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 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 Saksti joined the Group’s Indonesian operations in 1994 as a Branch Manager, responsible for the palm oil business. In 1996, he was appointed Finance and Accounts Director. He is currently in charge of the Group’s fertiliser business, several manufacturing plants and the marketing of our consumer pack cooking oil in Indonesia.
Mr Yee was appointed Head of Operations, Malaysia in July 2007, following the completion of the Group’s merger and restructuring exercise. He joined PGEO Edible Oils Sdn Bhd in 1980 and is presently the Chairman and Managing Director of PGEO Group Sdn Bhd. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree majoring in Chemistry from the University of Malaya.
Mr Morgenroth has served as the Technical Head since 2000. He has held various production and project engineering positions in Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) from 1986 to 2000. He graduated in 1985 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science (Chemical Engineering) degree.
Mr Kale joined the Group in March 2005 and is responsible for the global biofuels and oleochemicals business of the Group. Mr Kale formerly headed the oleochemicals business for Peter Cremer GMBH and was the Managing Director of Peter Cremer Singapore. Prior to that, he headed the Marketing and Operations division for Natural Oleochemicals Sdn Bhd, Malaysia. Mr Kale started his career with Brooke Bond, India as a management trainee in 1984. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics from the University of Delhi.
Mr Mu was appointed Head of Northern Region & Grains Trading, China Division in July 2007, following the completion of the Group’s merger and restructuring exercise. He holds senior positions in our various key operating companies in China, which he joined since 2000. He was formerly the Vice President of a state-owned company, Hebei Province Oils & Grains Group Co. Ltd. He graduated from the Zhengzhou Oils & Grains College in 1985, with a major in Oils & Fats Engineering.
Mr Niu was appointed Head of Central Region & Oils Trading, China Division in July 2007, following the completion of the Group’s merger and restructuring exercise. He holds senior positions in our various key operating companies in China, which he joined since 2001. Prior to that, he was the General Manager of Kanghui Oils & Fats Co., Ltd. He graduated with a Masters in Economics from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
Mr Bohbot joined the Group in 2011 to set up and develop the Wilmar Sugar – Trading Division. Mr Bohbot has extensive experience in the sugar trading business and prior to joining the Group, he was the Managing Director of a large European based trading company and the Managing Director of Eagle Trading, the Hong Kong-based Kuok Group joint venture for sugar trading. Mr Bohbot holds a post-master’s degree in market finance and risk management from University of Paris Dauphine, France.
Captain Beh is the Managing Director of Raffles Shipping Corporation Pte Ltd and is responsible for the shipping operations of the Group. He is the CEO and founder of the Raffles Shipping Group of Companies which has since November 2008 become a member of the Wilmar International Group. He is currently a member of the Singapore Nautical Institute as well as a member of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.
Professor Chua Nam-Hai joined the Group as the Chief Scientific Advisor in September 2007. Professor Chua has been the Andrew W. Mellon Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Plant Molecular Biology at Rockefeller University in the United States of America since 1988. He has served and continues to serve on advisory boards of government-related and private institutions in 16 countries worldwide, including the Unites States of America, the PRC, India, the United Kingdom, France and Singapore. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of the United Kingdom, a Foreign Academician of the China Academy of Sciences and of the Academia Sinica in Taiwan.
Professor Chua is an Honorary Research Professor of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Honorary Professor of Peking University and several research institutes of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, including the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology and the Kunming Institute of Botany. In 2005, he received the International Prize in Biology from the Japan Society for Promotion of Science, and in 2007 he was awarded an Einstein Professorship of the Chinese Academy of Science. Professor Chua received from the Singapore Government the National Science and Technology Medal in 1998 and a Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 2002. In recognition of his scientific achievements, the Nanyang Technology University, Singapore conferred upon him an honorary degree of Doctor of Science in 2008. In 2010, The American Society of Plant Biologists honoured him with The Lawrence Bogorad Award for Excellence in Plant Biology Research. Professor Chua obtained his PhD in biology from Harvard University.
Mr Ho Kiam Kong was appointed the Chief Financial Officer in November 2011. He is in charge of the Group’s finance, treasury and risk management functions. He has assumed different roles in Royal Philips where he served for 12 years, including Head of Finance and a member of the Greater China Management team, Asia Pacific CFO, Head of Treasury and Finance for an independent JV business, and Head of Corporate Finance in their Regional Finance Center. Prior to this, he was with major international financial institutions in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York. Mr Ho graduated from the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand and completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School in 1998.
Ms Sng has been the Group Financial Controller since October 2001. Her past positions include Group Financial Controller of the OCK Group and Regional Financial Controller of Martin Clinch & Associates (S) Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of a Swiss multinational group. She is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, United Kingdom.
Ms Teo was appointed Group Legal Counsel and Company Secretary in August 2009. She is responsible for overseeing the Wilmar Group’s legal and corporate secretarial functions. Ms Teo is also concurrently the Company Secretary and Legal Counsel for Shangri-La Hotel Limited Group of companies, a position which she has held since August 1988. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from the National University of Singapore and is a member of the Corporate Governance & Regulatory Committee of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce.
Mr Tan has been the Head of Internal Audit since 2001. Prior to that, he was with the WBL Group of companies from 1995 to 2001 as Internal Audit Manager. He was with an international accounting firm from 1992 to 1995. He graduated from Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree. Mr Tan is a non-practising Certified Public Accountant registered with the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore and also a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, Singapore.
Mr Jeremy Goon, the Chief Sustainability Officer has been responsible for the Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) function since June 2007. He also oversees the Group’s Carbon Offset Credit Development, which includes Clean Development Mechanism projects and other Carbon Capture Initiatives. His past positions include, Head of European Operations for Kuok Oils and Grains in Germany and the Netherlands. He has also served as Head of Brand Management and Marketing for the Group’s Vietnam operations. He holds a degree in law and management science from Keele University in the UK.
Mr Thomas Lim joined the Group in August 1999 and was appointed Group Head, Edible Oils in January 2016. He is responsible for the Group’s global edible oils trading and oversees the edible oils supply chain management. Prior to this appointment, Mr Lim was General Manager – Trading (Edible Oils) from 2011 to 2015, Head of Philippines operations from 2007 to 2008 and Head of European operations from 2005 to 2006. He holds a Degree in Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from the Nanyang Technological University.
Mr Kwek So Cheer was appointed the Chief Information Officer in March 2017. He is responsible for the Group’s IT operations and is charged with driving digital innovation. Prior to this role, he was a Managing Director in Accenture where he held leadership positions in both sales and delivery in Singapore, China and Australia, spearheading transformational engagements for several large enterprises across a broad range of technologies including ERP, cloud, big data and eCommerce. He holds a degree in Information Systems and Computer Science from the National University of Singapore.