Jeanne Johns, Managing Director and CEO, Incitec Pivot
Jeanne Johns is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
of Incitec Pivot Limited (IPL), a world leading industrial explosives
and fertilisers organisation.
A global executive with more than 25 years’ experience, taking
the helm of IPL in November 2017 was a natural fit for Jeanne,
given her extensive experience running asset-based businesses
with a personal passion for safety.
During an impressive career with BP, Jeanne held various executive roles, including as President, Asian Olefins and Derivatives (China), President, BP North America Natural Gas Liquids (USA), Head of Downstream Safety and Operational Risk (UK).
Jeanne is a Founding Member of the Australian Climate Leaders Coalition; the inaugural Victoria Chair of the American Chamber
of Commerce in Australia Council of Governors and an International Fertilizers Association Executive Board member.
With a market cap of more than $5 billion, IPL has manufacturing operations in the USA, Australia, Mexico, Chile, Canada, Indonesia,
PNG and Turkey; along with joint ventures in South Africa.
IPL subsidiary Dyno Nobel is a global supplier of commercial
explosives and industrial chemicals. Incitec Pivot Fertilisers
is Australia’s largest manufacturer and supplier of fertilisers.
Jeanne has a B.S., Chemical Engineering, magna cum laude,
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio and undertaken
Executive Education Programs - MIT, Harvard, Stanford,
Cambridge and International Executive Programme, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.
Richard Macchiesi, General Manager | Innovation & Corporate Affairs, Visy
Richard Macchiesi has 25 years’ experience in the FMCG industry across multiple disciplines. He worked in the flavour industry developing strategic new products in Australia before heading to Chicago establishing a start up in new dairy-based technology, growing the business to over $200m in its first two years. Richard's career has travelled extensively in Europe and Asia identifying strategic alliances for new businesses, utilising a strong understanding of innovation and technology commercialisation. Richard is currently the General Manager of Corporate Affairs and Innovation at Visy working on strategic sustainable initiatives that deliver value for his clients and Visy.
Dr Jens Goennemann, Managing Director, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC)
Dr Jens Goennemann is Managing Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre Ltd (AMGC). Jens joined AMGC as Managing Director in 2016 where he brings extensive experience from overseeing large manufacturing operations in Australia and Europe. Jens served as Managing Director of Airbus Group Australia Pacific and Airbus Helicopters. Before his eight-year appointment to Australia, Jens spent six years in Germany with the former European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), today known as Airbus Group. He was Head of the CEO’s office in Germany, and before that in charge of Soldier and Parafoil Systems within the Defence Division. Previously, Jens spent two years in Athens where he established and managed the Eurofighter Office of DaimlerChrysler Aerospace, one of the three founding partner companies of EADS. He began his career with Daimler-Benz AG in January 1996. With AMGC, Jens is responsible to help transform Australia’s manufacturing industry and increase the demand for high-value, high-paying jobs. As Managing Director, Jens works alongside his team and broad industry stakeholders to deliver against ambitious goals of assisting manufacturers with the adoption of Industry 4.0 knowledge, transitioning skills needed for greater competitiveness and opening dialogue with international manufacturing companies and partners. Under Jens’s leadership, AMGC has grown its membership base to over 2500 industry companies and research institutions, established six technology hubs across Australia and launched over 70 technical projects. These catalytic projects demonstrate to the broader industry the technical leadership and servitisation methods required to remain globally competitive. As an avid skydiver, Jens enjoys jumping out of perfectly good aeroplanes which earned him multiple national skydiving titles in Germany and Australia as well as a world record. He is a triple Australian 4-way formation skydiving champion and was among 214 German skydivers who leapt into history 18,500ft above the Arizona desert in October 2014 to build the largest formation ever flown by one single nation. Jens has a PhD in Economics from the University of Hamburg and a Bachelor of Business from Hamburg School of Business Administration. He is Chairman of the German Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, a senior member of the Executive Committee for Industry 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing Forum, a Board Member of the Innovative Manufacturing CRC, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Professor Bronwyn Fox, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise), Swinburne University of Technology
Demonstrating sustained commitment to supporting the growth of the manufacturing industry in Australia through targeted research, Professor Fox was previously one of the founders of the Carbon Nexus facility at Deakin University, which catalysed the creation of an industrial research precinct.
Leveraging her specific knowledge of materials science and engineering, Professor Fox has built multidisciplinary teams to work with the manufacturing sector to ensure they are digitally equipped and linked into global supply chains.
Bronwyn is an internationally recognised expert on carbon fibre and composite materials and is Chair of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (Victorian Division), a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).