The appointments expand the company's board to five members, in addition to Andrew Affleck, Jean-Francois Peron and Olivier Duguet.
Olivier Duguet, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Blue Circle, stated:
"We are pleased to welcome Philippe Damas and Buranawong Sowaprux to our Board of Directors. Both bring their extensive working experience in Asia and their special relationship with energy and finance in Thailand and Singapore. We highly value the additional and complementary perspectives they bring to our board."
Philippe Damas has been the Chief Executive Officer of ING Group Retail and Private Banking for Asia until 2009 and is board member and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the TMB Bank since 2008. Having subsequently worked for JP Morgan Securities as Managing Director in Tokyo, London, Hong Kong, and for the Bruxelles Lambert Bank in Brussels, Philippe joined the ING Group in 2000 and served as Chief Executive Officer of ING Baring in London before heading the ING Private Banking Unit in Amsterdam and ING Retail and Private Banking Asia in Singapore from July 2005 to November 2009. Philippe is also member of the Board of different asset managers based in Singapore beside his position at the TMB Bank in Bangkok.
Philippe has a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University and an Engineering degree from Ecole Nationale de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace in Toulouse.
Buranawong Sowaprux has over 28 years of experience in the energy sector, having served in various management roles for ExxonMobil Corporation. Buranawong joined Esso (Thailand) Public Company Limited in 1985 to become Finance Manager in 1989. In 1995, he led a project team to transform Esso (Thailand) PLC to become a public company listed on the Bangkok Stock Exchange. After serving in the USA and Singapore for the ExxonMobil Group, Buranawong returned to Thailand in 2002 to become Esso (Thailand) PLC Controller. He retired in 2013 after holding a management position in ExxonMobil Global Services Company in Houston and being Director of ExxonMobil Limited.
Buranawong is graduated from the Chulalongkorn University and holds a Doctorate in Industrial Engineering from the Texas A&M University.