The MKS PAMP GROUP prides itself in having experienced team members and recognized experts in the precious metals market. People are the main asset of the organisation. Here are some of the individuals who are helping shape the success of the group on a daily basis.
Group Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial Officer of MKS PAMP GROUP since 2008. Venkata joined the group as a Financial Controller in September 1994. He graduated from Geneva University in 1990 and qualified as a Swiss Certified Chartered Accountant in 1994. Prior to joining MKS PAMP GROUP, Venkata spent four years working as an auditor for Arthur Andersen Geneva.
Group Head of Business Strategy and Development
Head of the Group’s Business Strategy and Development since 2012, assisting senior management in planning future growth and direction as the business continues to expand its products and services. Having spent over 30 years in the precious and base metal markets where he held principal roles in leading investment bank commodities’ businesses, he has served on various LBMA committees and on the management committee for over 10 years.
Eduard van der Heijden
Group Financial Controller
Global Financial & Business Line Controller of MKS PAMP GROUP since April 2017, responsible for implementing and developing appropriate tools to pilot and monitor the operational and financial performance of the Group. Prior to joining MKS PAMP GROUP he held senior finance positions in large Public Listed Manufacturing Companies. Eduard holds a Master Degree in Auditing from Nyenrode Business University and is a Dutch Certified Public Accountant.
Group Credit Officer
Group Credit Officer since October 2017, responsible for the set-up, implementation and execution of the Group’s credit risk management function. He graduated from Nyenrode Business University’s Master of Science in Management program in 2005, after which he completed his Post Graduate Master on Risk Management for Financial Institutions in 2016, on the topic of ‘Risk Assessments of Commodity Traders’. Prior to joining, he worked in the corporate banking industry for 10 years, with focus on the area of risk management in the commodity markets, mainly dedicated on clients in the metals and mining industry.
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Chairman of MKS (Switzerland) SA since 1982, he has developed the company into a leading integrated precious metals group. Marwan, who graduated from The Wharton School of Economics, University of Pennsylvania, with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Multinational Enterprises, regularly shares his expertise on the gold and precious metals market as a keynote speaker throughout the industry and in front of leading financial institutions, forums and journalists. He was a primary member of the Task Force Committee to prepare a report on commodities markets for the G20 summit in Paris in 2011. He is also an international consultant to the Shanghai Gold Exchange.
Member of the Board and Vice Chairman of MKS (Switzerland) SA since 1981. Karma is responsible for the treasury and risk management activities. She has been an integral part of the MKS (Switzerland) SA team for years, and thanks to her long-term thinking and attention to detail, the group expansion policy has reached its objectives. Karma holds a Philosophy Degree from Sorbonne University in Paris.
Mehdi has been instrumental in broadening the Group’s reach, range of services and productivity over the course of 30 years. He joined the MKS PAMP GROUP in 1983 and is widely respected for his comprehensive trading, marketing and fabrication expertise. Mehdi has contributed greatly to broadening perceptions of the value of precious metals worldwide through innovative products and marketing concepts and has been one of the industry’s most visible proponents of products and services quality standards, best practices and ethics, as well as environmental sustainability. Mehdi graduated from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and Decision Sciences.
Head of Refining
Head of Refining at MKS (Switzerland) SA since 1988. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Lausanne University. Jay travels extensively to Latin America and Africa to visit mine sites and perform due diligence assessments. He participates in conferences around the globe as well as in discussions orchestrated by the World Economic Forum.
Head of Human Resources
Head of Human Resources department of MKS (Switzerland) SA since 2002. After working as an independent financial advisor specializing in the global derivatives markets, in 1986 he created Falcon Brokers, an investment company and large oil-trading operation. Jean-François also takes care of some of the Alternative Investments of the group. He holds a Bachelor of Science from San Diego State University with a Major in Finance.
Head of Trading
Head of Trading since 2007. He joined MKS PAMP GROUP as a country representative of Singapore in 1996 and moved to Switzerland in 1997. Bernard holds a MBA in International Business from European University in Geneva and is currently serving in the London Bullion Market Association as a member of the Public Affairs Committee.
Head of Physical Sales
Head of Physical Sales since 1993. He joined MKS (Switzerland) SA as a trainee in 1982 and worked within different departments of the group, providing him with an all-embracing understanding of the precious metals industry. Afshin is broadly experienced in the trading market, particularly in all aspects of physical trading. He holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Webster University, Geneva.
Head of Compliance
Head of Compliance department since 2009. She is responsible for anti-money laundering and supply chain due diligence as well as the implementation of responsible sourcing practices within the Group. She has led the drafting of the LBMA Responsible Gold Guidance as well as the development of the LBMA best practice due diligence toolkit. She is also a member of the Accreditation and Certification Committee of the Responsible Jewellery Council. Jacqueline holds a Masters Degree in Economics from Lausanne University and is a Swiss Certified Public Accountant. Prior to joining the MKS PAMP GROUP, Jacqueline worked 10 years with Ernst & Young as Senior Manager for financial and regulatory audit in the banking and financial industries.
Head of Accounting
Head of Accounting department since 1979. He joined Mahmoud Shakarchi as a trainee in 1967, performing different roles in various departments of the Group in Lebanon. Upon establishment of MKS (Switzerland) SA in Geneva in 1979, Rafic was promoted to Head of Accounting.
Head of IT
Head of Information Technology since Dec 2017. Venkatesh has been driving the group’s IT strategy since joining MKS PAMP GROUP in 1999. Prior to joining MKS PAMP GROUP, he worked for six years in United States and India. Venkatesh holds a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science and Engineering.
Head of Onboarding
Xavier has worked two years for a Geneva based law firm prior to take the bar exam and another two years for Ernst & Young in a legal and regulatory department dedicated to banks and other financial intermediaries. He has joined the MKS PAMP GROUP in 2013, overseeing all legal matters and leading the onboarding department, covering all upstream as well as downstream customers, trading and banking accounts.
Head of Sales & Marketing
Head of Sales for MKS Switzerland since 2016, Chloé is a commodities finance professional with in-depth knowledge of the precious metals market. After graduating from Sciences-Po in Paris, she began her career in the environmental financial products team in a top-tier London Investment Bank. The years spent in the dealing room interacting with large industrial companies, commodity producers and governmental institutions to optimize their commodities exposures have nurtured her interest for Sales interractions and sustainable usage of natural resources.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer since 2016. Nadia joined the company in 2009 as Head of Sales and Marketing. She began her career in the precious metals industry immediately after obtaining a master's degree in International Studies from Dauphine University in Paris. Prior to joining PAMP, Nadia developed her industry expertise by holding various management positions in Australia, The Netherlands, and with the French government Mint, Monnaie de Paris.
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Cumhur K. Timucin
Managing Director of MKS Turkey office since 2010, he has more than 15 years of experience in gold trading and is regarded as an authority on the Turkish market. He holds an MBA degree from Middle East Technical University with a Bachelor of Science in Materials & Metallurgical Engineering. Cumhur also acts as the chairman of LCO Precious Metals and GCL Recycling and Refining.
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Managing Director of the Dubai office, he joined the Group in 1997, initially as Head of Research and Strategy, before taking a customer- and product-orientated position. Frederic is also responsible for MKS's press and media relationships and is a regular contributor and columnist for online media, TV and newspaper agencies covering the precious metals industry worldwide.
Member of the Board
CEO of MMTC-PAMP India from its inception in 2008 after being on the Board of MMTC Ltd, India’s largest international trading corporation. Rajesh has been associated with the Indian base and precious metals industry for the past 20 years and has pioneered various innovative schemes for domestic bullion operations. He is a regular speaker on the subject at industry forums and conferences in India.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer at MMTC-PAMP since 2017, Arjun has extensive knowledge of operations and private equity and has primarily focused on restructuring institutions in the UK and India. In India, he served as CFO and Head of Strategy at IFMR Rural Channels - a pan-India organization focusing on financial inclusion. Previous positions in London include working with JC Flowers - a global private equity firm overseeing distressed and growth investments in India and Europe. Moreover, Arjun has worked with Oliver Wyman as a management consultant and JP Morgan as an investment banker in their financial institutions group in London.
Head of Marketing
Head of Marketing for MMTC-PAMP, he has been associated with the MKS PAMP Group since 2002 and with MMTC-PAMP since its inception. Vipin is responsible for overall marketing function for bullion and minted products, market research, new product development and customer engagement. With a strong sales and marketing experience of more than 21 years in base and precious metals, Vipin was invaluable in setting up the Company’s dealing desk in India. He has contributed significantly to the Company’s in-house developed retail distribution platform, which manages its all-India minted product distribution.
7 MKS Thailand
Managing Director of the Thailand office, Sudarat was significantly involved in the establishment of MKS Precious Metals (Thailand) in 1997 and has since built a strong business relationship with all major gold traders, especially on the precious metals physical trading via renowned services team. She studied Business Administration in the US.
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Managing Director for MKS PAMP Group’s business in Malaysia, Joseph is also currently acting as strategic director for the South East Asian markets, responsible for the development and implementation of business strategies in Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. As an active member of the Federation of Goldsmiths and Jewellers Association of Malaysia, Joseph has been instrumental in the negotiations with the Malaysian authorities on Goods and Services’ Tax exemptions and taxations for precious metals.
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Having joined the company in 2009 as a bullion dealer, Eddie has since progressed through increasingly responsible roles in business development and physical trading with MKS Singapore. Eddie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore, majoring in Finance.
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Frederick has more than 28 years of physical trading experience, having worked in ScotiaMocatta HK and Mitsui HK as head of precious metals sales and marketing. Frederick received a MBA (Financial Management) at University of Hull (UK) and BA (Hons) in Accounting at London Metropolitan University (UK). He is also a certified Public Accountant (CPA) from Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA) and Chartered Public Finance Accountant (CPFA) from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA UK).
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Chai Minqi has been the Managing Director of PAMP (Shanghai) Precious Metals Trading Co., LTD since 2008. Before joining MKS PAMP GROUP, he was already in the coin business, both numismatic and bullion coins for more than twenty years.
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Managing Director of the Australian Subsidiary, Clive has over 40 years’ experience in precious metals, commodities and banking. He joined MKS in 1998 to establish its standalone Australian operations. Previously, Clive was Executive Chairman of the Sydney-based Commodity Trading company Tennant Limited after being Head of the Bullion and Commodities business for Macquarie Bank in Sydney.
Head of Trading
Head of Trading for the Australian Office, Jason is responsible for the management of the Group's trading operations in the Asian time zone. He joined the MKS Sydney office in 1998 as a Trainee Dealer and has been involved in the development of the Group's trading business in precious metals and foreign exchange ever since. Jason and his team co-ordinate the trading and other business activities with the Group’s subsidiary offices throughout Asia and India.
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Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer of MTB, he has served in the commodities and financial services businesses for more than 15 years, and in several other industries. Scott has served as an officer of Credit Suisse-First Boston and Kay Corporation, a physical commodities and futures clearing, brokerage and trading advisory company that also owned the Kay Jewelers store chain. He also worked for the American Stock Exchange.
President of MTB, he has extensive knowledge in all facets on the precious metals industry. In addition to his trading experience, he is a well-respected commentator and writes a blog that appears several times a week on the MTB homepage. Roy has held executive level positions at several industry leading trading companies through his career. While working closely with all departments, he has principal responsibility for the trading and sales activities of the company.