Mr Kuok Khoon Hong, 67, is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Group. He is overall in charge of the management of the Group with a particular focus on new business developments. He has extensive experience in the industry and has been involved in the grains, edible oils and oilseeds businesses since 1973. Mr Kuok has completed many projects involving the establishment of oil palm plantations in Asia and Africa, as well as the processing of grains, edible oils and oilseeds. Mr Kuok graduated from the then University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Mr Kuok was appointed to the Board on 24 March 2006 and was last re-elected on 25 April 2014.
Mr Martua Sitorus, 57, is the Executive Deputy Chairman of the Group. Mr Sitorus has been instrumental in the development of the Group’s business operations in Indonesia. He is in charge of the Group’s operations in Indonesia and plantation operations. He holds a degree in economics from HKBP Nomensen University in Medan, Indonesia. Mr Sitorus was appointed to the Board on 14 July 2006 and was last re-elected on 28 April 2016.
Mr Pua Seck Guan, 53, oversees and manages the business divisions of the Group and assists CEO Mr Kuok Khoon Hong in the development of new businesses. Concurrently, he is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Perennial Real Estate Holdings Limited, an integrated real estate and healthcare company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange. Mr Pua has over 28 years of real estate experience in property investment, development and management across various asset classes, as well as in the creation and management of both private and listed real estate funds. Widely regarded as a Real Estate Investment Trust (“REIT”) pioneer in Singapore, Mr Pua was instrumental in establishing REITs listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange such as CapitaMall Trust and CapitaRetail China Trust. Earlier, Mr Pua held concurrent positions as the Chief Executive Officer of CapitaLand Retail Limited, CapitaMall Trust Management Pte. Ltd., and CapitaLand Financial Limited. He holds a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA and a Bachelor of Science degree in Building (First Class Honours) from the National University of Singapore. Mr Pua was appointed to the Board on 1 January 2016 and was re-elected on 28 April 2016.
Mr Kuok Khoon Ean, 61, is the Chairman of Kuok (Singapore) Limited and a Director of Kerry Group Limited and Kerry Holdings Limited. He is the Chairman and Non-Executive Director of PACC Offshore Services Holdings Ltd, a company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange. He is also an independent non-executive director of The Bank of East Asia, Limited and IHH Healthcare Berhad, which are listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and Bursa Malaysia respectively. Mr Kuok has served as the Chairman of Shangri-La Asia Limited from April 2008 to August 2013 and remained as a Non-Executive Director till June 2014. Mr Kuok holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from Nottingham University, UK. Mr Kuok was appointed to the Board on 2 July 2007 and was last re-elected on 28 April 2016.
Mr Kuok Khoon Hua, 38, is the Chairman of Kerry Holdings Limited, the main investment holding company of the Kuok Group in Hong Kong. He is also a director of Kerry Group Limited, Kuok (Singapore) Limited and Kerry Wines Limited; a non-executive director of Kerry Properties Limited, and an executive director of Kerry Logistics Network Limited. Both Kerry Properties Limited and Kerry Logistics Network Limited are companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Mr Kuok holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard University. Mr Kuok was appointed to the Board on 1 July 2016.
Mr Juan R. Luciano, 55, is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer and President of Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM). ADM is one of the world’s leading agricultural processors and food-ingredient providers. Mr Luciano joined ADM in 2011 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He was named President of ADM in February 2014, and was appointed CEO in January 2015. He became Chairman of the Board in January 2016. Mr Luciano previously spent 25 years at The Dow Chemical Company, where he last served as Executive Vice President and President of the Performance division. Mr Luciano is a member of the board of directors of Eli Lilly and Company, and a Governor of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. He holds an industrial engineering degree from the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology. Mr Luciano was appointed to the Board on 20 June 2012 and was last re-elected on 24 April 2015.
Mr George Yong-Boon Yeo, 62, is Chairman and Executive Director of Hong Kong-listed Kerry Logistics Network Limited and a Director of Kerry Holdings. From 1988 to 2011, Mr Yeo served in the Singapore Government, as Minister of State for Finance, then as Minister for Information and the Arts, Health, Trade and Industry, and Foreign Affairs. Prior to 1988, Mr Yeo served in various capacities in the Singapore Armed Forces, Republic of Singapore Air Force and Defence Ministry, attaining the rank of Brigadier-General. Mr Yeo is a member of the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum, the Berggruen Institute on Governance, the Panel of Advisers to the Dean of Harvard Business School, the International Advisory Board of IESE Business School, the International Advisory Committee of Peking Univeristy, Hong Kong’s Economic Development Commission, the International Advisory Committee of National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, the International Advisory Committee of Mitsubishi Corporation and the International Advisory Panel of China Eco-Forum Global. In 2013, he was appointed a member of the Pontifical Commission for Reference on the Economic-Administrative Structure of the Holy See and became a member of the newly-formed Vatican Council for the Economy in May 2014. Mr Yeo has been an independent non-executive director of Hong Kong-listed AIA Group Limited since November 2012. Mr Yeo was awarded the Philippines’ Order of Sikatuna, India’s Padma Bhushan and Australia’s Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia. Mr Yeo graduated from Cambridge University with a double first in engineering in 1976 and also obtained a master of business administration degree (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School in 1985. Mr Yeo was appointed to the Board on 1 November 2014 and was last re-elected on 24 April 2015.
Mr Yeo Teng Yang, 75, is the lead independent director. He has a varied international career spanning senior positions in the Ministry of Finance and the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Ambassador to the European Community in Brussels as well as Executive Director of the Asian Development Bank, Manila and Advisor at the International Monetary Fund, Washington D.C. besides his extensive banking experience. From 1995 to 2000, he was the Senior Executive Vice President of United Overseas Bank Ltd, Singapore, with management responsibilities in treasury, international banking business, fund management, stockbroking and risk management. He also served as a Board Member of Korea First Bank, South Korea, from 2000 to 2005. Mr Yeo holds a Bachelor of Social Science Honours degree from the then University of Singapore and a Masters degree in Economics from Yale University, USA. Mr Yeo was appointed to the Board on 14 July 2006. Mr Yeo, who held office until the last annual general meeting of the Company on 28 April 2016 (“AGM”) in accordance with the then Section 153 of the Companies Act which has since been repealed, was re-appointed at the AGM.
Mr Tay Kah Chye, 70, is currently the Executive Chairman of CLMV Consult Net Private Limited, a regional consulting company headquartered in Singapore and the Chief Executive Officer of the PATA Group (comprising PATA Consultancy Private Limited and PATA International Enterprise Private Limited). He has served as the Honorary Advisor of ASEAN Bankers Association, a regional banking industry group from 2008 to 2010. Prior to his retirement on 31 December 2007, Mr Tay was the President and Chief Executive Officer of ASEAN Finance Corporation Limited, a regional merchant bank based in Singapore and owned by various leading banks and financial institutions in ASEAN since 1991. Mr Tay has vast experience in banking and finance. Mr Tay was with Citibank N.A. Singapore Branch, where he started his banking career in 1973. His last held position in Citibank was Vice President and Head of its Corporate Marketing Group. During his 18 years with Citibank, he held various positions in banking operations, credit management and marketing. Mr Tay was a director of Cambodia Mekong Bank Public Limited from 2003 to 2012 and his last held position was Chairman of the Board of Directors. He is the Independent Non-Executive Chairman of Asiatic Group (Holdings) Limited and the Lead Independent Director of Chemical Industries (Far East) Ltd. Mr Tay holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree in Economics from the then University of Singapore. Mr Tay was appointed to the Board on 14 July 2006 and was last re-elected on 24 April 2015.
Mr Kwah Thiam Hock, 70, sits on the board of various companies including IFS Capital Limited, Excelpoint Technology Ltd and Teho International Inc Ltd. He started his career in 1964 with the Port of Singapore Authority. From 1969 to 1970, he was an Assistant Accountant with the Singapore Textile Industries Limited. Subsequently, he served as the Secretary and Assistant Accountant in Singapore Spinners Private Limited from 1970 to 1973 and later in 1974, he moved on to become the Regional Accountant and Deputy Manager of its related company, IMC (Singapore). Mr Kwah left to join ECICS Holdings Ltd in 1976 and rose to become its President and Chief Executive Officer. He stepped down from ECICS Holdings Ltd in 2003 to assume the position of Principal Officer and Chief Executive Officer of ECICS Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of listed IFS Capital Limited. Mr Kwah retired from ECICS Limited in December 2006 but he remains as adviser of ECICS Limited. He is a Fellow, Certified Public Accountant of Australia, ICPAS and ACCA. He graduated from the then University of Singapore in 1973 with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree. Mr Kwah was appointed to the Board on 14 July 2006 and was last re-elected on 25 April 2014.
Professor Kishore Mahbubani, 68, had a long career in government while at the same time, writing extensively on public issues. He was with the Singapore Foreign Service for 33 years (1971-2004) where he had postings in Cambodia (1973-74), Malaysia, Washington DC and New York, where he served two postings as Singapore’s Ambassador to the UN and as President of the UN Security Council in January 2001 and May 2002. He was Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Ministry from 1993 to 1998. Currently, he is the Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore. In the world of ideas, he has spoken and published globally. Prof Mahbubani was appointed to the Board on 1 January 2016 and was re-elected on 28 April 2016.