Mr. Lim Gunawan Hariyanto, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bumitama, joined the Group in 1997 when he was appointed Director of PT Karya Makmur Bahagia. Mr. Gunawan was first appointed to the Board on 23 March 2012 and re-elected on 27 April 2015. He is responsible for the formulation of the Group’s business and corporate policies and strategies, business development as well as business and operations management.
Mr. Gunawan developed his expertise in business operations and development based on his knowledge and experience gained in the palm oil industry over the past 18 years. Mr. Gunawan started his career in 1984 as the Vice President Director of PT Tirta Mahakam Resources, where he was in charge of the operational and business development of the company. Mr. Gunawan served as a director in various other companies.
Mr. Gunawan graduated from the University of Southern California in 1981 with a Bachelor of Business Administration.
Dato' Lee Yeow Chor
Dato’ Lee Yeow Chor, a non-executive Director of Bumitama was first appointed to our Board on 23 March 2012 and re-elected on 29 April 2013. He is presently the Chief Executive Officer of IOI Corporation Berhad, a Malaysian company which is a leading global palm oil player, and a Director of IOI Properties Group Berhad. Dato' Lee was first appointed to the Board of IOI Corporation Berhad as Group Executive Director in 1996 and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of IOI Corporation Berhad in January 2014.
Dato’ Lee is a barrister from Gray’s Inn, London. He holds a LLB (Honours) from King's College London and a Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Accounting from the London School of Economics.
Prior to joining the IOI Group as a General Manager in 1994, Dato' Lee served in various capacities in the Attorney General's Chambers of Malaysia and the Malaysian Judiciary for about four years. His last post in the Malaysian Judiciary was as a Magistrate.
Dato' Lee is the Chairman of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council and serves as a Council Member in the Malaysian Palm Oil Association. He was also appointed to the Board of Directors of Bank Negara, the Central Bank of Malaysia, in March 2015.
Tan Boon Hoo
Lead Independent Director
Mr. Tan Boon Hoo, the Lead Independent Director of the Company, was appointed to our Board on 23 March 2012 and re-elected on 25 April 2014.
Mr. Tan is currently the Corporate Adviser at TBH International Consulting, specialising in finance, securities and corporate consultation matters. Mr. Tan is also a director of Ren Ci Hospital.
From 1994 to 2003, Mr. Tan was the General Manager (Institutional Sales) at JM Sassoon & Co Pte Ltd. From 1990 to 1994, Mr. Tan was the Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate Banking at Keppel Bank Ltd. From 1988 to 1990, Mr. Tan was the Deputy General Manager at Tat Lee Bank. Prior to this, Mr. Tan joined the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Banking and Financial Institutions Department in 1976 and was promoted to Deputy Director in 1988 before leaving for the private sector. Mr. Tan was previously an independent director of MAP Technology Holdings Limited (now known as MAP Technology Holdings Pte Ltd).
Mr. Tan obtained his Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Chemistry from the University of Singapore in 1973 and completed his National Service in 1976 as an Officer in the Singapore Armed Forces ("SAF"). He attended the Stanford Executive Programme at Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA, in 1987.
Chua Chun Guan Christopher
Mr. Chua Chun Guan Christopher, an Independent Director of Bumitama, was appointed to our Board on 8 February 2012 and re-elected on 27 April 2015.
Mr. Chua joined the SAF in 1973, where he served for more than 30 years until his retirement in 2004 with the rank of Colonel. During his career in the SAF, Mr. Chua served in various command and staff appointments. Some of his key appointments included Commanding Officer of the 6th Singapore Infantry Regiment, Brigade Commander of the 15th Singapore Infantry Brigade, Division Operations Officer of 6th Division and Senior Medical Staff Officer in Headquarters Medical Corps. The last appointment he held before his retirement was Defense Attaché at the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta, where he served for three and a half years. Apart from his military appointments, Mr. Chua also served as Honorary Aide de Camp to the President of Singapore from 1995 till 2000. For his meritorious service to the SAF, Mr. Chua was bestowed two State Awards, namely the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) (Military) and the Long Service Award (25 years).
From 2005 to 2012, Mr. Chua was involved in the Singapore Red Cross Society ("SRC"). He started as Senior Manager Operations, and was promoted to Secretary General in 2007. During this period, he was responsible for the SRC’s response to many disasters that occurred both within and outside the region. Some of these include Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, the Sichuan earthquake in China, the eruption of Mount Merapi in Indonesia, the Tohuku Tsunami in Japan and the Typhoon Washi in Cagayan and Iligan, Philippines.
Ong Chan Hwa
Mr. Ong Chan Hwa, an Independent Director of Bumitama, was appointed to our Board on 23 March 2012 and re-elected on 25 April 2014. Mr. Ong has 40 years’ of experience in the palm oil and vegetable oils and fats industry, and had been engaged in various managerial positions along the palm oil value chain.
Mr. Ong started his career in 1975 with the Palmco Group, where his responsibilities included overseeing the trading and product development of, and exploring new markets for, palm oil products. In 1980, he joined Socoil Corporation Berhad as a Commercial Development Manager and was subsequently promoted to the Vice-President, Manufacturing. Mr. Ong was engaged by Phoenix Saguaro (M) Sdn Bhd, a dealer in PK expeller cakes, as a General Manager in 1984 and by Karlshamns (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, a specialty oils and fats manufacturer, as Managing Director in 1989. Mr. Ong acted as an adviser to the General Manager of Kosma Plantations from 2002 to 2003, and as a director of Malaysian Vegetable Oil Refinery from 2003 to 2005. He was engaged from 2005 to 2007 as a Managing Director of AAA Oils & Fats Pte Ltd, an Indonesian oil palm plantation company. From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Ong acted as Managing Director of GateTrade (M) Sdn Bhd. Since 2008, Mr. Ong has also been engaged as an arbitrator on the Panel of Arbitrators of the Palm Oil Refiners Association of Malaysia. Mr. Ong is currently the director of HIV Hope Berhad and New Life Community Sdn Berhad.
Mr. Ong Chan Hwa obtained his Bachelor of Economics (Hons.) in Business Administration from the University of Malaya in 1975. In 2012, he attended and completed the Listed Company Directors Programme conducted by the Singapore Institute of Directors (SID).