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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 45 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.), a founding shareholder of the Sarine Group, 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 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 was the Vice President of the Israel
Diamond Manufacturers Association (IsDMA) as well as
a member of its Executive Committee through mid-2017.
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.
Uzi Levami is a Non-Executive Director of the Group, as of January 2018. Prior to that he had been an Executive Director since December 2008 and was CEO of the Group from February 2009 through April 2017. 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 start-up 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.
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 Exchange.
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 degree in Law (with Distinction) from the London School of Economics in 1991. Ms. Ong is a capital markets and mergers & acquisitions Senior Partner at Dentons Rodyk & Davidson. She is ranked in Chambers Asia Pacific 2018 and has been cited in numerous lawyers' publications, including IFLR1000 Leading Lawyer 2018 for Mergers and Acquisitions. Valerie served on the Singapore Income Tax Board of Review until 2013. She is a member of the ASEAN Committee of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Government Parliamentary Committee for Finance Trade and Industry Resource Panel.
Ms. Varda Shine is an Independent Director of the Group, having been appointed to the Board April 2017. Ms. Shine has had 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 annually) through the sightholder paradigm, from 2006 through 2014. During her tenure at DeBeers, she attended courses in Advanced Management at Templeton, Oxford, and Marketing Channels at Insead. Ms. Shine currently serves as a Board member of the Mineral Development Company of the Government of Botswana and of the Diamond Empowerment Fund; as a non-executive Director at Lonmin PLC; as a Trustee of the Teenage Cancer Trust (UK); 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.