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Executive Team

Our Executive Committee is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of each of the Group’s properties, management decisions, and running of our brands. Together, they deliver broad experience across retail, hospitality, gaming and entertainment sectors. 


David Foster

Interim Group CEO


Neale O'Connell

Interim Group Chief Financial Officer


Paula Hammond

Group Chief People Officer


Jeannie Mok

Group Chief Operating Officer (subject to regulatory approval)


Janelle Campbell

Chief Executive Officer, The Star Sydney


Laurent Fresnel

Group Chief Technology and Innovation Officer


Scott Saunders

Group Chief Risk Officer


Daniel FInch

Chief Executive Officer, The Star Brisbane and Treasury Brisbane

David Foster

Executive Director

David was appointed to the Board on 15 December 2022.

David is an experienced chairman and non-executive director, who has served on boards across a diverse range of industries including financial services, retail, government, education and professional services.

He is currently a Director of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited.

David is the former Chairman of Motorcycle Holdings Limited and the Regional Investment Corporation. He was previously a Board member of Genworth Mortgage Insurance Australia and a Non-Executive Director of Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation.

David forged a career of more than 25 years in the financial services sector, including over five years as Chief Executive Officer of Suncorp Bank where he had responsibility for navigating the Bank through the global financial crisis and delivering a significant turnaround and restructuring of the Bank. He retired as CEO at the end of 2013.

Neale O’Connell

Neale joined The Star on the 25th March 2024 as Interim Group Chief Financial Officer.

Neale brings a wealth of experience in listed company financial management in highly regulated environments. Neale spent 14 years at Tatts Group in senior finance roles before departing following the merger with Tabcorp.

Neale more recently was the Group CFO for Corporate Travel Management, a travel management company through the first year of COVID-19.

Neale is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Paula Hammond

Group Chief People Officer

Paula Hammond has over 25 years’ experience in human resources. She was appointed as Chief People and Performance Officer in August 2022, having served in an interim position since December 2021.

Paula commenced with The Star Entertainment Group in 2012, and has held senior HR positions throughout the organisation. Prior to her current role, she held the position of General Manger People Experience where she was responsible for setting, directing and executing the employee experience to achieve the desired workplace culture.

Before joining The Star, Paula’s experience included over 20 years in HR leadership roles with local and international hotels including Sheraton on The Park, St Regis Hotel (Singapore) and Four Points (Sydney).

As an experienced human resources leader, she is driven by the challenge of attracting the best talent and increasing performance with the right employee experience mix. Paula is dedicated to delivering programs and initiatives that empower team members and will continue to advocate for polices that encourage a diverse, inclusive and equal workplace.

Jeannie Mok

Jeannie Mok commenced at The Star Entertainment Group on 11 June 2024 as Group Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Jeannie leads the remediation efforts and brings together several Group functions to provide coordinated and consistent support to the business.

Jeannie is experienced in delivering successful outcomes in the transformation of business operations and organisational culture, in highly regulated industries across the gaming, hospitality, entertainment, real estate and funds management sectors.

Jeannie’s most recent role was Chief Transformation Officer for Crown Resorts, which included designing and launching Crown Resorts’ transformation strategy and overseeing the delivery of its remediation program across culture, governance, technology and operations.

Prior to her work at Crown Resorts, Jeannie held senior positions in Lendlease Group with accountability for designing and leading the implementation of best practice business improvement, risk management and corporate governance initiatives, including Head of Operational Excellence for its Property business and, prior to that, Head of Legal & Business Operations for its Investment Management business.

With over 20 years of experience, Jeannie has also served as a board director and company secretary of trustee entities which hold Australian Financial Services Licences.

Jeannie holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales.

Laurent Fresnel

Laurent joined The Star Entertainment Group in 2014 and was appointed Group Chief Technology and Innovation Officer on 1 August 2023.

He is a seasoned technology senior manager with more than 25 years of expertise in innovation, digital expertise, strategy, business and financial acumen, and execution of large transformation programs.

In his role he will set the Technology vision, strategy and roadmap for The Star. He will also drive innovation and identify emerging technologies.

Laurent is currently the Executive co-sponsor leading the business transformation to deliver a cashless casino and deploy industry leading harm minimisation and AML technology-enabled capabilities. 

Before joining The Star, Laurent founded a startup that developed and launched innovative products to the market. He also participated in large scale technology transformation program across multiple countries with Accenture.

In 2010, he joined News Limited Australia and supported the business transformation to a digital world.

Laurent holds an engineering degree in Computer Science and Management and a Master degree in mobile telephony. He also completed in 2018 the McKinsey Executive Leadership Program.

Scott Saunders

Group Chief Risk Officer

Scott Saunders commenced is role with The Star Entertainment Group on 13 February 2023.

Scott has over 30 years of risk and compliance experience at global financial institutions. For the past 20 years his roles have been focussed predominantly on anti-money laundering and other financial crime risks and controls. During these years he has served as Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO) for four large global financial institutions in Canada and Australia, with an equal focus on high-volume retail client activities and complex institutional banking transactions and services.

In addition to developing strong financial crime programs, Scott is adept at process optimisation and managing large-scale project implementations. He is an experienced leader who creates a focus on collective delivery and individual accountability.

Before joining The Star, he was the General Manager, Financial Crime and Chief Compliance Officer at Westpac Banking Corporation, having joined that organisation from Macquarie Group in 2019. At Macquarie, Scott was responsible for Enterprise Compliance and Financial Crime Compliance, consolidating surveillance and monitoring solutions and developing frameworks to assess inherent risks and strengthen overall controls. He established assurance functions and delivered sound Financial Crime outcomes over the course of nearly 10 years.

Prior to his role with Macquarie, Scott was the MLRO at National Australia Bank, having moved to Australia from Toronto in 2008.

Daniel Finch

Daniel Finch has extensive leadership experience in the tourism and hospitality industry.

He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of The Star Brisbane pending all necessary regulatory approvals on 23 January 2024 and commenced in February 2024.

Before joining The Star Daniel spent nine years as Managing Director at Expedia Group responsible for Australia and New Zealand. His distinguished career in the travel and hospitality industry, including a well-credentialled history with major hotel groups, spans more than 20 years and includes key executive positions with responsibilities across Australian, New Zealand, UK and Asian markets.

Daniel has proven experience in driving domestic and international tourism, launching hotels and team building and joins The Star at pivotal time for the organisation as it prepares to open The Star Brisbane at the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane precinct.


The Star Entertainment Group announced on 5 April 2016 share sale facilities that provided eligible small shareholders the opportunity to sell their shares without incurring any brokerage or handling costs.

Participation in the separate share sale facilities were open to eligible shareholders whose registered address was in Australia or New Zealand as at 7.00pm (Sydney time) on 29 March 2016 (Record Date) and who were:

  1. registered holders of less than a marketable parcel of shares (i.e. less than $500 worth of shares on the Record Date) (Small Holding Sale Facility); or
  2. registered holders of 5,000 or less shares (but held at least $500 worth of shares) on the Record Date (Voluntary Share Sale Facility).

On 5 April 2016, eligible shareholders were sent a letter together with a Share Retention Form (for the Small Holding Sale Facility) or a Sale Instruction Form (for the Voluntary Share Sale Facility), and Terms and Conditions for the relevant share sale facility.

Both share sale facilities closed at 5:00pm (Sydney time) on 17 May 2016 (Closing Date).

All participants who had their SGR shares sold under either the Small Holding Sale Facility or the Voluntary Share Sale Facility received the same average price of $5.51 per share, which was calculated by dividing the total proceeds from the sale of all SGR shares sold under the facilities by the total number of SGR shares sold under the facilities.

Payment of the sale proceeds were made to participating shareholders on 27 May 2016 in accordance with their payment instructions as recorded on the share register.

Small Holding Sale Facility

The Small Holding Sale Facility was conducted in accordance with The Star Entertainment Group’s Constitution and the Australian Securities Exchange Listing Rules that enables all listed companies to sell shareholdings valued at less than $500 (Unmarketable Parcel).

Based on a share price of $5.68, being the closing price of The Star Entertainment Group (SGR) shares on the Australian Securities Exchange on the Record Date, an Unmarketable Parcel was any holding of 88 shares or less.

Eligible shareholders who wished to retain their Unmarketable Parcel were required to return a Share Retention Form to the share registry by the Closing Date.

Small Holding Facility Key Dates:

  • 29 March 2016 (7pm) – Record Date
  • 5 April 2016 – Facility Opened
  • 17 May 2016 (5pm) – Facility Closed
  • 27 May 2016 – Payment of sale proceeds and mailing of payment advices

Voluntary Share Sale Facility

The Voluntary Share Sale Facility was conducted in accordance with Class Order CO 08/10 issued by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission.

Eligible shareholders who wished to sell their shares under the Voluntary Share Sale Facility were required to return a Sale Instruction Form by the Closing Date.

Voluntary Holding Facility Key Dates:

  • 29 March 2016 (7pm) – Record Date
  • 5 April 2016 – Facility Opened
  • 17 May 2016 (5pm) – Facility Closed
  • 27 May 2016 – Payment of sale proceeds and mailing of payment advices

For full details of the Small Holding Sale Facility and the Voluntary Share Sale Facility, please see the ASX Announcement dated 5 April 2016 in the News section of our website.


The demerger of The Star Entertainment Group (formerly known as Echo Entertainment Group Limited) from Tabcorp Holdings Limited (Tabcorp) was implemented on 15 June 2011 by way of Scheme of Arrangement pursuant to the Tabcorp Scheme Booklet dated 15 April 2011 (Demerger).

As part of the Demerger, Tabcorp sought a ruling from the Australian Taxation Office on the taxation implications for shareholders. On 29 June 2011, the Australian Taxation Office issued Class Ruling CR 2011/66, in accordance with the application made by Tabcorp. A copy of the Class Ruling CR 2011/66 can be viewed here.

A Tax Calculator is provided below to assist shareholders in calculating the Australian capital gains tax cost base allocation for Tabcorp shares and The Star Entertainment Group shares. The Tax Calculator is a general guide only and does not constitute tax advice. Shareholders should seek advice from an appropriate professional adviser on the tax implications of the Demerger based on their own individual circumstances.

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Click here to access information on the Australian Taxation Office website