Executive Leadership Team
Chief Executive Officer
Chairman of the Executive Leadership Team
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. He holds a MA (Hons) Chemistry from Oriel College, Oxford and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
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 a 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.
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). In November 2017, Phillip was appointed as a Special Adviser to the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation. He holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Masters of Logistics Management, both from the University of Sydney.
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 Master 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.
Chief Information Officer
Joined Brambles in June 2017 as Chief Information Officer. Before joining Brambles, Rod was Vice President, Information Technologies and Services at Ball Corporation, where he integrated the IT elements of Ball’s acquisition of Rexam and led the development of an IT strategy for the combined entity. Prior to that, he was Group CIO for Rexam and held several CIO roles at Unilever. He holds a Bachelors’ degree in Materials Engineering from Monash University, Australia, and a Master of Business Administration from Warwick Business School in the UK.
President, CHEP North America
Joined Brambles in 2003. Laura became President, CHEP North America in January 2018, after holding a number of leadership positions within Brambles. Laura was successively Director, Distributor Sales, CHEP Europe; Vice President, RPCs, Europe; Country General Manager, CHEP Iberia and Vice President, Supply Chain, CHEP Latin America. In July 2016, she was appointed Senior Vice President of the CHEP USA Pooled Pallets business and then President, CHEP USA in March 2017, when she took on additional responsibilities for the CHEP Recycled pallets, Pallecon and Automotive businesses in the USA. CHEP Canada was added to her responsibilities in January 2018. Prior to Brambles, Laura worked for a number of years at the Fortune 500 logistics company, Ryder. Laura holds a Master of Engineering from the University of Buenos Aires and a Master of Business Administration from the London Business School.
Group President, RPCs
Became Group President, RPCs in August 2013, having first joined Brambles in March 2011 following the acquisition of IFCO Systems. Wolfgang 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 degree from the University of Bayreuth, Germany.
Chief Financial Officer
Joined Brambles in October 2016 and was appointed to the role of Chief Financial Officer on 17 November 2016. She became an Executive Director of Brambles in April 2017. Prior to joining Brambles, Nessa worked for ten years at Coca-Cola Amatil in a number of senior financial and operating roles, including Group Chief Financial Officer from 2010 to May 2015. She was also Group Chief Financial Officer for Operations and Chief Financial Officer for Australia and New Zealand. Nessa began her career working as an Auditor at Price Waterhouse in Dublin, New York and Sydney. She spent two years at Tyco Grinnell Asia Pacific before joining PepsiCo/Yum! Restaurants in 1995. Over a 10-year period at Yum! Restaurants International, she held a number of senior finance, IT and strategy roles, including five years as Chief Financial Officer for the South Pacific Region. Nessa is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Dublin and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
President, CHEP Pallets Europe, Middle East & Africa
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 was a member of its 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.
President, BXB Digital
Joined Brambles in March 2016 as the President of Brambles’ new Silicon Valley-based business, BXB Digital. Before joining Brambles, Prasad was Senior Vice President of Internet of Things and Customer Innovation at SAP, where he led a global organisation in building and commercialising 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.