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.
Chief Executive Officer
Neil brings a strong combination of world-class strategy and successful execution experience as a CEO in retail and the active outdoor category. Neil is a passionate outdoors man with a proven record of turnarounds and is very enthusiastic about the Billabong portfolio of brands. Neil has spent 24 years in the consumer and retail industry as an operator, consultant and investor. He was most recently an Industry Partner to Canadian private equity firm Onex, where he acted as a senior advisor focused on retail. Prior to this, Neil was CEO of Eddie Bauer, where he successfully turned the company from a struggling business to a revitalized brand under private equity ownership. While at Eddie Bauer Neil conceived and launched the highly successful First Ascent line of expedition gear and returned the company to its outdoor heritage. From 2003 to 2007, Neil served as the CEO of Bath and Body Works, a division of NYSE listed Limited Brands where he reversed 26 months of negative same store sales within three months of joining, growing the revenues of the company from US$1.8 billion to US$2.5 billion in just over four years. From 1989 to 2003 Neil worked at the Boston Consulting Group, where he was a Partner in the Consumer and Retail Practice and worked for six years with Les Wexner on brand building at Limited Brands. Neil received a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Political Economy from Williams College.
|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.
|Jason Mozingo |
Jason Mozingo is a Senior Managing Director at Centerbridge Partners. Jason leads the firm’s retail and consumer investment efforts. Prior to joining Centerbridge, Jason was a Principal with Avista Capital Partners (spun-out of DLJ Merchant Banking in 2005) and DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, a leverage buyout group managing in excess of $9 billion. He joined DLJ in 1998. Jason was graduated from UCLA Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude with a degree in economics and received an M.B.A. with high distinction from Harvard Business School in 1998, where he was a Baker Scholar. Jason is a CFA charter holder and a member of the CFA Institute. He currently serves as a Director of P.F. Chang’s, CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries and GT Holdings, LLC.
|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 establishment and development of Billabong’s business from its initial growth within Australia to its expansion as a global brand. Ms Paull has extensive experience in intellectual property, trademark protection, business administration, manufacturing, distribution, supply chain, marketing, sponsorships, wholesale and retailing. Ms Paull previously held the position of Company Secretary until 1 October 1999. Appointed Non-Executive Director on 4 July 2000. |
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 as a non-executive director in listed companies, private entities, and public sector and nonprofit organisations. Dr. Pitkin is the Deputy President of the Queensland Division of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Dr. Pitkin is a current non-executive director of retailer Super Retail Group Limited (ASX: SUL). She is a former director of Aristocrat Leisure Limited and Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group.|
|Matthew Wilson |
Matt Wilson is a Managing Director at Oaktree Capital Management and is based in Los Angeles. Matt leads Oaktree’s retail and consumer investing efforts, including investments in the apparel, retail, consumer products, food, beverage, and restaurants sectors. Prior to Oaktree, Matt was with H.I.G. Capital, LLC, a leading middle market private equity firm managing over $13 billion of capital. Prior thereto, Matt worked in the middle market buyout group at J.H. Whitney & Co. and the investment banking division at Merrill Lynch & Co. in New York. Matt graduated with a B.A. degree with Distinction in Economics and History from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of AdvancePierre Foods, Diamond Foods (Nasdaq: DMND), and The Bridge Direct HK and is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Bureau of Los Angeles.
Maria Manning, B.Bus (Acc), CPA and FCIS
|Below is a summary of our committee structure and membership information.|