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Our Executive Committee
Richard Henfrey joined Quintis as CEO in February 2020. He brings a wealth of experience in driving strategic change across his 30 year career in strategy and business development. He was previously CEO of ASX listed Blackmores Limited, a leader in natural health and wellbeing consumer products across Australia and Asia.
Richard drove major change at Blackmores, particularly the significant move to become a manufacturer for the first time in the company’s history. He was a key architect of the company’s expansion in Asia and oversaw the doubling of Blackmores’ supply chain capacity to meet extraordinary and sudden demand from China. His successful implementation of this strategy contributed to a doubling of profit in the 2016 financial year.
He started his professional career in the UK telco industry and has also worked in a leadership capacity at another prominent Australian business, Telstra, where he was responsible for building a new marketing strategy for the Business division and leading the national specialist sales team.
Richard has notably served as Board President of peak industry body Complementary Medicines Australia, and is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, holding a Master of Arts degree in Natural Sciences, specialising in genetics and molecular biology.
Mark Wege is a seasoned senior executive, evidenced by a dynamic career spanning 30+ years across various industries, including horticulture, food, property, construction, viticulture, manufacturing, automotive, and engineering. Mark has operated as both a Company Secretary and Senior Executive in ASX-listed and private entities. His expertise extends to team leadership, strategic planning, financial management, contract negotiation, corporate governance and systems development. With a focus on value added manufacturing operations, his global experience includes extended stints in the United Kingdom, Europe, the USA and China.
Vanessa Ligovich is the Chief Marketing Officer at Quintis. Vanessa joined the company from Mastercard where she was the Global Product Manager, responsible for a $200m business. Vanessa’s career spans more than 20 years in senior marketing roles across industries including retail, financial services, healthcare and travel. She has worked in Australia, the UK and Italy and has extensive experience in global strategy development, multi-channel marketing, brand and product development, and designing value-adding loyalty programs. Vanessa is an advocate for gender equality and sustainability and is a committee member for Perth’s International Women’s Day Committee, supporting UN Women Australia, and the IOFI-IFRA Sustainability Charter. Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Curtin University and is a Certified Practicing Marketer (CPM) with the Australian Institute of Marketing.
Carmel Power joined Quintis in July 2021 as Chief Sales Officer. In this role, she is responsible for driving and executing Quintis’ strategy for aggressive growth across all segments with a focus on the cosmeceutical, aromatherapy, fragrance, TCM and incense segments, and to build a position for Quintis as the premium global supplier of ethical, sustainable, and reliably sourced sandalwood.
Carmel joined Quintis after 10 years at DSM, a global leader in B2B human nutrition and health ingredients. During her time at DSM, she held positions including Global Commercial Manager (Nutritional Lipids) in Switzerland, Senior Marketing Consultant in the Netherlands, Director of Personalisation in Singapore, and Sales Director of Oceania. She has also contributed to DSM’s D&I initiatives as the lead for the APAC chapter of the Women’s Inspired Network within DSM.
“As a naturopath and as a business leader, my commitment is to create meaningful health and wellness solutions for all. It inspires me to have the privilege to work with Quintis to help companies create solutions for consumers that meet this need. My priority is to drive Quintis’ commitment through partners and with our customers to realize meaningful innovations and solutions while maintaining our excellent corporate reputation. As part of that, I am committed to providing effective leadership through the empowerment of our people to achieve these objectives.”
Richard Henfrey concluded 10 years’ experience on the executive team of major publicly listed vitamin supplements business Blackmores, culminating in his appointment as CEO.
Richard drove major change at Blackmores, particularly the significant move to become a manufacturer for the first time in the company’s history, overseeing the doubling of Blackmores supply chain capacity to meet extraordinary and sudden demand from China. His successful implementation of this strategy contributed to Blackmores’ net profit after tax for the 2016 financial year increasing by 115 percent.
He started his professional career in the UK telco industry and has also worked in a managerial capacity at another prominent Australian business including Telstra, where he led a national specialist sales team of 160 sales professionals.
Richard has notably served as Board President of peak industry body Complementary Medicines Australia, and is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, holding a Master of Arts degree in Natural Sciences, specialising in genetics and molecular/cell biology.
Mel Ashton holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia, is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and Graduate of the AICD Directors Course. He has over 35 years' experience and leverages his strategic approach and business network in his role as a specialist in corporate restructuring and finance and as a Professional Company Director. This includes his current Non-Executive Director roles at Aurora Labs Ltd and the Hawaiian Property Group. Mel has been Chair on the Boards of the ASX listed companies Gryphon Minerals Ltd, Venture Minerals Ltd, Resource Development Group Ltd and Empired Ltd amongst others. His former roles include President and Director of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Vice President and Director of Fremantle Football Club Ltd, Chairman of Cullen Wines (Australia) Pty Ltd and Acting CEO of Royal Flying Doctor Service (2017-18).
Julius Matthys holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia. He has significant executive experience, having spent 36 years in the resources sector. Julius has held senior executive roles including President of Worsley Alumina JV, Marketing Director BHP Iron Ore, Alumina, and Aluminium. He has worked in Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and The Netherlands. He is also currently Chair of Council at John XXIII College.
Rod Sutton has over 25 years' experience in business advisory and management. He is currently a Special Advisor to the Asia Pacific region of FTI Consulting and is based in Hong Kong. Upon joining FTI Consulting in 2010, a professional services and consulting business listed on the New York Stock Exchange, Rod was appointed as its Chairman of the Asia Pacific area. He had oversight of all elements of the Asia Pacific business including FTI Consulting’s numerous client-facing activities, regional and global strategy, vetting of acquisition opportunities and management of all support functions including but not limited to the finance, human resources, information technology, marketing and operations departments. He was also a member of FTI Consulting’s global Executive Committee. He moved back to a full client-facing role in June 2017 as a Special Advisor. Before joining FTI Consulting, Rod was an Executive Director of Ferrier Hodgson with whom he commenced his career in Melbourne in 1988. He relocated permanently to Hong Kong in 2002.
David Fenlon has enjoyed an elaborate career in both public and private businesses, building success for other businesses and his own, being involved in executive and board experiences all across Europe, Australia, and Asia. Proud of the fact that his experience permits him to be an enterprise-wide and transformational leader, he has worked extensively within retail, FMCG, new technology, and well-being. David joined Blackmores in 2013 and had responsibility for both territory and whole business functionality. He was a Director of the Special Olympics foundation for two years until June 2019 and is on the board of The Quest for life foundation. David served as Group CEO and Managing Director of BWX Ltd between July 2019 to January 2022. He is currently the CEO of the PA Group and Non-Executive Chairman of Nutritional Growth Solutions and also Non-Executive Director of Elixinol.
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