Mr. Joseph Tek, born in January 1966, was appointed the Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director (“CEO&MD”) of IJM Plantations Berhad (“IJMP”) on 23 May 2010.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (1st Class Honours) degree from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He was a Commonwealth ODASS-Sime Darby scholar and obtained his Master's in Philosophy (Plant Breeding) from Cambridge University, England. He also attended the ASEAN Senior Management Development Programme organised by Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Malaysia.
He joined IJMP in September 2004 to head the research, training and development activities of the Group, and was appointed an Alternate Director on 22 May 2008 and Executive Director on 19 October 2008 besides being the General Manager – Plantations (Sabah). He was then redesignated to the position of Chief Operating Officer & Executive Director on 18 May 2009, prior to his appointment as CEO&MD of IJMP.
Prior to joining IJMP in 2004, he was with Sime Darby Plantations Sdn Bhd as Plant Breeder in Ebor Research (1991-1997), R&D Manager (1997-2000) and later Manager-Agritech Business (2000-2001) with Sime Aerogreen Sdn Bhd and Sime Gardentech Sdn Bhd. His last position was Head of R&D with the Malaysian Palm Oil Association (MPOA) (2001-2004).He is currently a member of the Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) of the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) (2011-2013) and a Council Member of the Malaysian Estate Owners’ Association (MEOA) since 2009. He was also a Council Member of the Malaysian Oil Scientists’ and Technologists’ Association (MOSTA) (2006-2007), a member of the Criteria Working Group for the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) (2005-2006) and Vice-Chairman of the MPOA Environment Working Committee for 2004-2005.