Executive Lead Team

  • Peter Diplaris

    CEO and Managing Director

    Joined the Company in 2011

    • Peter Diplaris joined the Company as Chief Executive Officer in May 2011 and has over 25 years of industry experience.
    • Previously, Peter was the Group General Manager of Nippon Paper Group’s Australian office division (2004-2011) and held a number of senior sales roles within National Foods (1996-2004) including the role of General Manager of Sales for Australia and New Zealand. He has also held marketing and sales management roles with AC Nielsen, Nestlé Dairy and Yellow Pages Group (1987-1996).
    • Peter holds a Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Arts from Monash University.
  • Paul Townsend

    CFO

    Joined the Company in 2012

    • Paul Townsend joined the Company as Chief Financial Officer in July 2012 and has over 25 years of industry experience.
    • Previously, Paul was CFO of Pacific Hydro (2010-2012), Futuris Automotive Group (2004-2010) and Melbourne Stadiums (2003-2004). He was also the Group Treasurer at Pasminco (2000-2003).
    • Paul holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Swinburne University of Technology. He is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
  • Andrew Phillips

    Executive General Manager Consumer Marketing

    Joined the Company in 2012

    • Andrew Phillips joined the Company as Executive General Manager Personal Care in June 2012 and has over 25 years of industry experience. In 2015 he was appointed Executive General Manager Consumer Marketing.
    • Previously, Andrew was Operating Unit Head of Novartis Consumer Health for Australia and New Zealand, South East Asia and South Africa (2006-2012) and Kraft Foods (1997-2006), most recently as President Greater China (2004-2006).
    • Andrew has also held senior marketing roles at Cadbury Schweppes, having commenced his fast moving consumer goods career at Unilever.
    • Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Commercial Law) from The University of Melbourne.
  • Sid Takla

    Executive General Manager Business to Business

    Joined the Company in 2007

    • Sid Takla was appointed as Executive General Manager Tork Professional Hygiene and Pacific Islands in May 2012 and has 20 years of industry experience. In 2015 he was appointed Executive General Manager Business to Business.
    • Previously, Sid has held senior operational and finance roles within Carter Holt Harvey Packaging (2000-2007) and Amcor Flexible Packaging (1996-2000).
    • Sid holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Commercial Law) from University of Western Sydney. He also achieved a CPA designation.
  • Paul Honey

    Executive General Manager Manufacturing

    Joined the Company in 2013

    • Paul Honey joined the company in March 2013 as General Manager Operations for the Australian Personal Care operations and has over 20 years industry experience. In January 2015, Paul was appointed to the role of General Manager Manufacturing Australia, responsible for both the Box Hill Tissue and Springvale Personal Care operations  In 2016, he was appointed Executive General Manager Manufacturing.  
    • Paul has previously held senior operations roles at Nippon Paper Group’s Australian Office division (2005 – 2013) and Amcor Fibre Packaging (1993 – 2005).
    • Paul holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, and a Graduate Diploma in Management, both from Swinburne University.
  • David Griss

    Executive General Manager Human Resources

    Joined the Company in 2012

    • David Griss joined the Company as Executive General Manager Human Resources in March 2012 and has 19 years of industry experience.
    • Previously, David held various HR director and senior HR roles within the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors for Hospira (2006-2012), Mayne Group (2001-2006) and F H Faulding & Co (2000-2001).
    • David holds a Bachelor of Business from RMIT University and a Graduate Diploma in Risk Management from Swinburne University.
  • David Brown

    Executive General Manager, Strategy & planning

    Joined the company in 2004

    • David Brown joined the Company in 2004 and has held various senior roles across corporate finance, financial reporting and strategic planning in that time.  In December 2016, he was appointed Executive General Manager Strategy & Planning.  David’s previous role was General Manager Business Strategy and Planning from January 2015.
    • David has over 25 years' of industry experience across external audit, aviation, manufacturing and packaging businesses.  Previously, David held various audit, risk management and senior commercial roles with KPMG Australia (1991-1996), Ansett Australia (1996-1998), Southcorp Limited (1998-2001) and Visy Industries (2001-2004).
    • David is a Chartered Accountant (CA) being a member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, and holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Deakin University.
  • James Orr

    General Counsel and Company Secretary

    Joined the Company in 2014

    • James joined the Company in August 2014 as General Counsel and Company Secretary.
    • He has extensive industry experience having held senior legal and secretarial positions in public and large private companies in the resources, energy, pharmaceuticals and paper industries for over 25 years.
    • James holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.