Curt Leonard B.S, Chairman
Curt has held numerous senior management positions during his 31 years with the Mars group of companies in the United States and Australia, including General Manager of Mars Confectionery, Managing Director of Uncle Ben’s, and Managing Director of Mars Australia and New Zealand.
In addition, he has served as President, Asia Pacific of all Mars businesses, and a Director of the Managing Board of Mars Incorporated global business. Curt is Chairman of publicly listed Select Harvests Limited, Director of publicly listed Patties Foods Limited and Chairman of Biodiesel Producers Limited. Curt brings to the Advisory Board extensive experience in running and managing a number of large international manufacturing businesses.
Graeme Billings B.Com FCA
Graeme recently retired from PwC where he was a senior partner in the Assurance practice. He is the former practice head and head of the firm’s Australian and Global Industrial Products business. His extensive experience spans over a 34 year period in assurance, transaction and consulting services with multinational and national clients in the automotive, construction and general manufacturing industries.
Graeme brings to the Advisory Board extensive experience with financial, corporate governance and audit matters and his experience includes acquisitions and mergers, due diligence, investigating accountants’ reports, fraud investigations and internal control reviews. He is also a regular media commentator on the industrial products sector. Graeme also holds a number of Board positions, including: the Bill Hutchison Foundation Board, Non-Executive Director at GUD Holdings Ltd, and National Can Industries Ltd.
Ian Knight B.Bus, CPA, CA, FAIM, MCD
Ian is Managing Director of KIAD Partners Pty Ltd a private investment group, and holds a number of Board positions including: Non-Executive Director: CleanTeQ Holdings Limited; Rockwell Financial Services Group Pty Ltd; Flinders Australia Limited; Neural Diagnostics Pty Ltd; Pinnacle Development Group Pty Ltd; and Fenwick Software Pty Ltd. Ian is also a Partner of nem Australasia Pty Ltd and an Executive Director of Scancorp (Victoria) Pty Ltd. Ian also has considerable experience in serving on various not-for-profit boards for over 20 years and currently sits on the Boards of Alzheimer’s Australia (Victoria) Limited and Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation (Victoria) Limited. Until June 2012 Ian was a Senior Partner of KPMG, (Chartered Accountants & Advisors).
Ian has had an extensive career in Accounting and Advisory for over 40 years, and was a Partner at KPMG from 1995 to his retirement in 2012. Ian has acted for many corporate clients as well as both State & Federal Governments in divestment and acquisition advisory roles.