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 its Senior Independent Director, and was chair of its Remuneration Committee from April 2015 to July 2020. He holds an 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 holds an Agro-industrial Engineering degree from the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from IE Business School, Madrid, and a Diploma of Manufacturing and Production Management.
President, CHEP 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 an Ambassador for the National Association for Women in Operations (NAWO). He holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Master of Logistics Management, both from the University of Sydney, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Group Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Joined Brambles in 2018 as Group Senior Vice President, Human Resources. Before joining Brambles, Patrick was the Human Resources Director at BT Group, the UK’s largest fixed communications network, responsible globally for employee relations, reward, pensions, organisational design and efficiency. Prior to that, he was the Chief Human Resources Officer at EE, the UK mobile telecommunications operator, when it was acquired by BT. He has also held human resources leadership roles at Lloyds Banking Group and Atos Origin. He has led multiple workforce and human resources programmes to improve customer service capabilities, organisational culture and employee engagement. He holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Leeds.
President, CHEP Europe
Joined Brambles in 2000 and was appointed President, CHEP Europe in 2020. At Brambles, David has held several leadership roles, ranging from Country General Manager of CHEP in Central Europe; Vice President and Country General Manager in CHEP Spain and Portugal; Vice President of CHEP Southern Europe; President, CHEP Latin America; and his current role in Europe. David holds a Business Studies degree from the University of Barcelona. He has also completed a General Management Programme at the IESE Business School.
President, CHEP Latin America
Joined Brambles in 2001 and was appointed President, CHEP Latin America on 1 July 2020. During her time at Brambles, Paola has held several leadership roles, ranging from Customer Service Director, CHEP Italy and progressed to become Retail Director in 2009. Paola was appointed as Country General Manager, CHEP Italy in 2013 and then was promoted to Vice President and Country General Manager, CHEP Pallets Canada in 2016. Paola has a degree in Economics from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, and a Master of Business Administration from SDA Bocconi.
Group Vice President, Legal and Secretariat
Joined Brambles in 2003 as Senior Counsel, Brambles Group, was appointed Group Company Secretary in February 2008 and Group Vice President, Legal and Secretariat in February 2017. 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 a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Law from the University of New South Wales. He is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Innovation
Joined Brambles in March 2018 as Senior Vice President, Group Strategy and became Senior Vice President, Strategy & Innovation in February 2019. Prior to Brambles, Alasdair held a number of leadership roles at General Electric from 2011 to 2018, including Strategic Marketing Director for GE Oil & Gas and led revenue synergies for its merger with Baker Hughes to form BHGE. He was previously an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company and began his career in systems engineering with Accenture. He holds an MA in Modern History from Balliol College, Oxford, and a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD.
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 Bachelor of Materials Engineering from Monash University, Australia, and a Master of Business Administration from Warwick Business School in the UK.
President, CHEP India, Middle East, Turkey and Africa
Joined Brambles in December 2017 as Vice President, EMEA Emerging Markets and was appointed to his current position of President CHEP IMETA (India, Middle East, Turkey and Africa) in February 2019. Before joining Brambles, Craig worked for Rexam plc, a UK listed consumer packaging company. Craig led the Africa, Middle East & Asia region for Rexam and also spent time leading their Russian business. Craig joined Rexam in 2001 and held a number of senior finance roles across a variety of geographies. Craig holds a BA (Hons) Business Studies from Cardiff University and is a Fellow (FCMA) of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
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 across multiple geographies. Laura was successively Director, Distributor Sales, CHEP Europe; Vice President, RPCs, Europe; Country General Manager, CHEP Spain and Portugal; 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 all pallets and containers 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.
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. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Molson Coors Beverage Company. Nessa is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University College Dublin and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Vice President, Internal Communications
Joined Brambles in 2018 to lead Group-wide internal communications and was appointed to the Executive Leadership Team in 2019. Before joining Brambles, Sarah oversaw employee communications for Qantas’ global operations, and has held corporate communications roles in international businesses including Arrium and Foster’s Group in Australia and Rexam plc, SABMiller and BBC Worldwide in the UK. Sarah began her career as a journalist for News Limited after gaining a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) from RMIT University.