Geoffrey Hamilton

Chief Executive Officer

Geoffrey HamiltonMr Hamilton has been CEO of Exera since April 2015. Prior to joining Exera he served in the Royal Canadian Navy for twenty years on both full-time and reserve status, ultimately commanding a 200-person unit based in Montreal. His final position at the rank of Commander was as Chief of Staff of a six-unit formation, responsible for coordinating the training and readiness of 700 personnel. Since joining Exera in early 2015, he has directed it to 1,100 employees in size with a footprint in every state and division of Myanmar.

In 2007/2008, he worked on secondment to the United Nations Mission in Sudan, where he coordinated the UN’s military ceasefire commission. He completed his undergraduate degree at Dalhousie University, earned a master’s degree in law specializing in international dispute resolution from the University of London (Queen Mary and University Colleges), and is a graduate of the Canadian Forces College’s Joint Command and Staff Programme. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Kay Thwe Oo

Vice-President, Finance, HR & Administration

Kay Thwe OoMa Kay is Vice-President, Finance, HR & Administration at Exera. She joined the company in 2014 as its accountant and has developed its finance and payroll systems to facilitate its growth from 100 to over 1,100 employees. Previously, she worked at Samsung Myanmar following her return to the country from nearly a decade of work and study in the United Kingdom. While in the UK, she earned her ACCA designation and worked at an SME accounting firm.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in applied accounting from Oxford Brookes University and studied physics at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the University of Yangon.

Yann Sudret

General Manager, Protective Services

Mr Sudret is General Manager, Protective Services for Exera, where he has worked since 2015. A retired Lieutenant-Colonel with 32 years of experience in the French Marines, he commanded an airborne infantry unit in the Indian Ocean, served as Chief of Operations for the South Lebanon UN Quick Reaction Force, commanded a combat outpost in Afghanistan, acted as an Advisory Team Leader to the Afghan National Army, served as Operational Training Cell Chief for the 9th Marines Brigade and coordinated counter-terrorism response for Paris’ three airports.

While seconded to the French Department of Foreign Affairs for six years, he was the Country Program Manager for military training in Ethiopia, Congo, and Afghanistan.

Lawrence Tucker-Gardiner

Senior Security Risk Specialist

Mr Tucker-Gardiner is Exera’s Senior Security Risk Specialist, working out of our Risk Services division. He has over 20 years experience delivering international security risk projects and overseeing operations in a career that has encompassed the Australian Army’s intelligence corp, the Australian Federal Police, numerous UN agencies and international NGOs, and the private sector.

Mr Tucker-Gardiner earned a master’s degree in business administration through the University of Geneva’s IO-MBA programme, and holds a bachelor’s degree in microbiology & immunology from the University of New South Wales. He is a graduate of Royal Military College, Duntroon.

Hannah Zitner

General Manager, Risk Services

Ms Zitner is General Manager of Exera’s Risk Services division. She has worked in Myanmar as an analyst since mid-2016, having previously served as an advisor to the Network Activities Group, a Myanmar-based NGO focused on disaster relief and resilience. She has over 10 years of experience in emergency management and communications in Canada at the provincial and municipal levels, and with the 2010 Olympics organizing committee.

Ms Zitner holds a master’s degree in disaster and emergency management from York University, and bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science from the University of King’s College and Concordia University.

Mario Leroux

General Manager, Transport Services

Mr Leroux is General Manager of the Transport Services division, having joined Exera in June 2015. Previously, he spent over 30 years working in operations for CP Rail, where he managed complex business processes and personnel supervision in a strict regulatory environment, working through fraught unionized employee relationships. He subsequently served as Director of Operations of the Chemin de fer Arnaud, supervising the activities of 200 employees operating a private railway servicing an iron ore mine owned by Cliffs Natural Resources.

Sai Htet Yan Oo

Vice-President, Business Development

Ko Sai is Exera’s Vice-President, Business Development. He joined Exera in 2015 as its Emergency Intervention Manager, subsequently serving as its General Manager before assuming his current role at the beginning of 2017. Prior to Exera, he worked as a contracted oil & gas site doctor for International SOS, and in a wide range of health & safety management roles within the MPRL group of companies. He began his career as a nutrition programme coordinator for Save the Children International in the immediate aftermath of Cyclone Nargis in 2008.

Ko Sai holds bachelor’s degrees in medicine and surgery from the University of Medicine (1), Yangon, an MBA from Malaysia’s Management and Science University, and a certificate in occupational health & safety from the UK’s NEBOSH.

Lauren Benson

Vice-President, Clients & Quality

Ms Benson is Exera’s Vice-President, Clients & Quality. She moved to Myanmar in 2014 to work with the nationalchamber of commerce, UMFCCI, where she developed HR management capacity by designing and implementing new programs, policies, and procedures. Prior to Myanmar, she coordinated operational planning and reporting at RBF (Australia), a Tasmanian superannuation fund. She undertook business analyst and work-stream leader roles for small and large projects, and between 2008 and 2011 managed RBF’s statewide financial counselling services.

Lauren has qualifications at the postgraduate level in business management, project management and financial services, and is currently studying for a graduate diploma in information systems through Deakin University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Tasmania.

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