Mr. Henry Maknawi is the Chairman and CEO of our Group and was appointed a director of our Company on 1 June 2008. He is responsible for the formulation of the overall business strategies and policies for our Group. Mr. Henry Maknawi has developed his expertise in business operations and development based on his knowledge and experience gained in the plantation industry for the past 13 years. Mr. Henry Maknawi started his career in 1976 in PT Inpama, a tissue manufacturer, as a supervisor in charge of production and technical engineering. In 1984, he served as President Director of PT Maknawi Jaya Kencana, a major stationery manufacturing company that he established, as well as PT Tomang Maju Perkasa, a property investment, leasing and management services company before setting up SWK in 1994 when he founded our Group's plantation operations.
In November 1994, Mr. Henry Maknawi was awarded the Primaniyarta award for outstanding export from 1989 to 1993 by the late President Soeharto, former President of the Republic of Indonesia. The Primaniyarta award is the highest award from the Indonesian Government issued by the Menteri Perdagangan Republik Indonesia (Trade Minister of the Republic of Indonesia) and the National Agency for Export Development given to the exporters at the national and provincial levels for their achievements in increasing non-oil and gas exports.
Tengku Alwin Aziz is our Vice-Chairman and Non-Executive Director and was appointed to our Board on 30 May 2008. He has been an Independent Commissioner of PT London Sumatra Indonesia Tbk, an Indonesian-listed company in the palm oil and rubber industry, since 2000. He was appointed by the Indonesian authorities as an interim President Director of PT Bank Umum Nasional from 1998 to 1999 to oversee the restructuring of the bank. Prior to this, he served as an executive director of Bank Dagang Negara from 1992 to 1997 and as President Commissioner of various finance companies (including subsidiaries of Bank Dagang Negara) from 1990 to 1998 as well as holding the post of Managing Director of Staco International Financial Ltd in Hong Kong from 1990 to 1992.
He graduated in 1968 with an Economics degree majoring in Accountancy from Universitas Sumatera Utara, Medan.
Ms. Ratna Maknawi is the Deputy CEO of our Group and was appointed a director of our Company on 1 June 2008. She is responsible for managing the daily operations of our Group. From 1993 to 1994, Ms. Ratna Maknawi was a finance manager in PT Maknawi Jaya Kencana. In 1995, she became the President Director of SWK, a post she currently holds. Since 1996 and 2002 she has been acting as the President Commissioner of AKM and KAJ, respectively. She was appointed director of PT Dermaga Kencana Indonesia in 2004, President Commissioner of AIK in 2005 and President Commissioner of PT Bangun Inti Kencana in 2006, and has been holding these positions since.Ms. Ratna Maknawi graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, USA with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting Major) in 1993.
Mr. Kent Surya is the Finance Director of our Group and was appointed a director of our Company on 1 June 2008. As Finance Director, Mr. Kent Surya is responsible for treasury and cash flow management, corporate finance, audit and tax compliance and financial reporting of our Group. Mr. Kent Surya started as Vice Design Manager and later as a Design Manager and Quality Controller in PT Super Progress which is a Developer-Real Estate in North Jakarta from 1983 to 1987. From May 1987 he served as an Account Officer in PT Bank Danamon Indonesia Tbk. in 1987 and left in early 1999 as Deputy General Manager and Vice Credit Committee Head of the Corporate Banking Division. He joined Hutrindo Group, a diversified business group engaged mainly in the Forestry and Timber industry, in February 1999 as Chief Operating Officer and was later the Deputy CEO in charge of finance, marketing, human resource and operations before leaving in June 2000. From July 2000 to December 2003, he was Director of Finance & Treasury in PT Olympindo Multi Finance where he was in charge of finance and accounting matters. In 2001 he was appointed as a Coordinator Finance Group for Olympindo Group which had business lines in Consumer Financing (PT OMF), Car Authorized Dealer for Volvo & Audi, Insurance, and BPR (Micro Finance Bank). Since March 2004, he has been engaged by certain of our Group Companies, namely SWK, AKM and AIK, first as senior financial advisor and later on as Vice President Director in charge of finance and operation of the group. In August 2004, he was engaged as a President Director of PT Graha Meruya, which is a related company to our group.
Mr. Kent Surya graduated in 1983 with a degree in civil engineering from the University of Tarumanagara in Jakarta-Indonesia, and obtained his Masters in Business Administration in 1994 from the Institut Management Prasetya Mulya, Jakarta-Indonesia.
Mr. Soh Yew Hock is our Lead Independent Director and was appointed to our Board on 30 May 2008. Mr. Soh is currently an independent director of both Asia Dekor Holdings Limited and Japan Residential Assets Manager Limited. Mr. Soh has extensive experience in commerce and industry and had previously served as head of finance and corporate affairs of Guthrie Berhad (now known as Guthrie GTS Limited) and head of corporate affairs of WBL Corporation Limited respectively. He was CEO/Managing Director of Wearnes International (1994) Limited from 1993 to 2006. Mr. Soh was an executive director of WBL Corporation Ltd from 1993 to 2007 and a director of several of its joint ventures and subsidiaries in Asia, People's Republic of China, Australia and the United States of America, a director of MFS Technology Ltd and Deputy Chairman of O'Connor's Corporation Berhad (now known as OCB Berhad). Mr. Soh was also the past President of the Singapore division of CPA (Australia).
He holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of Singapore and is a graduate of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK) and the Advanced Management Program of Harvard Business School. Mr. Soh is a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants (Singapore), Certified Practising Accountants (Australia), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK).
Mr. Sim Idrus Munandar is an Independent Director of Samko Timber Limited since December 2007. In addition to this, he is also an independent commissioner of PT BCA Finance, a commissioner of various companies, namely, PT. Sumber Sawit Sejahtera and PT. Catur Manunggal Hidup Sejahtera. Prior to 2005, he was the President Director of PT. Bina Danatama Finance Tbk, a public listed company in Indonesia engaged in the financing business. Mr. Sim obtained a Bachelor Degree in Economics in 1981 from the University of Indonesia. He has also been a lecturer in the Sekolah Tinggi Ekonomi ("STIE") Jayakarta since 1981.
Mr. Darwin has been appointed as Non-executive Director since 2013. He is currently the Trading Director of Indonesia for Wilmar Group. Mr.Darwin is also the current Head of Foreign Affairs for the Indonesian palm oil association - Gabungan Pengusaha Kelapa Sawit Indonesia (GAPKI) and is a member of the Board of International Trade (Export) - Indonesia Chamber of Commerce, Sumatra Chapter.
Mr.Darwin graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Commerce(Finance) degree in 2002 and was on the Vice Chancellor's list. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Technology, Sydney.