Board of Directors

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Chua Cheow Khoon, Michael

Independent Director and Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Chua was appointed to the Board on 4 May 2012 as Lead Independent Director. With effect from 2 January 2013, he was appointed as Chairman of the Group. Mr Chua is an Executive Director of BMD Consulting Pte Ltd, a management consulting practice in Singapore. He has more than 30 years of experience in financial and management accounting, corporate finance, general management and management consultancy, and was formerly the Chief Investment Officer of Sapphire Corporation Limited. He has also previously served as an independent director on the boards of various other companies listed on the SGX-ST.

Mr Chua has held senior positions in multinational companies including the Singapore Technologies and Sembcorp group of companies. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business from the Charles Sturt University (Mitchell College of Advanced Education), Australia in 1977 and is a Fellow of CPA Australia.

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Goi Seng Hui

Non-Independent, Non-Executive Director and Vice Chairman

Mr Goi was appointed to the Board on 1 March 2013 as Non-Independent, Non-Executive Director and Vice Chairman. He is the Executive Chairman of Tee Yih Jia Group, a global food and beverage group and GSH Corporation Ltd, a regional developer of premium residential and commercial properties as well as the owner and operator of the 5-Star Sutera Habour Resorts, Marina and Golf Course in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. In 2017, GSH expanded into China via an investment in Henan Zhongyuan Group, operating the largest frozen food logistics and warehousing hub in Zhengzhou with an annual turnover of more than RMB60 billion. In addition, Mr Goi serves as Vice Chairman of Envictus International Holdings Limited. He also has investments across a range of listed and private entities in numerous industries, such as food and beverage, leisure real estate, consumer essentials, recycling, distribution and logistics.

In April 2018, Datuk Sam Goi was appointed Singapore’s Non-Resident Ambassador to the Federative Republic of Brazil.

In 2014, Mr Goi was named Businessman of the Year by Singapore’s Business Times and at the 49th National Day Awards, Mr Goi was conferred the Public Service Star (Bar) – Bintang Bakti Masyarakat (Lintang), BBM (L) – by the President of Singapore for his contributions to the community. In 2015, he received the Long Service Award from Singapore’s People’s Action Party. He was also conferred the State Award of Panglima Gemilang Darjah Kinabalu (PGDK), which carries the title of Datuk, from the Head of State of Sabah, for his social and business contributions to Kota Kinabalu. In recognition of his numerous philanthropy works, he was awarded the SG50 Outstanding Chinese Business Pioneers Award and Enterprise Asia’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015, as well as the Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. In 2017, he was honoured for his contributions and success as an overseas Chinese by People’s Tribune Magazine in Beijing, China. In 2018, he was conferred the Distinguished Business Leader Award at the World Chinese Economic Forum.

He is also Enterprise 50 Club’s Honorary Past President and Vice Chairman of IE Singapore’s “Network China” Steering Committee, Regional Representative for Fuzhou City and Fujian Province, council member of the Singapore-Tianjin Economic and Trade Council and Singapore-Jiangsu Cooperation Council, as well as Senior Consultant to Su-Tong Science & Technology Park. He is currently the Honorary Council Member of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Honorary Chairman for the International Federation of Fuqing Association, a member of the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) Board of Trustee, as well as the Honorary Chairman of Dunman High School Advisory Committee and Ulu Pandan Citizens Consultative Committee.

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Tey How Keong

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Tey was appointed to the Board on 3 January 2012 and is responsible for the overall strategic, management and business development of the Group.

Mr Tey has over 25 years of experience in the cocoa business. He started his career in the cocoa business in November 1988 as sales manager of JB Cocoa Group Sdn Bhd. In August 1989, he was appointed as a director of Guan Chong Cocoa Manufacturer Sdn Bhd, a position which he remained in until October 2003 and played an active role in setting up its cocoa processing plant in Pasir Gudang.

In May 2000, Mr Tey established JB Cocoa Sdn Bhd, and under his leadership, the Group expanded over the years to become an active player within the cocoa ingredient production industry in Malaysia and foreign markets.

Mr Tey graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Toledo, College of Business Administration, USA.

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Goh Lee Beng

Executive Director

Mdm Goh was appointed to the Board on 4 May 2012 and is responsible for procurement of raw materials and managing the cocoa trading positions of the Group, which includes sourcing of cocoa beans and cocoa ingredient, managing the Group’s cocoa hedging book, monitoring world cocoa trends, and marketing of cocoa butter.

Mdm Goh has over 25 years of experience in cocoa business. Upon graduation, Mdm Goh joined Guan Chong Cocoa Manufacturer Sdn Bhd in November 1989 as an executive and was responsible for logistics, operations and inventory management. She joined JB Cocoa Sdn Bhd in January 2003 and was appointed as its Executive Director in August 2003. She was responsible for sourcing of cocoa beans and supply chain management.

Mdm Goh graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Toledo, College of Business Administration, USA.

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Chin Koon Yew

Independent and Non-Executive Director

Mr Chin was appointed to the Board on 18 February 2014 as an Independent Director. He has more than 10 years of experience in the cocoa and chocolate industry through his previous role as the Chief Financial Officer of Petra Foods Limited from 2001 to September 2013.

Prior to this, Mr Chin has held various senior positions at W R Grace, a US MNC, for over 17 years, culminating in the role of Chief Financial Officer for Asia Pacific in 1998. He has more than 30 years of experience in financial and general management in both MNC and Asian set-up.

Mr Chin completed his Association of Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) in 1980. He obtained a Master of Business Administration from Henley-Brunel University in 1996.

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Loo Wen Lieh

Alternate Director to Mr Goi Seng Hui

Mr Loo Wen Lieh was appointed on 23 May 2013 as an Alternate Director to Mr Goi Seng Hui. Mr Loo is the Group Financial Controller of the Tee Yih Jia (TYJ) Group, a leading frozen foods manufacturer in Singapore with distribution to more than 80 countries. In addition to investments in various industries, including property, technology and F&B, the TYJ Group also has stakes in several other Singapore public listed companies. In July 2018, Mr Loo has been appointed as Non-Executive and Non-Independent Director of GYP properties Limited, a company listed on the Mainboard of the SGX-ST.

From December 2002 to May 2007, Mr Loo was previously Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of AGVA Corporation Limited and Hengxin Technology Limited where he was responsible for their Initial Public Offering, financial, tax and other related matters. He was also a manager with KPMG from July 2002 and left KPMG for one year from March 2000 to February 2001 as co-founder for a technology start-up.

Mr Loo graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University in 1996 and is a Fellow Chartered Accountant of Singapore, an ACA of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and an ASEAN Chartered Professional Accountant.