Meet the Team
irexchange is supported by a highly experienced team with expertise across FMCG, retail, commercial, technology, marketing and supply chain in Australia and internationally. Recent media coverage is detailed below.
Andrew is a highly experienced and successful CEO/MD and ASX Board Director, having led and consistently delivered results over many years for large organisations. Andrew was formerly the Chief Executive of George Weston Foods, Managing Director at Lion Ltd and Coca-Cola Amatil. Andrew is also an experienced Board member who has had extensive exposure to public equity markets. Andrew presently serves on the boards of Oz Harvest, The Healthy Grain and Credit Union Australia.
Ian W. Hicks AM
Ian Hicks AM is Executive Chairman of Applied International Pty Ltd, a private investment group located in Melbourne specialising in both passive and active investments. He is Chairman of the George Hicks Foundation, specialising in a number of arts and indigenous projects, and Chairman of the Mornington Peninsula Foundation assisting severely disadvantaged children. Ian was a Director of both the YPO and WPO in the US. He was a Director of the MS Society Victoria and was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his 14 years with Multiple Sclerosis Australia, including eight as Chairman. Ian is also the former Chairman of Deutscher & Hackett; former Deputy Chairman of the National Gallery of Victoria Foundation; a former Trustee of McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park and of Alzheimers Australia (now Dementia Australia).
After an initial and successful career as a Civil Engineer, John had the opportunity to establish ULR Land Rover 44 years ago which grew into the ULR Automotive Group, comprising ULR Land Rover, ULR Jaguar, Melbourne City Land Rover, Melbourne City Jaguar and Melbourne City Volvo. In past years, John has been the representative for Australia on the Land Rover Global Retailer Advisory Council in the UK. He has also been Chairman of the Australian Land Rover Dealer Council and holds the title of “The Most Continuous Dealer Principal for Land Rover in the World”.
John has more than 25 years’ experience in various financial and commercial management roles. His most recent executive role was at SEEK Limited, an ASX 50 listed leading recruitment and education provider, where he was the Chief Financial Officer for over 12 years. Prior to SEEK, he held management roles at Carlton & United Breweries and commenced his career at Ernst & Young. John is a Non-Executive Director of Blackmores Limited (ASX:BKL) and Melbourne IT Limited (ASX:MLB).
Suzanne is a highly experienced FMCG leader and innovator with a strong record of developing business, and building and delivering strategies for growth. Suzanne has held high profile leadership roles as Managing Director, H.J. Heinz Australia, General Manager, McPherson’s Consumer Products, and General Manager Marketing Innovation and Special Projects, Devondale Murray Goulburn. Suzanne is presently a highly sought after management consultant with specific expertise in consumer, brand and innovation strategies.
Anand is a corporate lawyer with over 17 years’ experience. Anand specialises in advising on mergers and acquisitions and capital raisings for both publicly listed and privately held entities. He also advises on funds management and general securities law matters including listing
rule compliance and corporate governance. Anand has worked for a number of pre-eminent law firms including Herbert Smith Freehills, King & Wood Mallesons and Allen & Overy, global investment bank Credit Suisse AG, and, most recently, his own law firm, Sundaraj & Co.
Chief Executive Officer FMCG
Andrew is a senior executive and leader with significant global and domestic experience in business transformation, strategy, sales, marketing and operations within the FMCG sector. Andrew has a proven record of delivering year-on-year sales and profit growth in large national and multinational retailer and supplier organisations across multiple sales and distribution channels in markets including Australia, the UK and the USA. Andrew’s extensive sales, marketing and operational experience has been gained through his roles with Cadbury Schweppes, Reckitt Benckiser (Global Sales Development Director and USA Vice President Trade Marketing; Nestle (Head of Sales and Category) and Metcash (General Manager Merchandise: Food & Non-Food).
Chief Financial Officer
Brett is a qualified Chartered Practicing Accountant with extensive experience in strategy and planning, debt and equity markets and rapid growth environments. He has previously held Chief Financial Officer positions at Money3 Corporation (ASX: MNY), where he also acted as joint Company Secretary, and Catapult Group International Ltd (“Catapult”) (ASX: CAT) where he was also General Manager Commercial. Brett was involved with Catapult’s IPO and acquisitions of XOS Digital and PlayerTek
Chief Commercial Officer
Andrew is a senior executive with a proven record of business delivery; in the expansion of established organisations, turnaround of under-performing businesses, execution of major transformational programs and the development of new innovative and disruptive opportunities. He has held senior leadership positions at the NAB as a member of the Australian Bank Leadership team, and Australia Post as part of the management committee. Andrew’s roles have included: Group General Manager Business Development – Australia Post, Chairman – Loyalty Pacific trading as FlyBuys (largest retail loyalty programme in Australia), and Regional General Manager, Consumer Banking – National Australia Bank.
Chief Marketing Officer
Mel is senior executive, director and marketing professional with a multi-sectoral background and deep subject matter expertise across strategic market development, e-commerce, marketing, brand and corporate affairs. She has a proven capability in directing go-to-market brand strategies, while consistently delivering year-on-year growth, strong market share and brand equity. Mel has worked with many tier one FMCG brands (P&G, Coles, Unilever), is a board member of a number of private family boards, and has been instrumental in successful IPOs in Australia for travel.com.au and Sinewave Hitwise.
Chief Information Officer / Chief Technology Officer
Greg is an experienced Business and IT executive with a successful track record in transforming growing businesses; and in defining, delivering and operating major programs that provide tangible value for customers and shareholders. Greg has worked as an executive and consultant across retail, telecommunications, insurance, energy and the defence sectors, and has implemented lasting change across a range of business functions including multi-channel retailing, fulfilment and logistics, data warehousing and business intelligence, and finance.
General Manager Suppliers
Simon is a highly experienced FMCG leader who has worked across every facet of grocery and convenience store retailing. An accomplished merchandiser, marketer and supply chain professional, Simon brings substantial expertise and rigour to the executive team. Simon’s career has been characterised by successful business innovation and transformation and this, coupled with his deep FMCG expertise, delivers enormous value to businesses. Simon has a thorough understanding of retail including merchandising, marketing, supply chain and operations across FMCG and Petrol and Convenience.
Recent media coverage is detailed below. Any media enquiries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.