As one of the leading groups in Mauritius, SBM Group comprises a team of high-calibre individuals who are responsible for the strategic direction of the Group and its long-term success in all the markets we serve.
Group Board of Directors Holdings
Kee Chong LI KWONG WING, G.O.S.K.
Mr Kee Chong LI KWONG WING, G.O.S.K. (KC Li) is a well respected and gifted economist. He is the founder of the National Mutual Fund which was the first Fund Manager in Mauritius to launch a Unit Trust and a Property Fund. He is also founder of the Mauritius International Trust Co. Ltd, one of the first professional firms to provide trust and tax planning services to international clients. Over many years, Mr KC Li has diligently and successfully served the public sector of Mauritius through holding many positions as Chairman of the Stock Exchange Commission, the State Investment Corporation Management Ltd and the National Advisory Council on Prices and Consumer Protection and also as Advisor to the Minister of Finance. Mr KC Li has also served as consultant to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the U.N. Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the Finance and Investment Sector Coordinating Unit (FISCU) of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Finance Ministers.
Mr KC Li brings his many years of professional experience to the Board where he is known for his strong and decisive leadership skills and for his farsighted strategic thinking. He has been a Member of the Board of SBM Holdings Ltd since April 2015.
Mr KC Li is a Member of the Board of Directors of the State Insurance Company of Mauritius Ltd, Mauritius Technologies Holdings Ltd, African Export-Import Bank and also sits on the Board of several Emerging Market Funds and Asia Hedge Funds. Mr KC Li also serves on the Board of the following entities across the SBM Group namely SBM (NBFC) Holdings Ltd, SBM 3S Ltd, SBM eBusiness Ltd, SBM Africa Equity Fund Ltd, SBM Capital Markets Ltd, SBM Microfinance Ltd, SBM Factors Ltd, SBM Capital Management Ltd (under process of winding up), SBM (Mauritius) Infrastructure Development Company Ltd, SBM Infrastructure General Partner Limited, SBM Bank (Kenya) Limited, SBM Bank (Seychelles) Limited and Banque SBM Madagascar SA.
Azim Fakhruddin Currimjee
Mr. Azim Currimjee is the Managing Director of the Food & Beverages Cluster of the Currimjee Group of Companies and the Managing Director of Quality Beverages Ltd. He holds a BA in Mathematics from Williams College, Massachusetts and an MBA from Trinity College, Dublin. Mr. Currimjee has over 25 years of experience in Industry. He has led large textile organisations in the past and has been leading a significant food and beverage business for the last 16 years. Mr. Currimjee was elected to the Board of SBM Holdings in June 2016 and is an Independent Non-Executive Director.
Mr Currimjee is also on the Board of all the principal companies of the Currimjee Group of Companies as a Non-Executive Director. He was the President of the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry from March 2016 to March 2018, a responsibility he also held in 2007. In addition, Mr Currimjee is the First Vice President of the COMESA Business Council and the Vice President of the Economic Development Board of Mauritius. Mr. Currimjee is a Director of SBM Bank (Kenya) Limited and also a Non-Executive Director on the Board of SBM Bank (Mauritius) Ltd.
Mr Hardy is a dedicated and ethical professional for doing business with passion and integrity. With over thirty-five years of experience across various key sectors, Mr Hardy’s financial expertise has assisted organisations through challenging times including mergers and aggressive growth strategies. Hard-working and highly perfectionist, Mr Hardy strives for performance. He is methodical and highly organised. He is well recognised for his core values of trust, integrity and honesty. Mr Hardy is a fellow of the Institute of Accounting Technicians in the UK and is currently the General Manager at BROLL Property & Facilities Management Ltd. He was elected as Director of the Board of SBM Holdings Ltd in June 2015 and is an Independent Non-Executive Director. Mr. Hardy is on the Board of Palmar Ltee, Mon Loisir Ltee and SBM Bank (Seychelles) Limited.
Mr Gunputh is currently the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence and Rodrigues. He has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a public servant. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science at the University of Punjab and a Diploma in Public Administration & Management at the University of Mauritius, Mr Gunputh dedicated his professional life to serving the people of the Republic of Mauritius with passion and dedication.
Mr Gunputh has been a Director on many Boards. As a Board Member, he brings his experience in the public sector and his ability to astutely question the status quo, interrogate risk and ably participate in the creation of Group strategy. He was elected as Director of SBM Holdings Ltd in February 2015 and is a Non-Executive Director. Mr Gunputh is a Director of the Mauritius Post Ltd, SBM (NFC) Holdings Ltd and SBM Bank (Kenya) Limited.
Mr Muttylall holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, USA and is a Fellow Member of The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK. He is an Associate Member of The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, UK and also holds a Master's Degree in Finance from the University of Mauritius.
Mr Muttylall currently heads the Corporate Finance of an organisation. He was formerly the Chief Finance Executive of a Group operating in the hospitality sector. He held the position of Financial Controller in a Global Business Company and also had several years of experience in similar positions in the hotel sector. He worked for SBM Group between 2000 and 2001.
He joined the Board of SBM Holdings Ltd on 30th June 2015 and is an independent non-executive director. Mr Muttylall is also a member on the Board of Governors of the University of Technology, Mauritius.
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.
Mr. Lutchmeeparsad holds a Master in Business Administration from the University of Mauritius and also holds post graduate qualifications from universities in India and Australia. He has gathered diverse experience in various fields such as Total Quality Management, Management of Change, Implementation of ISO 9000, Organisational Structures and Strategic Management amongst others. Mr Lutchmeeparsad has chaired the Project Plan Committee which has the mandate to examine the feasibility of Capital Projects which are thereafter included in the Public Sector Investment Programme. Besides, Mr. Lutchmeeparsad has been involved in socio cultural activities since the last 15 years.
Mr. Lutchmeeparsad is currently the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development. He has a long experience in Government Administration from 1988 to date. Initially he has worked on the Public Sector Management Improvement Programme along with Price Waterhouse (International). He was elected as Director of the Board of SBM Holdings Ltd in June 2015 and is a Non-Executive Director. Mr Lutchmeeparsad is known for his wisdom and knowledge in a number of fields and sectors and for his deep compassion for the less fortunate in Mauritius.
Mr Lutchmeeparsad is a Director on the Board of State Investment Corporation Ltd, Landscope (Mauritius) Ltd, NIC Health Care Limited, National Day Celebrations Co Ltd, National Insurance Co Ltd and Mauritius Technologies Holdings Ltd. He is also Chairman of Landscope (Facilities) Ltd.
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. In Mauritius, Ms. Ramdenee previously held the role of Finance Director of St Aubin Group, having also held a Commercial & Business Development role the organisation. In the UK, she worked 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 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 Director of SBM Holdings Ltd.
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 Managing Director at GWP Management Limited 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 has is also been appointed as a Director of SBM Bank (Kenya) Limited, SBM Bank (India) Limited and SBM (NBFC) Holdings Ltd.