Board of Directors
Executive Director, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Pullen was appointed to the Board in 2006 and became President and Chief Executive Officer of the ORO AGRI Group of companies in 2013. In addition, Mr. Pullen serves as Managing Director of ORO AGRI SA (PTY) LTD. Mr. Pullen began the Group’s operations in 2001 using orange oil based chemistry to replace harsher chemistry with environmentally safer bio-chemistries. Prior to this, Mr. Pullen established Polo Citrus Inc. in 1988 which he sold to Nalco Chemicals in 1997 and continued to work for Nalco as EU Product Development Manager until 2000. Prior to that, Mr. Pullen established three other companies which he later sold. Mr. Pullen studied mining management at the Learner Official Training Centre in South Africa in 1960-1962 and has over 30 years’ experience in organic technology and the development of patented chemical products.
Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Pullen was appointed to the Board in 2014 and became Chief Operating Officer of the Group and General Manager of the Group’s US operations in 2013 with effect from 1 January 2014. Mr. Pullen started with the Group part time in 2004 and full time in 2007. Prior to this, he was Manager of Market Research and Director of Mergers and Acquisitions at Panavision from 2002 to 2007. From 1991 to 2001, he worked in industrial chemical manufacturing and sales for Polo Citrus and then Nalco Chemicals. He has a degree in business and an MBA from Pepperdine in California and is a Certified Merger and Acquisitions Advisor.
Managing Director: Omnia Agriculture International
Mr. Vermaak graduated from the University of Pretoria in 1992 and started his career with Sasol Limited, holding various technical and production positions at Sastech and Natref. He joined Omnia in February 2001 as technical manager at the Sasolburg factory. After two years, he was promoted to Planning and Procurement manager in 2003. Mr. Vermaak was added to the Omnia Fertilizer Board in 2006 as Production and Procurement Director. In 2010, he changed portfolio to International and Specialties Director and was subsequently promoted to Managing Director: International, and Business Development in February 2012.
Financial Director: Omnia Agriculture International
Mr. Serfontein completed his accounting learner ship articles in 2002. After two years at Deloitte Consulting, he was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer for Klydon (Pty) Ltd. Mr. Serfontein qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2006. During 2012, Mr. Serfontein joined the Omnia Group as the Financial Director of the Protea Mining Chemicals division. In January 2017, he was appointed as the Financial Director for Omnia Agriculture International.