Meet the directors of ALS Limited.
Bruce Phillips – B Sc (Hons) (Geology)
Bruce Phillips was appointed a Non-Executive Director of the Company on 1 August 2015 and became Chairman on 26 July 2016 following the 2016 Annual General Meeting. Bruce is a qualified geophysicist with more than 35 years of technical, financial and managerial experience in the energy sector.
He founded Australian Worldwide Exploration Limited (ASX: AWE) in 1997 and was its Managing Director until his retirement in 2007. He re-joined as a Non-Executive Director in 2009 and held the position of Chairman until his retirement from the Board in November 2017. He was previously Chairman of Platinum Capital Limited (October 2009 – June 2015) and a Non-Executive Director of AGL Energy Limited (August 2007 – September 2016) and Sunshine Gas Limited. In January 2019 Bruce was appointed as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of Karoon Energy Limited.
Member of the People Committee. Member of the Nomination Committee.
Raj Naran – B Sc (Chemistry), B A (Mathematics)
Appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer on 20 July 2017.
Raj founded e-Lab Analytical Inc which operated an environmental analytical testing business in Texas and Michigan until it was acquired by the Group in 2007. He was appointed to lead ALS USA Environmental business at that time and grew his role over the subsequent years to lead the global Life Sciences Division until his appointment to CEO in 2017. In December 2018 Raj was appointed as a Non-Executive Director to Redeye Apps Limited.
John Mulcahy – PhD, B E (Civil Eng) (Hons), FIE Aust
John Mulcahy was appointed a Non-Executive Director of the Company in 2012. He is Chairman of Mirvac Group Limited (appointed November 2009 and Chair September 2013) and Orix Australia Corporation Limited, an unlisted public company (appointed March 2016), and Deputy Chairman of GWA Group Limited (appointed November 2010). He is also a current Non-Executive Director of various Zurich Australia Insurance subsidiaries. John was previously a director and Chairman of Coffey International Limited (September 2009 – January 2016). He is a former Guardian of the Future Fund of Australia and former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Suncorp-Metway Limited. Prior to Suncorp, John held a number of senior executive roles at the Commonwealth Bank and Lend Lease Corporation.
Member of the People Committee. Member of the Audit and Risk Committee. Member of the Nomination Committee.
Charlie Sartain – B Eng (Hons) (Mining), FAusIMM, FTSE
Charlie Sartain was appointed a Non-Executive Director of the Company on 1 February 2015. He spent more than 30 years with MIM Holdings and then Xstrata plc after it acquired MIM. He led Xstrata’s global copper business as Chief Executive of Xstrata Copper for nine years from 2004 and prior to that held senior executive positions with the company in Latin America and Australia.
Charlie is currently a Non-Executive Director of OZ Minerals Limited, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland, and Chairman of the Board of Wesley Medical Research Ltd. His previous roles included Chairman of the International Copper Association, a Member of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Council on Australian Latin American Relations and a Director of Xstrata Schweiz Limited. He also served as a Non-Executive Director of Austin Engineering Limited, Goldcorp Inc., Newmont Corporation and as a two-term Member of the Senate of the University of Queensland. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering by the University of Queensland in 2019.
Chairman of the Sustainability and Innovation Committee. Member of the Audit and Risk Committee. Member of the Nomination Committee.
Tonianne Dwyer – B Juris (Hons), LLB (Hons), GAICD
Tonianne Dwyer was appointed a Non-Executive Director of the Company on 1 July 2016. She has significant experience as a company director and executive working in finance, corporate strategy and mergers and acquisitions across a variety of sectors and international markets.
She is an internationally experienced independent company director, having had a 25-year executive career in investment banking during which she held roles with Hambros Bank Limited and Société General in the UK and Europe.
Tonianne currently holds non-executive directorships on ASX-listed companies OZ Minerals Limited (appointed March 2017), Metcash Limited (appointed June 2014, retiring 28 June 2021), DEXUS Property Group and DEXUS Wholesale Property Fund (appointed August 2011) and Incitec Pivot Limited (appointed May 2021). She is Deputy Chancellor of the Senate of the University of Queensland and is on the Board of the Sir John Monash Foundation and Chief Executive Women.
Chair of the People Committee. Member of the Sustainability and Innovation Committee. Member of the Nomination Committee.
Siddhartha Kadia – Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, B.E., Electronics and Telecommunication
Siddhartha Kadia was appointed a Non-Executive Director of the Company in January 2019. Siddhartha was formerly President and CEO of EAG Laboratories, a global scientific testing company headquartered in San Diego. He has also been a Director of USA-listed companies Newport Corporation (NSDQ: NEWP) and Volcano Corporation (NSDQ: VOLC). He is currently a Non-Executive Director of BioSkryb Inc, Nuvasive, Inc (appointed February 2021) and other US-based companies including Isoplexis, ATS (Applied Technical Services), Overseers. Prior to EAG, Siddhartha served as President of the Life Sciences Division at Life Technologies Corporation (NSDQ: LIFE), a publicly traded Life Sciences tools company. Siddhartha was also a management consultant at McKinsey & Company where his work focused on various life sciences and healthcare related engagements.
Siddhartha has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Siddhartha has lived and worked in the US, Japan, China and India and has more than 20 years of international experience as a company director, executive and technical leader in the Life Sciences and TIC (testing, inspection and certification) sectors.
Member of the Sustainability and Innovation Committee. Member of the People Committee. Member of the Nomination Committee.
Leslie Desjardins – B. Industrial Admin, Finance (Kettering), MS. Management (MIT)
Leslie Desjardins was appointed a Non-Executive Director of the Company on 21 November 2019. She has a background as a CFO and senior financial and governance professional in a range of large multinational and global businesses.
She has extensive commercial and financial governance expertise with large multinational public companies in North America, Canada and Australia each with extensive global operations. Her areas of expertise include CFO level executive and financial strategic leadership, M&A, corporate finance and treasury, governance, financial and tax compliance and enterprise risk management.
Ms Desjardins is currently a Director, Audit Committee Chair, CSR/Risk Committee member with Ansell Limited and Director and Audit Committee Chair with Terry Fox Foundation, Canada. Previously, she served as a Board Director and Audit Committee member with AptarGroup.
During her executive career, Ms Desjardins served as Executive VP and CFO at Amcor Limited, a global leader in packaging of food, beverage, pharmaceutical and tobacco products. Prior to Amcor Ltd, Ms Desjardins served in financial and corporate strategic positions with General Motors Corporation, including Chief Financial Officer GM Holden Australia, Controller GM North America, Executive Director Manufacturing Finance and Director GM North America Strategy and Planning.
Ms Desjardins holds a Master of Science, Business with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan and a Bachelor of Industrial Administration, Finance with Kettering University.
Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. Member of the Nomination Committee.