit Committee;