Peter Benjamin, aged 59 and a Malaysian is the Chief Executive Officer. He joined United Malacca Berhad on 1st May 2014. He graduated from the University of Kerala, India with a Bachelor of Science Degree (Botany).
He has working experience of 37 years in the plantation industry holding various Senior Management positions in different companies. He has the experience in managing various crop during his career, oil palm, cocoa, forestry, sago and rubber.
Started his career as a Field Conductor with Kuala Lumpur Kepong in 1979 and in 1982 joined Boustead Estates Agency as an Assistant Manager and moved up to Estate Manager. During the period, he was involved in new plantings, managed cocoa and oil palm plantations.
In 1992 was absorbed into Tradewinds when there was a change of management from Boustead to Tradewinds and was later transferred to Distinct Plantation Services, which was managing the MKIC group’s plantations. He was appointed as the Planting Advisor/General Manager of the company.
In 2000, he joined Eminent Capital (Berjaya Group) as General Manager for the Plantation and Oil Mill.
In 2004, he decided to venture into Indonesia and worked in different companies, with PT Arara Abadi (Sinar Mas Group) as District Manager managing 42,000 Ha of forestry plantation and later promoted to Plantation Controller for 250,000 Ha.
In 2007, he decided to return to planting of oil palm and to handle the challenge of working in Papua New Guinea with the US agriculture giant Cargill.
In 2010, he returned to Indonesia as Head of Plantations for PT Ganda Group and later joined Sampoerna Agro as Chief Operating Officer for Oil Palm and other crops.
He is currently the Honorary Secretary of the Malaysian Palm Oil Association (MPOA), a council member of the Malaysian Estates Owners Association (MEOA) and was recently appointed as an alternate Board member of the Malaysian Palm Oil Berhad (MPOB). He is also a Director of United Malacca Berhad’s subsidiaries, namely, Meridian Plantations Sdn. Bhd., Syarikat Penanaman Bukit Senorang Sdn. Bhd., South-East Pahang Oil Palm Berhad, Leong Hin San Sdn. Bhd., Masjid Tanah Properties Sdn. Bhd. and Melaka Pindah Properties Sdn. Bhd. as well as the President Director of PT Lifere Agro Kapuas, the Group’s subsidiary in Indonesia.
He is not related to any Director or/and major shareholder of United Malacca Berhad and also has no personal interest in any business arrangement involving the Company. He has not been convicted of any offence within the past 5 years and has not been imposed with any public sanction or penalty by the relevant regulatory bodies during the financial year.