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 22 April 2019. He is responsible for the formulation and implementation of the Group’s business and corporate policies as well as strategies for business development and operations management.
Mr. Gunawan has developed extensive expertise and knowledge in business operations and development based on his experience garnered in the palm oil industry over the past 23 years. Mr. Gunawan started his career in 1984 as the Vice President Director of PT Tirta Mahakam Resources Tbk., where he was in charge of the operational and business development of the company.
Mr. Gunawan graduated from the University of Southern California in 1981 with a Bachelor of Business Administration.
Lim Christina Hariyanto
Ms. Lim Christina Hariyanto, Executive Director of the Company, joined the Group in 2012 as the Head of Investor Relations. Ms. Christina was first appointed to the Board on 1 June 2017 and re-elected on 24 April 2020. She is responsible for strengthening the communication channels between the Company and the financial industry. Through analyst meetings and investor conferences, she strives to heighten awareness and understanding of Bumitama's business among the investment and financial communities. Her efforts were recognised by Asiamoney who awarded Bumitama the “Best in Investor Relations in Singapore” in 2015 and 2016. Asiamoney also recognised Ms. Christina with the “Best Executive in Singapore” Award in 2016.
She started her career as an Investment Analyst at Nomura Securities. She subsequently developed Harita Kencana Sekuritas from a small brokerage house to a well-known medium-sized company that is actively involved in equities trading and advisory services. In 2000, her firm was voted in the top quartile in the rankings of brokerage firms in Indonesia by Investor Magazine. In 2005, 2006, and 2007, Asiamoney ranked Harita Kencana Sekuritas as the fourth best local brokerage in Indonesia. In 2009, Harita Kencana Sekuritas was awarded the Best Securities Company in its asset category by Investor Magazine.
Ms. Christina was a member of the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) Discipline Committee from 2004 to 2009. She is currently the President Commissioner of Harita Kencana Sekuritas.
Ms. Christina graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1990.
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 23 April 2018. He is presently the Group Managing Director and Chief Executive of IOI Corporation Berhad, a Malaysian company which is a leading global palm oil player, and a Board Member of IOI Properties Group Berhad. Dato’ Lee was first appointed to the Board of IOI Corporation Berhad as Group Executive Director in 1996, and to the Board of IOI Properties Group Berhad in 2013.
Dato’ Lee qualified as a barrister from Gray’s Inn, London. He holds an LLB (Honours) from King’s College London and a Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Accounting from the London School of Economics.
Prior to joining 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. He held the position of Magistrate when he left for the private sector.
Dato’ Lee was elected Chairman of the Malaysian Palm Oil Association (MPOA) in June 2020. Prior to that, he was the Chairman of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council and served as a Council Member in the Malaysian Palm Oil Association. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Bank Negara, the Central Bank of Malaysia, from 2015 to 2018.
Lee Lap Wah George
Lead Independent Director
Mr. Lee Lap Wah George, the Lead Independent Director of the Company, was appointed to our Board on 1 June 2017 and re-elected on 24 April 2020. Mr. Lee is also an Independent Director of RE&S Holdings Limited and Wearnes-Starchase Limited.
From April 2016 to July 2017, Mr. Lee was an advisor to the CEO and Management Committee at Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (“OCBC”) Malaysia Bhd. Mr. Lee served as an Executive Vice President and Head of Global Corporate Banking at OCBC from February 2012 to April 2016. Prior to this, he was Executive Vice President and Head of Group Investment Banking of OCBC Limited since 2002. Mr. Lee started his career as a Finance Officer in the Group Treasury Department of Keppel Shipyard in 1978 and joined Marine Midland Bank in 1982 as Assistant Vice President. Subsequently, Mr. Lee held managerial positions in various merchant banking units based in Singapore. In 1989, he was appointed Country Manager for Security Pacific Asian Bank. In 1993, he joined Credit Suisse Singapore as Head of Corporate Banking for South East Asia and left as Director, Corporate Lending of Credit Suisse First Boston in 1998 before joining OCBC.
Mr. Lee was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) in 1987 and currently sits on the advisory panel of CFA Singapore. Mr. Lee obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) from the University of Singapore in 1976.
Lim Hung Siang
Mr. Lim Hung Siang, an Independent Director of Bumitama, was appointed to our Board on 1 June 2018 and re-elected on 22 April 2019.
In his professional career, Mr. Lim has extensive experience running several companies in the transport and engineering sectors, including the Singapore Automotive Engineering Group and the ComfortDelgro Corporation. He also has extensive experience in business development and mergers/acquisitions in Europe, Australia and China, as well as in setting up and operating new business units.
After his retirement as Senior Executive Vice President of ComfortDelgro Corporation in 2007, he was appointed as an advisor and consultant for several companies in Singapore, China and France.
Mr. Lim obtained both his Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (First Class Honours) and Master of Science (Industrial Engineering) degrees from the University of Singapore in 1973 and 1979, respectively. He attended the Senior Executive Programme at Stanford University, USA, in 1989.
Lawrence Lua Gek Pong
Mr. Lawrence Lua Gek Pong, an Independent Director of Bumitama, was appointed to our Board on 1 January 2020 and re-elected on 24 April 2020. Mr. Lua joined DBS Bank in 2011 as Managing Director and Head of Private Bank for South East Asia. He was also a Member of the DBS Bank Singapore Management Committee. In December 2019, he stepped down as Group Head of the Private Bank to take on the role of Senior Advisor. Mr. Lua is also an Independent Director of SingHaiyi Group Ltd and a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of Miclyn Express Offshore Limited. He is also an Advisor to Maitri Asset Management.
Mr Lua has over 35 years of banking experience and in 2014 was conferred a Fellow of the Institute of Banking and Finance. He started his banking and finance career with the Monetary Authority of Singapore after graduating with a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours in Economics) degree from the National University of Singapore in 1982. He went on to serve in the Corporate Banking Groups of various foreign banks until 1989. Thereafter, he moved into private banking where he held senior positions including that of the Global Market Head and Country Head for Citibank Private Bank Singapore and Managing Director (Investments) for Merrill Lynch International Bank Singapore.
In addition to the above roles, Mr. Lua serves on the Advisory Board for Wealth Management at the Singapore Management University and has been the Founding Chairman of a not-for-profit child development organization since 1991. He was recently appointed Chairman of the Nee Soon Link Citizens’ Consultative Committee and is a mentor to a social enterprise involved in helping marginalized women and youth-at-risk. He was Chairman of the IBF Private Banking Industry Workgroup and a Member of the IBF Standards Committee from 2016 to 2020.
Mr. Witjaksana Darmosarkoro was appointed to the Bumitama’s Board of Directors as an Independent Director on 1 July 2021. His current role has been with the Secretariat of Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) in Jakarta, where has been acting as the Director of Sustainability and Smallholders Development since July 2019.
Mr. Witjaksana obtained his Bachelor degree in Soil science and Master of Agronomy degree at the Bogor Agricultural University in 1983 and 1991, respectively. Mr. Witjaksana holds a PhD from the IOWA State University (USA) in Crop Production and Physiology in 1997.
He started his career in 1984 as a researcher at the Agronomy Division in the Coconut Research Center in North Sumatra, Indonesia. In 1990, he pursued his role as the Head of the R&D Planning Section at the Soil Science and Agronomy Division of the Marihat Research Station. From 2005 to 2014, Mr. Witjaksana served as the Director of the Indonesian Oil Palm Research Institute (IOPRI), followed by his role as the Director for Replanting and Farmer Support at the Indonesia Estate Crop Fund (BPDPKS) between June 2015 and January 2016. Mr. Witjaksana has also profuse experience as Agronomy and Technical Advisor, having worked for a number of oil palm companies during his career.