Speakers

For more details, please contact Justine at +61 416 079 788 or justine@qsrmedia.com.au.


     DENNIS FLORES
     
President & Head of International Business for Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia
     Jollibee Foods Corporation
     


     CHRIS GREEN
     Chief Executive Officer
     Hungry Jack's
     


     CHRIS CHURCHMICHAEL
     Australia & New Zealand Country Director
     Subway
     

Chris joined Subway in 2018 as Director of Operations for Australia and New Zealand, bringing more than 30 years of experience across traditional QSR, Fast Casual and Coffee. In January 2019, Chris was appointed Country Director for Australia and New Zealand and is now stewarding Subway’s brand transformation initiatives, including an enhanced menu and national restaurant redesign, to meet the evolving needs of QSR customers.

Chris developed a passion for quick service restaurants early in his career during his time as a crew member at McDonald's. Prior to joining Subway, Chris worked across national operations, training, and management for national and global brands including Gloria Jeans Coffees, Grill’d Healthy Burgers, McDonald's, and Red Rooster.
 


     CHRIS MAVRIS
     Chief Executive Officer
     Soul Origin
     

CEO Chris Mavris is one of Australia’s franchising QSR experts. His hands-on approach, dedication to excellence, and his life’s experience in and around food retailing has resulted in Soul Origin being what it is today. Chris brings a lifetime in food retailing to the Soul Origin executive team. In the 28 years since opening his first cafe in 1991, Chris has owned numerous food retail establishments, both independent and franchised, all of which where operated successfully.


Soul Origin has grown rapidly under his leadership to be the multi award winning brand that has taken food courts by storm around the country.


     BIANCA AZZOPARDI
     Chief Executive Officer
     Zambrero
     


     DAVID OVENS
     Head of Marketing, Seagrass Boutique Hospitality Group
     Group & Executive GM, Blue Coral Concepts
     

David Ovens is an internationally experienced executive across retail, food service, restaurant, and packaged goods businesses. He’s operated as a senior member of numerous leadership teams in the overall management of different business models and structures, including franchisor/ franchisee structures.

His work history includes CMO & Consultant for QSR Holdings, Chief Marketing Officer for Yum Brands, including KFC/Pizza Hut (Australia) and Taco Bell USA, VP regional Franchise Johnson and Johnson Asia Pacific, SVP Global Johnson Kids Franchise and currently Head of Marketing for SeagrassBHG and Executive GM of Blue Coral Concepts.
Ovens experience substantiates his astute knowledge, skills, and talents across the franchise, marketing operations, new restaurant development, and food innovation, a proven demonstration of his ability to drive change and deliver results whilst embodying the values and application of a company and business leader. 


     GAVEN NEEDHAM
     Head of QSR 
     Caltex Australia

 

After spending nearly 9 years abroad as an executive with Yum Brands, Gaven has recently returned with his family to Sydney to the role of Head of QSR with Caltex Australia where he has quickly established Caltex as a key QSR franchisee partner and operator. In just six months he has grown their QSR portfolio from 8 to 25 sites while maintaining and unrelenting focus on operations excellence, people capability and customer experience enabling Caltex to now be the largest and fastest growing Boost Juice franchisee partner in Australia.

Prior to joining Caltex, Gaven has held multiple senior leadership roles between Sydney, Dubai, Toronto and Dallas. Gaven is a respected values driven leader, coach, and culture champion who gets results the right way, enabling others in pursuit of common purpose and high performance. Gaven has extensive experience in both franchise and company operations, franchisee and franchisor relationships and deep experience in managing culturally diverse work teams across broad geographies.

Gaven holds a Bachelor of Management from the University of South Australia and a Graduate Certificate in Finance from the University of Newcastle.
     


     JASON CARLEY
     Senior Director
     Simon-Kucher & Partners
     

Jason Carley is a Senior Director in Simon-Kucher & Partners’ Sydney office. Simon-Kucher is the world’s leading advisor in top line growth, helping businesses from across industries to measure and monetise the value they deliver to customers through smarter pricing and sales. Jason has spent over a decade with Simon-Kucher & Partners, leading projects across Europe, Asia, the USA ,and since 2011 in Australia and New Zealand.

Jason leads Simon-Kucher & Partners’ Leisure, Tourism and Hospitality Practice in Australia and New Zealand. His clients include restaurant chains, hotels, ferry operators and airlines, as well as consumer goods and retailers. Jason’s work with restaurants includes menu design, price optimisation and business model transformation, all with a focus of growing revenue and increasing profitability.


     CRAIG TOZER
     Chief Executive Officer
     Oporto
     


     TOM POTTER
     Founder & CEO, Eagle Boys Pizza
     Strategic Consultant / Restaurant Fast Food Analyst
     

Tom potter is a franchising and QSR veteran with over 30 years of experience in the industry. He founded Eagle Boys in the late 1980s which went on to become Australia’s and New Zealand’s largest privately owned pizza company. After 20 years, he sold Eagle Boys and then commenced a professional directorship and consulting career. Tom is a sought after professional public speaker and travels worldwide in this arena, covering subjects from change management to governance and ethical business practice. His straight forward approach has placed him onto several boards and also as an advisor to the federal government on policy and business.


     TOM YOUL
     Senior Industry Analyst
     IBISWorld
      

Tom Youl is a Senior Industry Analyst at IBISWorld, a business information and economics research firm. Tom enjoys and specialises in analysing the performance of agricultural, food retail, food service, and aviation sectors and their context within the Australian economy. Previous to becoming an industry analyst, Tom began his adventure through the corporate jungle as a company research analyst, before moving into the world of client retainment and sales.


     MICHAEL BATE
     Head of Retail, National Director
     Colliers International
     

Michael has over 35 years of commercial real estate experience which has involved the sales, leasing and master planning and retail management of shopping centres and retail assets throughout Australia and Internationally. Michael’s expertise allows him to advise on integrated property solutions from high street projects, mixed-use developments, major shopping centres, bulky goods and funds management for asset enhancement.


     SERGE INFANTI
     Managing Director
     Foodco Group (Muffin Break, Jamaica Blue)
     


     KATHY WOOD
     Chief People Officer
     Guzman y Gomez
     


     JASON GERIESI
     Chief Operations Officer
     Huxtaburger
     


     STEVE PLARRE
     Chief Executive Officer
     Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses
     

Steve Plarre is a 4th generation baker and CEO of 118-year-old Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses. He works closely with his brother Mike in a business that is still very much family owned & operated. With 75 stores and a large bakery that crafts over 100,000 cakes & savouries daily, Steve & his brother are intensely focused on making sure that the care and passion that helped make the family business what it is today isn’t lost in the wake of growth and scale. Culture & family sits at the heart of everything they do. Steve is married with 2 beautiful young girls Felicity and Elizabeth.


     JODIE AUSTER
     Australia & New Zealand General Manager
     Uber Eats
      


     LARA THOM
     Chief Marketing Officer
     Guzman y Gomez
     


     DANIEL KING
     Head of Strategy - QSR, Global Marketing Solutions
     Facebook
     

Across almost 25 years in Advertising, Daniel saw in the arrival of Digital, Pay TV and Digital TV. 16 Years in TV sales at Network Ten working in positions from Sales Assistant to Sales Director. After TV he joined GroupM in Mediacom managing Investment & Planning for the worlds biggest advertiser P&G. In that role over 3 years, he went through an intense digital transformation of both myself and P&Gs media.

This led to his new role in Facebook as Head of Strategy & Media Planning. For 3 years Helping all advertisers understand the role of Facebook. His current Role as head of Strategy QSR has been an amazing 18 months ride as the category flies into the Digital & Mobile Journey. 


     DEREK PUAH
     Owner
     Devon Cafe
     

Derek entered the hospitality industry in 2005, opening an Oporto Franchise in North Bondi. His next venture was a jump into the cafe industry by taking over Well Connected Cafe in Glebe. In 2013, Derek together his wife, Noni, and head Chef, Zach Tan, launched the much loved, and most popular venue - Devon Cafe in Surry Hills. From there on they launched cafes in different parts of Sydney CBD eg Devon Barangaroo in Nov 2016, North Sydney at the beginning of last year. We took another leap of faith and expanded to Jakarta shortly after in April 2018. Early 2019, the latest edition of Devon and bring the total Devon to 5 stores.
Derek is passionate about fine food and good coffee.


     ROHAN BILIMORIA
     Legal Counsel
     KFC Asia and Pizza Hut Asia Pacific, Yum! Brands
     

David Ovens is an internationally experienced executive across retail, food service, restaurant, and packaged goods businesses. He’s operated as a senior member of numerous leadership teams in the overall management of different business models and structures, including franchisor/ franchisee structures.

Rohan is a lawyer, a (huge) foodie, and legal counsel at Yum! Brands covering KFC Asia and Pizza Hut Asia Pacific. He studied law and finance at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, speaks fluent Hindi and Urdu, and is a qualified solicitor in England & Wales and New South Wales. Before joining Yum!, Rohan worked with law firms Linklaters and Mayer Brown in London, Moscow, Tokyo, and Singapore. He is the founder of Food Ninjas Asia, an informal social network for foodies across the region, and the Law Ninjas, a social network for in-house lawyers across the globe. 


     CHRISTIAN MCGILLOWAY
     Chief Technical Innovation Officer
     Retail Zoo (Boost Juice, Salsa's Fresh Mex, Cibo Espresso)
     


     JULIAN CASA
     National Marketing Manager
     Baskin-Robbins Australia
     


     RUSSELL SCHULMAN
     Head of Marketing and eCommerce
     Krispy Kreme Australia
     


     MATT GILLAM
     Director of Technology
     Menulog
     

Matt Gillam is Director of Product and Technology at Menulog Group, Australia and New Zealand’s most expansive online food delivery service.

A seasoned technology leader, Matt has a wealth of experience running different types of technology departments, from small start-ups to large scale product development functions. During his career, Matt has led the development of many different eCommerce, B2C, and B2B products across a broad range of business verticals, always with a keen focus on the customer experience and underpinned by highly available and scalable enterprise technology solutions.

For Menulog, Matt drove the technology migration of Menulog to the global Just Eat platform, allowing for global technology innovation to be implemented locally and the integration of delivery services to provide a significantly improved user experience and offering for restaurants.
Passionate about product development, Matt is focussed on driving greater personalisation for Menulog customers and developing a better way for them to find and select food at the touch of a button. 


     BEN ROLLESTON
     Head of Business Development, Alexa Skills
     Amazon
     

Ben is an experienced media, technology and telco executive having held senior management roles with leading brands across APAC. Ben leads the Alexa Skills Business Development team in ANZ to help brands and third-party content to launch Alexa skills voice experiences to engage with customers.

Prior to Amazon, Ben held the role of Vice President, Commercial for Viacom International Media Networks where he was responsible for leading content distribution and digital products across the region for their leading brands MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central amongst others. Qualified as a lawyer, Ben began his career as in-house counsel for APN News & Media (now HT&E), worked for the Wallabies negotiating their contract and commercial terms as General Manager for Player Services, and led Optus’ content business through the emergence and growth of smartphones. 


     TOM KIERATH
     Executive Director, Retail Analyst
     Morgan Stanley
     

Tom Kierath is an executive director who joined Morgan Stanley in 2008 and covers the Australian consumer industry. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Tom was a research associate with Lehman Brothers Australia for over two years, covering the Australian small-cap, telecom, and media industries. Previously, he worked for State Street Global Advisors, which he joined as a university graduate. Tom holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Sydney.
 


     CLOVIS YOUNG
     Founder & Chief Executive Officer
     Mad Mex Fresh Mexican
     

Clovis is the entrepreneurial force behind Mad Mex Fresh Mexican Grill. Since immigrating to Australia in 2006, Clovis has been a key player in the rising popularity of Mexican casual dining in Australia. His commitment to authentic Mexican flavours coupled with a savvy brand vision earned the business a passionate and loyal customer base that voted Mad Mex the country’s Best Latin American Restaurant in the Lifestyle Food Channel’s 2014 awards. Prior to Mad Mex, Clovis worked in the financial services and capital markets. He holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon (2003) and graduated Beta Gamma Sigma.


     PETER GOLD
     Managing Director
     Archer Capital
     



For more details, contact:
Justine Charlton
+61 416 079 788
justine@qsrmedia.com.au