Board of Directors
Guy Russo is a highly accomplished business leader with a strong commercial and customer-oriented background. Guy is currently Chairman of Australian-owned Guzman y Gomez Mexican Kitchen (GYG). GYG is Australia’s fastest-growing restaurant business with over 140 sites in 4 countries and $300m in network sales. Guy is also Chairman of OneSky, an international charity for children living in poverty in Asia.
Effective 1 September 2020, he has been appointed as a non-executive Director to the Board of Scentre Group (ASX: SCG) which owns and operates Westfield Living Centres in Australia and New Zealand. Previously, Guy has served as CEO, Wesfarmers Department Store Division (Kmart & Target); Managing Director, Kmart Australia & NZ; President, McDonald’s Greater China; CEO McDonald’s Australia Ltd and Chairman of Ronald McDonald House Children’s Charities.
Guy’s most notable achievement is his leadership in turning Kmart Australia into the largest and most profitable retail department store in the country. A member of YPO since 2006, now with Lestari, the first Impact Chapter of YPO, he has consulted to businesses in China and Asia, served as a member of the Business Council of Australia, and won industry awards for leadership in diversity in employment.
Neil Verdal Austin
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
Neil Verdal-Austin was appointed CEO in November 2018 and Managing Director in August 2020. He has more than twenty-five years of experience with various medical distribution and manufacturing companies, where making a difference in people’s lives has become his passion. Prior to this appointment, Neil was SomnoMed’s CFO for 10 years and was instrumental in the company’s development from a small entity with revenues of less than $5 million and total staff of fewer than 50 people to a global company operating in 28 countries, generating some $70 million in revenues and employing over 500 people worldwide. He has not only excelled as CFO, but he also took direct management responsibility for the APAC region, including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea, for four years from 2014 to 2018.
His experience includes systems development and implementation, business acquisitions, strategic planning, reporting and operations management. Before joining SomnoMed®, Neil worked at LifeHealthcare, the largest Australian healthcare distributor of medical products and devices and served as CFO and a key stakeholder at the Orthomedics Group, a large medical distributor in South Africa. During that appointment, he was a key figure in the leadership team and instrumental in all commercial aspects of that business, its processes, acquisitions, financial performance and operational excellence.
Neil completed his studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and is a Chartered Accountant (Australia).
Hamish Corlett is a founder and director of TDM Growth Partners, a leading private investment firm specializing in long term investments in high growth companies globally. TDM made its first investment in SomnoMed in April 2010 and has been a substantial shareholder since October 2012.
Prior to TDM, Hamish worked as an investment manager at Caledonia Investments, a global fund manager. He has extensive experience in North America and Europe in addition to Australia.
Hamish holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours Class 1 (Accounting and Finance) from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma of Counseling from the Australian College of Applied Psychologists.
Hilton Brett is an Operating Advisor at TDM Growth Partners, a private global investment firm founded in 2004, with offices in Sydney and New York, which invests in fast growing companies run by passionate management teams. Hilton is a Non-Executive Director of Pacific Smiles Ltd (PSQ:ASX). Pacific Smiles owns and operates the Pacific Smiles and NIB Dental Care Centres. With 94 dental care centres located throughout the ACT, NSW, Victoria and Queensland, Pacific Smiles is committed to delivering outstanding patient care and customer service throughout a growing network of quality dental care centres. Hilton is also a Non-Executive Director of Guzman Y Gomez Mexican Taqueria (GYG).
Up until March 2018, Hilton was Co-CEO of Accent Group Limited (formerly RCG Corporation Ltd) which is the regional leader in the retail and distribution of performance and lifestyle footwear with over 420 stores across 10 retail banners and exclusive distribution rights for 10 international brands across Australia and New Zealand. Accent’s brands include The Athlete’s Foot, Hype DC, Platypus Shoes, Podium Sports, Skechers, Merrell, CAT, Vans, Dr. Martens, Saucony, Timberland, Sperry Top – Sider, Palladium and Stance. Hilton joined RCG in 2006 when the business had a market capitalisation of $8m. Over the 12 years, the team grew the business to a $800m market capitalisation and delivered total shareholder returns in excess of 25% CAGR.
Hilton holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting (University of Cape Town, South Africa).
Karen Borg has multi-sector, market and channel experience in multiple industries in FTSE 100-250 companies. Karen has led organisational transformation and commercial growth in emerging and mature markets in Asia/Pacific, the USA and Europe.
Karen was previously President Asia Pacific/Middle East at ResMed and Global Vice President at Johnson & Johnson, based in the USA. She has worked for Revlon in Eastern Europe, Seagram in Russia, Goodman Fielder and Nestle in Australia and Taiwan. Karen has recently completed a term as Chief Executive Officer of Healthdirect Australia.
Prior to this, Karen was the inaugural CEO of Jobs for NSW, where she led a combined private/public sector department that redesigned government support for private enterprise. Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney and was a NSW finalist for Telstra Businesswoman of the Year 2017. Karen is on the Board of The North Foundation, Interim Chair of the Australian Vaccine Research Alliance and was a member of the NSW Export Advisory Council.
Michael Gordon is the CFO of Rokt Ltd. Rokt is a high-growth marketing technology company with more than US$100m in sales, over 280 employees and offices in Sydney, New York, Tokyo, Singapore and Auckland.
Prior to Rokt, Michael was the Group CFO and MD of Group Services for Greenlit Brands Pty Limited (formerly Steinhoff Asia Pacific Group Holdings). Greenlit Brands grew from a turnover of A$250m (Freedom) to a A$2.4 billion vertically integrated retailer based in Australia and New Zealand and included brands Freedom, Snooze, Fantastic, Plush, OMF, Best & Less and Harris Scarfe.
Prior to Greenlit Brands, Michael spent ten years with PricewaterhouseCoopers in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Australia specializing in the Retail industry with experience in Audit, Taxation M&A and IPO’s. Michael is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Accounting (University of Witwatersrand, South Africa).
Amrita Blickstead is currently the Chief Operating & Marketing Officer at eBay Australia & New Zealand as well as a member of the Executive Leadership Team. Amrita leads multiple teams across Strategy, Operations, Marketing, Advertising, Monetization & Consumer Selling. Other roles held during her time at eBay include Director of Small & Medium Business (SMB) & Shipping, Head of SMB, Senior Manager of Pricing, B2C Strategy & Seller Experience and Manager of Cross Border Trade. Amrita is responsible for helping drive the short-term and multi-year strategy of the business. She provides thought leadership to all business units, drives operational efficiencies and manages resources in line with key business objectives.
Prior to eBay, Amrita was a management consultant with Port Jackson Partners, advising on strategic issues predominantly in the retail, electricity and building materials industries.
Prior to her role with Port Jackson Partners, Amrita has also held roles with Eli Lilly and Company as a marketing associate, Ventracor Limited as a biomedical engineer and Cochlear Limited as an engineer.
Amrita holds a Master of Business Administration (Harvard Business School, U.S.A.) and Bachelor of Mechanical (Biomedical) Engineering (University of Sydney, Australia).
Terence Flitcroft was a Director of SomnoMed® from 1995 until May 2003. He is a Chartered Accountant with broad commercial and financial experience and has acted as a director and company secretary for a number of private and public companies.
Terence provides company secretarial and accounting services to the Company on a contract basis. He is a Director of Winchester Associates Pty Limited, a licensed investment advisor.