Mr Hugh Killen
Chief Executive Officer,Managing Director 01/02/2018
Mr Killen held the position of Chief Commercial Officer in a consulting capacity assisting AACo's operations and finance functions. Mr Killen is a experienced senior executive with over 25 years experience in global financial markets and has worked in London, New York and Sydney. Before joining AACo, Mr Killen spent 15 years at Westpac Institutional Bank. He held several senior executive roles which included managing Westpac Banking Corporation's North American business throughout the global financial crisis, and finally as the Managing Director of Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities. Mr Killen has also served as a board member of the Association for Financial Markets Global Foreign Exchange Division, sat on the Reserve Bank of Australia's (RBA) Australian Foreign Exchange Committee, and has represented Australia internationally as the RBA appointed member of the BIS Working Group developing the Global Code of Conduct for foreign exchange markets. Mr Killen has a lifelong association with agriculture, having being raised on pastoral properties in northern NSW and south-west Queensland, and has retained strong personal involvement in the industry through private investments in farming.
Mr Donald Gordon McGauchie
Non-Executive Director,Non-Executive Chairman 19/05/2010
Mr McGauchie is currently a Director of GrainCorp Limited. His previous roles with public companies include Chairman of Nufarm Limited, Chairman of Telstra Corporation Limited, Deputy Chairman of Ridley Corporation Limited, Director of National Foods Limited, Chairman of Woolstock, Chairman of the Victorian Rural Finance Corporation (statutory corporation), Director of James Hardie Industries plc, and also President of the National Farmers Federation. During 2011 he retired as a member of the Reserve Bank Board. In 2001 Mr McGauchie was named the Rabobank Agribusiness Leader of the Year, was later awarded the Centenary Medal for services to Australian society through agriculture and business, and in 2004 was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia. Mr McGauchie is the member of the Staff Committee and Brand, Marketing & Sales Committee.
AO, FAICD Male
Mr Thomas (Tom) B Keene
Non-Executive Director 05/10/2011
Mr Keene has had an career in agriculture; he is the former Managing Director of GrainCorp Limited, and is currently a Director of the leading Australian wood fibre exporter, Midway Limited. He is also the former Chairman of Grain Trade Australia Limited and a former Director of Cotton Seed Distributors Limited. In 2007, Mr Keene was named the NAB Agribusiness Leader of the Year. Mr Keene is Chairman of the Staff Committee.
B.Ec., FAICD Male
Mr Stuart Alexander Black
Non-Executive Director 05/10/2011
Mr Black has experience in agribusiness. He is a current non-executive director of Palla Pharma Limited and Freedom Foods Group Limited, a former director of NetComm Wireless Limited, Coffey International Limited, Country Education Foundation of Australia Limited, former Chairman of the Chartered Accountants Benevolent Fund Limited, and a past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia. He was the inaugural Chair and is a past Board Member of the Australian Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards Board. In 2012 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the profession of accounting, to ethical standards, as a contributor to professional organisations and to the community. Mr Black is Chairman of the Risk Management Committee.
AM, FCA, FAICD, BA (Acc) Chartered Accountant Male
Mr Anthony Abraham
Non-Executive Director 07/09/2014
Mr Abraham has over 30 years experience in banking, finance and investment management including 18 years specifically in food and agriculture. Mr Abraham established Macquarie Group's agricultural funds management business and is currently a member of ROC Partners food and agricultural investment team. Mr Abraham consults to the Clean Energy Finance Corporation's food and agricultural team who seek investments aimed at facilitating the reduction of carbon intensity in the Australian agricultural sector. Mr Abraham is a member Risk Management Committee.
BEc, LLB Male
Dr Shehan Dissanayake
Non-Executive Director 11/04/2017
Dr Dissanayake is a senior Managing Director of the Tavistock Group. Before joining Tavistock Group in 2002, Dr Dissanayake was a Managing Partner of Arthur Anderson.
PhD (Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences) Male
Mr Neil Reisman
Non-Executive Director 10/05/2016
Mr Reisman has more than 30 years of business experience with emphasis on operations, legal, tax, investments and finance. He has worked at various multinational companies, including Tavistock Group, Arthur Andersen and Amoco Corporation. He received his juris doctor in 1986 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy in 1983 from the University of Illinois. He was also director of Mirati Therapeutics. Mr Reisman is a member of the Risk Management Committee.
BSc(Acc),Juris Doctor Male
Ms Jessica Claire Rudd
Non-Executive Director 15/11/2017
Ms Rudd founded Jessica's Suitcase, an e-commerce retail platform which offers high quality Australian products direct to Chinese consumers through online cross-border channels. Ms Rudd has served on the Griffith University Council since January 2020 and was appointed co-chair of the National Apology Foundation in 2021. Beginning her career as a media and intellectual property lawyer, Ms Rudd later worked in London as a crisis management consultant for a global communications firm before moving to Beijing, where she lived and worked for five years. Ms Rudd served as Australia and New Zealand Lifestyle Ambassador for the Alibaba Group from 2016 until 2020. She was awarded the Griffith University Arts, Education and Law Alumnus of the Year in 2013. Ms Rudd is a member of the Staff and Brand, Marketing & Sales Committee.
Bcom, LLB(Hons) Female
Mr Marc Jonathan Blazer
Non-Executive Director 31/07/2019
Mr Blazer is a leader in the international tourism and hospitality sector. Mr Blazer is currently the Chairman and CEO of Overture Holdings, a consumer, food & beverage, and hospitality investment group. From 2013 until 2020, he was the coowner and Chairman of the Board of Noma Holdings, the parent company of world-renowned restaurant noma based in Copenhagen; co-founder and Executive Chairman of New York based PRIOR, a global hospitality and travel company; and Co-founder and Director of Ahimsa Partners, a venture that invests in, licenses, owns, and operates hospitality ventures in India. In addition to his consumer and hospitality business activities, Mr Blazer has also had an career in capital markets. Before becoming Chairman of Overture Holdings, he was a partner and the global head of investment banking at Cantor Fitzgerald. During his tenure, he was named one of Investment Dealer's Digests 40-under-40 in 2006. While at Cantor, he was on the advisory board of Enertech, a clean energy venture fund. Prior to joining Cantor Fitzgerald, Mr. Blazer spent six years at ChaseMellon Financial Corp. (now Bank of New York Mellon), a joint venture between Chase Manhattan Corporation and Mellon Financial Group LLC. Earlier in his career, Mr Blazer was an advisor to members of Congress in both the US House of Representatives and Senate on tax matters, banking and securities legislation, international trade policy, and foreign relations. Mr Blazer is Chairman of the Brand, Marketing & Sales Committee.