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Governance & Board of Directors

The Blackmores Group Board and management are dedicated to the highest standards of corporate behaviour and accountability throughout all levels of the organisation.

The Blackmores Group corporate governance practices have been developed by the Board using the framework of the ASX Corporate Governance Council’s Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations (3rd ed.). You can view our governance policies below:

Board of Directors

brentwallace

Brent W Wallace BComm (Marketing), FAICD

Chairman

Brent joined the Blackmores Board in October 2005.He is a founding partner of Fiftyfive5, one of Asia Pacific’s biggest independent strategic marketing, brand and consumer insight consulting firms.

Brent has held senior positions in London and Sydney advertising agencies and until 1996 was Managing Director of Ogilvy & Mather in Australia. Brent has more than 30 years of international experience in marketing, advertising and research insights across a wide variety of organisations and consumer categories. In 1997 he founded Galkal a strategy and insight firm which merged with Fiftyfive5 in 2018.

Brent was Chairman of Blackmores’ Audit and Risk Committee from 2015 until appointed Chairman of the Board in October 2018. He is currently a Governor of the World Wide Fund for Nature, a global environmental group, since 1993, and was a Non-Executive Board Director from 2006 to 2016. He is also currently a Non-Executive Board Director of The Environmental Defender’s Office (EDO) and has held Board positions on ASX-listed and unlisted technology companies in online procurement, education and information.

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davidansell

David Ansell BA (Communication), GAICD

Non-Executive Director

David joined the Board in October 2013 and is a member of the People and Remuneration Committee, Audit Committee and Risk Committee. He has enjoyed a highly successful career in consumer-facing organisations in Australia, Asia and the United States. 

David played a pivotal role in the start-up years of Foxtel, was CEO of advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi, Managing Director of Mars Incorporated in Australia, and President of a global Mars unit based in the United States. 

David has a strong operating and supply chain skill set and a deep understanding of brand and customer strategy. He is also Managing Director and Chairman of Jacobs Douwe Egberts ANZ, Australasia’s largest pureplay coffee company, where he recently led a major acquisition and integration project. 

David is a former Director of the peak body of cycling in this country, Cycling Australia, where he served for five years until early 2020.

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marcusblackmore

Marcus C Blackmore AM ND, MAICD, D Univ, D Litt

Executive Director

Marcus has served on the Board since October 1973. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from Southern Cross University for distinguished leadership in complementary medicines in Australia and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from
Western Sydney University for his distinguished services to business, charity and the
broader community. 

Marcus is an honorary trustee of the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), an Alumnus of Harvard Business School, and an Honorary Fellow of the Heart Research Institute. 

Marcus held the position of Blackmores Chairman up to 28 February 2017.

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christineholman

Christine Holman MBA, GAICD

Non-Executive Director

Christine joined the Board in March 2019 and is Chairman of the People and Remuneration Committee. Christine is a professional company director and currently Non-Executive Director of three ASX listed boards - CSR Ltd, Collins Foods and Metcash Ltd. Christine also sits on the Boards of The McGrath Foundation, The Bradman Foundation, the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup and the State Library of NSW Foundation.

In her previous executive capacity, as both CFO & Commercial Director of Telstra Broadcast Services, Christine brings a deep understanding of legacy and emerging technologies. During her time in private investment management, Christine assisted management and the Board of investee companies on strategy development, mergers and acquisitions, leading due diligence teams, managing large complex commercial negotiations and developing growth opportunities.

Christine has an MBA and Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from Macquarie University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a member of Chief Executive Women (CEW) and has previous ASX-listed experience as a Non-Executive Director with HT&E Ltd, Vocus Ltd and WiseTech Global Ltd.

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Alastair Symington

Alastair Symington

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

Alastair joined Blackmores as Group CEO and Managing Director in September 2019. He is a global business leader and brand builder with more than 24 years of consumer goods experience in health and beauty across multiple geographies.

Alastair spent 10 years in a wide range of sales and marketing roles with Nestlé and Gillette in Australia, before joining Procter & Gamble (P&G) in 2005 and moving to Singapore in 2008 where he was responsible for strategy and planning across APAC for the beauty and grooming categories. During this time he led global and regional teams, including as China Managing Director for Wella based in Shanghai. 

In 2016, Alastair joined Coty as part of the merger between P&G specialty beauty brands and the former Coty company, helping to transform it into the third largest beauty company in the world. In his last role at Coty, he was Senior Vice President of APAC, Latin America and the Middle East. 

Alastair has a Bachelor of Economics and a Post-Graduate Diploma in International Business from Monash University, and studied Mandarin while living and working in Shanghai. He is passionate about finding ways to connect more people to holistic health solutions, believing that healthy people and their pets naturally lead to a healthier planet.

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