BOARD OF DIRECTORS
DR. YEE CHOW BOI
Independent Non-Executive Director
Dr. Yee Chow Boi, a Malaysian, Male, aged 70, is our Independent Non-Executive Director and was appointed to the Board on 1 June 2018. He is also a member of our Audit Committee and was appointed as a member of our Nomination Committee on 12 June 2019. Dr. Yee obtained a B.Agr.Sc. (Hon) First Class, a Ph.D. from Lincoln University, New Zealand and a M.B.A. from Bath University, United Kingdom.
He started his working career as an Assistant Agronomist in Guthrie Research Chemara in 1980, where he was doing research and development on plant nutrition and agronomic practices to improve oil palm yields cost effectively. During his 14 years in Kumpulan Guthrie, he expanded his scope to include new crops development, biotechnology, and mechanization. The tropical plantation exposure in this earlier career serves as the pillar for his strong belief in sustainable and efficient science-based farming and production.
In 1994, he decided to venture into the fast-moving consumer goods industry by joining Mars Inc, the biggest chocolate company in the world. He was the Regional Vendor Assurance Manager for Asia, then the Commercial Manager (Asia) for Food, Cocoa, and Co-Manufacturing products. His professional experience of supply chain management includes strategy formation, supplier development, vendor assurance, purchasing, sustainable and safe supply pipeline, risk management, certification, and managing supplier and stakeholder relationship in more than 12 Asian countries including China, India, Thailand, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea.
He is a Consultant and Origin Expert on sustainable cultivation and supply of palm oil, cocoa, coconut, and rice for Mars Inc where he works with international donor agencies and the public and private sectors on farmers empowerment programs and effective technology transfer of best farming practices in Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines. He also conducts training on strategic sourcing, and coaches and mentors on personal development and organizational agility.
He does not hold any directorship in other public companies and listed companies. He does not have any family relationship with any director and/or major shareholder of the Company. Neither he has any conflict of interest with the Company nor convicted on any offences within the past five (5) years. There were no public sanctions or penalties imposed on him by the relevant regulatory bodies during the financial year ended 31 December 2019.
He attended all five (5) Board Meetings held during the financial year ended 31 December 2019.