Meet our Executive Team

Our executives are a dynamic group with a strong set of complementary skills and an excellent balance of experience, qualifications and leadership.

Mike Salisbury - Chief Executive Officer

Mike Salisbury

Chief Executive
Officer

Mike joined McMillan Shakespeare Group as the Managing Director…

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Mike Salisbury - Chief Executive Officer

Mike Salisbury


Chief Executive Officer

Mike joined McMillan Shakespeare Group as the Managing Director of RemServ in 2008 and was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer in October 2014. Mike has 25 years’ experience in the Financial Services Sector, including a long career at AAMI.

 

Mark Blackburn - Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Mark Blackburn

Chief Financial Officer
and Company Secretary

Mark joined Maxxia as the McMillan Shakespeare Group’s Chief…

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Mark Blackburn - Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Mark Blackburn


Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Mark joined Maxxia as the McMillan Shakespeare Group’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Company Secretary in October 2011.

He has over 17 years’ experience as a CFO in both listed and unlisted companies in the manufacturing, mining and financial services sectors. Immediately before joining Maxxia, he was CFO at iSelect, a comparison website and online insurance broker, and prior to that was CFO at IOOF, a listed funds management business.

Mark is both a CPA and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

Geoff Kruyt - Chief Operating Officer

Geoff Kruyt

Chief Operating
Officer

Geoff joined Maxxia in December 2000 and is currently a key member of…

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Geoff Kruyt - Chief Operating Officer

Geoff Kruyt


Chief Operating Officer

Geoff joined Maxxia in December 2000. During this period, he has held various senior management positions and is currently a key member of the Executive Team responsible for the day-to-day management of salary packaging administration, novated leasing facilitation and asset management services.

With over 20 years’ experience within the insurance and finance industry, Geoff has held senior positions from sales to general management in major financial institutions such as NZI Insurance, Rentworks Ltd, Cendant Australasia, before joining Maxxia as National Manager – Business Solutions.

 

Abe Tomas - Managing Director, Fleet and Financial Products

Abe Tomas

Managing Director, Fleet and Financial Products

Abe joined Maxxia as Group Executive – Fleet and Novated in April…

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Abe Tomas - Managing Director, Fleet and Financial Products

Abe Tomas


Managing Director, Fleet and Financial Products

Abe Tomas joined Maxxia as Group Executive – Fleet and Novated in April 2010 and is currently Managing Director of Fleet and Financial Products. He has over 20 years’ experience in operational leasing, asset management and novated leasing. He has also had extensive global experience in the finance, motor vehicle and insurance industries.

Abe is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and former member of the Securities Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Abe assisted the McMillan Shakespeare Group with acquiring the Interleasing and Holden Leasing businesses in early 2010.

 

Andrew Suckling - Group Executive – Innovation

Andrew Suckling

Group Executive –
Innovation

Andrew joined Maxxia in March 2009, following a 20 year career in the insurance …

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Andrew Suckling - Group Executive – Innovation

Andrew Suckling


Group Executive – Innovation

Andrew joined Maxxia in March 2009, following a 20 year career in the insurance industry including senior management roles with AAMI and RACQ Insurance. In his current role as Group Executive – Innovation, Andrew is responsible for developing market product and service innovation to ensure the continued success of the business.

Andrew holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Sydney.

 

Suzanne Shepherd - Group Executive – Human Resources

Suzanne Shepherd

Group Executive – Human Resources

Suzanne joined the McMillan Shakespeare Group in May 2009. She has in…

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Suzanne Shepherd - Group Executive – Human Resources

Suzanne Shepherd


Group Executive – Human Resources

Suzanne joined the McMillan Shakespeare Group in May 2009. She has in excess of 20 years senior leadership experience in the HR field. Her wealth of experience lies in translating high level business objectives into meaningful people and organisational development strategies with lasting business impact.

Her professional background over the past three decades includes education, law publishing and financial services. She held senior leadership positions at AAMI and Suncorp and immediately prior to joining MMSG was the Head of Human Resources at AAMI.

Suzanne is a graduate of the Senior Executive Programme at London Business School.

 

Daniel Giesen-White - Group Executive – Business Systems

Daniel Giesen-White

Group Executive – Business Systems

Daniel joined Maxxia in July 2008. He is responsible for developing …

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Daniel Giesen-White - Group Executive – Business Systems

Daniel Giesen-White


Group Executive – Business Systems

Daniel joined Maxxia in 2008 and has held a number of senior positions within business systems and IT before being appointed to the role of Group Executive – IT. Daniel is responsible for overseeing all aspects of information technology, information security and program management across the McMillan Shakespeare Group and for supporting the growth of the business by partnering with the company’s business units on IT and project related revenue generating programs.

Daniel has over 20 years’ experience in IT and 15 years’ strategic analysis and program management experience with a strong track record of leading change in IT and across the business.

Prior to joining McMillan Shakespeare, Daniel held senior roles with SunCorp Direct Insurance and AAMI. During this time, he project managed key deliverables in the development and launch of AAMI Business Insurance and Bingle.com.

Daniel holds a Bachelor of Education, majoring in technology, from Victoria University and completed the Executive Management Program at Columbia Business School in 2015.

 

Ron Steiner - Group Executive – Customer Relations

Ron Steiner

Group Executive – Customer Relations

Ron joined Maxxia in July 2008. His primary responsibility is to develop …

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Ron Steiner - Group Executive – Customer Relations

Ron Steiner


Group Executive – Customer Relations

Ron joined Maxxia in July 2008. His primary responsibility is to develop and grow a strong and deep alignment with Maxxia’s business partners.

Ron has over 25 years’ experience in management, sport and education. He previously held senior executive roles with Australian Cricket and Australian Rugby and ran his own successful consultancy. Ron is on the board of the Australian Drug Foundation and has lectured at RMIT, Deakin and Victoria Universities’ post-graduate Schools of Management and Marketing.

 

Sean Dempsey - CEO of Plan Management Partners

Sean Dempsey

CEO of Plan Management Partners

Sean joined Maxxia in September 2014. His primary responsibility is to …

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Sean Dempsey - CEO of Plan Management Partners

Sean Dempsey


CEO of Plan Management Partners

Sean joined Maxxia in September 2014. His primary responsibility is to oversee the commercial integrity and profitability of McMillan Shakespeare Group’s fleet and novated lease offerings, utilising his advanced financial expertise.

With more than 20 years’ corporate experience, including a long-term senior management position at Suncorp, Sean has successfully led large national business functions, achieving key customer outcomes, acquisition, business development and integration activities.

 

Venus Sopikiotis - Group Executive – Southern Region

Venus Sopikiotis

Group Executive – Southern Region

Joining McMillan Shakespeare Group in March 2015, Venus leads …

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Venus Sopikiotis - Group Executive – Southern Region

Venus Sopikiotis


Group Executive – Southern Region

Joining McMillan Shakespeare Group in March 2015, Venus leads the General Management Team across the Southern Region – Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia.

With 20 years’ experience as a Relationship and Operations Executive for companies such as AAMI, Suncorp and Innovation Group, Venus has been responsible for implementing strategic objectives in business services and processes, to achieve growth and profitability targets, whilst maintaining client retention and satisfaction through effective partnering.

Venus has completed a Senior Executive Program at the London Business School.

 

Andrew Daly - Group Executive – Customer Development

Andrew Daly

Group Executive – Customer Development

Since joining McMillan Shakespeare Group in 2005, Andrew has held …

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Andrew Daly - Group Executive – Customer Development

Andrew Daly


Group Executive – Customer Development

Since joining McMillan Shakespeare Group in 2005, Andrew has held a range of senior roles across various business units.

As Group Executive – Customer Development, Andrew is responsible for establishing new customer partnerships across novated leasing, salary packaging and asset management products.

Andrew holds a Masters of Business Administration from Queensland University of Technology.

 

Matthew Daly - Group Executive – NSW/ACT

Matthew Daly

Group Executive –
NSW/ACT

Matthew commenced with McMillan Shakespeare Group in May 2015 and …

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Matthew Daly - Group Executive – NSW/ACT

Matthew Daly


Group Executive – NSW/ACT

Matthew commenced with McMillan Shakespeare Group in May 2015 and oversees the Group’s NSW and ACT operations and our Fleet Operations. Matthew confidently leads the Interleasing and Maxxia teams, providing excellence for our customers and exploring all avenues to achieve our Group plan.

Matthew previously held a broad range of executive positions over 30 years with the Department of Health (NSW) and most recently as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (TAS). During his employment, Matthew successfully implemented a number of key initiatives to ensure a strong operational health networks while maintaining Government budget and service expectations

 

Simon Haidar - Group Executive – Sales and Product Services

Simon Haidar

Group Executive – Sales and Product Services

Simon joined Maxxia in 2005 and has held a number of senior roles …

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Simon Haidar - Group Executive – Sales and Product Services

Simon Haidar


Group Executive – Sales and Product Services

Simon joined Maxxia in 2005 and has held a number of senior roles within the McMillan Shakespeare Group.

He has over 15 years’ experience in sales and operational management across financial services, insurance and telecommunications.

As Group Executive-Sales and Product Services, Simon is responsible for further developing MMS’ product offering in both Retail and Novated Leasing on a national level across the Maxxia and RemServ brands.

Simon has studied Business Management at the University of South Australia.

 

Peter Fowler - Group Executive - Risk and Insurance Product

Peter Fowler

Group Executive – Risk and Insurance Product

Peter joined McMillan Shakespeare as Group Executive …

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Peter Fowler - Group Executive - Risk and Insurance Product

Peter Fowler


Group Executive – Risk and Insurance Product

Peter joined McMillan Shakespeare as Group Executive – Risk and Insurance Products in October 2016. Peter brings with him a wealth of knowledge in the Finance and Insurance industry, gained over a career spanning more than 25 years.

Peter has previously held senior positions with RACV, Suncorp, AIG Australia and Insurance Australia Group (IAG). Most recently, Peter spent six years as part of the Executive team heading up the sales division for Swann Insurance, an IAG-owned company.

 

Lisa Henderson - Group Executive - Marketing

Lisa Henderson

Group Executive –
Marketing

Lisa brings to the MMS Group a wealth of senior leadership and marketing …

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Lisa Henderson - Group Executive – Marketing

Lisa Henderson


Group Executive – Marketing

Following a diverse career as an experienced financial services senior executive for marketing, Lisa Henderson joined McMillan Shakespeare Group in January 2017.

Lisa brings to the MMS Group a wealth of senior leadership and marketing experience in large financial organisations. She was formerly with ANZ Bank as Head of Corporate and Commercial Marketing where she had responsibility for B2B, B2C and cross-sell across all channels.

Prior to that role Lisa was employed as Director of Marketing and Communications with a Global Funds Manager and Group General Manager of Marketing at Suncorp.

As Group Executive – Marketing, Lisa is responsible for furthering our brand recognition and positioning across all our marketing as well as the overall strategy for all MMSG brands.

 

Kylie Pashen - Group Executive Queensland

Kylie Pashen

Group Executive –
Queensland

Kylie Pashen leads RemServ’s salary packaging and novated leasing …

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Kylie Pashen - Group Executive Queensland

Kylie Pashen


Group Executive – Queensland

Kylie Pashen leads RemServ’s salary packaging and novated leasing services across Queensland and the Northern Territory.

With expertise in customer service delivery and operations management for the finance, insurance and contact centre industries, Kylie brings a strong customer focus that supports mutually beneficial relationships with customers, clients and partners.

Kylie joined RemServ in 2011 as the Customer Services Manager – Administration. She later held the role of Relationship Executive, with responsibility for the relationship and contractual requirements with Queensland Government. Prior to joining RemServ Kylie held customer service delivery roles at AAMI and RACQ.

 

Kylie Pashen - Group Executive Queensland

David Hannah

Group Executive
Aggregation Services

David joined McMillan Shakespeare as Group Executive Aggregation in September 2017 …

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Kylie Pashen - Group Executive Queensland

David Hannah


Group Executive Aggregation Services

David joined McMillan Shakespeare as Group Executive Aggregation in September 2017. David brings with him a wealth of knowledge in the automotive finance, consumer and business finance, and banking industries, gained over a career spanning more than 30 years.

With extensive experience in Senior and Executive level roles in the UK and Australia, David has held Executive customer-facing roles at Esanda, BMW Financial Services UK and Australia and BMW Group UK, with the first phase of his career being in the Accountancy profession in the UK and the Middle East with Coopers & Lybrand (now part of PwC). Most recently, David led several major projects at ANZ, including the sale of Esanda’s Dealer business to Macquarie and the enhancement of ANZ’s supervision and monitoring of its Third Party Lending businesses.

David is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland.