Corporate Overview Board of Directors
|Board of Directors|
|Dr Ian Pollard is an actuary, Rhodes Scholar and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has held a wide range of senior business roles including as Chairman of Just Group Limited and of Corporate Express Australia Limited and as a Director of OPSM Group Limited and DCA Group Limited, which he founded. |
He is currently Chairman of RGA Reinsurance Company of Australia Limited, a director of Milton Corporation Limited and of SCA Property Group and an executive coach with Foresight’s Global Coaching.
With an extensive background in corporate finance, strategic investment and retail Dr Pollard has chaired several public company audit committees and was a member of the ASX Corporate Governance Implementation Review Group from 2003 to 2007.
|Launa Inman was appointed as Chief Executive Officer effective 14 May 2012. Ms Inman has 32 years of experience in the retail sector and was the managing director of Target Australia, the country’s largest retailer of apparel, from 2005 to 2011. Prior to this she was managing director of Officeworks, Australia’s largest stationery and office technology retailer, and has considerable skills and depth of experience in global retail, supply chain management, finance, strategic planning and brand marketing.|
|Tony Froggatt was the CEO of Scottish and Newcastle PLC brewing company based in Edinburgh, UK until he retired on 31 October 2007 to return to Australia. He has extensive marketing and distribution knowledge in Australia, Western and Central Europe and Asia particularly in the international food and beverages sectors. He is a current non-executive director of Brambles Limited and Coca-Cola Amatil Limited. He is also a former director of AXA Asia Pacific Holdings Limited, National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Limited.|
|Gordon Merchant AM|
|Gordon Merchant founded Billabong’s business in 1973 and has been a major stakeholder in the business since its inception. Mr Merchant has extensive experience in promotion, advertising, sponsorship and design within the surfwear apparel industry. Mr Merchant was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2010 Australia Day Honours List for service to business, particularly the manufacturing sector, and for his support of medical, youth and marine conservation organisations and surf lifesaving.
He is also a director of Plantic Technologies Limited.
|Howard Mowlem is experienced in many segments of the international retail industry and specifically in Asia. From 2001 to 2010 he was Chief Financial Officer of Dairy Farm International Holdings Limited, a Hong Kong based retail company operating over 5,000 stores across Asia with turnover in excess of US$10 billion. Prior to this Mr Mowlem held various senior financial positions over a 12 year period with the Coles Myer Group. |
He brings extensive experience in corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, financial reporting, treasury, tax, investor relations, audit and governance.
|Paul Naude |
|Paul Naude was appointed President of Billabong's American operations in September 1998 and established Billabong USA as a wholly owned activity in North America. Paul was also appointed as President of the Americas effective 14 May 2012. He has been involved in the surfing industry since 1973 with extensive experience in apparel brand management.|
|Colette Paull |
|Colette Paull was one of the earliest employees of the Billabong business in 1973. Since that time, Ms Paull has been broadly involved in the development of Billabong’s business from its initial growth within Australia to its expansion as a global brand. Ms Paull previously held the position of Company Secretary until 1 October 1999. |
She is also a director of Plantic Technologies Limited
|Sally Pitkin is a former corporate partner of a leading Australian law firm and has extensive experience in listed companies, public sector bodies and specialist fields including corporate governance and structural reform. Ms Pitkin is a current non-executive director of retailer Super Retail Group Limited (ASX: SUL) and a Councillor of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (Queensland Council). She is a former director of Aristocrat Leisure Limited and Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group.|
Maria Manning, B.Bus (Acc), CPA and FCIS
|Below is a summary of our committee structure and membership information.|