Managing Director and CEO
Dean Draper is the Managing Director and CEO of Ixom and brings to role a wealth of chemical sector experience gained over 17 years with leading global chemical company BASF.
During his time with BASF, he held a number of financial, marketing, and business leadership roles and was most recently Senior Vice President - Intermediates Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong.
Prior to this role, he held the position of Managing Director – ASEAN at BASF South East Asia based out of Singapore, where he had responsibility for over 3,600 employees, 16 production sites and turnover of approximately USD3.4Bill.
Dean was born in Melbourne, Australia, where he studied for his bachelor of business at Monash University in 1990. He went on to obtain his masters of business management at Monash Mt Eliza Business School in 1999 in Melbourne. In March 2007, he completed the advanced management programme at Insead Business School, France.
Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer
Bryce is the Finance Director & Chief Financial Officer at Ixom, a role he has held since joining Ixom in 2014, when it was a division of Orica.
He comes to Ixom having delivered successful financial outcomes in complex commercial environments during nine years at Village Roadshow and ten years at Ernst & Young.
Bryce's role as Chief Financial Officer of Village Roadshow Entertainment Group saw him work closely with private equity investors for more than six years in this Los Angeles based global distribution business. Subsequently he spent three years as Deputy-Chief Financial Officer to Village Roadshow Limited in Melbourne, Australia.
Prior to this he was a United Kingdom sector head for Mergers & Acquisitions at Ernst & Young, based in London.
Bryce is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investments, Member of the Financial Executives International and was awarded the Australian Young Chief Financial Officer of the Year in 2005.
Stephen (Steve) Rasdell
General Manager Manufactured Chemicals and Water
Steve Rasdell is Ixom's General Manager for Manufactured Chemicals & Water.
In this role, Steve has responsibility for the marketing, sales, manufacturing, and distribution activities for Ixom customers.
Prior to this, Steve was responsible for National Sales & Customer Service at Orica.
Steve brings to this role twenty-five years' experience in the chemicals industry in product development, customer support, sales & marketing areas.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Applied Chemistry and a Masters of Applied Science from RMIT University, specialising in water treatment.
General Manager Industrials Packaged and Bulk
Todd Martin is the General Manager of Industrials Packaged and Bulk at Ixom. In this role Todd is responsible for rapidly expanding the bulk liquids and gases business, focusing on mining, agriculture, oil and gas, and the cleaning and sanitation markets.
Todd has held many senior executive finance and commercial roles, having most recently been General Manager of Bulk Liquids at Orica.
Todd holds a Bachelor of Business degree.
General Manager Human Resources and Corporate Affairs
Ilona Misa is the General Manager of Human Resources and Corporate Affairs at Ixom. She brings to the role more than fifteen years of experience building high performing, well-functioning organisations and teams that enable business growth, an improved culture and increased capability and a focus on safety.
Ilona is also responsible for corporate affairs at Ixom, which includes community, government and media relations as well as marketing and sponsorships.
Prior to the role at Ixom, Ilona held various senior executive positions across a range of industries including as General Manager of Human Resources at Orica, Human Resources Director at George Weston Foods – which produces the iconic Tip Top range of breads, and senior HR roles at Linfox and Fairfax Media.
Ilona holds a Bachelor of Business (Human Resources Management) and a Graduate Diploma of Engineering Management.
General Manager Life Sciences Australia and Asia
Kurt Friedel is General Manager Life Sciences Australia & Asia. In this newly created role, he is responsible for leading the Life Sciences division of Ixom, with operations in Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, China and Hong Kong.
Through its respected Bronson & Jacobs and Keith Harris brands, Ixom's Life Sciences division is a market leader in the supply of raw materials, ingredients, flavours and fragrances to customers in a broad range of sectors including; personal care, health, household, pharmaceutical, food, beverage and animal nutrition.
Prior to this role, Kurt was the General Manager Sales, responsible for leading the Sales and Customer Service divisions, overall sales performance and maximising customer experience through process optimisation, industry-leading technology and the creation of a truly customer-centric culture.
Prior to Ixom, Kurt held the position of General Manager Commercial at StarTrack, a premium express freight and logistics provider. In this role, he led significant change in the sales function and was responsible for 150 sales personnel and an annual turnover in excess of $1 billion.
Kurt holds a Bachelor of Science Advanced with a major in Organic Chemistry from the University of Sydney.
General Manager New Zealand
Sean Eccles is the General Manager New Zealand, responsible for leading the New Zealand and Fiji businesses across a vast range of chemical and product sourcing and distribution. He brings over 35 years of chemical industry experience to the role, with 25 years in Leadership roles in manufacturing and sales organisations. Prior to the role of General Manager, he was Business Unit Manager pulp, paper, Water, Fiji, Farmguard, based in New Zealand.
Sean hold various qualifications in Management, Chemistry and Governance.
General Manager Latin America (LATAM)
Javier Canala is Ixom's General Manager for its Latin America (LATAM) operations based in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Peru. Javier brings to this role considerable executive experience of over twenty years covering the gas, chemical, mining and water industries.
Ixom's Latin America operations supplies manufactured and traded chemicals to a wide range of industries and customers.
Prior to his role at Ixom, Javier was Country Head, Chile & Peru, for Clariant International, a chemical organisation with more than 250 employees and over US$130 million in sales locally. The Clariant group operates in more than 100 countries with more than 18,000 employees worldwide.
Javier was Managing Director – Chile for XYLEM Water Solutions, which operates in over 150 countries with more than 12,000 employees worldwide. In Chile, Xylem Water Solutions has been operating for more than 40 years and is a recognised and respected solutions provider.
He was also Division Manager SABIMET in Chile – a distribution company of industrial products like steel, welding, equipment and elements of security. With more than 730 employees, Sabimet delivers solutions to the mining industry to decrease operational cost and increase equipment reliability.
Javier has also held various senior roles at LINDE GAS AG, a German industrial gas producer, which operates in more than fifty countries.
Javier holds a Masters of Business Administration, a Business Management Diploma and is a Metallurgy Engineer.
General Manager Sourcing and Distribution
Kevin Foster is General Manager Sourcing and Distribution at Ixom. He brings to the role more than twenty years experience in supply chain working in complex and diverse manufacturing businesses.
In all his roles, Kevin has focused on developing strategies that improve processes and performance based logistics and create leading customer service and inventory teams.
Most recently, Kevin was General Manager Supply Chain for Laminex Australia, which is part of The Fletcher Group, where he was responsible for the operational delivery of the supply chain covering more than forty Laminex sites across Australia.
Prior to this role, Kevin was Head of Business Procurement at BlueScope Steel Ltd, where he managed a procurement team of more than 130 that was driving significant business transformation.
He also held other significant roles at BlueScope Steel including Regional Vice President Supply Chain and Sourcing ASEAN Region, Manager Supply Chain Development and Engineering Services and Manager Logistics Development and Procurement.
Kevin has a Bachelor of Engineering - Chemical and Materials.