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The Corporate Ladder: your weekly guide to executive appointments

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In this weekly column, InDaily tracks the movements of those driving South Australia’s public and private sectors in industries including professional services and energy.

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After advising clients in the energy sector throughout his career, corporate lawyer and law firm manager Tim Bednall has been named a non-executive director of oil and gas company Cooper Energy.

Tim Bednall

A corporate partner of King and Wood Mallesons, Bednall specialises in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and corporate governance.

He has worked for the firm for 16 years, during which time he has held positions as chairman of the Australian partnership, managing partner of mergers and acquisitions and tax as well as and managing partner of KWM Europe and Middle East.

Meanwhile, exploration and mining company Centrex Metals has appointed John Santich as company secretary, replacing Christine Manuel

Santich is a corporate lawyer and engineer with broad corporate legal, company director and company secretarial experience.

New BDO partner has wealth of experience

Tim Sandow

The Adelaide BDO office has today welcomed Tim Sandow as its newest partner.

Sandow has moved from PwC where he provided tax advice to a variety of private and public companies in a range of industries for more than 15 years.

Throughout his career Sandow has worked on mergers and acquisitions, international tax, tax governance, tax consolidations and tax effect accounting.

Adelaide BDO Office Managing Partner Rudy Pieck said Sandow’s appointment as Tax Partner was well timed as the firm focussed on ensuring its clients were in the best position to deal with the challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis.

“Tax is a constant growth area for BDO nationally and we expect this will be intensified as businesses navigate their way through COVID-19, but also as they come out the other side and look to embrace the opportunities the post-COVID-19 environment presents,” Rudy said.

“Tim also brings strong knowledge of the natural resources, energy and defence sectors, which is another focus area of the Adelaide office.”

CFOs in demand

Sigma Healthcare has appointed Wayne Johnston as interim chief financial officer while the company looks for a permanent CFO.

Wayne Johnston

Johnson was previously chief financial officer for transport and logistics provider K&S Corporation as well as having held senior finance roles at Spicer Limited.

Taking over as transport and logistic group K&S Corporation’s chief financial officer is Raunak Parikh, who has worked as a financial controller for the company since 2019.

Prior to beginning with K&S Corporation Parikh held senior audit roles at KPMG Australia for 13 years.

K&S Corporation chairman Tony Johnson said the company looked forward to Parikh’s ongoing contribution.

Raunak Parikh

Micro-X appoints new director

Hi-tech advanced manufacturing company Micro-X has appointed David Knox as a non-executive director.

Knox, who has worked across engineering and public markets in local and multi-national companies, will start on April 7 after stepping down as CEO of Australian Naval Infrastructure.

As head of ANI, Knox has led the federal business in its delivery of the naval infrastructure required to support the Commonwealth’s shipbuilding program, including the completion of South Australia’s $535 million Osborne shipyard.

David Knox

Knox has previously held a number of senior global management positions across businesses including oil and gas producers Santos and BP Developments.

He remains chair of Snowy Hydro Limited – the country’s largest renewable energy company – and independent social enterprise The Australian Centre for Social Innovation.

Micro-X is best known for manufacturing lightweight, mobile x-ray machines at Tonsley.

Coronavirus costs SkyCity jobs

Last week InDaily reported SkyCity Entertainment had reduced its capital expenditure and operating costs, which included a “management team restructure” in response to the economic downturn of COVID-19.

As part of the restructure Chief Property Officer Peter Alexander has stepped down from his role and will leave the company effective July 2.

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