Executive Leadership Team

  • Graham Chipchase
    Chief Executive Officer

    Joined Brambles at the beginning of January 2017 as Chief Executive Officer Designate and became Chief Executive Officer on 20 February 2017. Prior to Brambles, Graham was Chief Executive Officer of Rexam plc, one of the world’s largest consumer packaging companies, from 2010 to June 2016. Graham had first joined Rexam in 2003 as Group Finance Director before moving to Group Director of Plastic Packaging. Graham left Rexam in June 2016, after Rexam was successfully acquired by Ball Corporation. He is also a Non-Executive Director of AstraZeneca plc and chair of its Remuneration Committee, and a member of the Worldwide Board of Directors of Enactus. He holds a MA (Hons) Chemistry from Oriel College, Oxford and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

  • Carmelo Alonso-Bernaola
    Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain

    Joined Brambles in 1992 and was appointed Senior Vice President Supply Chain for CHEP’s global operations in February 2011. At Brambles, Carmelo has served in a range of Supply Chain roles, ranging from Quality Manager in Iberia, Logistics Director for South Europe, Vice President Logistics Europe, Senior Vice President Supply Chain Europe to his current global role in Supply Chain. Carmelo is an Spanish citizen, and holds an Agro-industrial Engineering degree from the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from IE Business School, Madrid, and a Diploma of Manufacturing and Production Management.

  • Phillip Austin
    President, CHEP Pallets Asia Pacific

    Joined Brambles in 1989 and became President CHEP Asia Pacific in October 2014, having previously held the positions of President CHEP Australia and New Zealand and President CHEP Australia. Phillip has held a variety of senior roles across Brambles, including Chief Financial Officer of the Brambles Transport Group, Chief Financial Officer of CHEP Australia, Operations Manager for Wreckair Hire, and executive roles in the CHEP Australia business responsible for Sales, Asset Management and Business Development. Phillip is a board member of Enactus Australia and an Ambassador for the National Association for Women in Operations (NAWO). He holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Masters of Logistics  Management, both from the University of Sydney.

  • Robert Gerrard
    Group Vice President, Legal and Secretariat

    Joined Brambles in 2003 as Senior Counsel, Brambles Group and was appointed Group Company Secretary in February 2008. Prior to joining Brambles, he was General Counsel and Company Secretary of Roc Oil Company Limited; Group Legal Manager, Cairn Energy plc; General Counsel and Company Secretary of Command Petroleum Limited; and a solicitor and senior associate with Allen Allen & Hemsley. He holds a Masters of Law from the University of Sydney and Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Law degrees from the University of New South Wales. He is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

  • Jean Holley
    Chief Information Officer

    Joined Brambles in September 2011 from telecommunications services company Tellabs Inc, where she was Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer. Previously, Jean held roles including Vice President & Chief Information Officer at building materials group USG Corporation and senior information technology and information systems roles at environmental services company Waste Management Inc. Jean is also a member of the Board of Directors for VASCO Data Security International, Inc. She has a Master of Science degree in Computer Science & Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science & Electrical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science & Technology. 

  • Wolfgang Orgeldinger
    Group President, RPCs

    Joined Brambles in 2011, following Brambles’ acquisition of IFCO Systems, after having worked at IFCO since 2000. Wolfgang became Group President, RPCs in August 2013. Prior to that he had served as Chief Operating Officer of IFCO from January 2002 to August 2011 and Chief Information Officer, with responsibility for e-logistics and IT, from December 2000 to January 2002. Before joining IFCO, Wolfgang was a member of the Executive Board at Computer 2000, a European IT distributor, and held various executive roles. Prior to that, he worked for nine years in management positions at Digital Equipment. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Bayreuth, Germany.
  • Nessa O’Sullivan
    Chief Financial Officer

    Joined Brambles in October 2016. Prior to Brambles, Nessa worked for ten years with Coca-Cola Amatil, including as Group Chief Financial Officer from 2010 to May 2015, and as Group Chief Financial Officer for Operations and Chief Financial Officer for Australia and New Zealand. Nessa began her career in the audit practice with Price Waterhouse in Dublin, also working in New York and Sydney, before moving to Tyco Grinnell - Asia Pacific as a Financial Controller. She then joined PepsiCo where she held a number of senior functional roles over a 12-year period, including five years as Regional Chief Financial Officer, South Pacific Region for  Yum! Restaurants International. Nessa is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree from University College Dublin.

  • Michael Pooley
    President, CHEP Pallets Europe, Middle East & Africa

    First joined Brambles in 2002. Michael became President CHEP EMEA in February 2017, having previously held the following positions within Brambles: President CHEP Europe; Senior Vice President Sales and Customer Operations, CHEP USA; Managing Director, CHEP UK & Ireland; and Vice President European Key Accounts. Before joining CHEP in 2002, Michael held management roles within the BOC Group and, between 2013 and 2015, he worked for Exova Group Plc as Managing Director Europe and a member of the executive leadership team that took the company through an IPO to float on the London Stock Exchange in 2014. Michael is a chartered mechanical engineer and has a Master of Business Administration degree from Henley Management College.

  • Nick Smith
    Group Senior Vice President, Human Resources

    Joined Brambles in November 2007. Previously, Nick held the position of Group Human Resources Director at Inchcape, the international automotive retail group. Prior to this, Nick spent a number of years in the telecommunications industry, firstly with British Telecom and then with Cable & Wireless. During this period, Nick spent three years working for Cable & Wireless Optus in Australia, where he was Human Resources Director. He has also worked for KPMG and Macquarie Bank. Nick is a qualified management accountant, has a Bachelor of Science (Economics) degree in International Politics and a Master of Business Administration degree.

  • Prasad Srinivasamurthy
    President, BXB Digital

    Joined Brambles in March 2016 as the President of Brambles’ new Silicon Valley-based business, BXB Digital. As President, BXB Digital, Prasad is responsible for ideating and building innovative digital supply chain products in collaboration with Brambles’ businesses and customers. Before joining Brambles, Prasad was Senior Vice President of Internet of Things and Customer Innovation at SAP, where he led a global organization in building and commercializing new digital innovations. Prior to that Prasad held a variety of executive roles through which he created and scaled new revenue streams for innovative software products in Customer Relationship Management and Supply Chain Management. He holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from University of Southern California and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California, Berkeley.