Board of Directors
Executive Director, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. E. 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. E. Pullen serves as Managing Director of ORO AGRI SA (PTY) LTD. Mr. E. 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. E. 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. E. Pullen established three other companies which he later sold. Mr. E. 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. Nationality: South African.
Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Mr. Sullivan was appointed to the Board in 2014 and became Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Group in 2013. Mr. Sullivan is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from St. Joseph’s College and attended graduate school at Northern Illinois University. Mr. Sullivan has over 30 years’ experience in senior financial and operations management in domestic and international markets. In addition, Mr. Sullivan has an extensive background in the preparation of audited financial statements. Mr. Sullivan joined the Group in 2005 and prior to his employment by the Group, he served as the Chief Financial Officer for KDI Facilities Services from 1997 to 2005. Nationality: American.
Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer
Mr. D. 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. D. 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, Mr. D. Pullen worked in industrial chemical manufacturing and sales for Polo Citrus and then Nalco Chemicals. Mr. D. Pullen has a degree in business and an MBA from Pepperdine in California and is a Certified Merger and Acquisitions Advisor. Nationality: American.
Mr. Wasserman was appointed to the Board in 2013 and became Non-Executive Chairman of the Group in 2008. Mr. Wasserman is the owner and President of Strategic Business Risk Solutions which he established in 1996. He is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Society of American Military Engineers and is a Certified Professional Management Consultant. Mr. Wasserman holds a Bachelor of Administration degree in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and has over 30 years’ experience in consulting with clients with an emphasis on Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Tourism, Loss Prevention and Regulatory Compliance, Risk Management and Human Resource. Mr. Wasserman’s focus is on the energy sector which includes oil and gas exploration and production companies, and oil and gas service companies. Nationality: American.
Mr. Callaghan was appointed to the Board in 2008. He is the Managing Partner of Callaghan and Lucerino CPA, LLP which was established in 2007. Mr. Callaghan is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Masters of Business Administration in Taxation degree from New York University’s Graduate School of Business Administration. Mr. Callaghan is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and a member of the State Society of Certified Public Accountants of New York and Florida. Prior to his employment with Callaghan and Lucerino, Mr. Callaghan was employed as Managing Partner of Callaghan and Nawrocki CPA, LLP starting in 1986. Mr. Callaghan has over 25 years’ experience in all areas of corporate, partnership and individual income tax compliance and planning and provides ongoing consultation and tax support for closely held corporations. Nationality: American.
MARK VAN DER GALIEN
Mr. van der Galien was appointed to the Board in 2009. He is the owner and President of H&M Holding group of companies which he established in 1979. Mr. van der Galien holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Technical College Drachten in the Netherlands and has over 25 years’ experience in management in relation to finance, operations, sales, marketing as owner of several international companies including OBMtec (a company which specializes in recycling machines, wood chippers, stump grinders and other machinery). Nationality: Dutch.
Mr. Joubert was appointed to the Board in 2014. Mr. Joubert has been active in the South African investment industry since 1985. During his career he has occupied a number of positions, including Investment Analyst, Senior Portfolio Manager and Chief Investment Officer, at various financial institutions, including Investec Asset Management and Franklin Asset Management. During this time he managed a variety of investment funds, including pension and provident funds, mutual funds, medical aid, life assurance and short-term insurance funds and segregated equity portfolios. In 2000, he founded Maestro Investment Management (Pty) Ltd where he currently occupies the position of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Joubert has an Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in Investment Management, both of which he obtained from the University of South Africa. He has been active in various aspects of the South African investment industry and remains a member of the Investment Analysts Society of South Africa. Nationality: South African.
DR. MADELEIN KLEYN
General Corporate Legal and IP Counsel and Company Secretary
Doctor Madelein Kleyn joined the Oro Agri Group in January 2010. She is the Group Company Secretary and the Group General Manager legal and Intellectual Property, responsible for the protection and enhancement of the company’s sustainable competitive advantage through strategic IP management on a global basis. In addition she oversees general legal governance and compliance.
She has more than 25 years experience as intellectual property in-house counsel. She is a qualified chemical engineer, an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa and a registered South African patent attorney. She holds a LLM in tax law and PhD in intellectual property.
Dr Kleyn tutors part time for the World Intellectual Property Organisation e-learning programme on IP management; lectures on patent attorney practice to candidate patent attorneys in South Africa; and is appointed as research associate and fellow of the Anton Mostert Chair of Intellectual Property, University of Stellenbosch Faculty of Law an appointment recognizing proven specialised expertise. She moderates and teaches the patent and design module of the Anton Mostert Chair of IP LLM (intellectual property) course at Stellenbosch University.
Dr Kleyn’s main areas of expertise include IP strategy development and implementation, M&A transactions, IP portfolio management (including prosecution of patents and trademarks), IP litigation (United States, Europe and South Africa) and patent and trademark opposition matters. She regularly advises on corporate governance and IP risk management and specialises in drafting and advising on IP-related business transactions, including technology transfer and licensing. Dr Kleyn has authored and presented various articles, papers and publications on IP matters internationally specifically on technology and IP licensing and commentaries on national IP related legislation. Since 2014 she is the co-editor of the journal “International Pharmaceutical Law”and is also a co-authors of the South African Chapter of this publication.
She is a member of American Chemical Society, INTA (Global advisort committee and Program advisory council), LESI (Technology licensing Committee), LES SA (Director) and SAIIPL. Madelein was included in the IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists 2015 and 2016
Nationality: South African.
Financial Manager, International and Assistant Secretary
Mr. Finch joined the Company in 2013 and is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Rhodes University in South Africa. He has 18 years’ experience in finance with 3 years as an auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP from 1994 to 1997. He was formerly an executive director of UBS in the Cayman Islands where he worked for 9 years and prior to that he was Financial Controller and Vice President at the Bank of America in the Cayman Islands for 3 years. Nationality: British with Cayman residency.