Dr. Jelena Manojlovic - Chairperson
Jelena Manojlovic has been a member of the Board since 11 July 2008. She is also a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. She is an established university lecturer and organizational consultant and has 35 years’ experience in the human resources field and 20 years’ in management positions in a diverse range of organisations, including the UK’s National Health Service, universities and other companies. She was previously Human Resources Director of Kermas (a major shareholder in the Company). Manojlovic is independent of the Company but through a controlled entity of her husband Danko Koncar, she is dependent on a major shareholder of the Company.
Barry Rourke - Independent Non-Executive Director
Barry Rourke was a member of the Afarak Board, the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee from April 2010 to February 2013. Previously he was an Audit Partner at PWC's for 17 years from 1984 to 2001 where he specialised in the Oil and Gas and Mining sectors. He currently holds a number of non-executive directorships and positions on the audit committees in other listed companies.
Ivan Jakovčić - Independent Non- Executive Director
Ivan Jakovčić is a Croatian politician and a member of the European Parliament where he is in the Committee on Regional Development, Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development and the Committee of the Regions of the European Union. Prior to joining the European Parliament Mr. Jakovčić has held numerous political positions in Croatia where he has been a member of the Croatian Parliament, the President of the Istrian Democratic Assembly and served as Minister of European Integration. Mr Jakovčić does not hold any Afarak shares. No information regarding the proposed director is required to be disclosed pursuant to the UK Listing Authority's Listing Rule 9.6.13 R.
Thomas Hoyer - Independent Non-Executive Director
Thomas Hoyer is a graduate in economics and a seasoned executive management professional. Starting his career as a investment manager with Allianz he took over the role of CFO of a leading French company before moving to Ruukki Group, Afarak Group's predecessor. During the time, he fulfilled the roles of CFO, before becoming CEO. He also served as an Executive Director on the Board of Directors. He then occupied the role of CEO with Tantalus Rare Earths, a German company specialised in mine development. Today, Thomas Hoyer is a Director at Helsinki Capital Partners, a Finnish licensed fund management company. He also serves as a non-Executive Director at Gaia, an international sustainability and environmental consulting company.
Thorstein Abrahamsen - Independent Non-Executive Director
Thorstein Abrahamsen is an internationally respected stainless steel and ferro-alloy industry professional. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of various manufacturing companies within stainless steel, ferro-alloy, construction equipment and mining industries. He also served as Vice- President Sales & Distribution of a global stainless steel production company. Throughout his career he has served on over 30 boards including chairmanships of ferro- alloy and steel trading & marketing companies around the world. He is currently a board member and partner of three management consultancy companies.