The Board of Directors of SBM Holdings Ltd comprises a team of high-calibre profiles who are responsible for the strategic direction and its long-term success in all the markets we serve.
Group Board of Directors Holdings
SATTAR HAJEE ABDOULA
Mr. Hajee Abdoula is the CEO of one of the leading accounting firms in Mauritius. With more than 35 years of professional experience, he also acts as advisor to many large corporates. His specialisation in transaction services has allowed him to lead large transactions in various sectors, both locally and internationally. Mr. Hajee Abdoula has also been involved in high profile insolvency cases and is one of the leading insolvency practitioners in Mauritius. Mr. Hajee Abdoula has been an advisor for the Government of Ghana in determining the framework for the creation of the Ghana International Financial Services Centre.
Mr. Hajee Abdoula is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA, ICAEW). He is a member of the Mauritius Institute of Professional Accountants and INSOL International, an international association of restructuring and insolvency professionals. He holds an Auditor’s Licence from the Financial Reporting Council of Mauritius, an Insolvency Practitioner’s Licence of Mauritius, and the ICAEW Insolvency and Practicing Licences.
He has also for many years been involved in the global business sector and has acted as Director on various boards of companies and has also advised clients on structuring and tax matters.
Mr. Hajee Abdoula has been a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of Audit Committee of a UK FTSE 100 company at the time of its listing on the UK stock exchange. He is well known for being an innovative and strategic thinker. His extensive professional experience as well as his broad international exposure will surely be of value to the Board.
Mr. Hajee Abdoula is an Independent Non-Executive Director and has been appointed as Chairman of SBM Holdings Ltd since 13 March 2020.
JEAN PAUL AROUFF
Mr. Arouff has been appointed as Senior Adviser and Director of Communications at the Prime Minister’s Office as from January 2020. He was previously the Editor-in-chief of Business Magazine, the leading economic news publications of the Indian ocean islands. Mr Arouff also led publications of The Top 100 Companies of Mauritius, Business Leaders, The Financial Directory, The Directory of Agro-Industry, l’Annuaire de la Communication among others. Mr Arouff has also acted as the country correspondent of international news agency Reuters on economic and financial matters. He holds a Masters in Journalism from Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme de Paris.
Mr. Arouff has 20 years’ experience in journalism, review of economic and financial markets, leading a whole range of publications and interacting with CEO’s and business leaders in the region. He has also served as a member of the Grand Port Savanne District Council from 1998 to 2005.
Mr. Arouff is a Non-Executive Director of SBM Holdings Ltd since 11 March 2020.
Mr. Bainbridge is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, South Africa and a Fellow of the London Institute of Banking and Finance. He is Chairman of the Private Infrastructure Development Group, Chairman of the Infrastructure Crisis Facility Debt Pool LLP, Chairman of Cable & Wireless Seychelles and a Partner at Gateway Partners in Dubai. Mr. Bainbridge was formerly the Group CEO of SBM Holdings Ltd, from which he retired in August 2019. Mr Bainbridge has worked in the Financial Services industry for over 30 years, and has occupied the positions of Group Head of the US Supervisory Remediation Programme, Global Head of Commercial Clients and Chief Risk Officer for the Western Hemisphere (Africa, India, Middle East, Europe and the Americas) for Standard Chartered Bank. He was earlier CEO of BMI Bank and previously the Managing Director of Barclays PLC Africa and Indian Ocean regions.
Mr Bainbridge is also appointed as Director on the Board of SBM (Bank) Holdings Ltd, SBM Bank (Kenya) Limited and SBM Bank (India) Limited.
SHAKILLA BIBI JHUNGEER
Miss Jhungeer is a barrister specialising in criminal and divorce matters. Several corporate bodies have also retained her services for legal advice. Miss Jhungeer attended the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) at the College of Law, London from 2009 to 2010. She holds a Masters in International Law and Criminal Justice from the University of East London and completed her LLB in 2006 at the Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College.
Miss Jhungeer was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn on 14 October 2010 and to the Mauritius Bar Association on 20 January 2012. She has previously served as Board Member of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) from February 2015 to October 2019. She is currently an Independent Non-Executive Director at Air Mauritius Ltd.
Miss Jhungeer is an Independent Non-Executive Director of SBM Holdings Ltd since 13 March 2020.
Mr Muttylall holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, USA and is a Fellow Member of both The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK and The Chartered Governance Institute, UK. He also holds a Master's Degree in Finance from the University of Mauritius.
Mr Muttylall currently heads the Corporate Finance and Company Secretariat of an organisation. He was formerly the Chief Finance Executive of a Group operating in the hospitality sector. He has also held the position of Financial Controller in a Global Business Company and also had several years of experience in similar positions in the tourism sector. He worked for SBM Group between 2000 and 2001.
He joined the Board of SBM Holdings Ltd on 30 June 2015 and is presently an Independent Non-Executive Director. Mr Muttylall is also a member on the Board of Governors of the University of Technology, Mauritius
Mr. Purmessur holds the position of Permanent Secretary and is presently posted to the National Development Unit. He has a very long career in the civil service, having served nearly 40 years in various Ministries, namely in the Income Tax Department, the Ministry of Housing and Lands, the Ministry of Local Government, the Ministry of Technology Communication and Innovation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade and the Ministry of Financial Services and Good Governance.
Mr. Purmessur holds a MBA in Human Resource Management from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) from India, a MSc IT in Business Information Systems from the Keele University in UK and a Diploma in Public Administration and Management from the University of Mauritius.
Mr. Purmessur has also served on various Boards and Committees; namely the National Housing Development Company Ltd, the Town and Country Planning Board, the Informatics Park Ltd, the Information and Communication Technology Authority, the Rights Management Society, the Financial Services Fund, the National Productivity and Competitiveness Council, the National Committee on Corporate Governance and the Heritage City Co. Ltd, amongst many others.
He is currently the Director on the Board of the Financial Services Commission, a member of the National Environment Fund Committee and the Chairman of the Land Drainage Authority.
Mr. Purmessur is a Non-Executive Director of SBM Holdings Ltd since 13 March 2020.
Ms. Sharon Ramdenee is currently the CEO of Agiliss Ltd, one of the leading FMCG companies operating in Mauritius, and also in the region. Before becoming CEO, she served as Deputy CEO at Agiliss Ltd. In Mauritius, Ms. Ramdenee previously held the role of Finance Director of St Aubin Group, having also held a Commercial & Business Development role in the organisation. In the UK, she worked in London for Ernst & Young, LLP with a portfolio of high-profile clients. Ms. Ramdenee has a Bachelor’s degree in Law & Business from Warwick Business School, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young London. She has also completed an MBA specialising in Strategy and Marketing with Warwick Business School, graduating top of her class with distinction, and is currently reading for a PhD in Business and Management. Ms. Ramdenee is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW). She is an Independent Non-Executive Director of SBM Holdings Ltd since 14 December 2018.
Mr. Soondram is the Director of Economic and Finance at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development. He has a fruitful career spanning over 25 years within the same Ministry where he has previously served as Accountant and Lead Analyst. Mr. Soondram is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and holds a Master degree in Finance. He has been a Non-Executive Director on the Board of SBM Bank (Mauritius) Ltd from November 2018 to March 2020.
Mr. Soondram is presently a Non-Executive Director of SBM Holdings Ltd since 11 March 2020.
Mr Thecka is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK) and a member of the Mauritius Institute of Professional Accountants (MIPA). He is the holder of an MBA from Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland and is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Charles Telfair Institute.
Appointed to the Board in June 2017 as Independent Non-Executive Director, Mr Thecka is a valuable member of the Board as he contributes with his financial knowledge and expertise and is known for his wisdom and diplomacy. His balance of knowledge in both the financial and marketing fields is very much appreciated at the Board.
Patrice Robert is currently the Group Head of Operations for IBL Group – Mauritius and leads the Seafood, Retail, Commercial, Building & Contracting, Engineering, Shipyard, and Logistics sectors of the Group. He is a well-rounded senior management professional with 22 years of experience, including 9 years in Asia-Pacific.
Mr Robert has been working for Freeport Operations Mauritius Ltd, Accenture Pte (Singapore) Ltd and DHL Singapore for several years before joining the IBL Group where he spent some 12 years in various key positions. He holds a degree in Engineering with Business Studies from the University of Portsmouth in UK and did his Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He was a Council member of the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) in 2012.
Mr Robert was the Chairman of the Seafood Council of the Mauritius Export Association (MEXA) in 2013, 2015 and 2016. He is currently the Chairman of the Mauritius Export Association (MEXA) for a period of 2 years [2019 to 2021] and has recently been appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of SBM Holdings Ltd since 29th April 2020