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Thakral Corporation Ltd (THAK.SI)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Natarajan Subramaniam

76 2012 Non-Executive Independent Chairman of the Board

Inderbethal Thakral

55 2016 Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director

Anil Daryanani

2013 Chief Financial Officer

Kartar Thakral

81 2012 Executive Director

Kanwaljeet Dhillon

Executive Director of Thakral Corporation (HK) Ltd

Lai Yin Chan

2015 Company Secretary

Wai Mei Chan

2013 Company Secretary

Ying Cheun Lee

73 1995 Non-Executive Independent Director

Dileep Nair

65 2015 Non-Executive Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Natarajan Subramaniam

Mr. Natarajan Subramaniam is Non-Executive Independent Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr Subramaniam to be an independent director. Mr Subramaniam began his accounting career in 1965 as a trainee with Blackborn Mellstrom & Co, London and subsequently with Ernst & Young, London. He joined Ernst & Young, Singapore in January 1971 and was appointed partner in July 1976, a position which he held till retirement in December 1993. Mr Subramaniam continued as an associate of the firm from January 1994 until December 2003. His areas of experience include audit, investigations, IPOs, mergers and acquisitions. He was for a number of years a member of the Accounting Standards Committee of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore and a member of the Accounting and Auditing Standards, Quality Control and Professional Development Committees of Ernst & Young International. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, the Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Singapore and the Singapore Institute of Directors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Malaya in Singapore.

Inderbethal Thakral

Mr. Inderbethal Singh Thakral has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director of Thakral Corp Ltd. He has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Company effective February 1, 2016. Mr Bethal has experience in the electronics distribution business and headed the Group’s operations in Hong Kong and China since 1984. He joined the family business, Thakral Brothers (Pte) Ltd in Singapore in 1975. In 1980, he moved to Japan to familiarise himself with the operations and business partners there. With China trade becoming an important part of Hong Kong’s business direction, Mr Bethal focused on expanding the Group’s business in the PRC and developing trade relations in the PRC and Hong Kong. At the same time, he enlarged the range of brands as well as product lines carried by the Group thereby increasing its share of the consumer electronics market. Mr Bethal is also a non-executive director of Thakral Holdings Limited, a company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and Chairman of Sahib Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Education Trust, Hong Kong.

Anil Daryanani

Mr. Anil Moolchand Daryanani serves as Chief Financial Officer of Thakral Corp Ltd. He previously served as the company's Group Financial Controller. With additional responsibilities as the Company Secretary of all the Group companies in Hong Kong. Anil is a non-practising Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Anil joined the Group in 1982 and has more than 25 years of experience in financial management, taxation, accounting, legal and corporate financial matters. He has played key roles in the corporate exercises undertaken by the Group right from and including the listing of the Group in 1995 on the main board of the Stock Exchange of Singapore. He works closely with the Group’s financial, tax and legal advisers in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Kartar Thakral

Mr. Kartar Singh Thakral serves as an Executive Director of Thakral Corp Ltd., since January 1, 2012. He was the Executive Chairman since the Company’s listing until 31 December 2011. He was first appointed a Director since the incorporation of the Company on 7 October 1993 and was last re-appointed on 29 April 2011. He is a member of the Nomination and Investment Committees of the Company. In addition, Mr Thakral is the Chairman of the Thakral Family Companies and the Joint Chairman of Thakral Holdings Limited, a company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. He joined the family trading business in 1949. He was a director of the Singapore Trade Development Board appointed by the Minister for Trade and Industry for a period of four years until 31 December 1998 and a nonexecutive director of India listed GIVO Limited till 31 March 2009. He was also a member of the Committee to Promote Enterprise Overseas and a member of the Regional Business Forum, both appointed by the Singapore Government. He is a trustee of the Singapore Sikh Education Foundation and Sri Guru Nanak Sat Sang Sabha and was a trustee of Singapore Indian Development Association from 1991 till 31 December 2006.

Kanwaljeet Dhillon

Mr. Kanwaljeet Singh Dhillon serves as Executive Director of Thakral Corporation (HK) Limited, a subsidiary of Thakral Corp Ltd. He is responsible for a key part of the Group’s sales and marketing operations. He joined the Group in 1977 and has more than 30 years of experience in consumer electronics trading and distribution. His mastery of the Chinese market has been a enabler for the Group’s growth in Hong Kong and China and he has contributed strongly to the growth in overall sales of the Group since its listing. Kanwaljeet graduated from Punjab University, India in 1974 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Lai Yin Chan

Wai Mei Chan

Ying Cheun Lee

Mr. Lee Ying Cheun is Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Lee held various appointments in the Economic Development Board and the Trade Development Board from 1966 to 1994. He was the Group General Manager of WBL Corporation and the Managing Director of Wearnes Technologies from 1994 to 1998 and an Executive Director of Hong Kong listed Vincent Intertrans Limited from 1999 to 2000. He held various executive positions (Asia) in Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc., USA from 2001 to 2006. Mr Lee was an Independent Director on boards of various listed companies, including Jurong Technologies Industrial Corporation Limited where he was Non-Executive Chairman and subsequently Non-Executive Vice Chairman. He is currently the Corporate Investment Adviser to Bu Chang Pharmaceuticals Group, China and a Director of Global EMS Management Pte Ltd. Mr Lee holds degrees in Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Science with Honours (Applied Chemistry) from the University of Singapore and had completed programs in Operations Research (University of Birmingham), Training Methodologies (Turin), Management of Small/Medium Size Enterprises (Osaka) and Advanced Management Programs at INSEAD and Harvard. He is an Honorary Fellow of the All India Management Association and a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors.

Dileep Nair

Mr. Dileep Nair serves as Non-Executive Independent Director of Thakral Corp Ltd., effective January 2, 2015. His Working experience and occupation(s) during the past 10 years includes Singapore High Commissioner to Ghana Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs February 2013 - Present. Mr. Nair is currently the High Commissioner to Ghana and resides in Singapore. Ambassador of Singapore in Laos Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore June 2011 - January 2013. Mr. Nair was Singapore's Ambassador to Laos in Vientiane for more than 2 years. During his tenure, he promoted relations between Singapore and Laos, at both the political as well as the economic level. For his efforts, he was awarded the Friendship Medal by the Lao Government in 2013. Consul-General in Dubai Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore August 2005 - April 2011. Mr. Nair was Singapore's Consul-General in Dubai for 6 years. As Consul-General, Mr. Nair was responsible for opening up Singapore's first Mission in the United Arab Emirates and promoting strong political and economic ties between the two countries. Under-Secretary General for Internal Oversight United Nations April 2000 - April 2005. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Nair was the Under-Secretary-General for Internal Oversight Services at the United Nations for 5 years, since April 2000. As de facto Inspector General of the United Nations, Mr. Nair reported directly to Secretary-General Kofi Annan as well as the General Assembly. Mr. Nair was responsible for activities ranging from internal audit to investigation to evaluation of programmes. Mr. Nair advised Secretary-General Kofi Annan on oversight issues and represented his Office before the General Assembly and its subsidiary bodies. Mr. Nair had a staff numbering about 200 with more than half located in duty stations outside New York.