Niu Ji Xing is our Founder and Executive Chairman & Group Chief Executive Officer. He is responsible for formulating the business strategies and investments of our Group, as well as for its overall management. Mr Niu has many years of experience in the corn refining industry in PRC. Prior to joining our Group, he was the Chairman of the Board of the Shandong Luzhou Food Group of China, which comprises a group of enterprises including Shandong Luzhou, Liaoning Luzhou, Shaanxi Luzhou and Hunan Taoyuan. He obtained a certificate in Economic Management (经济管理专业) from the Shandong Economic Management Institute (山东经济管理干部学院) in July 1996. He is presently one of the Vice Presidents of the China Food Industry Association (中国食品工业协会) , Vice Chairman of the Council of China Food Industry Association (sweeteners) (中国食品工业协会糖果专业委员会理 事会) and a member of the National Food Industry Entrepreneurs’ Council (全国食 品工业企业家委员会) .
Wang De You is our Executive Director. He is responsible for Group’s production technology, research and development and project investment. Before assuming the current position, he was our Executive Director and Group Chief Executive Officer from 2012 till March 2015. Mr Wang has more than 20 years of experience in the food processing and manufacturing industry and was formerly an assistant general manager at Shandong Luzhou before joining our Group. Mr Wang was a deputy general manager at Shandong Luzhou Food Product Factory from 1999 to 2002, a production manager at Shandong Yishui Luzhou Food Product Factory from 1993 to 1999, a production manager at Shandong Yishui Jixing Confectionery Factory from 1990 to 1993 and an assistant factory manager at Shandong Linqu Dairy Product Factory from 1987 to 1990.
Mr Wang obtained a certificate in Food Processing and Manufacturing (发酵 工程专业) studies from Shandong University (山东大学) in July 1996, and was accredited as a senior engineer by Light Industry Engineering and Technical Position Advance Accreditation Committee of Shandong Province (山东省轻工工 程技术职务高级评审委员会) in April 2010. In 2011, he was conferred the Middle-aged and Young Experts Award by the People’s Government of Shandong Province. He was also engaged as a part time lecturer in the Master research programme by China University of Mining and Technology. He is currently the Vice Chairman of China Biotech Fermentation Industry Association, and a member of the Executive Council of China Starch Industry Association.
Gao Zhong Fa is our Executive Director. Mr Gao is primarily responsible for overseeing and managing Group matters in relation to the local government. He has more than 20 years of experience in the food industry, particularly in the operations of food product factories. Prior to joining our Group, he had joined Shandong Luzhou in May 2002 as the general manager and was also previously a general manager at Shandong Luzhou Food Product Pte. Ltd. from 2001 to 2002. From 1993 to 2000, he was factory operations manager at Shandong Yishui Luzhou Food Product Pte. Ltd. and prior to that, the factory operations manager at Shandong Yishui Jixing Confectionery Factory from 1988 to 1993, and the operations manager at Shandong Shouguang Gaojia Food Product Pte. Ltd. from 1985 to 1988.
Mr Gao obtained a certificate in Economic Management (经济管理专业) studies from the Shandong Economic Management Institute (山东经济管 理干部学院) in July 1996. He is also a Representative of Municipal People’s Congress of the Linyi city in Shandong province and is recognized as a contributor to the National Food Product Advanced Management of Science and Technology (全国食品工业技术先进技术管理 工作者).
Teoh Teik Kee is our Lead Independent Director and is a Chartered Accountant by training, and has worked with KPMG Peat Marwick McLintock in London and PricewaterhouseCoopers in Singapore. From November 2004 to 2010, he was the Executive Director of ecoWise Holdings Limited. He also has extensive experience in investment banking and stock broking when he was with the DBS Group from 1993 to 2001.
Mr Teoh graduated from Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Managerial and Administrative Studies, and is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He also has a Diploma in Corporate Treasury Management awarded by the Association of Corporate Treasurers in the United Kingdom.
He also serves on the board of Hwang Capital (Malaysia) Berhad, a public listed company in Malaysia.
Kong Xiang Chao is our Independent Director. He was an accountant in Jiangsu Province Xuzhou City Commerce Bureau from 1964 to 1970, the Technical Director and subsequently the factory head of Jiangsu Province Xuzhou City Commercial Mechanical Factory from 1970 to 1991, the general manager of the Jiangsu Province Xuzhou City Blackcat Foodstuff Group from 1991 to 1998 and a researcher in Jiangsu Province Wantong Production Group from 1998, before he retired in 2004.
Mr Kong has a professional mechanical production certificate (机械制造工 艺与设备专业) from the Jiangsu Mechanical Studies College (江苏省机械 职工大学), which he obtained in 1984. He received an engineering qualification (工程师) from the Xuzhou Engineering Series Intermediate Post Accreditation Committee (徐州市工程系列中级职称 评审委员会) in 1988, and a professional senior economist certificate (高级经济 师) from the Jiangsu Senior Economist Board Accreditation Committee (江苏 省经济专业高级职称评审委员会) in 1994. Mr Kong was appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the Candy Committee of the China Food Industry Association (中国食品工业协会) in 2000.
Ong Wei Jin is our Independent Director, and is presently practising as a lawyer in Singapore. His main areas of practice are corporate finance and general corporate law. He obtained a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from the National University of Singapore, a MBA (Investment and Banking) from the University of Hull and a Masters of Law from the National University of Singapore.
He is currently an independent director of China XLX Fertiliser Ltd, CFM Holdings Ltd and Jacks International Limited.