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 Chief Operating Officer
Group Chief Operating Officer since 2018, Eduard started his career at MKS as Global Financial & Business Line Controller of MKS PAMP GROUP in April 2017. He was 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’s 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 and member of the Executive Management Committee, 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, member of the Executive Management Committee 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 License in Philosophy from Paris 1 Sorbonne University.
Managing Director and member of the Executive Management Committee since 1983, he is widely respected for his comprehensive trading, marketing and fabrication expertise. Mehdi has been instrumental in broadening the Group’s reach, range of services and productivity over the course of 30 years. He 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 Business Development & Group Head of Marketing
Head of Business Development and Group head of Marketing as well as beeing a member of the Executive Management Committee since 2018. Omar previously worked in the Netherlands as an internal controller for the MKS PAMP GROUP and was instrumental in the repositioning of the group’s digital strategy. During his time with MKS PAMP GROUP, he also started an alternative investment initiative.
Omar serves as Chairman of the board of Goldavenue SA, an ecommerce platform focused on physical precious metals. Additionally, he serves on the Board of director of Pandion mine finance, a fund structure vehicle that provides financing to mining companies. He is also a board member of MKS Precious Metal Hong Kong. Omar graduated from the European Business School in London with a bachelor’s degree in International Business with a major in Finance.
Group Head of Refining
Head of Refining since 1988. Jay travels extensively to Latin America and Africa to visit mine sites and perform due diligence assessments. Thanks to his in-depth expertise of the Refining and Mining industry he regularly participates as distinguished speaker in conferences around the globe as well as in panels orchestrated by the World Economic Forum. He holds a bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Lausanne University and followed an executive Finance Business course at Harvard University.
Group 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.
Group 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 Human resources
Head of Human resources since 2018. Priscilla has an in-depth experience in Human resources management gained in HR management positions in banking, food industry, higher education and international organisations. She regularly teaches HR professionals within the framework of the studies for the federal certificate specializing in personnel management. She holds a master’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Business Administration, both from Geneva University.
Head of Treasury and Operations
Head of Operations since 2017. Jérôme joined MKS PAMP GROUP in 2012 and worked as Head of Operations at MKS Precious Metals DMCC in Dubai for 2 years before taking the position of Group Financial Controller at MKS PAMP GROUP B.V. in Amsterdam. Prior to joining the MKS PAMP GROUP, Jerome worked 5 years with Ernst & Young for financial and regulatory audit in the banking and financial industries. He holds a master’s Degree in Financial Management from Grenoble School of Management and is a Swiss Certified Public Accountant.
Head of Administration
Head of Administration since 2018, Jean has led the HR function of MKS for 16 years. 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’s degree of Science from San Diego State University with a Major in Finance.
Group Head of Corporate Social Responsibility
Olivier heads the MKS PAMP Group Corporate Social Responsibility function since November 2012. In that capacity, Olivier has led a number of responsible sourcing initiatives and participated actively in all major industry wide responsible sourcing initiatives and forums (he is a member of the Multi Stakeholder Group of the OECD Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains, a member of the Board of the Swiss Better Gold Association, member of the Governance Committee of the Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade). Olivier joined the MKS PAMP GROUP in 2000. Before that, he gained in-depth experience in the Banking and Finance sectors with management positions in the audit and business advisory as well as bank operations areas. Olivier is a Swiss Certified Accountant since 1992.
Head of Middle Office
Head of Middle Office since 2016. Alessandro is an experienced commodity risk professional and held risk management roles in Lukoil, ENI, PwC and Sorgenia. Alessandro pioneered the application of modern risk measurement techniques to commodity markets and published several papers and articles. He holds a Political Economy degree from “L. Bocconi” University, an master’s degree in Business Administration in Energy Economics and Management, he is certified GARP FRM and PRINCE2 and a member of the EOC Committee for the Global Association of Risk Professional (GARP).
Jacqueline Mayor Meylan
Head of Finance and Compliance
Head of Finance and Compliance since 2009. Jacqueline 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. She is as well responsible to provide leadership, operational oversight and system coordination of financial information. 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. She holds a master’s Degree in economics from Lausanne University and is a Swiss Certified Public Accountant.
Group Head of Sales
Head of Sales since 2019. Xavier has joined the MKS PAMP GROUP in 2013, overseeing all legal matters and leading the onboarding department and client relationship, covering all upstream as well as downstream customers, trading and banking accounts. Prior to this, 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 holds a master’s Degree in law from Lausanne University, and a Diploma of advanced studies in Commodity Trading from Geneva University.
Kulathusarma (Venkatesh) Thandaveswaran
Group Head of IT
Head of Information Technology since 2017. Venkatesh joined MKS PAMP GROUP in 1999 as Project Manager for Goldavenue, where he played a key role in implementing IT Systems for precious metals online and catalogue retail business. With his in-depth knowledge in precious metals refining, manufacturing, retail and trading processes, Venkatesh is instrumental in implementing several IT systems across MKS PAMP GROUP. Since 2010, he has been driving the group’s IT strategy. Prior to this, he worked for six years in the United States and India as Systems Analyst. Venkatesh holds a bachelor’s Degree in computer science and Engineering from Sathyabama University in India.
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.
5 MKS Dubaï
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.
8 MKS Malaysia
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.
9 MKS Singapore
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.
10 MKS Hong Kong
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).
11 PAMP Shanghai
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.
12 MKS Australia
Managing director since 2018, Jason was first Head of Trading for the Australian Office, 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 since 2019, Chris has extensive knowledge of the bullion and precious metal industry. Prior to joining MTB, Chris was responsible for the global sales for Bullion (including Refinery, Storage and Exchange Traded Products), Numismatics and the Foreign Circulation businesses at the Royal Canadian Mint. Chris started his career at the Royal Canadian Mint in 1996 as an IT consultant and subsequently held progressively senior positions in IT, Marketing and Sales. Chris holds a Master of Business (MBA) Degree from the University of Ottawa.
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.
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Operating Officer of MTB, he has extensive background in both the base and precious metals markets, Kevin came to MTB in 2016 with a keen eye for financials in this unique industry. Overseeing the accounting, finance and IT teams, implementing and securing MTB’s trading and logistics platforms and streamlining operational processes in all facets of the company, Kevin, who worked for J.P. Morgan Metals & Concentrates for seven years and then continued with Freepoint Commodities for another five, also acts as a liaison with our MKS PAMP partners across the globe.
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Based in Geneva, Switzerland
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer since 2017, Alessandro has a strong e-commerce background. Prior to joining the Group Alessandro founded two retail websites with several thousand customers around Switzerland. Additionally, he is a board member of Corriere del Ticino Holding SA, the main publishing group in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, and Vallombrosa SA, a company active in the management of campsites. Alessandro graduated from the Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC) in Lausanne with a bachelor’s degree in Management.