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Corporate Ladder: your weekly guide to executive appointments


In this week’s executive appointments column, InDaily tracks the movements of those driving South Australia’s public and private sectors in industries including finance and technology. Who’s who on the Corporate Ladder? Read on.

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Ford takes up TWE top job

Tim Ford

Tim Ford has begun his role as Managing Director and CEO of Treasury Wine Estates. Ford replaces Michael Clarke at the helm of Australia’s largest wine company, which includes iconic labels Penfolds, Wynns and Wolf Blass.

The 46-year-old worked in a number of management positions at National Foods before joining TWE in 2011. His previous roles at TWE have included COO and Global Supply Chain Director.

Ford grew up in Adelaide and studied at the University of Adelaide. He was also a talented sportsman, playing cricket in the Redbacks’ 2nd XI and football for the Adelaide Uni Blacks before moving to Melbourne to pursue career opportunities more than 20 years ago.

Clarke served in the role since March 2014 with his retirement effective from July 1.

Also in the wine sector, non-executive director for Smart Sat CRC Michele Allan has been named chair of Wine Australia for a three-year term.

As well as her role with the Adelaide-based Smart Sat CRC, Allan is non-executive director for Food Agility CRC and the CSIRO.

SeaLink chair heads to Middle East

Jeff Ellison

Andrew McEvoy has stepped away from SeaLink Travel Group to take up an executive position in the Middle East after announcing his resignation in February.

The former head of Tourism Australia was chair of SeaLink from 2015 and has held top state and national roles including as SA Tourism Commission boss, Adelaide Riverbank Authority chair and Fairfax Media Life Media and Events director.

Last year, The Australian reported McEvoy had also co-founded a mobile app which translated local business content into Chinese. Sealink invested $3.2 million in the app but had to write down $1.6 million of the investment.

At the time, it said the app had not achieved the “milestones set out in its initial business/investment case and a decision has been made in consultation with our auditors to impair the carrying value of this asset by 50 per cent.”

The SeaLink Board has appointed deputy chair and former CEO Jeff Ellison to McEvoy’s role while a replacement is found.

Lance Hockridge has been appointed as a non-executive director of the company.

Accounting movements

Mike Rowe.
Michael Macolino.

HLB Mann Judd has appointed Mike Rowe as a director of the Adelaide-based accounting and advisory firm after more than two years as CEO and CFO.

Rowe has held a number of senior financial roles including as business and commercial advisory director of Deloitte and project manager for global financial services Rabobank.

He told InDaily there would no longer be an official CEO or CFO at HLB Mann Judd but that a management team would continue driving his initiatives.

In his new role, Rowe said he would help South Australian businesses develop strategies and financial management plans, which was both particularly pertinent given the economic climate and “good for the soul”.

He said he was “excited to have the opportunity to help businesses achieve their vision and goals and to inspire and mentor a generation of fellow professionals”.

Meanwhile, former KMT Partners principal Lachlan Kennett has joined accounting firm BDO Adelaide as Director, Private Wealth.

Kennett moves to BDO after more than two years with KMT Partners.

He also previously worked as a financial planner for ipac South Australia and BT Financial Group for more than a decade.

Coinciding with Kennett’s newly created role, Michael Macolino has been named Associate Director of Agtech for BDO Adelaide after two years as Senior Manager in their Technology Advisory team.

Macolino graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2009 and has since founded a string of businesses including a gym, a real estate portal for private landlords and an accounting and technology firm.

A new leader in not-for-profit

Scott Mosen.

Guide Dogs SA/NT fundraising and business development manager Scott Mosen has been elected to the board of the Leaders Institute of SA.

The not-for-profit aims to develop “wiser leaders” for the state.

Mosen has more than a decade’s experience working and volunteering across the not-for-profit sector including as a member of SA’s National Heart Foundation advisory committee, an Institute’s Governor’s Leadership Foundation program graduate and secretary of NFP Adelaide Business Collective.

Meanwhile Brad Chilcott has taken the reigns as White Ribbon Australia’s executive director.

An adviser to former Premier Jay Weatherill, Chilcott remains on the board of Reconciliation SA and was the founding convenor of the state’s Family and Domestic Violence Advocacy Network.

Top roles in technology 

South Australian-based aerial surveying business Aerometrex has named David Byrne as COO.

Previously the company’s chief technology officer, Byrne started with Aeromtrex in 2000 and acted as chief photogrammetrist and production manager.

A statement from the company said Byrne was “a driving force at Aerometrex … and is the contributor of many innovative developments to the company including our 3D modelling system and the aerial camera MetroCam.”

The camera is designed to enable highly efficient imagery capture from Aerometrex’s aircrafts.

Byrne remains executive director of the company.

The Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre – based out of Lot Fourteen – has appointed former WA Police chief information security officer Hai Tran as CEO.

The West Australian has worked as a federal agent and managed security for federal government agencies and Curtin University.

New managing partner for Finlaysons

Andrew Dyda

Andrew Dyda has been appointed managing partner of legal firm Finlaysons, replacing David Martin who has moved into a consultancy role.

Dyda joined Finlaysons in 2005, was made partner seven years later and has now been announced as its youngest managing partner.

He was named as one of InDaily’s 2018 40 Under 40 finalists for his work with the firm, which included advising APR Energy in negotiations with the state government following the 2016 state-wide blackout.

As well as his work with Finlaysons, Dyda has held roles on the board of YMCA SA and with the SA Chamber of Mines and Energy.

Government appointments

The State Theatre Company of South Australia has appointed Nunn Dimos Foundation director Alexandra Dimos to its board.

While Joanne Pfeffer and Renlee Estate Wines CEO Howard Hollow have been named as part-time sessional commissioners of the Environment, Resources and Development Court of South Australia.

Corporate Ladder is part of our weekly Business Insights edition, which is brought to you by BDO.

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