AO, FAICD (Non-executive Chairman)
AO, FAICD (Non-executive Chairman)
Donald McGauchie was appointed an Independent Director on 19 May 2010 and subsequently Chairman on 24 August 2010.
Donald McGauchie is the Chairman of Nufarm Limited and a Director of GrainCorp Limited. His previous roles with public companies include 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), and also President of the National Farmers Federation.
During 2011 he retired as a member of the Reserve Bank Board. In 2001 Donald 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.
BEc LLB (Accountancy and Law)
Anthony Abraham was appointed a Director on 7 September, 2014.
Anthony enjoyed 21 years working with Macquarie Bank where he applied his legal and accountancy training and qualifications in a range of business areas and transactions.
In 2003 Anthony established Macquarie’s agricultural funds management business and as the head of this business was responsible for over 3 million hectares of operations in a range of agricultural enterprises including beef production.
Anthony has a range of continuing non-executive directorships with companies within or associated with the Macquarie Group.
AM, FCA, FAICD, BA (Accounting)
Stuart Black was appointed a Director on 5 October 2011.
Stuart Black has extensive experience in agribusiness. He is a current non-executive Director of NetComm Wireless Limited and a past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia.
He was the inaugural Chair and is a current Board Member of the Australian Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards Board. Stuart is the representative of the Australian accounting bodies on the International Federation of Accountants Small Medium Practice Committee, Chairman of the Chartered Accountants Benevolent Fund Limited and a Director of Country Education Foundation of Australia Limited.
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.
MSc (LSE), BA (UMD)
Marc Blazer was appointed as a Director on 31st July 2019.
Marc Blazer is a leader in the international tourism and hospitality sector.
Marc is currently the Chairman and CEO of Overture Holdings, a consumer, hospitality and brand investment group. He is also 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, Co-founder and Director of Ahimsa Partners, a venture that licenses, owns, and operates Le Pain Quotidien 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. 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.
Shehan Dissanayake was appointed as a Director on 27th April 2012 and appointed as an Executive Director on 11th of April 2017.
Shehan Dissanayake is a senior Managing Director and member of the Board of Directors of the Tavistock Group, a privately held investment company. He has responsibility for portfolio strategy across 200 companies in 15 countries, and is CEO of Tavistock Life Sciences, an operating unit of the Tavistock Group.
Before joining Tavistock Group in 2002, Shehan was a Managing Partner of Arthur Andersen with responsibility for strategy and business planning for the global legal, tax and HR Consulting Divisions of the firm, encompassing 1,600 partners and 15,000 professionals.
Earlier in his career, Shehan was involved in the medical research and technology industries. He holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences from The University of Chicago.
B Ec, FAICD
Tom Keene was appointed a Director on 5 October 2011.
Tom Keene has an extensive career in agriculture and is the former Managing Director of Graincorp Limited, where he established the company as a listed entity. He is the former Chairman of Allied Mills Limited and Grain Trade Australia Limited. Tom is currently a director of Cotton Seed Distributors Limited and Midway Limited.
In 2007 Tom was the recipient of the NAB Agribusiness Leader of the Year Award.
Chief Executive Officer
Hugh Killen was appointed CEO in December 2017. Prior to this, he held the position of President and CCO in a consulting capacity, responsible for the AACo operations and finance functions.
He joins AACo from Westpac Institutional Bank where he brings 27 years’ experience in Global Financial Markets. He spent the first three years of his Westpac tenure at Head Office, followed by three years in London and five years in New York as Westpac’s Division Head in North America.
From 2012 Hugh was Westpac’s Global Head of FICC managing trading desks across Asia Pacific, UK and US. Hugh sat on the Financial Markets Management Team and was responsible for trading globally. He was also a member of the Australian FX Committee and Board Member of the AFME Global FX Division. Previously he spent seven years at State Street Bank & Trust Co in London and Dresdner Bank Sydney.
Neil Reisman was appointed a director on 10 May 2016. Mr Reisman is a Managing Director and member of the Board of Directors of the Tavistock Group. Since joining the firm in 2004, he has held multiple roles including chairing Tavistock Group’s Investment Committee and having the general counsel and Chief Financial Officer report into him.
Neil spends most of his time working with portfolio companies within the Tavistock Group. He has more than 30 years of business experience with emphasis on operations, legal, tax and finance. Previously, Neil worked at various multinational companies, including Arthur Andersen and Amoco Corporation. He received his juris doctor in 1986 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his bachelors of science in Accountancy in 1983 from the University of Illinois.
During the past three years Neil has not served as a Director of any other listed company.
BCom LLB (Hons)
Jessica Rudd was appointed a director on 15 November 2017.
Jessica is founder and chair of Jessica’s Suitcase, a Tmall Global store. She launched the fast growing online Australian lifestyle retailer in 2015 when she and her young family returned to Australia after five years living in Beijing. She serves as Alibaba’s Australian and New Zealand Lifestyle Ambassador and has worked as a lawyer, in politics and communications. She has written two novels—Campaign Ruby and Ruby Blues—and contributes opinion pieces to newspapers and magazines.
Jessica 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.