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Martin Cooper, Principal – Asia

Martin Cooper, Principal – Asia
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Martin Cooper, Principal – Asia

Martin Cooper has over 30 years’ experience across Asia, Europe, North America and Australia. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Touch Ross (now Deloitte) in 1990 and has an MBA from Henley Management College.

After working for various UK based companies as Internal Auditor and subsequently Financial Controller in 2000 he was appointed as Group CFO of Interregnum Plc Plc – a boutique venture capital and advisory firm list on the Alternative Investment Market in London (subsequently The Parkmead Group).

During six years at Interregnum in Martin gained substantial experience of all aspects of finance including raising equity and debt, developing finance teams process and systems, making acquisitions and covered all aspects of managing a growing portfolio as investments. In addition he was also appointed Non-Executive Director to a number of the portfolio companies.

Moving to Singapore in 2006 Martin was appointed Group CFO of Scigen an Australian listed Bio-pharmaceutical distribution company based in Singapore. It has 6 trading subsidiaries with sales being made throughout Asia and Australia and was in the early stages of US$100 million investment project to build three manufacturing facilities India, China & Israel. Whilst at Scigen he strengthened the global finance team, developed systems to control the investment and implemented SAP.

In 2010 Martin Cooper joined Dart Energy as Group CFO. Dart was an S&P/ASX 200 company focused on the development of coal bed methane in Australia, China, India, Indonesia, UK & Europe. He helped the company to raised A$135 million in equity and a US$100 million debt facility. He also positioned the company for an ultimately aborted listing on the Singapore Stock Exchange. In addition, he helped successfully integrate acquisitions totalling A$250 million.

Joining REC in 2013 Martin spent 2 years as the Group CFO and 1 year as the CEO. REC was headquartered in Singapore but listed on Oslo Stock exchange. The company is a manufacturer of Solar panels sold in Australia, Asia, Europe & North America. Revenue circa US$700m EBITDA profit US$100m, employees 2,000. During his tenor as CFO he helped the company list on the Oslo Stock exchange, implemented SAP and developed the Finance team. During his period as CEO he helped the company grow by 40%, successfully sold the company for US$600 million and led the de-listing.

Martin joined REA Holdings in 2016. REC is listed on the London Stock Exchange and manages Palm oil plantations, coal mines and a quarry in Indonesia. During his three years with REC he focused on completing the installation of a new computer system (Sun 6), improving the accuracy and speed of the reporting and developing the Executive Management Processes.

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