Countrywide are guided by a professional Board of Directors, who have extensive knowledge of the industry from owning and operating their own food service businesses.

 

Grant Harrod – Chair

CHAIR OF THE PERFORMANCE AND REMUNERATION COMMITTEE

Mr Grant Harrod is a highly experienced director with a demonstrated executive history working across a number of industries including, technology, manufacturing, real estate, distribution and marketing services. Formerly CEO for ASX listed companies, Corporate Express, Salmat and Pro Pack Packaging, and CEO for real estate group, LJ Hooker. Mr Harrod is currently Chairman for Sundrop Farms, Australia’s largest sustainable greenhouse farming enterprise owned by private equity firm, HRL Morrisons. Non Executive Director for Countrywide Food Services Distribution, Australian’s largest member-based food service distributors and technology company, Online Media Holdings. Mr Harrod is also Chairman of not for profit, Beddown, providing accommodation services to the homeless. Mr Harrod has an MBA from Macquarie University’s Graduate School of Management, a BA in Political Science from the University of New South Wales and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


 

Damien Mahon Countrywide Food Service Distributors Board of Directors

Damien Mahon – Deputy Chair

MEMBER OF THE FINANCE RISK AND AUDIT COMMITTEE

Mr. Mahon is Managing Director of Athian Pty Ltd. trading as Midwest Foods & Liquor, based in Dubbo in Central West NSW. Mr. Mahon was appointed to the Board of Countrywide in February 2004. His previous roles on the Countrywide Board include Purchasing Advisory Group and Chairman of the I.T. Committee. Mr. Mahon served on the Countrywide Board from June 1996 to October 1998 and previously held positions on the Eastern Region Executive Committee for many years. Mr. Mahon is passionate about improving business performance by empowering the team and encouraging lateral thinking backed up by detailed strategic planning to identify and capitalize on new opportunities to continually grow a sustainable business.


 

Sebastian Galipo Countrywide Food Service Distributors Board of Directors

Sebastian Galipo – Director


Mr. Galipo has 34 years’ experience in the food wholesaling industry including his involvement with Countrywide Australasia beginning as Deputy Chairman on Countrywide’s incorporation in early 1996. Mr. Galipo was re-appointed as a Director in January 2000 and served on various Board sub-committees before becoming Chairman for seven years from 2003 to 2009. In 2008, he was instrumental in the formation of the Countywide Super Group and still continues his role as Chairman of the Super Group. Mr. Galipo is the Managing Director of Galipo Food Co., started in 1983 with a few domestic appliances in his garage, now employing 130 staff with 42 delivery trucks. Very proud of his staff, he attributes winning the 2014, 2016 and 2017 FSAA National Distributor of the Year awards as well as numerous SA Metro Distributor of the Year awards, to their efforts. In 2015, they were a finalist in the Ethnic Business Awards and in 2017 he was a finalist in the SA Entrepreneur of the Year Awards and inducted into the FSAA Hall of Fame.


 

Robert Ceccato – Director

MEMBER OF THE FINANCE RISK AND AUDIT COMMITTEE
MEMBER OF THE PERFORMANCE REMUNERATION COMMITTEE

Mr Robert Ceccato is the cofounder and Managing Director of Global Food & Wine a family owned and operated Foodservice Distributor in Queensland. From the humble beginnings of a father and son team in 1984, the business has transformed into a major importer, distributor and wholesaler in the Queensland Market with 11 depots, over 120 trucks, and some 275 staff servicing Queensland’s eastern seaboard. Mr Ceccato has been instrumental in driving the sales and growth of the business and has successfully led major transformation projects including business acquisitions, introducing new service lines and improved customer delivery initiatives which has seen the business win numerous awards including “Distributor of the Year” for the Subway Contract for four years running. Mr Ceccato is passionate about people and performance and has a strategic focus on improving customer experience, business ethics, technology and sustainability to ensure the foodservice industry stays ahead of the future changes and trends whilst ensuring the businesses competitive advantage. Being newly appointed to the Board in October 2019, Mr Ceccato is keen to contribute his skills, knowledge, drive and passion for Food and Foodservice to the Countrywide Board and its members.


 

Joanna Walker – Director

CHAIR OF THE FINANCE, RISK AND AUDIT COMMITTEE
MEMBER OF THE PERFORMANCE REMUNERATION COMMITTEE

Experienced company director and chief financial officer with over 25 years’ experience in corporate environments including private and public companies.  Ms Walker has extensive experience across a range of industries including retail, wholesale distribution, franchising, health and professional services. She is a dynamic, commercial and a relationship-based individual having served as a company director for government, superannuation and privately owned entities. Along with Countrywide she is a board director and Chair of the Audit and Risk committee for Southern Alpine Resorts Management Board and Director of Kapstone Pty Ltd. Past directorships include Board member and committee member of Eastern Health (member of the audit and risk and Chair of the finance committee) and member of Amcor Superannuation Fund.

Her C-suite executive career includes Chief Financial Officer of Total Tools Pty Ltd, Officeworks Pty Ltd, Ojay Pty Pty Ltd (Women’s fashion), Coventry Group Ltd and Paperlinx Merchanting (Australia, New Zealand and Asia). She is known for being highly commercial and tenacious in driving improved financial outcomes. Governance, change management and strategic execution together with driving a high -performance team and culture within organisations undertaking transformation have also been instrumental to past achievements.

Ms Walker is a qualified Chartered Accountant, Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has an MBA (majoring in Strategy).


 

Albert Pisconeri – Director

MEMBER OF THE PERFORMANCE REMUNERATION COMMITTEE

Mr Pisconeri is a Director of Pisconeri Fine foods & Wines which was established in 1962; a third generation family owned business operating in continental foods, wines and kitchenware, servicing Supermarkets, Café, Restaurant, Pizzerias, Bakeries and Corporates in the food service market.

Mr Pisconeri has been involved in his business since 1974 working in all facets from finance, Importing, overseas foreign exchange, purchasing, negotiating with suppliers, corporate governance and Compliance establishing the HACCP system in the company.

The business has been a Countrywide member since 2000 and this has assisted in transforming into a strong food service business. With the introduction of the third generation of family we are guiding them to prepare for the future expanding our profile via IT, on-line ordering and new era of end-user technologies.

Mr Pisconeri was appointed to the Board in October 2020 and is a member of the Performance Remuneration Committee. Newly appointed to the Board in October 2020, Mr Pisconeri is keen to contribute by encouraging a close working relationship between the Countrywide Head office directives and its Western Region members that he represents. His aim is to develop strategic planning opportunities to ensure his skills, experience and knowledge brings a diverse aspect to the Board and its members.  


 

James Kostarakis – Director

MEMBER OF THE FINANCE, RISK AND AUDIT COMMITTEE
 

Mr Kostarakis is the Managing Director of Fastrac Foodservice which was established in 1991; a second generation family owned and operated Foodservice Distributor in Victoria. Mr Kostarakis has worked in many roles including sales, marketing, purchasing, supplier negotiations, corporate governance, compliance, finance, as well as logistics and warehousing. In more recent years, Mr Kostarakis has guided his business through territory expansion and a business acquisition; which has provided them rapid growth and strong strategic position throughout regional Victoria. Mr Kostarakis was appointed to the Board in October 2020 and is part of the next generation of Foodservice Professionals that is passionate about the industry. Mr Kostarakis is a member of the Finance Risk and Audit Committee and brings a dynamic perspective to our board and its members.

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