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  • Ryan-Stokes

    Ryan Stokes
    MANAGING DIRECTOR & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER 
    Seven Group Holdings 
    B.Com., FAIM

    Mr Ryan Stokes is Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Seven Group Holdings.
     
    Mr Stokes was previously Chief Operating Officer of SGH from 28 August 2012 until 30 June 2015 and an Executive Director of the Company since 16 February 2010.

    Mr Stokes is a Director of WesTrac; Chairman of Coates Hire; Director of Beach Energy, and Director of Seven West Media. 

    Mr Stokes is Chief Executive Officer of Australian Capital Equity (ACE). ACE is a private company with its primary investment being an interest in SGH. 

    Mr Stokes was appointed Chairman of the National Gallery of Australia on 9 July 2018. Mr Stokes is a former Chairman of the National Library of Australia. He is also a member of the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Veterans Mental Health established in 2014.

    Mr Stokes holds a B.Com. from Curtin University and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM).


  • Richard-Richards2Richard Richards
    CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER 
    Seven Group Holdings 
    B.Com./Law (Hons), LLM, MAppFin, CA, Admitted Solicitor

    Mr Richard Richards has been Chief Financial Officer of SGH since October 2013. Richard is a member of the Board of Directors of WesTrac, Beach Energy, SGH Energy; and is a Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of Coates Hire; as well as a member of the Audit and Risk Committee at Beach Energy.

    Richard joined SGH from the diverse industrial group, Downer EDI, where he was Deputy Chief Financial Officer responsible for group finance across the company for three years. Prior to joining Downer EDI, Mr Richards was CFO for the Family Operations of LFG, the private investment and philanthropic vehicle of the Lowy Family for two years. Prior to that, Richard held senior finance roles at Qantas for over 10 years.

    Richard is a Director and the Chair of Audit and Risk Management Committee of KU - established in 1895 as the Kindergarten Union of New South Wales, KU is one of the most respected child care providers in Australia. He is also a member of the Marcia Burgess Foundation Committee.

  • Murray-VitlichMurray Vitlich
    CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER 
    Seven Group Holdings 
    B.Bus. (Econ & Fin)

    Mr Murray Vitlich joined SGH in June 2017 as Chief Operating Officer for the Group, working across the portfolio of industrial businesses within Seven Group Holdings (SGH). In this capacity, Murray’s focus is on driving the operational and financial performance of the businesses across the Group’s portfolio, contributing to the development and delivery of key strategic initiatives for SGH, and supporting Group level relationships with key partners and customers. 
     
    Murray is a member of the Board of Directors of WesTrac, Coates Hire, SGH Energy and AllightSykes, and previously held senior operational roles at Asciano, UGL and Wesfarmers.

  • Gitanjali-BhallaGitanjali Bhalla
    GROUP EXECUTIVE PEOPLE & CULTURE AND SAFETY
    Seven Group Holdings
    BA, LL.B. (Hons), MIB, MAICD 

    Ms Gitanjali Bhalla joined SGH in October 2017 and is the Group Executive People & Culture and Safety, responsible for human resources, culture and safety across the Group. Gitanjali is also a Director of Coates Hire and WesTrac.

    Gitanjali has over eighteen years of senior executive experience in leading and delivering human resources strategy and business transformational change in large organisations. Prior to joining SGH, Gitanjali spent eleven years consulting to private and publicly listed companies at Ernst & Young both in Australia and overseas before holding senior human resources, corporate services and business transformation roles at UGL and Cushman & Wakefield. 

    Gitanjali is an Ambassador for Good Return, a not for profit organisation committed to empowering women through microfinance.

  • Jeff-FraserJeff Fraser
    CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER 
    Coates Hire
    B.Com., CPA

    Mr Jeff Fraser was appointed CEO of Coates Hire in July 2016. He joined Coates Hire in July 2015 as a director and Chief Financial Officer. Jeff’s broad business experience includes a well-developed commercial acumen across a wide range of industries, including services and infrastructure. Prior to joining Coates Hire Jeff spent six years with Downer EDI where he held the position of Chief Financial Officer – Specialist Services. This preceded various senior positions Jeff had within Downer EDI group. Jeff held roles with Tabcorp and NEMMCO as well as various roles within BHP in both the USA and Australia. 

    Jeff holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Newcastle University.

  • Jarvas-CroomeJarvas Croome
    CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER 
    WesTrac
    B.Eng. (Mechanical) (First Class Honours), B.Comm. (Management), CPEng

    Mr Jarvas Croome has been Chief Executive Officer of WesTrac since March 2014. Jarvas is a member of the Board of Directors of WesTrac and Energy Power Systems Australia. 

    Jarvas joined WesTrac from Woodside Energy (USA) where he was the President of the US organisation based in Houston TX. Prior to that time, he had held various executive management roles at Woodside Energy in Australia including Vice President Australian Business Unit and Vice President for Technical Services. Prior to Woodside, Jarvas had worked as a global Product and Sales manager for Shell Australia and a subsea engineer with Kvaerner RJ Brown.

    Jarvas holds Chartered Professional Engineering (CPEng) status with Engineers Australia and has been previously registered on the National Professional Engineers Register. Jarvas plays an active role in his local community and chairs the board for Sorrento Primary School.

  • Greg-GrahamGreg Graham
    CHIEF EXECUTIVE 
    WesTrac NSW/ ACT
    B.Bus. (Management), MBA, GAICD

    Mr Greg Graham has been Chief Executive of WesTrac in NSW and the ACT since 2013. After gaining extensive experience as a successful leader in the equipment management industry, Greg joined WesTrac to define the business’ long-term strategic direction and operational capability. Greg is currently Chairman of Energy Power Systems Australia and a director of WesTrac.

    Greg has over 30 years’ experience in the capital equipment sector and his experience spans a diverse range of roles, including sales, operations and senior leadership positions across Australia and Europe. Prior to joining WesTrac, Greg was Managing Director of Liebherr Australia, where he was responsible for managing and executing strategic and operational plans. Concurrently, Greg held the position of Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, for Liebherr Mining Equipment SAS, assuming global responsibility for the sales and marketing of Liebherr’s mining equipment products. During this time, Greg also served as a member of the Board of Management of Liebherr Mining Equipment SAS. Prior to his time at Liebherr, Greg held a range of roles in Australia and Europe with businesses such as Caterpillar, O&K Australia and Emeco International.

  • Margaret-HallMargaret Hall
    CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
    SGH Energy
    B.Eng. (Met) (Hons), MIEAust, SPE

    Ms Margaret Hall was appointed Chief Executive Officer of SGH Energy in September 2015 and is also a Director of SGH Energy. The CEO role holds responsibility for delivering value from the SGH Energy oil and gas assets within Australia and the USA as well as driving growth of this business segment for the parent company. 

    Margaret has over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, spanning both super-major and independent companies. From 2011 to 2014 Margaret held senior management roles in Nexus Energy with responsibilities covering Development, Production Operations, Engineering, Exploration, Health, Safety and Environment. This was preceded by 19 years with ExxonMobil in Australia, across production and development in the Victorian Gippsland Basin and Joint Ventures across Australia.

  • Paul-ThompsonPaul Thompson
    CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER 
    AllightSykes
    B.Eng. (Mechanical)

    Mr Paul Thompson has been Chief Executive Officer of AllightSykes since May 2016. Paul is a Director of AllightSykes Australia and AllightPrimax Dubai and the USA.

    Paul joined AllightSykes from an array of industrial organisations stemming back to WesTrac as an Alliance Manager for key mining customers. Mr Thompson then joined BHP Billiton managing the Caterpillar Global Mining contract for CI, R&D, product improvement and global machine product performance. Paul then took up the role of General Manager Western Australia and Northern Territory with Komatsu for sales parts and service support for construction, mining and utility machinery followed by the role of Chief Operating Officer at Capital Machinery (dealer for Caterpillar machinery) in Taiwan.

  • Warren Coatsworth
    COMPANY SECRETARY & LEGAL COUNSEL 
    BA, LLB (Hons), LLM, FCSA
    Mr Warren Coatsworth has been Company Secretary & Legal Counsel of Seven Group Holdings since April 2010.

    Warren is a solicitor holding a current practising certificate with degrees in Arts and Law (Hons) from the University of Sydney. He holds a Master of Laws in Media and Technology Law from the University of New South Wales as well as a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance. He is a qualified Chartered Company Secretary and a Fellow and member of the Governance Institute of Australia.

    Warren has an extensive experience as Legal Counsel at the Seven Network advising broadly across the company; and was formerly a solicitor at Clayton Utz. 
    Company Secretary of Seven West Media since April 2013 and of Seven Network since 2005.