Ireland Blyth Limited is managed by an executive team of Chief Operating Officers and General Managers, under the leadership of the Chief Executive Officer.
General Manager, Marine Biotechnology Products
Cougen PURSERAMENGeneral Manager, Marine Biotechnology Products
Gopalakrishna Naidu Purseramen (Cougen Purseramen) holds an MBA from the University of Surrey and a BSc in Economics from University of Bombay. Throughout his career, he has gathered extensive experience in the sector of industrial production, specifically in the textile industry. Before joining IBL in October 2014, Cougen was the CEO of CMT Fabrics Mills Division since November 2010.
COO, Logistics, Aviation & Shipping Sector
Danny AH CHONGCOO, Logistics, Aviation & Shipping Sector
Daniel Ah Chong graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science and completed an MBA at the University of Toronto. Before joining IBL, he worked as a Sales and Systems Engineer with Happy World Computers and as a Business Analyst with Esso Petroleum Canada. He has held various managerial positions within various Sectors of IBL, namely Domestic Appliances, Logidis, Somatrans SDV, among others. This has resulted in exposure to a wide field of activities. Today, he is the COO in charge of the Logistics, Aviation & Shipping Sector (LAS), which comprises some 35 companies and departments, operating both in Mauritius and the region.
COO, Insurance & Leasing
Derek WONG WAN POCOO, Insurance & Leasing
Derek Wong holds a BSc in Computer Science. He is a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and an Associate member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. He joined IBL in 1998 as Head Office Accountant and has been the Group Finance Manager since 2007. Appointed Managing Director of Mauritian Eagle Company Limited on 1st July 2014, in January 2015, he was nominated COO, Insurance & Leasing.
General Manager, Healthcare, Commerce
Din JHEELANGeneral Manager, Healthcare, Commerce
Din Jheelan graduated as Pharmacist from Brighton School of Pharmacy, UK in 1982. He is a Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. In 1985 he joined IBL as Pharmacist/Manager of Medical Trading Chaussée Pharmacy. He moved to the Wholesale Division as Logistics Manager in 1987 and became Marketing Manager in 2001. Din Jheelan was appointed General Manager of Healthcare Business Unit in January 2007.
Chief Finance Officer
Dipak CHUMMUNChief Finance Officer
Dipak Chummun is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Science from the University of Manchester and was a National Scholar in Mauritius. He qualified with PwC in London and has held various senior group and regional roles in treasury, corporate & investment banking, strategy and finance with major in international banks Standard Chartered, Barclays, Emirates NBD and Deutsche Bank in their hubs in London, Dubai, Singapore and Frankfurt. Dipak Chummun was appointed CFO for the Group in January 2015. He is a Director of Ireland Blyth Limited and Mauritian Eagle Insurance Company Ltd, both companies listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius and was formerly an International Advisory Board member of the ICAEW.
General Manager, Manser Saxon Contracting
Eric HARDYGeneral Manager, Manser Saxon Contracting
Eric Hardy graduated with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cape Town in 1991. He later obtained an MBA from the Edinburgh Business School of the Heriot - Watt University in 2007. He worked as a Sales Engineer at Rey & Lenferna Ltd, then as the Manager of Container Enterprises Ltd. He joined Manser Saxon in 1997 as Assistant to the Managing Director and became GM in 2001.
General Manager, Engitech & Escape
Eric LE BRETONGeneral Manager, Engitech & Escape
Holder of a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, Eric Le Breton has first worked as Production Manager of Floreal Knitwear Ltd and General Manager of Narrow Fabrics Ltd. From 1989 he worked as General Manager of Supintex Ltd and F. Hertogs & Co. Ltd as from 2002, before being appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Robert Le Maire Group in August 2005. At the integration of Robert Le Maire into IBL in September 2012, Eric Le Breton was appointed General Manager of Commercial Engineering, which groups 2 companies of IBL's Engineering Sector.
Fabrizio MERLOCOO, Engineering
Holder of a B.Com and a MBA from the University of Natal, RSA, Fabrizio Merlo has over 30 years of experience in the management of building and allied services companies. Mr Merlo has worked in South Africa, Dubai and Mauritius and has managed various projects in the Seychelles and Maldives. He joined in 1997 as Managing Director of Manser Saxon Contracting Limited. Since January 2007, he cumulates the responsibilities of Chief Operating Officer for all the companies within the Engineering Sector of the IBL Group. Fabrizio Merlo also was, for a number of years, COO of the Logistics and Commerce Sectors of IBL.
General Manager, Gabon Operations
Himmunt JUGDUTHGeneral Manager, Gabon Operations
Himmunt Jugduth is the holder of a MS degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University, USA and a MBA (Marketing) from the University of Mauritius. He joined the Group in 2000 as the Operations Manager for IBL Madagascar. In 2002, he took on the responsibility of the IBL Industrial Chemicals and IBL Water Treatment operations, and, in 2005, the management of IBL Agrochemicals and IBL Irrigation as well. After the merger of these companies, he was promoted as GM of Blychem in February 2010. Himmunt Jugduth has recently taken a new challenge as the Head of our Gabon operations.
Chief Human Resources and Communication Officer
Hubert GASPARDChief Human Resources and Communication Officer
Hubert Gaspard holds an Executive MBA and a Master in Industrial Psychology/ Management Consulting from Paris and Quebec. He also holds a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics. As the HR Development Manager of Food and Allied Group, Hubert Gaspard occupied various human resources positions during the last 9 years. He also acted as Management Consultant in Canada and France in different industries. Hubert Gaspard joined IBL on 1st October 2013. He is presently the Chairman of IBL Foundation.
General Manager, Winner's
Jean Philippe VENPINGeneral Manager, Winner's
Jean Philippe Venpin is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Before joining the group, Jean Philippe Venpin was with Happy World Ltd – Foods Division as Divisional Accountant and later as Manager Frozen Foods. He joined IBL in 1994 as Finance Manager of Winner’s and was then promoted to General Manager of the Winner's Chain of Supermarkets. He has occupied his current position since 2005.
Jean Yves RUELLOUCOO, Marine
Jean Yves Ruellou has more than 20 years of experience in shipyards. Before joining Chantier Naval de l'ocean Indien (CNOI) in July 2002, Jean Yves was shipyard Director at St Malo, France from 1994 to 1999 and Head of Production Engineer for the Chantier de l'Atlantique at St Lazaire from 1999 to 2002. Jean Yves Ruellou is currently the Managing Director of CNOI and COO of the Marine Operations.
COO, Business Development
Jean-Luc WILAINCOO, Business Development
Jean-Luc Wilain graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieur des Mines and obtained a diploma in Advanced Management Programme from l’Ecole de Management, Lyon, France. Before joining IBL in May 2011, he worked in several countries in various fields, namely re-engineering, IT, sales and marketing as well as manufacturing. Jean-Luc Wilain has the responsibility of developing strategies for the Group, as well as implementing new projects. He is also responsible for IBL IT and IBL Property Management.
General Manager, BrandActiv, Commerce
Jean-Michel ROUILLARDGeneral Manager, BrandActiv, Commerce
Jean-Michel Rouillard started his career in the hotel industry after completing his studies in London. He later obtained an MBA from Surrey University. He joined IBL in 1997 after having occupied the function of F&B Manager at the Sofitel Imperial then the Belle Mare Plage Resort Hotel. His 15 years with the group has seen him moving up from Sales Manager to Manager in 2003 and General Manager in 2007. In 2011, he conducted the consolidation of IBL Consumer Goods and IBL Frozen Foods to create BrandActiv, an operation he still heads today.
General Manager, IBL Biotechnology
Jesper SIMONSENGeneral Manager, IBL Biotechnology
Jesper Simonsen holds a BSc in Machinery/Marine Engineering from Denmark and a PMP Certification from PMI, USA. He worked in Denmark as Automation Engineer and Manager for a major automation supplier for more than 10 years. Thereafter he has been an independent Consultant since 1995 to major international players in the Process and Automation Industry.
Jesper Simonsen joined IBL Biotechnology (Mauritius) in 2010 and was promoted to the post of General Manager in 2012.
COO, Global Business
Jimmy WONG YUEN TIENCOO, Global Business
Jimmy Wong is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. He has been working in the Global Business industry in Mauritius for the past eighteen years. He joined IBL in 2003 as a Director of DTOS Limited. He was appointed Managing Director of DTOS Limited in January 2005. He is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. Jimmy Wong is COO of the Global Business.
General Manager, Scomat
Jocelyn LABOURGeneral Manager, Scomat
Jocelyn Labour graduated as Electromechanical Engineer from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium in 1984. He also holds an MBA (University of Warwick-UK). He started his career as Electrical Engineer at the F.U.E.L Sugar Factory and Thermal Power Station in 1985. He has held several managerial positions in the industrial sector in Mauritius and Burundi. He joined Scomat Ltée in 1999 as Sales Engineer. He was appointed General Manager of Scomat Ltée in 2001. Jocelyn Labour is a Member of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Contractors (MEECA).
Managing Director, FDM & Transfroid
Maurice RAULTManaging Director, FDM & Transfroid
Maurice Rault started his career as a Navigating Cadet Officer in 1975. Since then he has acquired a wide experience in the shipping sector both in Mauritius and South Africa. He is currently the Managing Director of Froid des Mascareignes Ltd and Transfroid Ltd.
General Manager, CMH
Michel DUPONTGeneral Manager, CMH
Michel Dupont, an agricultural engineer by profession, started his career at IBL Agriculture & Construction in 1990 after his studies in France. Michel Dupont left IBL for a few years and gained extensive experience in management and sales before coming back to IBL in August 2011, as General Manager of Construction & Material Handling Co Ltd (CMH).
Nicolas MERVENCOO, Retail
Nicolas Merven joined in 1994 as Manager to launch the Winner’s chain of supermarkets. For 10 years, was the Senior Executive of the Food and Distribution Business Unit. Since January 2007, is responsible for the implementation of an important development plan for the chain of supermarkets, which now comprises 20 units.
Patrice ROBERTCOO, Seafood
Patrice Robert holds a Bachelor in Engineering from the University of Portsmouth and an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He worked in Singapore for 10 years, where he was a consultant in Supply Chain and Strategy with Accenture, then took employment with DHL and in his last position was Vice President for the service parts logistics business unit. In 2008, he returned to Mauritius and was appointed General Manager, Thon des Mascareignes and later, General Manager of the Seafood operations. In January 2015, Patrice Robert was nominated COO of the Seafood Operations.
Ruben PAYENGeneral Manager
Ruben Payen (Ben) joined IBL on 2nd December 1986. He is currently responsible of Trademarks, Property Management, Projects and Services Department. Ben Payen is also Gérant du Consulat de Belgique and Honorary Vice-Consul of the Netherlands in Mauritius. He is a Trademark Agent and Oversea Member of the Institute of Trademark Attorneys, UK (MITMA).
General Manager, Information Technology
Sareeta GOUNDANGeneral Manager, Information Technology
Sareeta Goundan joined IBL in 1999 in the Information Technology Business Unit and has served at various levels and functions, playing a key role in deploying different technological solutions across the Group. She has been heading the IT Corporate Unit since 2007 as Senior Manager, before being appointed General Manager in January 2010. Prior to joining IBL, she worked in the banking sector. Besides Computer Studies, she also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies and an MBA from the University of Sunderland, UK.
General Manager, Human Resources Corporate Unit
Sylvette GODÈREGeneral Manager, Human Resources Corporate Unit
Sylvette Godère holds a degree in management and an MSc in Human Resources from Surrey University. Before joining the Personnel Department of IBL, as it was called in 1979, she worked in sales for two years. She was promoted as General Manager responsible for Human Resources in 1998.
General Manager - Finance, Engineering Sector
Vinod GOOROOSAWMYGeneral Manager - Finance, Engineering Sector
A Fellow of The Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants, Vinod Gooroosawmy has been practising as an accountant over the last 20 years in various industries which include textile, engineering & commerce FMCG. He joined IBL in 1998 as Financial Manager of Manser Saxon Contracting Ltd and, since January 2007, holds concurrently the responsibilities of General Manager Finance for all the companies within the Engineering Sector of the IBL group.
Chief Executive Officer
Yann DUCHESNE Chief Executive Officer
Yann Duchesne graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole des Mines de Paris and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. He has spent 12 years as Senior Partner at Private Equity firm Doughty Hanson in London. Prior to that, he has worked for 20 years at McKinsey where he was the Managing partner for France – he has also extensively worked in the US, Japan and various European countries. He has wide experience in the Financial Institutions sector, Pharmaceuticals, Industrial sectors, and Luxury.
Yann Duchesne is also the author of a socio-economic book (France S.A.) and is a Knight in the French National order of the Légion d’Honneur.
He has been appointed as CEO and Executive Director of the IBL Group in February 2016.