Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Master of Economics and Commerce; PhD in Finance
Matt Bekier was previously Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of the Company and also previously Chief Financial Officer of Tabcorp Holdings Limited from late 2005 and until the demerger of the Company and its controlled entities in June 2011.
Prior to his role at Tabcorp, Mr Bekier previously held various roles with McKinsey & Company.
Group Chief Financial Officer
Chad Barton has been Group Chief Financial Officer since joining The Star Entertainment Group in June 2014 following extensive experience at a senior finance executive level in listed and global corporates. Prior to commencing at The Star Entertainment Group, Chad was Chief Financial Officer of Salmat Limited from 2009 to 2014.
A chartered accountant, Chad previously served as CFO for the Australian and New Zealand business of Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and Commercial Director at telecommunications company SingTel Optus.
In addition to his executive role, Chad is a Non-Executive Chair of Women in Gaming and Hospitality Australasia and Non-Executive Director of NeuRA Foundation.
Chief Casino Officer
Greg Hawkins has more than 21 years’ experience in Australian, Asian and New Zealand gaming markets. Greg commenced as Managing Director of The Star in September 2014 and was appointed as Chief Casino Officer from January 2019.
Prior to commencing with The Star Entertainment Group, Greg most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Crown Melbourne from 2011 to 2013. Prior to this role, Greg spent five years in Asia, initially as CEO of Altira, Macau and then as President of City of Dreams, Macau.
Having managed both a premium VIP hotel and casino and a large-scale Integrated Resort in Macau, Greg provides valuable insight and experience in the Asian VIP and premium mass market sectors.
Group Executive Operations
Geoff Hogg has more than 20 years of operational casino experience at a senior executive level. Geoff is Managing Director Queensland for The Star Entertainment Group.
His portfolio includes The Star Gold Coast (formerly Jupiters Gold Coast) located in Broadbeach, the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort situated in Main Beach, Treasury Brisbane, and the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane integrated resort development currently being built in Brisbane’s CBD. On behalf of the Queensland Government, The Star Entertainment Group also manages the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Prior to commencing with The Star Entertainment Group in 2008, Geoff worked with the SKYCITY Entertainment Group for more than 13 years in a number of senior management roles across their New Zealand properties.
Geoff is an active participant in the Queensland business community and in particular, the tourism and entertainment industry. He is a member of the Responsible Gambling Advisory Committee, a director on the National Retail Association, and a governor of the American Chamber of Commerce Queensland Council. Geoff was recently appointed as a Director on the Broadbeach Alliance (Gold Coast).
Chief Marketing Officer
George joined the Star Entertainment Group in November 2017 and is responsible for the marketing activities of the Group.
George is a passionate customer engagement professional with strong commercial and strategic acumen. He has wealth of executive experience in diverse roles across marketing, customer engagement, finance, M&A and strategy, gained in the retail, entertainment, postal and banking sectors.
George joined the Star Entertainment Group from David Jones where he was responsible for direct and digital marketing, customer insights, loyalty and customer relationship management. Prior to David Jones, George worked for Woolworths where he led teams responsible for innovative growth portfolios, including Everyday Rewards, Woolworth Insurance and Woolworth Mobile.
George has a First Class Honours degree in Business Studies from Dublin City University, is a chartered accountant, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.
Chief People and Performance Officer
Kim Lee commenced at The Star Entertainment Group on 12 January 2015, and brings with her more than 18 years’ experience in successful Human Resource roles across sectors in Australia and Internationally.
As a Senior Human Resources Executive, Kim has an extensive track record in public and privately owned FMCG, global packaging, building supplies, consumer aftermarket automotive, and forestry product (Pulp and Paper) markets in Australia, New Zealand, North and South America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific, most recently serving as Group Human Resources Director of Rank Group Limited from 2006 to 2014.
Kim is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and holds a Bachelor of Biological Science, Microbiology & Biochemistry from Latrobe University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources from Victoria University.
Group General Counsel and Company Secretary
Paula Martin has extensive experience in the gaming industry, commencing approximately 13 years ago, first with the casinos division of Tabcorp Holdings Limited and then continuing with The Star Entertainment Group.
She has a broad commercial law and regulatory background, having first practised with King & Wood Mallesons (formerly Mallesons Stephen Jacques) in the telecommunications, information technology and competition law areas.
Paula holds a Diploma in Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia.
Chief Risk Officer
Paul McWilliams commenced at The Star Entertainment Group on 8 February 2016. Over the course of his career he has had a broad range of responsibilities.
Paul has previously worked for the Australian Taxation Office (10 years), KPMG (7 years) and Southcorp Limited (10 years) before joining AGL in 2004. At AGL he had responsibility for a wide range of functions including risk, insurance, tax, legal, internal audit, property and facilities, procurement and company secretarial as the Head of Corporate Support Services and Company Secretarial.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accountancy, a Masters of Applied Finance and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance. Paul is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia.
Group Executive External Affairs
Alison Smith has been with The Star Entertainment Group since mid-2015. Her role covers government, industry and media relations, plus internal communications for the Group.
Alison is a senior media and corporate relations executive. She has worked in the public and private sectors in ICT, transport, energy, police and corrective services. In 2014 she was the project manager of Queensland’s international marketing campaign for the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane. Alison has extensive experience in the mining sector, with Rio Tinto’s coal and uranium businesses in Australia, Africa and Canada.
In addition to her role with The Star, Alison is a director on the Brisbane Festival board; an executive committee member of The Committee for Brisbane; a committee member of the Queensland Gambling Community Benefits Fund; Vice President of the Queensland Futures Institute Corporate Affairs Council, a member of the Qld Advisory Board for the Accommodation Association of Australia, and a member of the American Chamber of Commerce Qld Tourism Committee.
Alison holds a Masters in Business Administration and is a Graduate Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Chief Commercial Officer
Harry Theodore has over 12 years experience in the gaming industry. Harry joined The Star Entertainment Group in 2011 as Head of Strategy and Investor Relations and was appointed to the role of Chief Commercial Officer in October 2018. Harry led the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane bid and leads the Group’s joint ventures with Chow Tai Fook and Far East Consortium. Harry has also led a number of finance functions for the group.
Prior to joining The Star Entertainment Group, Harry held the role of Director – Head of Gaming and Food & Beverage in the equities research team at the Royal Bank of Scotland and prior to that was a lawyer with Allens Arthur Robinson.
Harry holds a First Class Honours degree in Law and Business.