PHILIP J WILKINSON OBEPHILIP J WILKINSON OBE
Chairman of the Government Relations and Public Affairs Committee, Non-Executive Director, Member of the Audit Committee, Member of the Nominations and Remunerations Committee
Mr Wilkinson joined the Board in 2020.
Mr Wilkinson worked as Commercial Director of Arla Foods, he was a pivotal member of the management team responsible for the launch of the first branded milk for decades in the UK. The Cravendale brand is amongst the most recognised and successful in the UK chilled food sector.
In the Poultry sector he was engaged in the launch of perceived higher welfare slower growing broiler birds pioneered in conjunction with Marks and Spencer under the Oakham brand. As a result of its success similar initiatives are in place in most of the major UK retailers.
He was awarded an OBE in the Queens 2003 New Year Honours for Services to the Dairy Industry. He was Chairman of the National Dairy Council and the UK representative to the European Dairy Association in Brussels.
ROBERTO BANFIROBERTO BANFI
Member of the Government Relations and Public Affairs Committee, Non-Executive Director
Joined the Board in June 2018.
Roberto Banfi is an Independent Consultant in the Food sector covering several geographic regions and specialized in animal proteins. Since October 2016 an Advisor to the Board of MHP and in June2017 elected a Non-Executive member of the board.
Former Specialized Corporate Consultant for BRF, involved in scouting entries in new markets, mainly India and Malaysia. From Jan 2014 to March 2016 he was appointed General Manager of BRF for Europe and Eurasia at time a € 1 billion operation with very positive results
Before returning a to line position, worked as an independent consultant on management and strategic developments of agri-businesses in Brazil and the ME region where he was also Board member of a Saudi poultry operation.
Mr. Banfi was previously at Sadia S.A from 1998 to 2009 in various executive positions like Director of Sales & Marketing for the Brazilian market, Director of Global Sales and GM for the Russian and Middle East & North Africa regions.
Mr. Banfi held a position as Director of National Sales in Brazil for Best Foods, today part of Unilever, after experiences as Category Management, for selected corporate-global Brands like Knorr, Hellmann’s, Mazola & Ades. He was also previously a Director at Swift Armor Brazil and Cica, at the time the leading can-food processor in Latin America.
Born and raised in Europe, he has lived and worked extensively in USA, Central and South America, Brazil, Russia, Europe, and the Middle East. Mr. Banfi received his MBA from Stanford University, California and an undergraduate Degree form HEC – Lausanne, Switzerland.
Roger WillsRoger Wills
Chairman of the Nominations and Remunerations Committee, Non-Executive Director, Member of the Audit Committee
Mr. Wills joined the board in December 2018.
He was born and raised in New Zealand and graduated from the University of Otago, New Zealand with majors in Accounting and Finance. He then embarked on travel overseas and worked in London in various finance roles before taking up a management consulting role with Coopers & Lybrand in Russia in 1995.
Mr Wills joined leading Russian investment banking group Brunswick in 1998 and held various senior management roles in the Brunswick and UBS groups before taking over the running of the group as CEO of Brunswick Capital in 2003.
Since 2007 Mr Wills has managed his own family office focused on investment opportunities in private equity, venture capital and public markets with a focus in emerging markets and Eastern Europe. He has held several non-executive directorships including a leading electricity and heat utility group and a major agriculture and food producer. Mr Wills has lived in London since 2012.
Christakis TaoushanisChristakis Taoushanis
Non-executive director, Member of the
Christakis Taoushanis joined the Board in July 2018.
He is a graduate of the London School of Economics and the London Business School. He has 30 years of banking experience, having worked for four years with Continental Illinois National Bank of Chicago in Chicago and Greece, 18 years with the HSBC Group in Hong Kong and Cyprus (the last 12 as the Managing Director in Cyprus) and 8 years as the Chief Executive Officer of the Cyprus Development Bank. Since 2011, he provides services as an Advisor to a number of companies through the private firm, TTEG & Associates.
He is a member of the boards of various regulated companies, mostly of international interests. He served as President of the Association of Cyprus Commercial Banks and numerous other firms and associations. He is active in local Cypriot community and charitable organisations.
John GrantJohn Grant
Senior Independent Director, Chairman of
the Audit Committee, Member of the
Nominations and Remunerations
Mr Grant is a non-executive director of Augean Plc, a UK-based hazardous waste management business, and Chairman of the British Racing Drivers’ Club Limited. His previous non-executive director roles included Chairman of Gas Turbine Efficiency plc, Hasgo Group Limited, the Royal Automobile Club Motor Sports Association Limited and Torotrak plc. He was also Senior Independent Director of Melrose plc, Pace plc and Wolfson Microelectronics plc and a non-executive director of National Grid plc, Corac Group plc and the Royal Automobile Club Limited. In his executive career, he was Finance Director of Lucas Industries plc and LucasVarity plc from 1992 to 1996, and before that Director of Corporate Strategy for Ford Motor Company and Executive Deputy Chairman of Jaguar Cars.
Mr Grant holds a BSc in Economics from Queen’s University Belfast, an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering from University of Bradford.
Dr John C RichDr John C RichExecutive Chairman, Chairman of the Nominations and Remunerations Committee
Dr Rich initially joined the board in 2006 as an Independent Non-Executive director
Dr John Rich is a senior consulting Agribusiness Industry Specialist for the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) and has acted as a specialist Agribusiness Consultant for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). He is a senior board advisor to ADM Capital, representing major US and EU based pension funds, an Independent non-executive Director of Zalar Morocco and Director of Australian Agricultural Consulting and Nutrition in Australia. From 1990 to 2003, he was an executive director of Austasia Pty Ltd, an agri-business conglomerate which has operations in Australia, South East Asia and China, and from 1995 to 2002 was a director of AN-OSI Pty Ltd, a company that specialized in supply-chain management for feedlot beef, poultry and dairy operations in Asia and Europe.
Dr Rich holds a BSc and a BVSc from the University of Sydney, is a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and a registered member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons with extensive post graduate experience in the agribusiness, food and finance industry. He has completed a number of post-graduate courses in finance and agricultural food-related industries.
On the 19th of July, 2016 he was appointed as interim Chairman of the Board of Directors of MHP S.A. and Chairman of Nomination and Remuneration Committee.
On 19 March 2019, the Board confirmed Dr John Rich as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of MHP SE on a permanent basis.
Yuriy KosyukYuriy KosyukChief Executive Officer
Mr Kosyuk founded MHP in 1998 and is also the CEO of PJSC MHP.
In 1995 he founded the Business Centre for the Food Industry (BCFI) and was President until 1999. BCFI operated in the domestic and export markets for grain and other agricultural products.
Mr Kosyuk graduated as a processing engineer in meat and milk production from the Kiev Food Industry Institute in 1992.
Viktoria KapelyushnayaViktoria KapelyushnayaExecutive Director, Chief Financial Officer
Ms Kapelyushna, who is also Financial Director of JSC MHP, joined MHP in 1998 and was elected to the board in 2006. She was previously Deputy Chief Accountant, then Chief Accountant, of BCFI. She holds diplomas in meat processing engineering, 1992, and financial auditing, 1998, from the Kiev Institute of Food Industry.
Yuriy MelnykYuriy MelnykExecutive Director, Chief Operational Officer
In July 2010 Yuriy Melnyk was appointed First Deputy CEO of Myronivsky Hliboproduct (“MHP”).
Prior to joining MHP Yuriy held the position of Agricultural Minster for Ukraine and Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, as well as serving as an advisor to the Prime Minister of Ukraine. Yuriy is a Doctor of Agriculture and has been a correspondent member of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine from 2002. In 2004 he was awarded the State Prize of Ukraine in science and technology.
He graduated from the Ukrainian agriculture academy as a Zooengineer in 1985.