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.
Chief Financial Officer
Chad Barton has been 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 Director of the Schizophrenia Research Institute.
Managing Director, The Star Sydney
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.
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.
Managing Director, Queensland
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).
Group Executive Brand and Corporate Affairs
Geoff Parmenter has more than 21 years of executive and general management experience across the commercial, sales, media, communications and operations sectors in Australia and internationally.
From 2007 to 2011, Geoff was Chief Executive of Events New South Wales, a state government-owned company responsible for developing the first structured annual events calendar for Sydney and New South Wales. In this role, Geoff delivered more than half a billion new tourism dollars to New South Wales every year and established innovative new signature events for Sydney, including the Vivid Sydney festival and Opera on Sydney Harbour.
Group Executive Human Resources
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 & Company Secretary
Paula Martin has extensive experience in the gaming industry, commencing approximately 11 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.
John De Angelis, Chief Information Officer
John De Angelis commenced at The Star Entertainment Group on 1 February 2016, and brings with him 28 years’ experience in the Australian technology sector.
Prior to commencing at The Star Entertainment Group, John was an IT Director at AMP from 2004 to 2015 where he helped the organisation successfully integrate AMP with AXA Australia and support the Customer Transformation Program.
As a Senior Information Technology Executive, John has an extensive experience in driving change across organisations in the wealth management, banking and manufacturing sectors throughout Australia, having also held roles at ANZ Wealth Management and ING Australia.
John holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Science from RMIT University Melbourne.
George Hughes, 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.