AO, FAICD (Non-executive Chairman)
AO, FAICD (Non-executive Chairman)
Mr McGauchie was appointed a Director of Australian Agricultural Company Limited on 19 May 2010 and subsequently Chairman on 24 August 2010.
His previous roles with public companies include Chairman of Telstra Corporation Limited, Chairman of NuFarm, Deputy Chairman of James Hardie, Director of GrainCorp Limited, Deputy Chairman of Ridley Corporation Limited, Director of National Foods Limited, Chairman of Woolstock, Chairman of the Victorian Rural Finance Corporation, Chairman of the Australian Wool Testing Authority, President of the National Farmers Federation from 1994 to 1998 and Director of Reserve Bank of Australia from 2000 to 2011.
In 2001, Mr McGauchie was named Rabobank Agribusiness Leader of the year and awarded the Centenary Medal for services to Australian society through agriculture and business.
In 2004 Mr McGauchie was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to the wool and grain industries.
BEc LLB (Accountancy and Law)
Mr Abraham was appointed a Director on 7 September 2014. Mr Abraham is Chairman of the Staff and Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and Nomination Committee.
Mr Abraham has over 30 years’ experience in banking, finance and investment management, including 20 years specifically in food and agriculture. Mr Abraham established Macquarie Group’s agricultural fund’s management business and is currently a member of ROC Partners’ food and agricultural investment team.
During the past three years Mr Abraham has not served as a Director of any other listed company.
AM, FCA, FAICD, BA (Accounting)
Mr Black was appointed a Director on 5 October 2011. Mr Black is Chairman of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee.
Mr Black has extensive experience in agribusiness. He is a non-executive director of Noumi Limited, a former nonexecutive director of Palla Pharma Limited, NetComm Wireless Limited, Coffey International Limited, and 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 the community.
During the past three years, Mr Black has served as a Director of the following listed companies:
*denotes current Directorship
MSc (LSE), BA (UMD)
Mr Blazer was appointed a Director on 31 July 2019. Mr Blazer is Chairman of the Brand, Marketing & Sales Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee.
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 co-owner 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 extensive 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 earned a graduate degree from the London School of Economics in 1992, and a BA from the University of Maryland in 1990.
During the past three years Mr Blazer has not served as a Director of any other listed company.
Dr Shehan Dissanayake was appointed as a Director on 27 April 2012, and was an Executive Director from 11 April 2017 to 20 November 2019. 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.
He holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences from the University of Chicago.
During the past three years Dr Dissanayake has not served as a Director of any other listed company.
BCom LLB (Hons)
Ms Rudd was appointed an Independent Non-Executive Director on 15 November 2017 and serves on the Staff and Remuneration, Nomination and Brand, Marketing & Sales Committees.
In 2015, Ms Rudd founded Jessica’s Suitcase, a direct-to-consumer Chinese cross-border e-commerce retail platform which she sold to eCargo Holdings (ASX:ECG) in 2018, on whose board she served until 2020.
Ms Rudd is currently the interim CEO of The Parenthood and is an Independent Non-Executive Director at Hostplus.
She has served on the Griffith University Council since January 2020 and was appointed Pro-Chancellor (People, Nominations and Remuneration) in March 2023. She has co-chaired the National Apology Foundation since 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 holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons)/Bachelor of Commerce from Griffith University and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland as a solicitor in 2007. She was awarded the Griffith University Arts, Education and Law Alumnus of the Year in 2013.
During the past three years Ms Rudd has served as a Director of the following additional listed company:
Mr Reisman was appointed a Director on 10 May 2016. He is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and the Nomination Committee.
Neil 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.
During the past three years Mr Reisman has not served as a Director of any other listed company.
Ms Gentry was appointed a Director on 24 October 2022. Ms Gentry is a member of the Audit, Risk and Management Committee and Nomination Committee.
Ms Gentry is a Vice President at the Tavistock Group where she manages investments in the food, agriculture, health and technology sectors. She has experience in finance, operations, investments and marketing. Ms Gentry holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland. She is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
During the past three years Ms Gentry has not served as a Director of any other listed company.