Board of Directors

 

Chairman                     

William Knight

Managing Director         

Aung Htun

Finance Director            

Michael Dean

Non-executive Director   

Craig Martin

Non-executive Director   

Christopher Appleton

Non-executive Director

Henrik Bodenstab

 

 

Christopher William Knight, 72

Independent Non-Executive Chairman
Audit Committee
Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee
Remuneration Committee (Chairman)

 

Mr. Knight is an alternative asset investment specialist with 40 years’ experience of financial development of Asian economies at Lazard Brothers, the Lloyds Bank group and as an independent, having been managing director of Lloyds’ merchant banking operations for Asia, based in Hong Kong.  In this capacity, he closed numerous capital raising transactions for governments and emerging growth companies throughout Asia, being notably active in India, Indonesia, Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Thailand. Between 1987 and 1991, still at Lloyds, Mr. Knight specialised in arranging emerging market investment funds and established a number of the earliest country funds, including the Thai-Euro Fund, the first London-listed investment fund for Thailand in 1988 and subsequently the Vietnam Fund, the first investment fund for Vietnam in 1991.

 

Since 1991 he has served in a wide range of non-executive positions as an independent director or advisor based in London. Through his wholly-owned independent advisory company, Mr. Knight's principal activities have been the development of financial services for economies in transition or rapid development, first time investment funds, financing small and medium enterprises and private equity for regenerating economies. He has placed particular emphasis on the Indian sub-continent and young asset management groups looking for assistance on strategic direction, organisation, remuneration issues and relations with investors, which has often required taking a board position.

 

Mr. Knight is co-founder of Emerisque Brands, a specialist private equity sponsor founded in 2004 that operates from the UK, USA and Hong Kong for the acquisition of or investment in medium-sized, established Western consumer brands and vertical retailers with critical mass in their core markets and potential for rapid scale in the newer world economies and distribution channels. He also chairs three Chinese joint ventures the company has established: MCS Apparel (HK) Ltd, Henry Cotton's (Greater China) Ltd and Marina Yachting (Hong Kong) Ltd. He is chairman of JP Morgan Chinese Investment Trust Ltd and of the Advisory Board of Homestrings Ltd. He is also a member of the Boards of Ceylon Guardian Investment Trust Plc, Axis Fiduciary Ltd, Smith-Tan Phoenix Asia Fund Limited and GNet Group Plc. Mr. Knight sat on the advisory board of Campbell Lutyens up to March 2013 and prior to this he acted as a senior advisor to the company. Mr. Knight first visited Myanmar in 1980.

 

 

Maung Aung Htun, 55

Managing Director
Investment Committee
Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee

 

Mr. Htun is half Myanmar and an engineering graduate from Imperial College. He brings 30 years of fund raising and hands-on corporate finance experience advising, starting, building and managing companies. With over a decade in private equity Mr. Htun is also seasoned in executing and exiting investments.

 

In 1982, Mr. Htun joined the London office of Kleinwort Benson’s corporate finance department where he specialised in mergers and acquisitions. On returning to Thailand in 1987 he founded and was chief executive officer of Seamico Securities Plc, a diversified corporate finance, fund management and stock broking company which he built from scratch through organic growth and acquisitions, and in 1995 took the company public on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. Seamico diversified out of Thailand through acquisitions of securities firms in Hong Kong, London and Mumbai.

 

In 1999, Mr. Htun founded Thai Strategic Capital, a Bangkok-based private equity fund manager where he led investments into, inter alia, B-Quik, Modern Asia Environmental Holdings and Wuttisak Clinic. Thai Strategic Capital had formed a private equity joint venture with Prudential plc. and has co-invested with both HSBC Private Equity (Asia) and CVCI.

 

Mr. Htun brings a wealth of experience and contacts in a diverse range of industries (finance, canned tuna, waste management, hotels, car services, cinema chains, etc) where he has been a director and / or audit committee member. He sits on the boards of GHP Arbitrium (Far East), Draco PCB Plc, and Nam Seng Insurance Plc. He is a member of the investment committee of Lakeshore Capital Partners and a director of the Thai Private Equity & Venture Capital Association which he co-founded in 1989.

 

 

Anthony Michael Dean, 55

Finance Director
Investment Committee

 

Mr. Dean has over 30 years of experience in the financial industry in investment banking, private equity and accounting.  Twenty-five of these years have been spent in Asia, primarily Hong Kong and Singapore.

 

Mr. Dean was a management shareholder of Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia (“CLSA”) and during the 1990s was Head of Investment Banking and Co-Head of Private Equity. During this time he spearheaded the group’s expansion into investment banking in Indonesia, China, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Pakistan. He also co-led CLSA’s diversification into private equity and the successful ARIA private equity programme.

 

In 2000, he joined Prudential plc where he would become Director of their Asian based, management buyout focused team at PPMV Asia developing investments in Southeast Asia as well as establishing their fund of funds business. In 2003 he conceived and developed Prudential’s investment management business for Vietnam and, despite the closure of PPMV Asia, remained on the investment committee for Prudential’s Vietnam private equity business through 2012.

 

Between 2005 and December 2012 he was the chief financial officer of the Epic Shipping Group, with responsibilities for the day to day financial aspects of the business, including budgets, financial controls, compliance, treasury, banking, audits and tax planning. Additionally he managed the structuring and execution of the group’s equity fund raisings, acquisitions, divestments and joint ventures.

 

Mr. Dean is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, both of which he joined whilst working for Arthur Andersen & Co in London before being seconded to Hong Kong in 1985. He graduated from Bradford University, England with a Business Studies honours degree. Mr. Dean is also a Member of the Singapore Institute of Directors and a Member of the Hong Kong Securities Institute. He is a non-executive independent director and chairs the Audit and Risk Management Committees of Singapore main board listed Petra Foods Limited.

 

Craig Robert Martin, 45

Independent Non-Executive Director
Audit Committee (Chairman)
Investment Committee (Chairman)
Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee
Remuneration Committee

 

Mr. Martin has over 20 years of business building and direct investment experience in emerging markets in Southeast Asia. He has lived and worked in Southeast Asia (with a focus on the Greater Mekong region) since 1993, living in Cambodia (seven years), Vietnam (five years) and Singapore (ten years), and building businesses in Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos and investing in many sectors. His experience covers telecoms, agribusiness, building materials, education, media, retail, real estate, manufacturing, finance, logistics, transportation and infrastructure. Mr. Martin has a Masters of Engineering from the University of York, UK, a MBA with Distinction from INSEAD, and is a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors.

 

From 1993 to 2000 Mr. Martin ran a consulting and advisory business in the Mekong region, advising multinationals on market entry, mergers and acquisitions and growth strategies in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar. From 2001 to 2005 Mr. Martin was a founding member of the Standard Chartered Private Equity business, investing in India and Southeast Asia, with notable deals including 98 Holdings’ general offer and acquisition of a controlling stake in NatSteel, the management buyout of Unza Holdings, a personal care business with growth markets in Vietnam and Myanmar, and growth capital for the ABG Shipping and banking software company I-flex. From 2005 to 2010 Mr. Martin was an investment director, and subsequently head of private equity, for Prudential Vietnam, with notable deals including a US$50 million buyout in a leading animal feed business, a US$16 million buyout in a steel business, and a US$40 million growth capital investment to build-out of Vietnam’s first multiplex cinema chain. Mr. Martin is currently co-CEO of CapAsia, a Singapore-headquartered emerging markets private equity fund manager.

 

 

Christopher David Appleton, 55

Independent Non-Executive Director
Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee (Chairman)
Remuneration Committee

 

Mr. Appleton has over 30 years of experience in finance covering banking, equity analysis, sales and management, funds management and private banking. Educated at Oxford and with post graduate studies at Tokyo University, Mr. Appleton has lived in Asia since 1984.

 

Starting his career as an Asia focused banker in London with Kleinwort Benson, Mr. Appleton then worked as an analyst of the Japanese auto and transport sectors in Tokyo before moving into equity sales and management. Since moving to Hong Kong in 1998 he ran a Pan Asian sales force for Salomon Smith Barney and then became Head of Asia for Fox-Pitt Kelton (FPK), at the time the investment banking arm of Swiss Re, directly running all equity functions, as well as responsibility for capital markets and advisory. During this period Mr. Appleton established the Tokyo office to complement the Asian business run out of Hong Kong.

 

In 2005 Mr. Appleton founded Faye Capital Ltd. Starting off as an advisory business selling Asian equity research to hedge funds, Faye Capital trialled a Pan Asian long bias equity fund process that acquired third party asset management licences in 2008. Closing Faye Capital in 2010, Mr. Appleton moved to be Head of Investment Advisory Products for HSBC Private Bank in Hong Kong overseeing multi-asset teams. Since leaving HSBC in 2011 Mr. Appleton has been managing his personal assets.

 

 

Henrik Onne Bodenstab, 47

Independent Non-Executive Director
Audit Committee
Investment Committee
Remuneration Committee

 

Mr. Bodenstab was appointed to the Board of Directors on 17 May 2016. Over the past 20 years Mr. Bodenstab has gained broad international experience by living and working extensively in Asia, the US and Europe. He started his professional career in 1992 in Asia, at the Wünsche Group of Companies, a diversified group of companies focusing on international trade and shipping. In 1996, he joined the Boston Consulting Group in Hamburg, Germany, covering financial services, wholesale, construction and real estate. In 1998 he co-founded OneClip, a direct marketing and advertising company in New York which he lead until 2002. Mr. Bodenstab re-joined the Wünsche Group in 2002 as a managing partner, where he founded and managed Globaltronics, the consumer products division of the company. After leaving Wünsche in 2011, he joined Trilantic Capital Partners as an operating partner and in 2014 as a partner. 

 

Mr. Bodenstab is Chairman of the Board of Meridian 10 Holding AG, on the Advisory Board of Prettl SWH GmbH and a Director of Hansabay Pte Ltd in Singapore.  He holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

 

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