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16 March 2020
Dekel Agri-Vision Plc
("Dekel" or the "Company")
Dekel Agri-Vision Plc, the West African focused agricultural company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Aristide ("Aris") C. Achy Brou as a Non-Executive Director of the Company. Mr. Aristide Achy Brou will be taking over from Mr. Bernard Francois, who is stepping down as Non-Executive Director to pursue other business interests. The Board changes are effective immediately.
Over the last 20 years Aristide has held senior positions in the commodity and derivative trading divisions at Citadel, British Petroleum, JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs. A native of Côte d'Ivoire, Aristide and his family have been involved in rubber plantations and processing operations in the country for over 40 years. Aristide grew up in both France and Côte d'Ivoire and after graduating from the leading aerospace engineering school in France, he moved to the US where he obtained a Master of Science at MIT and received a PhD in Applied Statistics from Johns Hopkins University. Additionally, he holds an MBA from the Wharton Business School, with a focus on Finance and Operational Management of Corporations.
Commenting on Aris' appointment, Lincoln Moore, executive director, said: "We are delighted to welcome Aris to the Board. With extensive experience working in Côte d'Ivoire, and a raft of industry knowledge trading commodities spanning over 20 years, Aris's appointment will benefit the Company significantly as we work towards advancing and growing our diverse portfolio of agriculture projects.
"I would also like to thank Bernard for his considerable and invaluable contributions during his time with the Company and on behalf of the Board I would like to wish him well on all his future endeavours."
Aris Achy Brou, aged 43, holds or has held the following directorships or partnerships in the past five years:
Current directorships or partnerships
Previous directorships or partnerships
Brou Holdings LLC
As at the date of this announcement, Aris holds 21,300,000 ordinary shares in the Company, representing approximately 5.02% per cent. of the total issued share capital of the Company.
Save as set out in this announcement there are no further matters to be disclosed under Rule 17 or paragraph (g) of Schedule 2 of the AIM Rules for Companies.
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DekelOil Public Limited
+44 (0) 207 236 1177
Cantor Fitzgerald Europe (Nomad and Joint Broker)
David Foreman, Luke Philippou (Corporate Finance)
Keith Dowsing (Equity Sales)
+44 (0) 207 894 7000
Optiva Securities Limited (Joint Broker)
+44 (0) 203 137 1903
St Brides Partners Ltd (Investor Relations)
+44 (0) 207 236 1177
DekelOil Public Limited is a multi-project, multi-commodity agricultural company focused on West Africa. It has a portfolio of projects in Côte d'Ivoire at various stages of development: a fully operational palm oil project in Ayenouan where fruit produced by local smallholders is processed at the Company's 70,000tpa crude palm oil mill; a cashew processing project in Tiebissou, which is due to commence production in 2020; and a second palm oil project in Guitry which is under development.