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Our Leadership Team

Meet our team of Executive and Non-executive Directors. Passionate experts, yet always keen to learn, discover and innovate. They lead by inspiring example.

Executive Directors

Alex Kanellis

Group Chief Executive

Alex Kanellis joined PZ Cussons in 1993. He was appointed Managing Director of the Group’s Thailand operations in 1998 and Managing Director of Indonesia in 2001. He joined the Board in 2003 as Regional Director of Asia before becoming Chief Executive in June 2006. Alex has a PhD in mechanical engineering.

Brandon Leigh

Chief Financial Officer

Brandon Leigh joined PZ Cussons in 1997 and held a number of senior finance roles within the Group before being appointed to the Board as Chief Financial Officer in 2006. Previous to joining PZ Cussons, Brandon worked
at Deloitte & Touche where he qualified as a chartered accountant.


Independent Non-executive Directors

Caroline Silver

Non-executive Chair

Caroline Silver joined the PZ Cussons Board as Non-executive Director in 2014, becoming Senior Independent Director in 2016 and then Chair in 2017. She has worked within the investment banking sector for over 25 years and is Partner and Managing Director at Moelis & Co. She is a chartered accountant and has previously held senior corporate finance and M&A positions at Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch. She has a wealth of international experience especially within African markets.

Helen Owers

Non-executive Director

Helen Owers joined the PZ Cussons Board as Non-executive Director in 2012. Prior to this she held senior roles within Thomson Reuters, including Chief Development Officer with responsibility for the company’s expansion in rapidly developing economies and the implementation of the company’s digital strategy, and President of Global Businesses for Thomson Reuters Legal, responsible for building new businesses in emerging markets.

Jez Maiden

Non-executive Director

Jez Maiden joined PZ Cussons as a Non-executive Director on 1 November 2016. He is Group Finance Director of Croda International Plc, the FTSE100 global speciality chemicals company. He has previously held similar positions at National Express Group Plc, Northern Foods Plc and British Vita Plc and was, until last year, Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Synthomer Plc.

John Nicolson

Non-executive Director

Mr John Nicolson joined the PZ Cussons Board as Non-executive Director on 1 May 2016. John has significant experience of global consumer goods businesses for both developed and emerging markets, having held senior positions in the FMCG sector, including being Regional President and Executive Committee member of Heineken NV and Executive Board Director for international markets at Scottish & Newcastle.

Dariusz Kucz

Non-executive Director

Dariusz Kucz joined the PZ Cussons Board as Non-executive Director on 1 May 2018. Dariusz is Chief Top Line Officer of Haribo, the international confectionery company, leading its global commercial operations. He has previously held senior leadership roles at Danone, where he led the baby food business in Asia Pacific, and Wrigley, where he was Regional VP, Central and Eastern Europe

Tamara Minick-Scokalo

Non-executive Director

Tamara Minick-Scokalo joined the PZ Cussons Board as Non-executive Director on 1 May 2018. Tamara has held senior marketing and commercial positions at consumer businesses including P&G, Coca-Cola Company, Cadbury plc and Mondelez. Until 2016, she was Regional President, Growth Markets for Pearson plc, the FTSE 100 international publishing and education company, with responsibility for emerging markets.   

Corporate Governance

Report on Corporate Governance

The Board is committed to meeting the standards of good corporate governance as established by the Financial Reporting Council from time to time. Click here to access PZ Cussons' Report on Corporate Governance, Terms Of Reference for the Good4Business (CSR), Group Risk, Remuneration, Nomination and Audit Committees.