Meet the directors of ALS Limited.
Bruce Phillips – B Sc (Hons) (Geology)
Bruce Phillips was appointed a non-executive director of ALS Limited effective 1 August 2015 and became Chairman on 26 July 2016 following the 2016 Annual General Meeting.
Bruce is a qualified Petroleum Geologist 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, was appointed non-executive Chairman on November 2010 a position he held until his resignation in November 2017. He was previously Chairman of Platinum Capital Limited and a non-executive director of Sunshine Gas Limited and AGL Energy Limited.
Member of the People Committee.
Raj Naran – BSc (Chemistry), BA (Mathematics)
Raj Naran was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ALS Limited on 20 July 2017. Raj joined the Company in 2007 when ALS acquired his company e-Lab Analytical, Inc, based in Houston, Texas. Raj was previously the Group General Manager, Life Sciences for ALS and Deputy CEO.
Grant Murdoch – M Com (Hons), FAICD, FCA
Grant Murdoch was appointed a non-executive director of ALS Limited in 2011. Grant was formerly a Partner of Ernst & Young and Divisional Director of Ernst & Young Transaction Advisory Services Ltd in Queensland. He is a non-executive director of Redbubble Limited, OFX Group Limited (formerly Oz Forex Group Ltd) and UQ Holdings Ltd. He is a senator of the University of Queensland. He was previously a non-executive director of Cardno Limited and the Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC).
Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee.
John Mulcahy – PhD, BE (Civil Eng) (Hons), FIE AUST
John Mulcahy was appointed a non-executive director of ALS Limited in 2012. John is Chairman of Mirvac Group Ltd and Orix Australia Corporation Ltd, Deputy Chairman of GWA Group Ltd and a non-executive director of Zurich Australia Insurance Limited and Zurich Financial Services Australia Limited. He is a former Guardian of the Future Fund of Australia and former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Suncorp-Metway Ltd.
Member of the People Committee.
Charlie Sartain – B Eng (Hons) (Mining), FAusIMM, FTSE
Charlie Sartain was appointed a non-executive director of ALS Limited effective 1 February 2015. Charlie spent more than 30 years with MIM Holdings and then Xstrata 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 Austin Engineering Limited, Goldcorp Inc., Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland and a member of the UQ Senate. He is also a Board Member of Wesley Medical Research. Previously he was 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.
Chairman of the Sustainability Committee. Member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Tonianne Dwyer – B Juris (Hons), LLB (Hons), GAICD
Tonianne Dwyer was appointed a non-executive director of the Company effective 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 Societe 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), DEXUS Property Group and DEXUS Wholesale Property Fund (appointed August 2011). She is also a non-executive director of Queensland Treasury Corporation and Deputy Chancellor of the Senate of the University of Queensland. She was previously a non-executive director of Cardno Limited (June 2012 - January 2016).
Chairman of the People Committee. Member of the Sustainability Committee.
Siddhartha Kadia – PhD, MS (Biomedical Engineering), BE (Electronics)
Siddhartha Kadia was appointed a non-executive director of ALS Limited 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). 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 Committee.
Leslie Desjardins – B. Industrial Admin, Finance (Kettering), MS. Management (MIT)
Leslie Desjardins 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, Management with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan and a Bachelor of Industrial Administration, Finance with Kettering University.
Member of the Audit and Risk Committee.