Wah-Hui Chu is 70 years old and has been a director since January 2007. He serves on the Audit and Nominating & Corporate Governance Committees. He has a Master's in Business Administration from Roosevelt University. He is a member of the Board and Compensation and Nomination & Governance Committees of the SIX listed SIG Combibloc Group AG, and since August 2018 is the Co-Founder and Chair of iBridge TT International Limited, a Hong Kong based private company.
In 2013, Mr. Chu served as Chief Executive Officer of Tingyi Asahi Beverages, the largest soft drink company in China with over $6 billion in revenue, and was its Executive Director until February 2014. He served as a Director of Beijing-based sportswear company Li Ning Company Limited from July 2007 through December 2012; and was Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Next Media Limited, the leading publicly traded media company in Hong Kong that focuses on the greater China region, from October 2008 to October 2011.
Mr. Chu spent many years as an executive at PepsiCo, serving as: non-executive Chair of PepsiCo International’s Asia Region from April 2007 to April 2008; and President of PepsiCo International — China Beverages Business Unit from March 1998 to March 2007, as well as Chair of PepsiCo Investment (China) Limited from January 1999 to March 2007 and again from March 2012 to December 2013.
Mr. Chu has extensive professional experience in management positions at leading U.S. companies’ Asian businesses, having spent a substantial majority of his time since 1980 in Asia with Quaker Oats Company, H.J. Heinz Company, Whirlpool Corporation, Monsanto Company, and PepsiCo. We have significant operations in Asia and are making significant investments in Asia, particularly China, and a person with Mr. Chu’s background provides valuable assistance and insight to our company.