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Leadership

APRIL Group’s management consists of deeply experienced and diverse individuals with background in every aspect of the company’s operations including forestry, pulp and paper, finance, social science, governance, legal, international trade, logistics, regulatory and human resources.

Bey Soo Khiang
Chairman, APRIL Group

Bey Soo Kiang, Chairman, APRIL
 

Praveen Singhavi
President, APRIL Group

Praveen Singhavi, President, APRIL
 

Sihol Parulian Aritonang
President Director, PT Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper

Sihol Parulian
 

Bey Soo Khiang was appointed Vice Chairman of the RGE Group of companies in March 2011.

A former aviation executive and distinguished defence leader, Mr Bey oversees critical matters on business sustainability across the four key business groups within RGE Group. He is also Chairman of APRIL Group and actively guides APRIL Group’s operations in Indonesia on matters relating to fibre plantations.

Mr Bey previously spent 11 years in Singapore Airlines (SIA), holding various senior positions including Chairman of SIA Cargo Pte Ltd, Chairman of Silkair Pte Ltd, Chairman of Singapore Flying College, as well as at Virgin Atlantic Limited. A former Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) overseas scholar, Mr Bey was Singapore’s Chief of Defence Force from 1995-2000.

Mr Bey holds a Masters in Arts (Engineering) from University of Cambridge and a Masters in Public Administration from Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He has also attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Praveen Singhavi is the President of APRIL Group. In his role, he is responsible for all of the company’s business operations, which include state of the art production facilities located in Riau province, in Sumatra, Indonesia, as well as providing leadership for approximately 7,400 employees across the region. Under his direction, APRIL Group introduced its Sustainable Forest Management Policy 2.0 in 2015, which governs how the company manages its natural resources for optimal social, environmental and economic outcomes.

Mr. Singhavi is a senior business leader with over 20 years of management experience, which includes a period as APRIL Group’s Chief Financial Officer, a position he held before becoming President of the company. Prior to joining APRIL, he held senior roles in country management, regional financial management and business control functions for a number of leading global companies in the commodities and manufacturing sectors. These included Singapore-based Olam International, and Reliance Industries of Mumbai. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University, in Ajmer, India. He is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, and a Chartered Secretary from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India.

Sihol Parulian Aritonang was appointed President Director of PT Riau Andalan Pulp & Paper in April 2018. He joined from independent philanthropic organisation, Tanoto Foundation. Before joining Tanoto Foundation in 2009, he was the Assistant Country Director at CARE International (Indonesia), an international humanitarian and development NGO. Previously, before entering the development and philanthropy sector, he worked for 10 years in the capital markets and financial sectors in Indonesia. Mr. Aritonang’s passion for education has led him to serve as a lecturer at Universitas Indonesia for more than 25 years. He received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Hawaii in Manoa, Hawaii, in 1993 and his Bachelor's Degree in economics from Universitas Indonesia in 1990.

Eduward Ginting
Chief Operations Officer, PT Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper

Eduward Ginting
 

Lim Wi Lin
Head of Finance & Corporate Control, APRIL Group

Lim Wi Lin
 

Lucita Jasmin
Director for Sustainability & External Affairs, APRIL Group

Lucita Jasmin
 

Eduward Ginting joined RGE group in 1994. He started his career as a process operator and subsequently rotated across several different functions in in pulp and paper operations. He also spent six years in technical marketing, with a strong focus on customer service and engagement. His exceptional service and leadership over a period of more than 20 years resulted in his appointment as Chief Operations Officer (COO) of PT Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper, the operating arm of APRIL group. As COO, he oversees all pulp, paper and rayon production at the company’s operations in Kerinci, in Riau, Indonesia. He holds a Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Riau, Indonesia, and a Master's degree in Pulp and Paper Technology from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden.

Lim Wi Lin is the Head of Finance and Corporate Control at APRIL Group, where he is responsible for the Group’s financial performance and business control. Prior to joining APRIL, Wi Lin served at RGE as Head of Corporate Control.

He has over 25 years’ experience in internal audit, finance and corporate functions. He holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of HKBP Nommensen and a Master’s degree in Finance from Riau University in Indonesia.

Lucita Jasmin is the Director for Sustainability & External Affairs at APRIL Group, where she leads the advancement and implementation of APRIL’s sustainability commitments, policy and programmes, including stakeholder engagement and communications. Lucita has a global base of expertise in strategic and corporate communications in the intergovernmental and private sectors. She has led intercultural teams that provided communications counsel to senior management, strategized and executed campaigns and advocacy initiatives, organized stakeholder outreach on priority sustainability issues, and mobilized partners to provide support. Prior to her current post, Lucita served at the United Nations Environment Programme headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya where she led strategy development, planning and execution of global communication programmes and campaigns, focused on resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production.

Mark Werren
Fiber Director, APRIL Group

Mark Werren
 

Wanyan Shaohua
Head of Paper Business, APRIL Group

Wanyan Shaohuar
 

Mark Werren is the Fiber Director for our APRIL/RAPP operations in Kerinci, Indonesia. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Forestry from the University of Aberdeen, and a Master of Science in Forestry from the University of Helsinki. Mark has been working as a professional forester since 1980, predominantly in the tropics, with resident responsibilities in Tanzania, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia, Finland and Scotland. He has also conducted numerous short-term work assignments in other countries. Mark's strength is in general management of large-scale tropical plantation operations implementation, including budget preparation and achievement, modern central tree nursery design and management, plantation technology transfer, applied research, operations improvement, and sustainable development and communications. Mark has been contributing to the development of pulpwood plantations in Indonesia since 1988.

Wanyan Shaohua is the Head of Paper Business at APRIL Group, where he is responsible for the financial management and overall operation of the paper business. Prior to joining APRIL, Shaohua served at Asia Symbol as Marketing Head and member of the management committee, where he oversaw the commercial operation of the Group’s pulp and paper business in China.

With over 15 years’ experience in forestry and the pulp and paper industry, he also held various senior positions in APRIL and Asia Symbol in the areas of strategic planning, merger and acquisitions, and sales and marketing. Prior to his industrial experience, he was a business researcher at the National University of Singapore and INSEAD, and has published over a dozen research papers. He holds a Masters of Science (Business Policy) from the National University of Singapore, and frequently speaks at forestry and pulp and paper industrial conferences.

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