Emery’s snr VP, regional MD Ramesh Kana now group CEO

KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 14): Emery Oleochemicals Sdn Bhd (Emery) has appointed its senior vice president (VP) and Asia Pacific managing director Ramesh Kana as its new group CEO, effective immediately.

Ramesh succeeds Dr Kongkrapan Intarajang, who has taken on a new role with PTT Global Chemical Public Company Ltd, but who will remain a member of the board of directors, Emery said in a statement today.

“Ramesh’s deep understanding and experience of the company’s business, culture, people, partners and industry makes him the right leader to drive Emery’s strategy and growth moving forward,” said Emery chairman Datuk Franki Anthony Dass.

Ramesh said he was honoured by the opportunity to lead Emery through its next chapter as a leading sustainable specialty chemical player.

“I look forward to working closely with all employees, partners, regulators and customers, capitalising on recent efforts, our sustainable portfolio and leveraging 175 years of heritage and expertise under the Emery brand,” he said.

Outgoing Kongkrapan also vouched for Ramesh for having established a strategy to enable Emery Oleochemicals to grow and capture market opportunities where the company has clear competitive advantage.

“I can’t think of a better choice than Ramesh to take the company to the next level,” he added.

Ramesh joined Emery Oleochemicals in 2009 as senior VP and group chief financial officer.

Since then, he has led and managed the company’s transition from a predominantly commodity chemical player to a natural-based specialty chemical producer, said Emery.

“With a proven track record in delivering value to the company’s stakeholders, Ramesh took on additional roles and was named senior VP, global chief finance and strategy officer, and regional MD, Asia Pacific in May 2014,” it added.