Sunny Verghese

Co-founder & Group CEO, Olam International Limited & Chair, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Sunny George Verghese is the Co-founder and Group CEO of Olam International Limited and is responsible for strategic planning, business development and overall management of the Olam group of companies worldwide. Headquartered in Singapore and listed on the SGX-ST, Olam currently ranks among the top 30 largest primary listed companies in Singapore in terms of market capitalisation. In 2016, Fortune magazine recognised Olam at #23 in its ‘Change the World’ list.

In 27 years, Sunny and his team have built this business to S$20.6 billion in Sales Revenues for FY2016. Today, Olam operates in 70 countries, delivering various agricultural raw materials and food ingredients across 16 platforms to more than 23,000 customers worldwide and employs around 69,800 people.

Sunny has been appointed as the new Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and his term will begin on 1st January 2018. Sunny is presently the Chairman of the Board of the Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI), Singapore. Sunny was appointed Director on the Board of International Enterprise Singapore in 2002, and served as its Chairman from 2008 to 2013.

Sunny was awarded the Best Chief Executive for large cap companies in the Singapore Corporate Awards (SCA) in 2011 and was named ‘Outstanding Chief Executive for 2006’ in the Singapore Business Awards (SBA) and Singapore’s Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008. He was also conferred The Public Service Medal by the Government of Singapore in August 2010.

Sunny holds a post graduate management degree from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) and has also completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) from the Harvard Business School.