Executive Committee

A. Shekhar

Executive Director & CEO

Date of Appointment as Director: 1 April 1998

 

A. Shekhar was appointed CEO of ofi following the reorganization of the Group announced on 20 January 2020, transitioning from his previous role as Group Chief Operating Officer of the Olam Group.

Shekhar has been with the Group since 1992 and as the Group Chief Operating Officer, he had joint oversight on all aspects of the Company’s global business with the Group CEO. Prior to this role, he was the Executive Director – Finance and Business Development for the Group leading the Company’s overall Strategy and Business Development activities along with responsibility for various functions including the Group’s Finance and Accounts, Treasury and IR, IT and Shared Services, Legal and Corporate Secretarial and Manufacturing and Technical Services.

Prior to this, Shekhar has incubated and managed various global businesses for the Group including its Nuts, Spices and Packaged Foods businesses. As the Global Head of these businesses, he has been directly involved in identifying and leading many of the Company’s organic and inorganic growth initiatives. He has also played a variety of country management and regional oversight roles across Africa, Asia, Australia, Russia, South and North America. 

Shekhar has been an Executive Director and a member of the Group Board from 1998.

Rishi Kalra

Managing Director & CFO

Rishi Kalra joined Olam in 2000 and has held several senior finance roles including CFO India, CFO West Africa, and President and Global Head of Corporate Finance. Following the Group’s reorganization in January 2020, he was appointed as Managing Director and CFO of ofi.

 

Rishi has led many group-wide initiatives, including the acquisition of ADM’s Cocoa processing business, Olam’s Sustainability for Finance (F4S) department and today leads the project team responsible for executing the re-organisation.

 

A qualified Chartered Accountant, Rishi has over 25 years’ experience in Finance and Accounts and is also a founder member for Accounting for Sustainability (A4S), Singapore Circle of Practice.

Ashok Krishen

Managing Director & CEO, nuts

Ashok is a management graduate with almost 30 years’ experience. He has been with Olam since 1992 and is the Global Head of the nuts business which includes almonds, cashew, hazelnuts, peanuts, pistachios and walnuts. He is also Chairman of the Executive Human Resource and Compensation Committee.

Gerard Manley

Managing Director & CEO, cocoa

Gerard has over 30 years’ experience in the cocoa and the chocolate industry and was a former Chairman of the Federation of Cocoa Commerce. He has been with Olam since 1998 and is Chairman of the Executive Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Committee.

Greg Estep

Managing Director & CEO, spices

Greg joined Olam in July 2010. He has extensive experience in food ingredients and commodity trading. He is on the Executive Committee of the California League of Food Processors and serves on the Foundation Board of Trustees at the University of California, Merced. He holds a BSc in Agricultural Economics from Virginia Tech and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.

Prakash Jhanwer

Global Head - Sales & New Channels

Prakash joined Olam in 1998, taking responsibility for coffee operations in Uganda. He moved into the risk function in 2001 and relocated to Vietnam in 2007 to take on the role of Country Head, extending to a regional role in 2010.

 

Since 2016, he has been responsible for Olam’s Southeast Asia and China operations, which he continues to manage today. His key markets include China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea and Thailand.

 

Prakash is a Graduate of Commerce and holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management. He was recently awarded the prestigious Young Alumni Achiever Award by his alma mater for Corporate Leadership.

Vivek Verma

Managing Director & CEO, coffee

Vivek joined Olam in 1992 to head operations in India. He is currently responsible for the Coffee and Commodity Financial Services businesses. Originally trained as an engineer, Vivek has over 30 years’ agri‑commodities experience.

Sandeep Jain

Managing Director & CEO, dairy

Sandeep adopted the responsibility for nuts and cocoa operations in Indonesia in 1998, when he joined Olam. He moved into the coffee business in 2003 and relocated to Singapore. In 2004 he started ofi’s dairy business. Today, Sandeep leads ofi dairy globally and is also responsible for driving growth and synergy for ofi across Asia Pacific.

 

Sandeep is a Graduate of Commerce and holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade.

Tejinder Singh Saraon

Managing Director, cocoa

Teji joined Olam in 1997 and went on to manage ofi’s cocoa business in Togo, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire and Singapore. He moved to London in 2009 to manage the company’s global cocoa beans and products business, returning to Singapore in 2019.

 

He was integral in the integration process following the acquisition of ADM Cocoa in 2015. He is an expert in cocoa trading and origination, and previously served on the Board of Cocoa Association of Asia.

A. Shekhar
Executive Director & CEO
Rishi Kalra
Managing Director & CFO
Ashok Krishen
Managing Director & CEO, nuts
Gerard Manley
Managing Director & CEO, cocoa
Greg Estep
Managing Director & CEO, spices
Prakash Jhanwer
Global Head - Sales & New Channels
Vivek Verma
Managing Director & CEO, coffee
Sandeep Jain
Managing Director & CEO, dairy
Tejinder Singh Saraon
Managing Director, cocoa

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