People: Thakral Corporation Ltd (THAK.SI)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Natarajan Subramaniam

73 2012 Non-Executive Independent Chairman of the Board

Anil Daryanani

2013 Chief Financial Officer

Jaginder Pasricha

2009 Managing Director - Real Estate & Corporate, Executive Director

Inderbethal Thakral

52 2009 Managing Director - Distribution Business, Executive Director

Jasvinder Thakral

59 1995 Executive Director

Kartar Thakral

78 2012 Executive Director

Kanwaljeet Dhillon

Executive Director of Thakral Corporation (HK) Ltd

Wai Mei Chan

2013 Company Secretary

Chee Wah Tay

2013 Company Secretary

Sii Tien Ting

58 2008 Non-Executive Director

Ying Cheun Lee

70 1995 Non-Executive Independent Director

Pratap Nambiar

57 2009 Non-Executive Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Natarajan Subramaniam

Mr. Natarajan Subramaniam is Non-Executive Independent Chairman of the Board of Thakral Corp Ltd., since January 1, 2012. He was first appointed a Director on 15 November 1995 and was last re-appointed on 29 April 2011. He is also Chairman of the Audit, Investment and Nomination Committees and a member of the Compensation Committee of the Company. The Company’s Nomination Committee considers 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.

Anil Daryanani

Mr. Anil Moolchand Daryanani serves as Chief Financial Officer for 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.

Jaginder Pasricha

Mr. Jaginder Singh Pasricha is Managing Director - Real Estate & Corporate, Executive Director of Thakral Corp Ltd. Mr Pasricha was a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and had conducted a boutique law firm specialising in commercial and corporate matters prior to joining an Australian investment bank to lead its real estate operations in India. Mr Pasricha has experience in real estate and real estate investment transactions, corporate structuring, tax planning, mergers and acquisitions, company listing, international cross border transactions, debt restructuring, joint ventures and capital raising. Mr Pasricha is a non-executive Director of Singapore listed Jacks International Limited and Australia listed Thakral Holdings Limited. He is a graduate of King’s College London University where he also read his masters at law. He is a member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.

Inderbethal Thakral

Mr. Inderbethal Singh Thakral is Managing Director - Distribution Business, Executive Director of Thakral Corp Ltd. 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.

Jasvinder Thakral

Mr. Jasvinder Singh Thakral is Executive Director of Thakral Corporation Ltd. Mr. Jasvinder joined the Group as Managing Director of Thakral Japan in 1970 and is responsible for the operations of the Osaka buying office. Being born and brought up in Japan, he has experience in Japanese business and work culture and has been in charge of sourcing consumer electronics products directly from Japanese manufacturers. Over the years, Mr Jasvinder has strengthened relationships with the Group’s suppliers and has managed to retain their support despite difficult times. He has also been the key person in managing the change-over to the current high-end product line that the Group distributes. Mr Jasvinder has been actively involved in the local PRC operations and in further developing relations with suppliers including Canon and Panasonic for the PRC since his relocation to Shanghai in 2010. He was also involved in building relationships with manufacturers including Canon, Panasonic and Sony in India.

Kartar Thakral

Mr. Kartar Singh Thakral is 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 is 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.

Wai Mei Chan

Chee Wah Tay

Sii Tien Ting

Mr. Ting Sii Tien @ Yao Sik Tien was appointed as Non-Executive Director of Thakral Corporation Ltd on 5 May 2008. He is a member of Compensation Committee of the Company. He was first appointed a Director on 5 May 2008 and was last re elected on 30 April 2009. He is currently the Group General Manager of Hong Leong Corporation Holdings Pte Ltd and a Director of HLGE and Tasek. He was previously the Group Chief Financial Officer of HLA and the Chief Financial Officer of CYI. During the past 3 years, he was a Director of CYI and an Alternate Director to Mr. Teo on the board of HLGE. He has over 25 years of experience as a financial controller in various companies including Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft (Singapore), Bank of Montreal, Singapore and is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Ying Cheun Lee

Mr. Lee Ying Cheun is Non-Executive Independent Director of Thakral Corp Ltd. 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.

Pratap Nambiar

Mr. Pratap Chinnan Nambiar is Non-Executive Independent Director of Thakral Corporation Ltd., since July 28, 2009. Mr Nambiar is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Thought Perfect Pte Ltd, a Singapore based business performance coaching firm for CEOs. Prior to founding Thought Perfect Pte Ltd, he was the Regional Executive Partner Global Markets, based in Singapore, for KPMG Asia Pacific, responsible for the Asia Pacific Global Client Program. Mr Nambiar has over 35 years of international experience including stints in India, Indonesia, The Middle East, Nigeria, USA, Russia, and of course, Singapore. Starting his career in the Market Research division of J. Walter Thompson, he has been exposed to a wide range of products and services holding senior management positions in multi-national companies like Eastman Kodak, The Bata Shoe Company, Ernst & Young and KPMG. He was also a Leadership Consulting Partner for the Asia Pacific region with Heidrick & Struggles from September 2010 to August 2011. Mr Nambiar was appointed as the Executive in Residence at the NUS Business School in 2008. He is a freelance writer who contributes performance based articles to various newspapers and magazines in the Asia Pacific region. He also teaches some executive MBA programs. He was the Founder President (1996) of the Singapore Branch of The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM UK) and was conferred the CIM President’s Award for his contribution to the field of Marketing. Mr Nambiar has been the Asia Pacific Advisor to an organisation called Peaceful Settlement founded by Sir Geoffrey Howe in London, which provides Mediation services to corporates. He is an honours graduate in Economics and Statistics and a Gold Medal winner in his postgraduate studies in Advertising and Public Relations from Bombay University.
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