Michael Frayne has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree majoring in accounting and finance, a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Geology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia. He is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Mr Frayne was previously employed at major international accounting firm, Ernst & Young, and consulted to a number of resource and commodity companies. He then worked directly in the resource industry including Great Central Mines Ltd (now part of Newmont Ltd). He then joined the corporate team of Minara Resources Ltd (formerly Anaconda Nickel Ltd), the majority owner of the Murrin Murrin Nickel Cobalt Project in Western Australia whose major investors were Anglo American Group and Glencore International. Since 2002, Michael has provided corporate management and advice to the resource, commodity and energy sectors, successfully listing several companies with projects in Australia, Southern Africa, Asia, North and South America, onto AIM and the Australian Stock Exchange. Most recently Michael founded and was the joint managing director of Asia Energy plc. Michael is one of the founders of the Company.
Geoffrey Brown has over 55 years experience in the plantation sector. He joined Harrisons & Crosfield plc in Malaysia in 1962 where he was employed on various estates growing oil palm and rubber. He moved to Indonesia in 1976 and was made responsible for Harrisons & Crosfield’s interests in that country. He was appointed Executive Chairman of London Sumatra Indonesia in 1982 and remained Managing Director of this large Indonesian plantation company until 1998. In 1990, he was appointed an Executive Director of Harrisons & Crosfield Plc, responsible for the plantation division. Harrisons & Crosfield Plc owned and managed plantations of rubber, oil palms, cocoa, coffee and tea in Indonesia, and oil palm and coffee in Papua New Guinea. He remained an Executive Director of Harrisons & Crosfield Plc until the company divested itself of its plantation interests in 1994. In 1999 and 2000, he co-ordinated the expansion of oil palm plantations belonging to the Musim Mas Group in Indonesia and then became a consultant specialising in plantation management. In 2006 he joined the EPO group of companies and has been an Executive Director of Equatorial Palm Oil plc since the company was listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in in 2010.
Mr Lee Oi Hian has been the Chief Executive Officer of KLK since 2001. He joined the Company in 1974 as an executive and was appointed to the Board of KLK in 1985. In 1988, he was appointed as Managing Director and became Chairman of KLK Group in 1993. He subsequently held the post of joint Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until 2008, when he relinquished his role as Chairman, remaining as Chief Executive Officer of the Group. He has served in various positions in the plantations industry, including the Malaysian Palm Oil Council, the Malaysian Palm Oil Board and the Malaysian Cocoa Board. He is also currently the Chairman of Batu Kawan Berhad, and a trustee of several charitable organisations. Mr Lee Oi Hian is also an Honorary Fellow of the Malaysian Oil Scientists’ and Technologies’ Association (MOSTA) and Honorary Fellow of the Incorporated Society of Planters (FISP).
Mr Teh Sar Moh Nee started his planting career in 1976 in Sime Darby Plantation Berhad before joining the KLK Group in 1984. He serves as Regional Director (Peninsular Malaysia) of the KLK Group and has also held the position of Chief Executive Officer at Ladang Perbadanan-Fima Berhad since May 2008. He is a Council Member and 2nd Deputy President of the Malaysian Agricultural Producers Association (“MAPA”) and also sits on MAPA’s Finance/Executive Committee and Negotiating Committee. Mr Teh Sar Moh Nee attended the Senior Management Programme at Harvard Business School and Senior Executive Programme at Stanford University Business School.
Ms Yap Miow Kien joined KLK in 2002 and is currently its Company Secretary and Senior General Manager (Legal and Secretariat). Prior to joining KLK, Ms Yap was a partner in a law firm. She is an Associate of the Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. She was called to the bar at Middle Temple and completed a bachelor of law (Hons) at the University of Leeds.
Mr Lee Guo Zhang graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Medicinal & Biological Chemistry from the University of Nottingham in 2009. He joined KLK in 2010 as an executive and has experience across various departments in the Company. He is currently a Senior Manager in the Plantations Division.