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 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 garnered in the palm oil industry over the past 22 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 23 April 2018. 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 recognized by Asiamoney who awarded Bumitama the “Best in Investor Relations in Singapore” in 2015 and 2016. Asiamoney also awarded Ms. Christina for “Best Executive in Singapore” 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 which is actively involved in equities trading and advisory services. In 2000, her firm was voted the top quartile in the rankings 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 until 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 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. He held the position of Magistrate when he left for the private sector.
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 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, an Independent Director of Bumitama, was appointed to our Board on 1 June 2017 and re-elected on 23 April 2018. Mr Lee was appointed as the Lead Independent Director of the Company in place of Mr Tan Boon Hoo with effect from 1 January 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 Chartered Financial Analysts (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.
During his corporate life, Mr. Lim has extensive experience running several companies in the transport and engineering sectors, within the Singapore Automotive Engineering Group and the ComfortDelgro Corporation. He also has extensive experience in business development and merger/acquisitions in Europe, Australia and China, as well as the starting up and operation of 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.
Mr. Lua is currently the Managing Director and Senior Advisor to DBS Private Bank, having stepped down from his previous role as Deputy Global Head with effect from 1 January 2020. He joined DBS Private Bank in 2011 as the Managing Director and Head of South East Asia and was also a Member of the DBS Singapore Management Committee. Prior to that, Mr. Lua held senior positions in Bank Julius Baer from 2009 to 2011, and Merrill Lynch International Bank from 1999 to 2009. He was the Global Market Head at Citibank Private Bank from 1991 to 1999.
In addition to his role in DBS, Mr. Lua contributes actively to the banking industry, and is the Chairman of the IBF Private Banking Industry Workgroup and a Member of the IBF Standards Committee. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Wealth Management at the Singapore Management University. Beyond banking, Mr. Lua had previously held positions and served in various community-based organisations, including the Citizens' Consultative Committee and Town Council. He continues to serve as the Founding Chairman of the Board of Governors for Sparkletots Child Development Centre (Telok Blangah), a not-for-profit child development organisation since 1991. An ardent supporter of CSR, he is currently a mentor to two social enterprises involved in helping marginalised women, youth-at-risk and ex-offenders.
Mr. Lua started his banking and finance career with the Monetary Authority of Singapore as a Senior Officer after graduating with a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours in Economics) from the National University of Singapore in 1982. He has over 38 years of banking experience and was conferred a Fellow by the Institute of Banking and Finance.