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Beston Global Food Company Ltd (BFC.AX)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Roger Sexton

65 2016 Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Sean Ebert

Chief Executive

Mark Harrington

Chief Financial Officer

Denise Hu

General Manager - International Distribution

Alistair Mcfarlane

General Manager - Asset Development

Maciej Witkowski

Manager, Business Development

Richard Willson

2015 Company Secretary

Stephen Gerlach

70 Non-Executive Director

Ian McPhee

2016 Non-Executive Director

Petrina Coventry

Non-Executive Independent Director

Jim Kouts

Non-Executive Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Roger Sexton

Dr. Roger Neil Sexton, Ph.D., is Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of the Company. He is an investment banker and company director. He holds Doctorate and Master’s Degrees in Economics from North Carolina State University and an Honours Degree (First Class) in Economics from the Flinders University of South Australia. He was awarded the Bank of Adelaide Prize in Economics in 1970 and the American Agricultural Economics Society Outstanding Doctoral Program Award in 1976. Roger has extensive experience in the agricultural sector, having completed his secondary education at the Urrbrae Agricultural High School and undertaken tertiary studies in agricultural economics, in addition to finance and business management. On graduation, he worked for the Bureau of Agricultural Economics and was an Executive Director of the Industries Assistance Commission, specialising in rural industries. Roger has also had extensive experience overseas and particularly in China and the Asia Pacific as a result of leading trade and investment missions to the region for more than 30 years and from working on investment banking transactions in the region. Roger is Chairman of the Investment Manager, Beston Pacific Asset Management Pty Ltd, Chairman of ASX listed IOOF Holdings Ltd,1 KeyInvest Ltd, and a Director of IBISWorld. He has served on the Australian Accounting Standards Board and is actively engaged in a number of community organisations, including as Chairman and Principal Patron of the Freemasons Foundation Men’s Health Centre at the University of Adelaide.

Sean Ebert

Mr. Sean Ebert is Chief Executive of the company. He holds a Bachelor Degree with Honours in Electrical Engineering and has over 20 years of experience in senior executive roles in the food, mining, infrastructure and energy industries. He has a broad range of international acquisition and divestment experience and most recently was Director for Mergers and Acquisitions with Worley Parsons Ltd. Prior to this role, Sean was Regional Director for Logicamms Ltd, a project based engineering and asset management firm. He brings a breadth of knowledge of the agribusiness sector, having worked with companies in Australia and overseas in small family owned situations through to large multinational organisations. He holds a Bachelor Degree with Honours in Electrical Engineering and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mark Harrington

Mr. Mark Harrington is Chief Financial Officer of the company. He was a director with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Sydney, Perth, London and Stockholm, International head of project and corporate finance for Arup corporate finance based in London and San Francisco and is the founder of a global project finance house, PFAL. Mark holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Adelaide, Graduate Diploma in Sustainability and Leadership from the University of Cambridge and the Corporate Finance Qualification from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). He has been approved by the Financial Services Authority (FSA). Mark is both an Australian and British citizen and has been a resident in Sweden and the USA. He was raised on the land and continues to be active in primary industries.

Denise Hu

Ms. Denise Hu is General Manager - International Distribution of the company. She completed her post-secondary studies in Adelaide, South Australia. She holds an accounting degree from the University of Adelaide and has been employed with the Investment Manager in various executive roles for over 7 years, including as Chief Financial Officer. Denise has gained extensive experience in providing corporate advisory services on behalf of the Investment Manager within China and will play a key role in assisting BGFC to further develop its supply and distribution channels in China on behalf of the BGFC investee companies.

Alistair Mcfarlane

Mr. Alistair Mcfarlane is General Manager - Asset Development of the company. He holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science Degree from Massey University in New Zealand, a Master of Applied Finance and Investment, an MBA from the University of Adelaide, and numerous post tertiary professional qualifications in financial analysis, property development and corporate finance. He is a qualified valuer and is certified to practice in both Australia and New Zealand. Alistair has had extensive experience with various entities of the Investment Manager and related entities, having held the position of Senior Corporate Executive of Beston Parks Management Pty Ltd and Senior Corporate Executive of Beston Wine Industry Trust. In these roles, Alistair led various initiatives to further develop and enhance the returns achieved on assets under management and assisted in analysing negotiating and structuring of new acquisitions.

Maciej Witkowski

Mr. Maciej Witkowski is Manager, Business Development of the company. He brings 15 years of diversified corporate, operational and engineering experience in the food, water, mining and infrastructure sectors throughout Australia and the United Kingdom. In previous roles he has led the development and implementation of corporate and delivery strategies and turn-key projects to enhance customer competitive position, improve operational efficiency, reduce environmental footprints and increase customer returns. Maciej holds an Honours Degree in Engineering (Electrical/Electronic) from Flinders University of South Australia and an MBA (Executive) with the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM).

Richard Willson

Stephen Gerlach

Mr. Stephen Gerlach is Non-Executive Director of the company. He is a corporate adviser and company director. He was formerly a Partner and the Managing Partner of Finlaysons Lawyers for 23 years. Stephen is the Chancellor of Flinders University of South Australia. He was a Director of Santos Limited for over 20 years and was its Chairman from 2001 to 2009. Stephen has been Chairman of agricultural company Elders Australia Limited and its listed holding company, Futuris Corporation Limited (now known as Elders Limited). Stephen was a Director of the Australian and International wine company Southcorp Holdings Ltd from 1994 - 2005. Stephen was also formerly Chairman of Riverland Water, Challenger Listed Investment Ltd, Amdel Ltd, Equatorial Mining Ltd, and a Director of AMP Australia and a number of other listed and unlisted public companies. Stephen is a director of Beston Pacific Asset Management Pty Ltd. Stephen is Chairman of Adelaide Capital Partners Pty Ltd and Gerlach Asset Development Pty Ltd. He has also been involved in many State and National Not-for-Profit organisations and Professional Associations and chaired many of them.

Ian McPhee

Mr. Ian McPhee is Non-Executive Director of the Company. Ian served as the Auditor General of Australia until December 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) degree and a Bachelor of Arts (Computing Science) degree. Ian is a Chartered Practicing Accountant, a Fellow of CPA Australia and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand. He is currently a Member of the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants and an Adjunct Professor at the College of Business and Economics, Australian National University. He is the former Deputy Chair of the Australian Accounting Standards Board.

Petrina Coventry

Ms. Petrina Coventry is Non-Executive Independent Director of the company. She has spent over twenty years working in Asia, the United States and Europe in global leadership and director roles with The General Electric Company, The Coca Cola Company and Proctor and Gamble. Her experience covers multiple industries including energy, technology, education, fast moving consumer goods and financial services. Her work in organisational transformation, company performance and governance has led to increased involvement with governments, industry associations and consulting groups across the Asian region. Petrina is an ethicist by background and completing her PHD with Melbourne University. She is a Vincent Fairfax Fellow, Fellow of the Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a senior executive of Santos Ltd and a non-executive director of AHRI and the Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP).

Jim Kouts

Mr. Jim Kouts is Non-Executive Independent Director of the company. He has served as a senior executive and non-executive director in major companies in the energy, financial service and business tourism industries and has also held various senior positions in the public sector. He is currently Chair of Home Start Finance, Senior Executive, GDF SUEZ Australian Energy, Non-Executive Director of Adelaide Convention Bureau and is Strategic Advisor to Adelaide Airport Ltd. Through his various roles, Jim has gained strong commercial and contract negotiation skills and has a sound grasp of governance, strategy and strategy implementation. These skills, together with his extensive insight of air freight logistics into Asia will be invaluable on the Board.