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…

Read more >

 

Mike Salisbury - Chief Executive Officer

Mike Salisbury


Chief Executive Officer

Mr Salisbury joined McMillan Shakespeare as Managing Director of RemServ in April 2008 and was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer in October 2014. Before joining the company in April 2008, Mr Salisbury was a member of the senior management team at AAMI. Mr Salisbury held a variety of management positions within the organisation, including a number of state management roles and the position of Product Manager for Compulsory Third Party Insurance. Mr Salisbury is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Director of the National Automotive Leasing & Salary Packaging association. Mr Salisbury is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

 

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…

Read more >

 

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.

Mark is also a Non-Executive Director of Lifestyle Communities Limited and has over 30 years’ experience in finance, working across a broad range of industries for companies such as WMC, Ausdoc, Laminex Industries, Westpac, AAMI/Promia and Olex Cables. In particular, he has public company experience in financial management and advice, management of financial risks, management of key strategic projects, acquisitions and establishing joint ventures. Prior to his employment with MMS, he was Chief Financial Officer of IOOF Holdings Ltd and iSelect Pty Ltd.

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

 

Mark Blackburn - Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Ashley Conn

Chief Financial Officer
and Company Secretary

Ashley joined MMS in October 2020 as CFO and has over 20 years…

Read more >

 

Mark Blackburn - Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Ashley Conn


Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Ashley joined MMS in October 2020 as CFO and has over 20 years of financial services experience. Previously Mr Conn was the CFO of CSG Ltd and prior to that had been an investment banker working in Australia and New York predominantly for Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley doing M&A and debt and equity capital raisings.

Ashley is member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and has an MBA from the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania).

 

Geoff Kruyt - Chief Operating Officer

Geoff Kruyt

Chief Operating Officer

Geoff is a finance and insurance industry professional with over 30 years’ experience…

Read more >

 

Geoff Kruyt - Chief Operating Officer

Geoff Kruyt


Chief Operating Officer

Geoff is a finance and insurance industry professional with over 30 years’ experience. Geoff joined McMillan Shakespeare (MMS) in 2000, bringing expertise in developing operational synergies and executing business strategies. He holds an Executive Master of Business Administration and is a graduate from the Harvard AMP Program.

 

Andrew Suckling - Group Executive – Innovation

Andrew Suckling

Head of Strategy

Andrew joined McMillan Shakespeare Group in March 2009, following a 20 year career in the insurance …

Read more >

 

Andrew Suckling - Group Executive – Innovation

Andrew Suckling


Head of Strategy

Andrew joined McMillan Shakespeare Group in March 2009, following a 20 year career in the insurance industry with AAMI and RACQ which included senior management roles in operations, strategy & communications. In his previous roles in the group Andrew has led both marketing and innovation. In his current role he leads our strategic management process working with all members of the Executive to develop both business unit and group level strategies which create value and drive growth. He is also a member of the groups Environment, Social and Governance committee (ESG).

Andrew has studied both Strategy and Innovation globally and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Sydney.

 

Suzanne Shepherd - Group Executive – Human Resources

Suzanne Shepherd

Chief Human Resources Officer

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

Read more >

 

Suzanne Shepherd - Group Executive – Human Resources

Suzanne Shepherd


Chief Human Resources Officer

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

Chief Information Officer

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

Read more >

 

Daniel Giesen-White - Group Executive – Business Systems

Daniel Giesen-White


Chief Information Officer

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.

 

Sean Dempsey - CEO of Plan Management Partners

Sean Dempsey

CEO of Plan Partners

Having joined the MMS Group in 2014, Sean is now Chief Executive Officer…

Read more >

 

Sean Dempsey - CEO of Plan Management Partners

Sean Dempsey


CEO of Plan Partners

Having joined the MMS Group in 2014, Sean is now Chief Executive Officer of Plan Partners, a business created to contribute to the successful establishment of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Sean previously held the position of Group Executive, Commercial at MMSG, in which he was responsible for the commercial integrity and profitability of the Fleet and Novated business, and brings more 20 years’ corporate experience, including a long-term senior management position at Suncorp.

Sean holds a Bachelor of Commerce from James Cook University.

 

David Hannah - Group Executive Aggregation Services

Rohan Martin

Head of Corporate Affairs

Rohan joined the McMillan Shakespeare Group in September 2012 and heads up the Corporate Affairs function …

Read more >

 

David Hannah - Group Executive Aggregation Services

Rohan Martin


Head of Corporate Affairs

Rohan joined the McMillan Shakespeare Group in September 2012 and heads up the Corporate Affairs function of the Group. His responsibilities include leading the Group’s relations with key external stakeholders, including policy makers, regulators and the media.

He was instrumental in the formation of the sector’s peak industry body, the National Automotive Leasing and Salary Packaging Association (NALSPA) in 2014, and he continues as an Alternate Director and Secretary of the Association. Rohan’s experience include senior executive positions with a diverse range of organisations including Tabcorp, iSelect, NAB, global advisory firm KPMG/Touche Ross and a leading road transport peak industry association.

Rohan has participated in numerous State, Federal and Local Government working parties and associated committees, including the Federal Ministerial Expert Advisory Group on Gambling.

Rohan holds a Bachelor of Business from Deakin University, a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Swinburne University and the AIRA Diploma of Investor Relations from the Melbourne Business School.

 

Tania Turnbull Group Executive – Marketing

Julia Edwards-Smith

Chief Customer Officer

Julia is an adaptive and customer obsessed executive marketing leader with a track record in delivering results …

Read more >

 

Tania Turnbull - Group Executive Marketing

Julia Edwards-Smith


Chief Customer Officer

Julia is an adaptive and customer obsessed executive marketing leader with a track record in delivering results through an effective mix of strategy, analytics and innovative thinking. Julia has had 15 years data and digital B2B and B2C marketing experience in Australia & the UK across multiple sectors including financial services, retail and telecommunications. Her experience has been built working with a range of leading brands including; NAB, Lloyds TSB, T-Mobile, Myer and TK Maxx.

Julia has the ability to create strategic vision and turn it into action that delivers measurable results. She is passionate about delivering world-class data-driven marketing experiences that are value adding for both customers and organisations. She is driven by working with, leading and learning from high performing and diverse teams.

Specialities include: B2C & B2B marketing, digital marketing, segmentation, data strategies, marketing strategy, customer lifecycle management, personalisation through marketing automation, customer research and insights

Andrew Daly - Group Executive – Customer Development

Andrew Daly

Group Executive – Customer Development

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

Read more >

 

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.

 

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 …

Read more >

 

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.

 

Abe Tomas - Managing Director, Fleet and Financial Products

Adam Morrison

Group Executive – Asset Management, Australia & New Zealand

Adam joined the MMS Group, as part of the Interleasing acquisition in 2010. He has a strong…

Read more >

Abe Tomas - Managing Director, Fleet and Financial Products

Adam Morrison


Group Executive – Asset Management, Australia & New Zealand

Adam joined the MMS Group as part of the Interleasing acquisition in 2010.  He has a strong finance background having commenced his career at GE Commercial Finance in 1998.

Throughout his tenure at McMillan Shakespeare, Adam has held leadership roles across the full spectrum of the Asset Management business segment, before being appointed to the role of Group Executive, Asset Management (Australia & New Zealand) in July 2018.
His broad and deep experience has had significant impact in creating value from a commercial pricing, client acquisition, customer experience, internal procurement as well as operational and risk management perspective. Adam is responsible for creating Interleasing’s first Principal & Agents Agreement, and was instrumental in developing new funding products for the group including rent to purchase and FlexiPoint lease alternatives.

More recently, Adam has overseen the establishment and management of the JustHonk Used Car sites of which he is the Dealer Principal.

Adam holds a Commission of Declarations (Queensland) and both Lean and Six Sigma process improvement methodology certificates.

Kylie Pashen - Group Executive Queensland

Kylie Pashen

Group Executive –
Customer Strategy & Operations

Since joining RemServ in 2011, Kylie has held several senior positions …

Read more >

 

Kylie Pashen - Group Executive Queensland

Kylie Pashen


Group Executive – Customer Strategy & Operations

Since joining RemServ in 2011, Kylie has held several senior positions across the McMillan Shakespeare (MMS) Group, including Customer Services Manager – Administration, Relationship Executive, and most recently as Group Executive Queensland since 2016.

Kylie drives and executes MMS’ customer strategy (B2C) across both Maxxia and RemServ to increase digital efficiencies and ultimately deliver optimised in-life customer experience and service solutions.

In addition, Kylie also oversees the Queensland Government contractual relationship and compliance across RemServ.

Coupled with extensive customer service delivery and operations management expertise gained from previous AAMI and RACQ roles, Kylie is currently completing her Global Executive MBA from the University of Sydney and has recently completed the AICD Company Directors course.

 

Venus Sopikiotis - Group Executive – Southern Region

Venus Sopikiotis

Group Executive – Client Strategy & Engagement

Joining McMillan Shakespeare Group in March 2015, Venus is responsible for …

Read more >

 

Venus Sopikiotis - Group Executive – Southern Region

Venus Sopikiotis


Group Executive – Client Strategy & Engagement

Joining McMillan Shakespeare Group in March 2015, Venus is responsible for diving and executing client strategy and engagement as well as heading up Maxxia’s Sales and Distribution, Client Services and Implementations teams. 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.

Peter Fowler - Group Executive - Risk and Insurance Product

Peter Fowler

Group Executive – Risk and Insurance Product

Peter joined McMillan Shakespeare as Group Executive …

Read more >

 

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.

 

David Hannah - Group Executive Aggregation Services

David Hannah

Group Executive –
Aggregation Services

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

Read more >

 

David Hannah - Group Executive Aggregation Services

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.