Bakke to retire as Sime Darby Plantation MD

Mohd Bakke Salleh joined the Sime Darby group about nine years ago.

KUALA LUMPUR: Sime Darby Plantation Bhd’s (SDP) managing director, Mohd Bakke Salleh, will retire on June 30 after serving the group for close to nine years.

In a filing to Bursa Malaysia today, the company said Bakke would be succeeded by his deputy, Mohamad Helmy Othman Basha.

Bakke, 64, joined the Sime Darby group as its acting president and group chief executive on July 15, 2010, after previously serving as FGV Holdings Bhd (then Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd) president and CEO.

Helmy was appointed the deputy managing director on Jan 1, having previously served as chief operating officer (upstream) in 2017 and head of plantation services and special projects in 2016.

He was also the head of plantation upstream of SDP before leaving in 2013 to set up Xcellence Alliance Sdn Bhd and Chemara Palmea Holdings Bhd.

SDP said Helmy’s vast experience includes serving as Guthrie Property Holding Sdn Bhd’s finance and administration manager, and CEO of Highlands and Lowlands Bhd and Guthrie Ropel Bhd.

He was also instrumental in bringing about the completion of the acquisition and restructuring exercise of PT Minamas Gemilang plantation in Indonesia.