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Corporate Overview Board of Directors

Board of Directors
IAN  POLLARD
Non-Executive Chairman
Experience and expertise

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 Chair of Just Group Limited and as a Director of OPSM Group Limited and DCA Group Limited, which he founded.

He is currently Chair of RGA Reinsurance Company of Australia Limited 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.

Mr Pollard was appointed as Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Company on 24 October 2012.

MCNEIL SEYMOUR  FISKE JR
Executive Director
Experience and expertise

Neil Fiske was appointed as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Company on 21 September 2013. He has 25 years of experience in the consumer and retail industry as an operator, consultant and investor. Prior to joining the Company he was an Industry Partner to Canadian private equity firm Onex, where he acted as a senior advisor focused on retail.

From 2007 to 2012 Mr Fiske was CEO of Eddie Bauer an outdoor lifestyle store chain based in the USA. From 2003 to 2007 Mr Fiske was the CEO of Bath and Body Works, a division of NYSE listed Limited Brands. From 1989 to 2003 he was in the Consumer and Retail Practice of the Boston Consulting Group. Mr Fiske received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Political Economy from Williams College.

GORDON  MERCHANT AM
Non-Executive Director
Experience and expertise

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, as a supporter of medical, youth and marine conservation organisations, and to surf lifesaving. Mr Merchant was appointed as director of Plantic Technologies Limited on 31 March 2005 and resigned on 2 April 2015. Mr Merchant was appointed as Non-Executive Director of the Company on 4 July 2000.

KIM ANDERSON
Non-Executive Director
Experience and expertise

Kim Anderson brings extensive experience in the digital and e-commerce sectors and in the media and publishing industries, which will be valuable given the Company’s OMNI and other projects. Ms Anderson is currently a Non-Executive Director for Carsales.com.au and WPPAUNZ (formed this year from the merger of STW Group and WPP). She also chairs the Remuneration Committee of both companies and up until May 2016 was Chief Executive Officer of Reading Room, Inc and also has experience as a board member of both listed and unlisted companies, including a Fellow of Senate of the University of Sydney from 2004-2011, and is on the Board of the University of Sydney, North American Alumni Association.

Kim has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Science from the University of Technology Sydney. Ms Anderson was appointed as Non-Executive Director of the Company on 9 December 2016.


HOWARD  MOWLEM
Non-Executive Director
Experience and expertise

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 and acquisitions, financial reporting, treasury, tax, investor relations, audit and governance. Mr Mowlem was appointed as Non-Executive Director of the Company on 24 October 2012. Mr Mowlem holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons), M.B.A., and Securities Industry Diploma. He is a Fellow of CPA Australia.

ELLIOTT  WEINSTEIN
Non-Executive Director

Experience and expertise

Elliott Weinstein is a Managing Director at Centerbridge and focuses on investments in the Retail & Consumer and Industrial sectors. Mr. Weinstein previously served within the Investment Banking Division at Goldman, Sachs & Co. He is a Director of KIK Custom Products, Inc, Cardinal Logistics, LLC and Syncreon. Mr. Weinstein previously served as a Director of The Kenan Advantage Group, Inc. He holds a BA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, where he was honoured for graduating first in his class.


Company Secretary

Tracey Wood, L.LB, BA (Psych), L.LM.
Company Secretary

Below is a summary of our committee structure and membership information.
Chairperson Chairperson Committee Member Member
 Human Resource and Remuneration CommitteeAudit and Risk CommitteeNominations Committee
IAN  POLLARD
IAN  POLLARD
Non-Executive Chairman


Experience and expertise

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 Chair of Just Group Limited and as a Director of OPSM Group Limited and DCA Group Limited, which he founded.

He is currently Chair of RGA Reinsurance Company of Australia Limited and an executive coach with Foresight’s Global Coaching.
Committee Member Committee Member Chairperson
KIM ANDERSON
KIM ANDERSON
Non-Executive Director


Experience and expertise

Kim Anderson brings extensive experience in the digital and e-commerce sectors and in the media and publishing industries, which will be valuable given the Company’s OMNI and other projects. Ms Anderson is currently a Non-Executive Director for Carsales.com.au and WPPAUNZ (formed this year from the merger of STW Group and WPP). She also chairs the Remuneration Committee of both companies and up until May 2016 was Chief Executive Off... 
Chairperson Committee Member Committee Member
HOWARD  MOWLEM
HOWARD  MOWLEM
Non-Executive Director


Experience and expertise

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. <... 
Committee Member Chairperson Committee Member
ELLIOTT  WEINSTEIN
ELLIOTT  WEINSTEIN
Non-Executive Director


Experience and expertise

Elliott Weinstein is a Managing Director at Centerbridge and focuses on investments in the Retail & Consumer and Industrial sectors. Mr. Weinstein previously served within the Investment Banking Division at Goldman, Sachs & Co. He is a Director of KIK Custom Products, Inc, Cardinal Logistics, LLC and Syncreon. Mr. Weinstein previously served as a Director of The Kenan Advantage Group, Inc. He holds a BA from the Richard Ivey School of Business ... 

Committee Member Committee Member Committee Member
MCNEIL SEYMOUR  FISKE JR
MCNEIL SEYMOUR  FISKE JR
Executive Director


Experience and expertise

Neil Fiske was appointed as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Company on 21 September 2013. He has 25 years of experience in the consumer and retail industry as an operator, consultant and investor. Prior to joining the Company he was an Industry Partner to Canadian private equity firm Onex, where he acted as a senior advisor focused on retail.

From 2007 to 2012 Mr Fiske was CEO of Eddie Bauer an out... 
   
GORDON  MERCHANT AM
GORDON  MERCHANT AM
Non-Executive Director


Experience and expertise

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, as a supporter of medica...