Vitaco Board of Directors

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Greg Richards

Independant
Non-Executive Chairman


  • Greg was appointed to the Board in August 2015 as an Independent Non-executive Director and is the Chairman. Greg is also Chairman of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.
  • Greg has over 25 years experience in the financial markets and investment banking industry.
  • Greg was appointed to the Board of ASX listed JB Hi-Fi Limited (JB Hi-Fi) in December 2007 and was appointed Chairman of the Board in June 2012. Greg is also a member and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of JB Hi-Fi and was Chairman of the Audit and Risk Management Committee from February 2010 until May 2012.
  • Previously, Greg was an equity partner of Goldman Sachs JBWere where he was employed for over 19 years.
  • Greg holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons).

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Ryan d'Almeida

Chief Executive Officer


  • Ryan was appointed to the Board in July 2015 as an Executive Director and has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Vitaco Group since October 2014.
  • Ryan has been with the Vitaco Group since March 2009, when he commenced as General Manager Commercial and was responsible for the Vitaco Group’s sports and active nutrition business. In 2012 Ryan assumed the role of General Manager for the Vitaco Group’s Sports and Active Nutrition and Health Foods division before being appointed as CEO of the Vitaco Group in 2014.
  • Ryan has been involved in the food and nutrition industry for 20 years, commencing his career with Retail Food Group Limited in Australia and the United Kingdom, and then spending eight years with Weight Watchers as the General Manager Marketing as well as the General Manager Consumer Products.
  • Ryan holds a Bachelor of Business and a Master of Business Administration.

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Emett Hobbs

Independant
Non-Executive Director


  • Emmet was appointed to the Board in August 2015 as an Independent Non-Executive Director. Emmet is also a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.
  • Emmet currently serves as Chairman of Hirepool Limited, Hydraulic New Zealand and Hydraulink Australia Pty Ltd. He is also Chairman of a family group known as the Carr Group. Emmet is also a director of International Telematics Holdings Limited, Next Generation, Net Limited, HGL New Zealand Limited and several other companies in the Hirepool Group.
  • Previously Emmet was a director of Mainfreight Limited, Auckland Regional Holdings and Ports of Auckland Limited. Emmet was also previously an executive director of Brambles Australia and Brambles Europe and held the position of Executive Director of Freight for Qantas Airways and General Manager of Freight for Australian Airlines. Emmet has also been a director of a number of listed and unlisted companies in New Zealand, Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom over the past 30 years.
  • Emmet holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Canterbury.

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Katrina Onishi

Independant
Non-Executive Director


  • Katrina was appointed to the Board in August 2015 as an Independent Non-Executive Director. Katrina is also the Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.
  • Katrina is also a director and advisor to several not for profit organisations.
  • Until 2010 Katrina was an executive director of Concord Capital Limited (Concord), a boutique funds management business that she co-founded in 2000.
  • Prior to co-founding Concord, Katrina held several funds management roles both in Australia and overseas.
  • Katrina holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Sydney and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Katrina is a member of the CFA Institute, a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute, Australasia.

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Andrew (Sandy) Lockhart

Non-Executive Director
(Representative of Next Capital)


  • Sandy was appointed to the Board in July 2015 as a Non-Executive Director. Sandy is also a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
  • Sandy is a founding partner of Next Capital Pty Limited (Next Capital), a Sydney based private equity manager focussing on middle market and growth opportunities in Australia and New Zealand. Sandy has been a director of a number of Next Capital’s investee companies. Next Capital (and its associated entities) will hold 15.3% of the Shares of the Company on completion of the Offer.
  • Sandy has over 35 years’ experience in specialised lending situations and private equity investment.
  • Prior to founding Next Capital, Sandy held the position of an executive director of Macquarie Bank Ltd where he had overall responsibility for managing Macquarie Bank’s private equity business, which encompassed investments made through both Bond Street Investments, a subsidiary of Macquarie Bank, and three Macquarie Investment Trusts during the period between 1987 and 2004.
  • Before joining Macquarie Bank Sandy worked for Bank of Boston NA, holding positions in Boston, London and Sydney, where he was head of the Bank of Boston’s Australian and New Zealand operations.
  • Sandy also served as a council member of the Australian Venture Capital Association Limited (AVCAL) for a number of years and was chairman of AVCAL from 1995 to 1996.
  • Sandy is also currently Chairman of VHGL (a position he has held since 2006) and a director of several companies including Onsite Rental Group Pty Ltd, Onslow Holdco Pty Ltd and HGL New Zealand Limited and several other companies in the Hirepool Group.
  • Sandy was formally a director of RPG Holdings Pty Ltd (an investee company of funds affiliated with Next Capital).
  • Sandy holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Harvard and a PMD from Harvard University, ASIA.