Board of Directors
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- Guanglin Lai (Alan) (Chairman)
Guanglin Lai (Alan)
Chairman (appointed 22 October 2013)
Alan Lai was appointed as a director on 30 December 2009.
Mr Lai is the founder and Executive Chairman of Agria Corporation (NYSE:GRO), indirectly the largest investor in PGG Wrightson. Agria Corporation is also engaged in research and development, production and sale of crop seeds to the agricultural sector in China. Mr Lai is also the largest shareholder in Agria Corporation through his investment vehicle, Brothers Capital Limited.
Mr Lai is Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the nomination committee and a member of the remuneration committee of China Pipe Group Limited, a Hong Kong-listed company, which is a leading provider of pipe related products to the construction sector in Asia.
Mr Lai has extensive experience in investments, acquisitions and operation management. He has established many other enterprises in China, Hong Kong and internationally. He takes a leading role in respect of strategic planning and business development in his investment portfolio.
Mr Lai is also the Vice Chairman of Shenzhen General Chamber of Commerce in China.
Mr. Lai holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia and a master of business administration in finance from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a certified public accountant in Australia.
- Bruce Irvine
BCom, LLB, FCA, FNZIM, AFInstD.
Bruce was appointed to the PGG Wrightson Board in June 2009. Bruce was Managing Partner at Deloitte Christchurch from 1995 to 2007 before his retirement in May 2008. He now acts as an independent director on various boards including: Christchurch City Holdings Ltd, House of Travel Holdings Ltd, Godfrey Hirst NZ Ltd, Market Gardeners Ltd, Rakon Ltd, Scenic Circle Hotels Ltd and Skope Industries Ltd.
- Wai Yip (Patrick) Tsang
Wai Yip (Patrick) Tsang
Mr Tsang was appointed to the Board December 2012.
Mr Tsang is the Chief Financial Officer for Agria Corporation (the parent company of PGG Wrightson’s largest shareholder Agria (Singapore) PTE Limited) and began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers as an auditor. He has held finance roles in a number of companies listed on the main board of Hong Kong Stock Exchange, including China Resources Enterprises Limited and Tianjin Development Holdings Limited. Mr Tsang is currently a director of China Pipe Group Limited, a Hong Kong listed company. He has over 20 years of experience in auditing, accounting, investor relations and corporate finance including initial public offerings, restructuring and merger and acquisition transactions.
Mr Tsang holds a Bachelor’s degree in accountancy (Honours) and is a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a fellow member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
- Lim Siang (Ronald) Seah
Lim Siang (Ronald) Seah
Mr Seah was appointed to the Board December 2012.
Mr Seah is a Singaporean with a background in banking and funds management and spent much of his career working for the AIG group of companies in Singapore, serving as Chairman of AIG Global Investment Corporation (Singapore) Ltd until 2005. He is currently director of a number of listed Singaporean companies including Yanlord Land Group Ltd, for which he is also chairman of the Audit Committee, Global Investments Ltd, Telechoice International Ltd and Invenio Holdings Pte Ltd (a subsidiary of Olam International).
Mr Seah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics (Honours) from the University of Singapore.
- Kean Seng U
Kean Seng U
Mr U was appointed to the Board December 2012.
Mr U is Head of Corporate and Legal Affairs for Agria Corporation, a role he has held since December 2008. He has extensive experience in advising multi-national corporations and sovereign entities on direct investments in The People's Republic of China as well as offshore mergers and acquisitions of foreign assets by entities of The People's Republic of China. Mr U previously practiced as a partner at Singaporean law firm, Shooklin & Bok LLP, focused on East Asia, and he led a corporate finance team in Allen & Overy Shooklin & Bok, JLV, an international law venture partnership with London based Allen & Overy LLP.
Mr U sits as independent and non-executive director of several public listed corporations. He received a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from Monash University (Australia). He is a Barrister and Solicitor, Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia; Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore and Solicitor of England and Wales. In addition to his extensive legal knowledge, Mr U is also a qualified economist, having completed his degree majoring in Economics and Accounting, B Ec at Monash University, Australia.
- Trevor Burt
Mr Burt was appointed to the Board December 2012.
Mr Burt has had extensive international experience in the industrial gas industry, joining BOC gases NZ in 1986 and retiring from the executive Board of Linde AG in 2007 (Linde AG acquired BOC in 2006). During his time with BOC, Mr Burt served as Managing Director China, Managing Director North Asia and later president for North America. As an executive Board member for Linde AG his accountabilities included overall responsibility for Asia-Pacific operations.
In addition to Chairing Ngai Tahu Holding Corporation, Mr Burt is also a director on a number of other well-known New Zealand businesses including Silver Fern Farms, Landpower Holdings, Lyttleton Port Company, Mainpower NZ, a member of the NZTE Beachheads Advisory Board and a commissioner on Earthquake Commission.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in science from Canterbury University, and has completed postgraduate studies in marketing and public relations.
- John Nichol
Mr Nichol has been Managing Director of Optica Life Accessories Ltd for the past 11 years. Prior to that he held a number of executive roles within the banking and finance sector and for 10 years was Managing Director of investment company, Broadway Industries Ltd.
He has been director of a number of businesses within the primary sector including Fortex Group Ltd, New Zealand Salmon Company Ltd, Alpine Dairy Products Ltd, Craigpine Timber Limited, New Zealand Dairy Board and New Zealand Merino Company Ltd. He has also been a director of a number of significant other New Zealand businesses including New Zealand Post Ltd and State Insurance Ltd.
To ensure efficiency, the Board has delegated to the Chief Executive Officer and subsidiary company boards the day to day management and leadership of the Group.
The Board has delegated some of its powers to Board operating committees – the Audit Committee and the Remuneration and Appointments Committee. The committees are made up of a minimum of three non-executive Director members and each committee has a written board-approved charter which outlines that committee’s authority, duties, responsibilities and relationship with the board. The current members of the committees are set out below:
|Audit Committee||Remuneration and Appointments Committee|
|Bruce Irvine (Chairman)||Alan Lai (Chairman)|
|Patrick Tsang||Bruce Irvine|
|John Nichol||Patrick Tsang|
|Kean Seng U|