New FIA Governance Board Set to Lead Next Phase of Association’s Journey

Food Industry Asia’s newly elected Governance Board will focus on leading the association in its work to build credible and sustainable public-private partnerships, in addressing key societal-wide challenges in the coming years.

In its sixth year of operation as the “voice of the food industry in Asia”, FIA now embarks on the next stage of its journey, building on the power of multi-stakeholder partnerships to work toward a vibrant food and beverage industry in Asia, based on the association’s core pillars of Health and Nutrition, Food Safety and Regulatory Harmonisation.

The new Governance Board, appointed at FIA’s Sixth Annual General Meeting, which took place on 27 April in Singapore, will continue to reinforce the organisation’s goal to promote a climate for sustainable growth for food businesses in Asia.

The 2016-2017 Governance Board comprises a diverse team of seasoned industry leaders, who represent a varied group of companies and categories that span the length and breadth of the food supply chain across Asia.

Mr Ehab AbouOaf, President – Asia Pacific, Middle East & North Africa, Mars Chocolate, has been elected FIA President; Mr Piet Hilarides, Chief Operating Officer, Consumer Products Asia, FrieslandCampina, has been elected FIA Vice President; Mr Edmond Scanlon, President and Chief Executive Officer – Asia Pacific, Kerry, has been elected FIA Treasurer; and Mr Peter Van Deursen, Chief Executive Officer – Asia Pacific, Cargill, has been appointed FIA Secretary for a second term. The full list of appointed Coordinating Council members can be found here.

​Mr Ehab AbouOaf, FIA President

Mr AbouOaf has served as Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa President of Mars Chocolate since 2015, and as a member of the Mars Global Chocolate Board of Management since October 2010. Prior to taking on his current role, he led the Mars Chocolate business in Asia Pacific. He joined Mars in 2000 and championed the company’s market entry into Egypt, then covered the North African and East Mediterranean region, leading 17 markets. Mr AbouOaf moved to Asia in 2007, when he served as General Manager for the China region.

“I am delighted to lead the next phase of FIA’s journey as we seek to build on the momentum of the past six years, during which the association has built a strong reputation as a credible partner for governments, industry and other key stakeholders,” says Mr AbouOaf.

“The fact that we now have over 32 members, and that we are able to engage with stakeholders at all levels on issues such as obesity and non-communicable diseases, or build partnerships with organisations like the World Bank to drive food safety in the region, is testimony to FIA’s capability and the trust it has built with multiple sectors.”

  Mr Piet Hilarides, FIA Vice President

Mr Hilarides has served as COO of FrieslandCampina’s Consumer Products Asia group since 2014, where he is responsible for the branded consumer business in countries including Indonesia, Myanmar and China. Prior to his current role, he was responsible for the organisation’s global Cheese, Butter & Milkpowder business.

  ​Mr Edmond Scanlon, FIA Treasurer

Mr Scanlon has been the President and CEO of Kerry Asia Pacific since 2014, and has had extensive experience with Kerry, working in a number of leadership roles internationally. Currently based in Singapore, he is responsible for leading the Taste & Nutrition business area in APAC and is pivotal to growing Kerry’s research and innovation centres, which deliver solutions for customers across all sectors of the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries in the region.

​Mr Peter van Deursen, FIA Secretary

In addition to his role as CEO of Cargill Asia Pacific, Mr van Deursen is also the business group leader for Cargill’s Food Ingredients and Bio-Industrial businesses in the Asia-Pacific region, responsible for leading the group’s business that serves food makers, food service companies and food retailers. He is also the global business leader for Cargill’s malt business.

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