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Our leadership team is comprised of highly talented individuals who bring extensive experience and expertise to accelerate Emery Oleochemicals to greater heights in an ever-evolving marketplace. With a firm commitment to the values and spirit of a world-leading, natural-based chemicals company, we continue on our successful path of being a sustainable, profitable growth company, focused on producing high-performance, high-quality products that meet or exceed customer expectations; thus positioning Emery Oleochemicals as your preferred solutions partner.

Mohamad Helmy Othman Basha
Mohamad Helmy Othman Basha
Chairman of Board of Directors

Mr. Mohamad Helmy Othman Basha, 54, a Malaysian, was appointed as Group Managing Director of Sime Darby Plantation Berhad (SDPB) in July 2019 to lead the Group in its overall operations. He is also the President of the Malaysian Agricultural Producers Association since 2017.

He has held various positions in the Group since the merger in 2007 including Head of Plantation Upstream Malaysia; Head, Plantation Services and Special Project: Chief Operating Officer, Upstream; and Deputy to Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer, Upstream. 

Prior to joining the Group, he was a Trainee Accountant/Auditor with Wellers, Accountants, Oxford, United Kingdom where he started his career in 1988. Between 1991 and 1997, he  served in Shell Group of Companies serving in various  positions including as Area Accountant for Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd (Southern Region) and as Indirect Tax Advisor for Shell Malaysia Ltd..

He joined Guthrie Property Holding Sdn Bhd in 1997 as Finance and Administration Manager and worked with the Kumpulan Guthrie Berhad group of companies until 2007. He was also the Chief Executive Officer of Highlands & Lowlands Berhad and Guthrie Ropel Berhad, two listed companies within the Kumpulan Guthrie Berhad group from 2006 to 2007. In 2001, he was a key member of the team that acquired and later restructured Minamas Plantation, Indonesia.

In 2013, he left the Group to set up Xcellence Alliance Sdn Bhd and Chemara Palmea Holdings Bhd, vehicles for investment in plantation as well as providing investment advisory services. He joined the Group in 2016.

He undertook his Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) studies at Trent Polytechnic (Nottingham Trent university), Nottingham, United Kingdom and later obtained his ACCA qualification from Emile Woolf College of Accountancy, London in 1990. In 1996, he was admitted as a member of the ACCA. He became a Fellow of the ACCA in 2001. He is also a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and a member of Incorporated Society of Planters since 2006.

Anon Sirisaengtaksin
Anon Sirisaengtaksin
Member of Board of Directors

Mr. Anon Sirisaengtaksin serves as an Advisor of PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited. His career started at the Department of Mineral Resources, Thailand and covers more than 30 years in government service and various leadership roles with the PTT Group. Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer and Senior Executive Vice President – Corporate Strategy and Development of PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited. He has also served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited.

In addition, Mr. Sirisaengtaksin serves as the Chairman of PTTGC International Private Limited, Chairman of NatureWorks LLC, Chairman of Vencorex Holding, Chairman of PTTGC Innovation America Corp., Chairman of PTTGC International (USA) Inc. and Chairman of PTTGC International (Netherlands) B.V. He also serves as Director and Member of the Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee, Banpu PLC; Chairman of Bioeconomy, New S-Curve Committee under the Pracharat PPP Collaboration Project; Council Committee, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang Council and Reform Council, Silpakorn University.

Mr. Sirisaengtaksin holds an MBA from Thammasat University in Thailand and a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. He holds an Honorary Doctor of Public Administration, Bangkok Thonburi University. He also attended the Capital Market Academy Leadership Program, Class 1, Capital Market Academy in Thailand.

His certifications include: Project Investment Appraisal and Management, Harvard University, U.S.A.; Global Leadership, Harvard University, U.S.A.; Director Certification Program (DCP) Class 73/2006 and Director Accreditation Program (DAP) Class 52/2006 Thai Institute of Directors Association (IOD).

Renaka Ramachandran
Renaka Ramachandran
Member of Executive Committee and Member of Board of Directors

Mrs. Renaka Ramachandran, 53, a Malaysian, was appointed as the chief Financial Officer of Sime Darby Plantation Berhad on 1 April 2011. In this role, she oversees various departments within the Group, which include finance, information technology, compliance and risk (of the Global Trading and Marketing Unit), procurement, corporate finance and investor relations departments. She also was appointed as Deputy Managing Director of Sime Darby Oils (SDO)  on 15 July 2020 with a role focusing on leading the transformation programme in the Asia Pacific region and governance matters.

She began her career as an Audit Associate with Raj and Associates in 1991 where she was leading small audit engagements until 1992. She joined Coopers and Lybrand (now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers) in 1002 as an Audit Associated and moved up the ranks to the position of Executive Director on 1 January 2004. As an Executive Director, she was involved in, among other, the audit of public listed companies, review of profit and cash flow forecast and projections for restructurings and initial public offerings, due diligence and financial analysis. Her roles included overseeing working teams, giving presentations and providing training for both internal staff and external clients. She was also the representative of PricewaterhouseCoopers and committee member on the work group of IAS 41 (Accounting Standard on Agriculture) in the Malaysian Accounting Standards Board (MASB).

She was qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1992 and was admitted as a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in 1998. She became a Fellow of the ACCA in 2002.

Mrs. Ramachandran has been actively involved in the Malaysian Accounting Standards Board for the changes to IAS 41 by working on papers with the MASB for its onward discussion with the International Accounting Standards Board. She is also a member of the Accounting and Taxation Committee of the Malaysia Palm Oil Association and a member of the ACCA Accountants for Business Global Forum.

Chaya Chandavasu
Chaya Chandavasu
Member of Board of Directors

Mr. Chaya Chandavasu is currently the Senior Vice President – Sustainability and Corporate Branding at PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited (PTTGC).

Mr. Chandavasu’s prior professional work experience includes Managing Director, GC Ventures Company Limited; Director, Solution Creation Company Limited; Senior Vice President – Science and Innovation, PTTGC; Chairman, Auria BioChemicals Company Limited; and Director, PTTGC Innovation America Corporation.

Mr. Chandavasu holds Doctor and Master of Chemical Engineering degrees from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry (First-Class Honors) from Mahidol University. Mr. Chandavasu has also completed several executive training programs including Advanced Senior Executive Program, Sasin & Kellogg School of Management (2008) and Director Certification Program (DCP) Class 152/2001, Thai Institute of Directors Association (IOD).

 
Narongsak Jivakanun
Narongsak Jivakanun
Member of Board of Directors and Chairman of Executive Committee

Mr. Narongsak Jivakanun, currently the Executive Vice President – International Business Operations, PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited, has more than 30 years of experience in petrochemical, chemicals, oil refinery and industrial development, strategy and planning roles.

In addition, Mr. Jivakanun holds other management positions including Vice Chairman of the Board of Director and Member of Nomination & Renumeration Committee, Vinythai Public Company Limited (VNT); Director & Risk Management Committee, Global Green Chemicals Company Limited (GGC); Chairman, GC Ventures Company Limited; Chairman, GC Ventures American Corporation; Chairman, GC Estate Company Limited; Director, PTTGC USA LLC; Director, PTTGC USA Corporation; and Director GC Polyols Company Limited.

Mr. Jivakanun holds a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University, U.S.A. and a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. He also has completed several other executive programs including: Director Certification Program (DCP) Class 165/2012 at Thai Institute of Directors Association (IOD), Certificate from TLCA Leadership Development Program (LDP) Class 1/2013, International Institute for Management Development (IMD) and Executive Certification Program on Energy Literacy for a Sustainable Future (TEA), Class 8/2016 at Thai Energy Academy (TEA).

Shariman Alwani Mohamed
Dr. Shariman Alwani Mohamed Nordin
Member of Board of Directors and Executive Committee

Dr. Shariman Alwani Mohamed Nordin, 51, a Malaysian, was appointed as the Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer of Sime Darby Plantation Berhad (SDPB) on 22 January 2018 and was appointed as Head, Transformation Sime Darby Oils (SDO) Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA) on 1 April 2021.

He was appointed the Head, Strategy & Business Development of SDPB in February 2014 and is responsible for overseeing the Company’s corporate and innovation strategies. Currently, he is also the Chief Transformation Officer and in this capacity, drives the Company’s Value Creation and Transformation programme.

Prior to joining SDPB, Dr. Shariman was Senior Vice President, Strategy & Value Management in Sime Darby Berhad. He had also served as an Economist at Bank Negara Malaysia from 1992 to 2008 and was Sector Economist in Fidelity Management and Research, Boston, United States of America (USA) from 1999 to 2001.

He holds a PhD in International Economics & Finance from Brandeis University’s International Business School, USA and a Bachelor degree in Economics from Cambridge University, United Kingdom.

Pattaralada Sa-Ngasang
Pattaralada Sa-Ngasang
Member of Board of Directors

Miss Pattaralada Sa-Ngasang is currently the Executive Vice President – Finance and Accounting at PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited (PTTGC).

Miss Sa-Ngasang’s prior professional work experience includes Executive Vice President – Finance and Accounting, Thai Oil Public Company Limited; Chairperson, Thaioil Treasury Center Company Limited; Director, Ubon Bio Ethanol Public Company Limited; Director, Thaioil Energy Services Company Limited; Director, Thaioil Ethanol Company Limited; Director, Sapthip Company Limited; and Senior Vice President – Financial Planning, Thai Oil Public Company Limited.

Miss Sa-Ngasang holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Thammasat University, a Mini Master of Business Administration degree from the National Institute of Development Administration, and a Bachelor of Accounting degree from Thammasat University. In addition, her further education and training includes the following institutions: National Defence College of Thailand (NDC); Capital Market Academy; Harvard Business School (USA), Thai Listed Companies Association (TLCA) and IMD Business School, Switzerland; Fiscal Policy Research Institute Foundation, Ministry of Finance; Cornell University (USA); Institute of Research and Development for Public Enterprises (IRDP), and the Thai Institute of Directors Association (IOD).

Mohd Haris Mohd Arshad
Mohd Haris Mohd Arshad
Member of Board of Directors

Mr. Mohd Haris Mohd Arshad, 48, a Malaysian, was appointed as Managing Director of Sime Dary Oils (SDO) in March 2019. He joined the Group in 2014 where priot to the Sime Darby de-merger, he lead the ten Sime Darby's Global Trading & Marketing unit as well as the Plantation Division's Downstream Manufacturing organization. Today, as the Managing Director of SDO, he continues to lead the Group's efforts in market expansion and revenue growth focusing on bulk trading, differentiated product offering for industrial customers (B2B) and high quality end-consumer products for its B2C segment. .

He began his career in 1995 as a trader with Cargill in Malaysia where e was involved in the trading of palm oil and palm products, and ensuring uninterrupted supply of feedstock to the refineries. He moved to the Philippines in 1999 to join Cargill's copra crushing operation where he was involved in sourcing copra across the Phillipines and merchandising coconut oil in Europe.

In 2001, he joined Nestle initially based in Kuala Lumpur before moving to London in 2004 to join the company’s global cocoa procurement and price risk management desk. In 2006, he relocated to Singapore to establish Nestle’s Commodity Procurement Centre for Asia, Oceania and Africa Regions and he was appointed as the General Manager and Head of Global Oils and Fats. Under these capacities, he was responsible for leading supplier development works as well as regional oils and fats procurement initiatives.

In 2010, he joined Unilever in Singapore as Director of Commodity Risk Management where he led a team of price risk manager located in the USA, Switzerland and Singapore. The team was responsible for managing Unilever's global oils and fats price exposure within the company's annual spend budget, developing market analysis and price forecasting.

He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. in 2019, he attended the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at the Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts.

Muhammad Nurazli Razali

Muhammad Nurazli Razali
Alternate Member of Board of Directors

Mr. Muhammad Nurazli Razali is currently the Head of Sime Darby Renewables, a business unit within Sime Darby's Plantation Division which focuses on converting palm-based feedstocks into value-added products.

Mr. Razali was previously an Investment Banker with Credit Suisse. He specialized in mergers & acquisition as well as hostile takeover defense, then later joined Sime Darby Berhad and was assigned to set up the business development and corporate finance unit in Consolidated Plantations Berhad in 2004. He also served as the Vice President of Group Strategy and Business Development where he worked closely with the Plantation and Energy & Utilities Divisions of Sime Darby Group.

Mr. Razali graduated from Cambridge University, United Kingdom and attended the Senior Management Development Program by Harvard Business School, U.S.A. He is also a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of England and Wales (ICAEW).

Pratit Lohateerapap
Pratit Lohateerapap
Alternate Member of Board of Directors and Member of Executive Committee

Mr. Pratit Lohateerapap joined PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited (“GC”) Group in 2009. From 2009 to 2012, he served as Vice President, International Business Development, of GC’s subsidiary, PTT Chemical International (Asia Pacific ROH) Limited with expertise in International Business Development and M&A. He was appointed as Vice President, Global Operations, Strategic Projects and Technologies of Vencorex Holding, France (on secondment from GC) from 2012 to 2016 meanwhile he also served as the Board of Director and Managing Director of Vencorex (Thailand) from 2013 to 2016. His other professional work experiences within GC included Vice President, Production Planning, Sales & Strategic Marketing - Polymer, from 2016 to 2018. His current role is Vice President, Chief Operating Excellence Office.

Prior to joining GC Group, Mr. Lohateerapap worked at ExxonMobil Group from 1991 to 2008 in various positions covering Refining Maintenance, Process Technical, Refining & Aromatics Operations and Corporate Finance including many years in regional management roles in Energy and Capacity Utilization before leaving the Group to join GC.

Mr. Lohateerapap graduated with a Master degree in Project Management from ECEMA University, Lyon France and a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

 
Narongsak Jivakanun
Narongsak Jivakanun
Chairman of Executive Committee and Member of Board of Directors

Mr. Narongsak Jivakanun, currently the Executive Vice President – International Business Operations, PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited, has more than 30 years of experience in petrochemical, chemicals, oil refinery and industrial development, strategy and planning roles. In addition, Mr. Jivakanun holds other management positions including Vice Chairman of the Board of Director and Member of Nomination & Renumeration Committee, Vinythai Public Company Limited (VNT); Director & Risk Management Committee, Global Green Chemicals Company Limited (GGC); Chairman, GC Ventures Company Limited; Chairman, GC Ventures American Corporation; Chairman, GC Estate Company Limited; Director, PTTGC USA LLC; Director, PTTGC USA Corporation; and Director GC Polyols Company Limited.

Mr. Jivakanun holds a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University, U.S.A. and also has a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering, from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. He also has completed many other executive programs as a Director Certification Program (DCP) Class 165/2012 at Thai Institute of Directors Association (IOD), a Certificate from TLCA Leadership Development Program (LDP) Class 1/2013, International Institute for Management Development (IMD) and an Executive Certification Program on Energy Literacy for a Sustainable Future (TEA), Class 8/2016 at Thai Energy Academy (TEA).

Renaka Ramachandran
Renaka Ramachandran
Member of Executive Committee and Member of Board of Directors

Mrs. Renaka Ramachandran, 53, a Malaysian, was appointed as the chief Financial Officer of Sime Darby Plantation Berhad on 1 April 2011. In this role, she oversees various departments within the Group, which include finance, information technology, compliance and risk (of the Global Trading and Marketing Unit), procurement, corporate finance and investor relations departments. She was also appointed as Deputy Managing Director of Sime Darby Oils (SDO) on 15 July 2020 with a role focusing on leading the transformation programme in the Asia Pacific region and governance matters.

She began her career as an Audit Associate with Raj and Associates in 1991 where she was leading small audit engagements until 1992. She joined Coopers and Lybrand (now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers) in 1002 as an Audit Associated and moved up the ranks to the position of Executive Director on 1 January 2004. As an Executive Director, she was involved in, among other, the audit of public listed companies, review of profit and cash flow forecast and projections for restructurings and initial public offerings, due diligence and financial analysis. Her roles included overseeing working teams, giving presentations and providing training for both internal staff and external clients. She was also the representative of PricewaterhouseCoopers and committee member on the work group of IAS 41 (Accounting Standard on Agriculture) in the Malaysian Accounting Standards Board (MASB).

She was qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1992 and was admitted as a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in 1998. She became a Fellow of the ACCA in 2002.

Mrs. Ramachandran has been actively involved in the Malaysian Accounting Standards Board for the changes to IAS 41 by working on papers with the MASB for its onward discussion with the International Accounting Standards Board. She is also a member of the Accounting and Taxation Committee of the Malaysia Palm Oil Association and a member of the ACCA Accountants for Business Global Forum.

Shariman Alwani Mohamed
Dr. Shariman Alwani Mohamed Nordin
Member of Executive Committee and Member of Board of Directors

Dr. Shariman Alwani Mohamed Nordin, 51, a Malaysian, was appointed as the Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer of Sime Darby Plantation Berhad (SDPB) on 22 January 2018 and was appointed as Head, Transformation Sime Darby Oils (SDO) Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) on 1 April 2021.

He was appointed the Head, Strategy & Business Development of SDPB in February 2014 and is responsible for overseeing the Company’s corporate and innovation strategies. Currently, he is also the Chief Transformation Officer and in this capacity, drives the Company’s Value Creation and Transformation programme.

Prior to joining SDPB, Dr. Shariman was Senior Vice President, Strategy & Value Management in Simd Darby Berhad. He had also served as an Economist at Bank Negara Malaysia from 1992 to 2008 and was Sector Economist in Fidelity Management and Research, Boston, United States of America (USA) from 1999 to 2001.

He holds a PhD in International Economics & Finance from Brandeis University’s International Business School, U.S.A. and a Bachelor degree in Economics from Cambridge University, United Kingdom.

Pratit Lohateerapap
Pratit Lohateerapap
Alternate Member of Executive Committee and Alternate Member of Board of Directors

Mr. Lohateerapap joined PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited (“GC”) Group in 2009. From 2009 to 2012, he served as Vice President, International Business Development, of GC’s subsidiary, PTT Chemical International (Asia Pacific ROH) Limited with expertise in International Business Development and M&A. He was appointed as Vice President, Global Operations, Strategic Projects and Technologies of Vencorex Holding, France (on secondment from GC) from 2012 to 2016 meanwhile he also served as the Board of Director and Managing Director of Vencorex (Thailand) from 2013 to 2016. His other professional work experiences within GC included Vice President, Production Planning, Sales & Strategic Marketing - Polymer, from 2016 to 2018. His current role is Vice President, Chief Operating Excellence Office.

Prior to joining GC Group, Mr. Lohateerapap worked at ExxonMobil Group from 1991 to 2008 in various positions covering Refining Maintenance, Process Technical, Refining & Aromatics Operations and Corporate Finance including many years in regional management roles in Energy and Capacity Utilization before leaving the Group to join GC.

Mr. Lohateerapap graduated with a Master degree in Project Management from ECEMA University, Lyon France and a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

 
Jay Taylor
Jay Taylor
Group Chief Executive Officer

Jay Taylor, who has over 35 years of senior leadership and manufacturing experience in the Petrochemical and Oleochemicals industry, is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Emery Oleochemicals Group. He was appointed on April 1, 2020. In his current capacity as GCEO, Jay is responsible for driving global performance improvements in the Group to achieve sustainable growth and to optimize shareholders value.

Additionally, Jay holds the roles of Chief Manufacturing Officer, Head of Major Projects, and Regional Managing Director for North America and Europe. In these leadership and general management roles, Jay is responsible for providing global operational coordination and guidance in all relevant functions including safety, budgeting, regulatory and environmental compliance and stewardship, personnel development and operational efficiencies; overseeing project development and management, systems adherence, governance controls and efficiencies; and spearheading Emery’s business and operations in North America and Europe.

Jay's previous career experience includes leadership roles at Huntsman where he was responsible for managing five of their polymer plants overseeing their operations, environmental compliance, engineering, quality, safety and reliability.

Jay has a Bachelor of Science degree from Lubbock Christian University, Texas.

 
Billy Yeoh
Head, Specialties Business

Starting his tenure at Emery Oleochemicals in 1998, Billy began his career as a Marketing Executive responsible for the Coatings & Inks and Plastics Technology divisions, based out of the Malaysia office. Quickly gaining a strong foothold in these high-growth sectors, he took on an international portfolio with his promotion as the Asia Pacific Regional Business Manager, Plastics Technology and subsequently, as the Asia Pacific Regional Business Director overseeing the Fatty Alcohols and Oleo Derivatives business. In these two roles, Billy is credited for establishing high-performance teams which expanded market share, sales revenue and profitability.

Leaving the company to pursue other interests in 2007, he gained further expertise in the areas of general management , operations, and technical support covering Asia and North America. Re-joining Emery Oleochemicals in 2011, Billy took up dual roles as the Regional Sales Director and Regional Head of Oleobasics, Americas based out of Cincinnati – where he still resides today. Having grown the business triple-fold through strategic go-to-market initiatives and effective collaboration with the North America operations team, he was promoted to the role of Global Business Director in January 2016.

In his current role as Head, Specialties Business, Billy is responsible for delivering strategic growth through the execution of projects across the company’s six distinct business groups. As a key member of the senior leadership at the company, he focuses on driving operational excellence in the company’s multicultural, multinational organization while delivering superior, sustainable products to help ensure customer success.

He holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Economics, both earned at the University of Western Australia.

Jay Taylor
Chen Mei Jing
Acting Group Chief Financial Officer

Chen Mei Jing, a Malaysian, is the Acting Group Chief Financial Officer (GCFO) of Emery Oleochemicals Group. She was appointed on 1 December 2020 and has more than 20 years of accounting, taxation, audit, financial, treasury and risk management experience. In her current role, she is responsible for Finance of the Group and oversees the Malaysia’s operations of Information Technology and Non-Feedstock Procurement function.

Mei Jing joined Emery in 2007 as Manager for Corporate Financial Accounting responsible for Group consolidation and financial reporting. She was then promoted to Senior Manager where her scope expanded to cover group taxation and supporting the GCFO on various tax restructuring and optimization projects. In 2017, Mei Jing took up the additional role as Regional Senior Manager, Finance Operations for Asia Pacific where her responsibilities included financial reporting, direct and indirect taxation matters, lead account payable function, assurance of compliance of global accounting and transfer pricing policies.

Prior to joining Emery, Mei Jing began her career in 2000 as an audit assistant with Ernst & Young. During her tenure attached to the Assurance and Advisory Business Services function, her audit clients spanned a vast variety of industries from retail, manufacturing, property & construction, investment holdings and distributions. She left Ernst & Young as an audit manager before she moved on to join Meda Inc. Berhad, a public listed company in the Malaysia stock exchange as Head of Strategic Risk Management & Internal Audit to gain further exposure on business risk analysis in formulating and devising effective and adequate internal controls covering financial and operational compliance.

Mei Jing holds an Honours degree in Accounting and Financial Management from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. She is a Chartered Accountant and is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

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