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Board Of Directors
Daniel Benjamin Glinert
Executive Director and Chairman of the Board
Daniel Benjamin Glinert has been an Executive Director and the Chairman of the Board of the Group since 1999. He is also a Director in the Group's subsidiary, Sarin Hong Kong. Mr. Glinert holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Sciences (cum laude) from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. He has over 40 years of experience in various
high-technology industries (military, semiconductor, medical and industrial applications) in research, development and management positions in Israel and the USA. Mr. Glinert founded Interhightech Ltd. (then named TICI Software Systems, Ltd.) in 1982 and was its CEO and then Chairman since its inception. Prior to that, from 1977 through 1982 Mr. Glinert worked for E-Systems Inc. (now a division of Raytheon) on a development program for the Israel Air Force, which was awarded the prestigious Israel Defence Award. From 1972 to 1977 Mr. Glinert served in the Israel Air Force and was honourably discharged with the rank of Major.
Uzi Levami has been Executive Director since December 2008. From February 2009 to April 2017, Mr. Levami was CEO of the Group. He is also a Director in the Group's subsidiaries, Galatea, Sarin India, Sarine Color Technologies, Sarine Polishing Technologies, Sarin Hong Kong, Sarine Holdings USA, Sarine North America, Sarine IGT H, Sarine IGT I and Sarine IGT JKL. Mr. Levami completed his studies towards a Master's degree in Computer Sciences from the Weizmann Institute of Science and holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering (cum laude) from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. He is one of the original founders of Sarine and has a long history of founding high-tech companies (Compulite Ltd., Shalev Computer Systems Ltd. and EquipNet Ltd., a startup spin-off of Interhightech (1982) Ltd.). Prior to becoming CEO of the Group, Mr. Levami held the position of Director of Business Development at MKS Instruments Inc., a publicly-traded US company supplying in excess of $700M of capital equipment to the semiconductor industry, after the company he founded, EquipNet Ltd., was acquired by MKS. In 1992, while at Shalev Computer Systems, Mr. Levami was personally awarded the prestigious Israel Defence Award by then President Chaim Herzog for his endeavours on a development project for the Israel Defence Forces. From 1973 to 1980 Mr. Levami served in the Israel Defence Forces and attained the rank of Major.
Avraham Eshed is a Non-Executive Director of the Group, having been appointed to the Board in April 2006. Between 2010 and 2014 Mr. Eshed was an Executive Director of the Group. Mr. Eshed has over 40 years of experience in the diamond and gemstone industries. He is the founder of Gemstar Ltd. and Eshed Diam Ltd., and serves as the President of both companies. Mr. Eshed is also a founding member of the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) where he served as a Director. He is President of the Israel Emerald Cutters Association and the Vice President of the Israel Diamond Manufacturers Association (IsDMA) as well as a member of its Executive Committee. Mr. Eshed has been recognised as an outstanding exporter by the State of Israel and was presented with awards by President Ephraim Katzir in 1977 and again in 1989 by President Chaim Herzog. In 2011 he was recognised and cited as an outstanding exporter to Asia.
Chan Kam Loon
Lead Independent Director
Chan Kam Loon is an Independent Director of the Group and was appointed to the Board in March 2005. He holds a degree in Accountancy from the London School of Economics and is a qualified Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. From July 2001 to July 2004, Mr. Chan headed the Listings Function of the Markets Group at the Singapore Exchange. Before that he spent 10 years in investment banking and in private equity funding within the ASEAN region. Mr. Chan was a member of the Singapore's Accounting Standards Committee, Singapore Zhejiang Business Council and also Singapore Shandong Business Council. Aside from serving on Sarine's board, he is a Non-Executive Independent Director of several other companies listed on the Singapore
Varda Shine is an Independent Director of the Group, having been appointed to the Board in April 2017. She is a CEOs mentor and Diamond Industry & Business Advisor, with a career spanning over 30 years in the diamond industry at De Beers, culminating with her serving as the CEO of De Beers' Diamond Trading Company, the arm of De Beers which is responsible for the sale of the majority of its rough diamonds (US$ 6 billion) through the sightholder paradigm. Ms. Shine currently serves as a non-executive Director at Lonmin PLC; as a Board member of the Mineral Development Company of the Government of Botswana and of the Diamond Empowerment Fund; as a Trustee of the Teenage Cancer Trust; as an executive mentor at Merryck & Co. and Duke CE; and as CEO of her own company, Sky Ink, which helps take businesses from concept development through to execution and commercialisation.
Yehezkel Pinhas Blum
Yehezkel Pinhas Blum is an Independent Director of the Group and was appointed to the Board in March 2005. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. As of the end of 2015, in continuation to his having served from 2003 until 2011 for four terms and from 2013
to 2015 for an additional term (between 2011 and 2013 Mr. Blum was subject to a mandatory two-year hiatus), Mr. Blum is a Member of the Board and the Executive Vice President of the Israel Diamond Exchange in Ramat Gan, Israel. He is Chairman of the Banking and Tax committees, responsible for liaison with the various banks operating in the exchange and with the tax authorities pertaining to issues of concern to exchange members (during previous Board memberships he served as a Vice President and the Chairman of various committees, including Budget, Finance and Legal). Prior to that Mr. Blum was Chairman of the Exchange's Audit Committee and a lead Arbitrator in various mediations. He has 30 years of diamond and gemstone manufacturing and trading experience. Prior to that, from 1980 to 1983, he was an economist with the United Mizrachi Bank Ltd and was responsible for managing the bank's economic research unit and advising the bank's management with regard to new investments and business opportunities.
Valerie Ong Choo Lin
Valerie Ong Choo Lin is an Independent Director of the Group and was appointed to the Board in March 2005. She graduated with a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from the National University of Singapore in 1987 and obtained a Master's in Law (with Distinction) from the London School of Economics in 1991. Ms. Ong heads the Corporate Finance Practice at Dentons Rodyk & Davidson and has been a practicing lawyer since 1988, specialising in corporate finance (including initial public offerings) and mergers and acquisitions. She is ranked in Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 and has been cited in numerous lawyers' publications, including IFLR1000 Leading Lawyer 2016 for Mergers and Acquisitions. Valerie served on the Singapore Income Tax Board of Review until 2013 and is an Independent Director of Chemical Industries (Far East) Limited (a company listed on the Mainboard of the Singapore Exchange).