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.
Doug Mateljan – Chair
CHAIR OF THE PERFORMANCE AND REMUNERATION COMMITTEE
Mr. Mateljan first became involved in food service distribution when he purchased Craven Foods, Bunbury in January 2000. The business has received 3 AFMA awards and 5 FSAA awards. After joining the Countrywide group in 2000 as a Member, Mr. Mateljan was elected onto the Countrywide Board in 2004. His initial portfolio was Chairman of the Marketing Committee, followed by subsequent appointments as Chairman of the Finance Risk and Audit Committee, until December 2013. Mr. Mateljan was appointed Deputy Chairman in January 2011 before taking on the Chairman’s role in December 2013. As Chairman Mr. Mateljan recognises Countrywide’s rich history and is overseeing a period of sustained record growth and results for the Members and the Group. Mr. Mateljan has introduced new Board standards, education and the development of Directors’ individual skills.
Grant Harrod – Deputy Chair
CHAIR OF THE FINANCE RISK AND AUDIT 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 – Director
MEMBER OF THE FINANCE RISK AND AUDIT COMMITTEE
MEMBER OF THE PERFORMANCE REMUNERATION 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.
Anna Tengstrom – Director
MEMBER OF THE FINANCE, RISK AND AUDIT COMMITTEE
MEMBER OF THE PERFORMANCE AND REMUNERATION COMMITTEE
Mrs. Tengstrom has held her position as Director since her appointment in 2008. She has a wealth of knowledge of the food service industry, having operated as Managing Director of K and A Foods in Finley for over 28 years. Prior to this position, Mrs. Tengstrom gained considerable experience within the insurance industry, working 10 years in sales and underwriting for CIC Insurance and for insurance broker Peter L. Brown and Assoc. in the Riverina District. She has served on the Countrywide Southern Region Executive Committee over the past 17 years. Mrs. Tengstrom is passionate about local community development, having held executive positions with the Chamber of Commerce, local sporting clubs and schools. Her involvement with Berrigan Shire Council has led to working on various projects including Young Achievement Australia and Tourism on the Murray River program.
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.
Joey Pollio – Director
Mr. Pollio has had a lifetime in the foodservice industry. In 1995, Mr. Pollio had the opportunity to work in his father’s business for five years, prior to the business being sold in early 2000. In late 2001, Mr. Pollio co-founded 5 Ways Foodservice where the focus was on importing Mediterranean style products. 5 Ways grew rapidly in the early years. In 2006 it was awarded by the BRW the number 1 upstart business in Australia. Now 17 years later, the business remains stronger than ever, with a fleet of 30 transport vehicles and 135 employees. Mr. Pollio has previously held Board positions with NAFDA and Combined Food Australia (CFA). He has been a Director on the Countrywide Board since July 2016. Mr. Pollio brings with him a wealth of experience in the areas of food importing and exporting. He has a passion for marketing and looks for the point of difference. Continually keeping the big picture in mind, Mr. Pollio works collaboratively while being strategically focused, thus complimenting the dynamic nature of the Countrywide Board.
Robert Ceccato – Director
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.
Sinead Teague – Company Secretary
Ms Teague is a Company Secretary with the Automic Group. Ms Teague holds a Masters in Management and Corporate Governance and a Degree in Law with Government and is an associate member of the Governance Institute having qualified as a Chartered Secretary. Ms Teague has worked as a Company Secretary with a variety of public (ASX listed and unlisted) and not-for-profit companies across many different industry sectors.