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Wednesday 20 November, 2019

PureCircle Limited

Correction: Appointment of Directors

RNS Number : 0243U
PureCircle Limited
20 November 2019
 

 

 

Correction: Appointment of Directors

 

 

 

The following amendment has been made to the 'Appointment of Directors' announcement released on 18 November 2019 at 15:42 under RNS No. 7923T.

 

Datuk Ali has no involvement in or with the Malaysian Institute of Directors.

 

All other details remain unchanged.

 

The full amended text is shown below.

 

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Appointment of Directors

 

PureCircle (LSE: PURE), the world's leading producer and innovator of great-tasting stevia sweeteners for the global food and beverage industry, announces the appointment of four non-executive directors.

 

Tan Boon Seng ("Boon Seng") is a representative of Wang Tak Company Limited ("Wang Tak"), which has a total combined interest of 27.7% in the Company. Wan Azmi Wan Hamzah, Tan Sri ("Tan Sri Wan Azmi") is a representative of Halfmoon Bay Capital Limited ("Halfmoon") and Alwaha Fund Limited ("Alwaha"), which has a total combined interest of 11.2% in the Company. Boon Seng's and Tan Sri Wan Azmi's appointment as non-independent non-executive directors of the Company is effective on 11 November 2019.

 

The other two appointments to the Board are Ali bin Abdul Kadir, Datuk ("Datuk Ali") and Robert Cheim Dau Meng, Dato', ("Dato' Robert Cheim"), as independent non-executive directors, effective on 18 November 2019.

 

Biographical details of the new Board members are provided below.

 

John Slosar, Chairman and interim Group CEO said, "These four new Board appointees will bring a range of fresh insight and expertise to the Board, especially in the areas of finance, accounting, governance and strategy development. It is also important that significant shareholders of PureCircle are supporting the Company by joining the Board and I welcome this development. I'd like to welcome Boon Seng, Tan Sri Wan Azmi, Datuk Ali and Dato' Robert Cheim to the Company."

 

Non-Independent Non-Executive Directors

 

Tan Boon Seng

 

Boon Seng, aged 64, is the Chairman and Managing Director of Lee Hing Development Limited ("Lee Hing"), a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the holding company of Wang Tak, of which he is also a Director.

 

Boon Seng has an indirect interest in PureCircle as a substantial shareholder of Lee Hing (with a 36.67% interest), of which Wang Tak is a wholly owned subsidiary.  As such, Boon Seng has a total combined interest in PureCircle of 51,114,121 shares as held by Wang Tak, himself and his spouse, representing 27.7%, of the share capital of the Company.

 

A list of Boon Seng's directorship in other publicly listed companies over the past five years is included in the appendix to this announcement.

 

Wan Azmi Wan Hamzah, Tan Sri

 

Wan Azmi Wan Hamzah, Tan Sri, ("Tan Sri Wan Azmi") aged 69, is currently Chairman and controlling shareholder in Rohas Tecnic Berhad, a Malaysian public listed company whose principal business is in manufacturing and infrastructure development.  He is also Chairman and shareholder of Syarikat Pengeluar Air Selangor Berhad, a water treatment concessionaire company whose business was recently taken over by the government of Malaysia's interests.

 

Tan Sri Wan Azmi has passed his final accountancy exam under the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1974.  His career spans nearly 5 decades in the UK and Malaysia, serving in leadership position for a number of corporations. Over the years, Tan Sri Wan Azmi had also held directorship in, and acted as the Chairman of several publicly listed companies.

 

Tan Sri Wan Azmi has a total combined interest of 11.2% of the share capital of PureCircle through two family investment vehicles, namely Halfmoon and Alwaha.  Halfmoon owns 14,432,228 shares, or 7.8% of the issued share capital of the Company whereas Alwaha owns 6,151,706 shares, or 3.3% of the issued share capital of the Company.

 

A list of Tan Sri Wan Azmi's directorship in other publicly listed companies over the past five years is included in the appendix to this announcement.

 

Independent Non-Executive Directors

 

Ali bin Abdul Kadir, Datuk

 

Ali bin Abdul Kadir, Datuk ("Datuk Ali"), aged 70, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales ("ICAEW"), member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. He is also the Honorary Advisor to ICAEW Malaysia, Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators, United Kingdom.

 

Datuk Ali is currently the Chairman of JcbNext Berhad (formerly Jobstreet Corporation Berhad) and Enra Group Berhad. He is a board member of Glomac Berhad, Citibank Malaysia and Ekuiti Nasional Berhad (Ekuinas).

 

Datuk Ali was the Chairman of the Securities Commission of Malaysia from 1 March 1999 to 29 February 2004. He initiated and drove the development of the Capital Market Masterplan and the Capital Market Advisory Council which he chaired. He was also a member of the National Economic Consultative Council II, the Foreign Investment Committee, Oversight Committee of National Asset Management Company (Danaharta) and Finance Committee on Corporate Governance. 

 

On the international front, he was a member of the Executive Committee of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and Chairman of its Asia-Pacific Regional Committee and the Islamic Capital Market Working Group and trustee of AAOIFI. He was also the advisor to the Sri Lanka Securities & Exchange Commission to develop their Capital Market Development Blueprint. 

 

Earlier in his career, Datuk Ali was the Executive Chairman and Partner of Ernst & Young and its related firms. He was the Past President of the MICPA, chairing its Executive Committee and Insolvency Practices Committee, and co-chairing the Company Law Forum. He was appointed as an Adjunct Professor in the Accounting and Business Faculty, University of Malaya in 2008, retiring in August 2011. He was then appointed to the Advisory Board of the same faculty.  Datuk Ali has also chaired the Financial Reporting Foundation from July 2009 to June 2015. He was an Authority board member of the Labuan Financial Services Authority from 2000 to October 2019.

 

Datuk Ali was bestowed with the "Lifetime Achievement Award" by MICPA and the "President's Award" by ICAEW Kuala Lumpur City Chapter. 

 

A list of Datuk Ali's directorship in other publicly listed companies over the past five years is included in the appendix to this announcement.

 

Robert Cheim Dau Meng, Dato'

 

Robert Cheim Dau Meng, Dato', ("Dato' Robert Cheim"), aged 68,  is a Fellow of ICAEW & a Member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants.

He is currently Non-Executive Chairman of CIMB Investment Bank & CIMB Thai Bank Public Company Limited both of which are subsidiaries of CIMB Group Holdings Berhad ("CIMB Group"), a leading banking group in South East Asia.

He is also a Trustee of Yu Cai Foundation (a charitable foundation) and the current Chairman of the Malaysian Investment Bankers Association.

He retired from all his executive positions in the CIMB Group in February 2015 after having served in various capacities with CIMB Group since 1984 as Head of Corporate Finance, Chief Executive of CIMB Investment Bank, Adviser for Investment Banking.

He has also served previously as Independent Non-Executive Chairman of Tanjong PLC from 2005 to 2016 & also Chairman of CIMB Principal-Asset Management Berhad (a Joint Venture between the Principal Group from USA & CIMB Group) from 2015 to 2018.

A list of Dato' Robert Cheim's directorship in other publicly listed companies over the past five years is included in the appendix to this announcement.

 


 

Appendix - List of directorship in other publicly listed companies over the past five years

 

Tan Boon Seng

 

Position

Full Company Name

Country of Incorporation

If listed, exchange that it is listed on

Principal Activity

Current Directorships

Chairman and Managing Director

Lee Hing Development Limited

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Stock Exchange

Share trading and investment holding

Previous Directorships (last 5 yrs)

Director

Auto Italia Holding Ltd

(Formerly known as Woo Kee Hong (Holdings) Ltd.)

Bermuda

Hong Kong

Import, marketing and distribution of cars, electrical appliances and fashion apparels and accessories

Director

IGB Corporation Berhad

Malaysia

Malaysia

Investment holding

 

 

Wan Azmi Wan Hamzah, Tan Sri

 

Position

Full Company Name

Country of Incorporation

If listed, exchange that it is listed on

Principal Activity

Current Directorships

Chairman/Non-Independent Director

Rohas Tecnic Berhad

Malaysia

Malaysia

Investment holding

Previous Directorships (last 5 yrs)

Nil

 

 

 

 

 

Ali bin Abdul Kadir, Datuk

 

Position

Full Company Name

Country of Incorporation

If listed, exchange that it is listed on

Principal Activity

Current Directorships

Independent Non-Executive Director

Glomac Berhad

Malaysia

Malaysia

Property development and investment holding

Non-Executive Chairman

JcbNext Berhad

(Formerly known as Jobstreet Corporation Berhad)

Malaysia

Malaysia

Investment holding

Non-Executive Chairman

Enra Group Berhad

Malaysia

Malaysia

Property investment, investment holding, investment services activities and

sale of completed properties

Previous Directorships (last 5 yrs)

Chairman

Privasia Technology Berhad 

Malaysia

Malaysia

Investment holding

Chairman

Microlink Solutions Berhad

Malaysia

Malaysia

Investment holding and provision of research and development on information technology solutions

Chairman

Milux Corporation Berhad

Malaysia

Malaysia

Investment holding and provision of management services

 

Robert Cheim Dau Meng, Dato'

 

Position

Full Company Name

Country of Incorporation

If listed, exchange that it is listed on

Principal Activity

Current Directorships

Chairman//Non-Independent Director

CIMB Thai Bank Public Company Limited

Thailand

Thailand

Financial institution

Previous Directorships (last 5 yrs)

Independent Non-Executive Chairman

Tanjong PLC

England

Malaysia

Investment holding

Executive Director

CIMB Group Holdings Berhad

Malaysia

Malaysia

Financial Institution

 

Enquiries:

 

Investors/Analysts

 

John Slosar, Chairman and Interim CEO

Phone: +603 2166 2206

 

Newgate Communications, Media Relations

Elisabeth Cowell

Giles Croot

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +44 (0) 20 3757 6880

 

 

Notes to Editors

 

About PureCircle

§  PureCircle is the only company that combines advanced R&D with full vertical integration from farm to high-quality, great-tasting innovative stevia sweeteners.

§  The Company collaborates with farmers who grow the stevia plants and with food and beverage companies which seek to improve their low- and no-calorie formulations using a sweetener from plants.

§  PureCircle will continue to: lead in research, development and innovation; produce a growing supply of multiple varieties of stevia sweeteners with sugar-like taste, using all necessary and appropriate methods of production; and be a resource and innovation partner for food and beverage companies.

§  PureCircle stevia flavor modifiers work in synergy with sweeteners to improve the taste, mouthfeel and calorie profile, and enhance the cost effectiveness, of beverage and food products.

§  Founded in 2002, PureCircle is continually investing in breakthrough research and development and it has been granted over 100 stevia-related patents with more than 250 applied for patents pending.

§  PureCircle has offices around the world with the global headquarters in Chicago, Illinois.

§  To meet growing demand for stevia sweeteners, PureCircle is rapidly ramping up its supply capability. It completed expansion of its Malaysian stevia extract facility in March 2017, increasing its capacity to rapidly supply the newer and great-tasting specialty stevia sweeteners and helping provide ever-increasing value to its customers.

§  PureCircle's shares are listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange.

§  For more information, visit: www.purecircle.com 

 

About stevia

§  Given the growing global concerns about obesity and diabetes, beverage and food companies are working responsibly to reduce sugar and calories in their products, responding to both consumers and health and wellness advocates. Sweeteners from the stevia plant offer sugar-like taste and are becoming an increasingly important tool for these companies.

§  Like sugar, stevia sweeteners are from plants. But unlike sugar, they enable low-calorie and zero-calorie formulations of beverages and foods.

§  Stevia leaf extract is a natural-based, zero calorie, high-intensity sweetener, used by global food and beverage companies as a great-tasting zero-calorie alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners.

§  Stevia is a naturally sweet plant native to South America; today, it is grown around the world, notably in Kenya, China and the US.

§  The sweet-tasting parts of the stevia leaf are up to 350 times sweeter than sugar: stevia's high-intensity sweetness means it requires far less water and land than sugar.

§  Research has shown that the molecules of the stevia leaf are present and unchanged in the dried stevia leaf, through the commercial extraction and purification process, and in the final stevia leaf extract product. All major global regulatory organisations, across 65 countries, have approved the use of high-purity stevia leaf extracts in food and beverages.

§  Stevia has strong environmental benefits when compared to sugar requiring  less water, less land area and having a lower carbon footprint.

§  For more information on the science of stevia, please visit https://www.purecirclesteviainstitute.com/  

 


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