Paul Atkinson

Paul Atkinson

Managing Director and CEO

Paul holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Monash University, and is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Ixom, and a member of the Board of Directors since June 2019.

Paul is a manager with extensive knowledge and understanding of the industrial sector thanks to more than 30 years of experience, initially with Pirelli Group and then with Prysmian Group.

Prior to IXOM Paul joined the Prysmian Group in early 2000 and held various leadership positions across many countries and prior to joining IXOM was Regional President and CEO Asia Pacific.

After running the Pirelli Energy business in Australia, in 2005 he was appointed as CEO of Prysmian Oceania and in October 2010 Chief Executive Officer of the UK, a post he held until March 2016.

He held positions of increasing responsibility in Prysmian Group, particularly for the restructuring and reorganisation of business, which was one of the most profitable and competitive organisations in its industry between 2005 until today.

Prior to his time at the Prysmian Group he held senior roles in Commercial, Finance and Operations in the consumer goods and Healthcare sectors.

Paul brings to Ixom a wealth of experience and expertise in leadership of large and complex organisations, global markets and diverse product management.

His passion for people development, diversity and inclusion, commitment to organisational growth are Paul’s key personal drivers.

Bryce Wolfe

Bryce Wolfe

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.


Penny Griffits

Executive Vice President Chloralkali

Penny has over 20 years’ commercial and technical experience leading innovation and transformation across broad industry sectors including chemicals, energy, oil and gas, mining, electronics and healthcare.

Penny was previously Head of Commercial for Ixom’s Manufactured Chemicals & Water Business, responsible for strategy, sales and marketing, and initiatives such as digital transformation.  

Penny developed a passion for disruptive innovation when she began her career with Memcor (now Evoqua) commercialising membrane water treatment systems for potable water and wastewater in Australia, the US and Asia.  She then spent over 13 years with 3M, a U$33 Billion global innovation company which derives one third of its sales from products invented in the last five years.  Penny held a broad range of roles whilst at 3M, from technology commercialisation and manufacturing/ Lean Six Sigma, through to business development, strategy/M&A and general management.

Penny holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management and first class honours in Chemical Engineering from the University of NSW, where she held an industry Co-op Scholarship.

Penny strives to build a culture of curiosity, problem solving and openness to change to promote innovation at Ixom.  She is also a strong supporter of the impressive technology start-up community in Australia.

Mark Bisset

Mark Bisset

Executive Vice President Life Sciences

Mark is an experienced HealthCare executive with a focus on the pharmaceutical and consumer health markets, and extensive expertise across Asia Pacific. He has a successful history as a leader in both growth and turnaround environments.

He has worked in a range of companies, including global multi-national organisations, ASX-listed established and start-up entities, as well as privately owned enterprises. In these various companies he has had roles with increasing responsibilities for commercial, sales & marketing, business development and manufacturing/ technical operational teams.

Mark is a registered Pharmacist with a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the Victorian College of Pharmacy, has completed post-graduate business management studies at Monash University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Prior to joining Ixom, Mark was President Asia Pacific, Catalent Pharma Solutions, based in Singapore. In this role he had responsibility for multiple contract pharmaceutical and health care manufacturing, development and clinical trial facilities that operated across China, Japan, various states in Australia and South East Asia.

From 2006 to 2010, Mark worked for Strides Arcolab, an Indian pharmaceutical company. During his time at Strides, he held a variety of roles including General Manager-Europe, based in Warsaw, Poland; and prior to this Chief Executive Officer-Australia/ South East Asia.

Mark is originally from Melbourne, and he and his wife have now relocated back to Melbourne.

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Nikki Gerling

Executive Vice President Traded Products

Nikki has 25 years of experience across marketing, sales, strategy and supply chain management in the petroleum and automotive sectors. Her most recent role at Bosch has responsibility for supply, logistics, sales and marketing of automotive spare parts, diagnostic equipment and technical services across Australia and New Zealand.

Nikki joined Bosch in 2016 after 21 years with The Shell Company (which later became Viva Energy following the sale of the Shell downstream business in Australia to private equity owners), where she worked across all aspects of the petroleum industry including marketing, sales, strategy, operations and supply chain management.

Over her 21 years at Shell / Viva Energy Nikki’s roles included managing petrol stations across six countries, running the LPG business, supply chain strategic planning, senior commercial and general management roles. Over her last 4 years at Shell / Viva Energy she utilised experience gained in the prior years, managing the planning and economic optimisation of Australian fuels supply chain, to oversee a broad portfolio of strategic customers. The General Manager Commercial role provided leadership to teams responsible for the delivery of over 5 billion litres of fuel & lubricants (bulk & packed) annually, servicing a broad range of customers across the mining, shipping, wholesale and retail sectors.

Nikki has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a previous Board member of the Australian LPG Association (2008-2010) and Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (2018-2020) and is a current Board member of the Waverley Hockey Club (2015-current).


Sean Eccles

Executive Vice President New Zealand

Sean is the Country 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 this role Sean held General and Business Management roles across pulp, paper, Water, Fiji and Farmguard, based in New Zealand.

He holds various qualifications in Management, Chemistry and Governance.

Javier Canala

Javier Canala

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.

David Schelbach

David Schelbach

Chief Officer, Safety Health and Environment

David’s remit spans corporate SH&E strategy, policy and governance through to operational risk management and front-line worker engagement. He began his career in operations in 2001 with Incitec and subsequently Orica Mining Services with the first seven years spent in large scale petrochemical manufacturing, technology management and process safety.

David has nine years’ experience living abroad in Canada and the USA. David was appointed Vice President Sustainability for Orica Mining Services North America in 2008. In 2011 David returned to Australia as the Global General Manager for SH&E for Orica’s Ground support business, Minova, and then became the General Manager of Safety and Health for the Orica Group until 2014.

David holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Queensland, a Diploma in Work Health and Safety from Melbourne Polytechnic and is a member of the Australian Institute of Health and Safety.

Matt Finklestein

Matt Finklestein

Chief Strategy Officer

Matt Finkelstein joined Ixom in 2017 as the Head of Strategy.

Matt has over 15 years of experience in consulting, private equity and corporate advisory, most recently leading Iluka Resources Corporate Development team. Prior to this Matt spent 5 years working in London, Hong Kong and New York in various roles across M&A and private equity focused on the resources and industrial sectors.

Matt holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Chartered Accountant.

Nik Anderson

Nik Anderson

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Nik leads Ixom’s Legal and Compliance Group including responsibility for Insurance and Enterprise Risk Management having joined the organisation as Legal Counsel initially with Orica in 2007. Prior to joining Orica, Nik spent 7 years working in private practice, as a Senior Associate with Corrs Chambers Westgarth, specialising in competition law (including merger clearance), intellectual property, franchising and commercial law. Nik also has experience in litigation / court based work defending clients who were being investigated by competition or fair trading regulators.

Moving in house has expanded Nik’s remit to include the commercial and management drivers of business decisions and expand his legal practice into other areas including mergers and acquisitions, construction, insurance, employment, shipping and environmental law and also to have an influence on business strategy.

Nik holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Laws with Honours and Master of Laws.


Phil Caris

Chief Human Resources Director

Phil is the Chief Human Resources Director with responsibility for leading the People and Culture function of the Ixom business, globally.

Prior to joining Ixom, Phil has led the People, Culture and SHE functions at both private and publicly listed organisations in Australia and Europe including at BHP, Coca Cola, TNT (now FedEx), Coates Hire and GrainCorp.

He has a Bachelors Degree in Economics and Criminology from the University of Melbourne and has completed post graduate studies in employment law and industrial relations at the University of Tasmania. Most recently Phil attended Harvard Business School completing the Advanced Management Program in Boston in 2019.

Phil has led large scale cultural transformation programs in a career spanning 30 years including the global integration of TNT’s freight management division in 2004; taking Coates Hire private in 2008 to merge it with the number 2 player, National Hire; and streamlining the supply chain of Australia’s largest listed (ASX100) agribusiness, GrainCorp.

Phil is a former director of LUCRF, an industry superannuation fund with $6.5 billion in funds under management.