Executive Team


Meet our Executive Team

Executive Team

Jeanne JohnsJeanne Johns BS Chemical Engineering, magna cum laude

Managing Director & CEO
Member of the Health, Safety, Environment and Community Committee 

Jeanne Johns commenced as Managing Director & CEO on 15 November 2017.  Jeanne is a global executive and chemical engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the international refining, petrochemicals, oil and gas industries. After joining BP in 1986, Jeanne worked throughout her career with BP, in various locations and executive roles including as President, Asian Olefins and Derivatives (China), President, BP North America Natural Gas Liquids (United States), Head of Operating Management System Excellence for BP Group (United Kingdom) and, Head of Safety & Operational Risk, BP Downstream (United Kingdom).

Jeanne is a former non-executive director of Tate & Lyle plc and Parsons Corporation.



Simon AtkinsonSimon Atkinson BBus, CA

President, Dyno Nobel Asia Pacific & President Incitec Pivot Fertilisers

Simon joined the Company on its merger with Incitec Fertilisers Limited in 2003, having previously worked with Orica Limited (1999-2001) and Incitec Limited (2001-2003). He has extensive commercial finance experience, working as Commercial Finance Manager for the Australian fertilisers business (2003-2006) and as IPL's Deputy CFO and Investor Relations Manager (2006-2009).  In 2010 Simon was appointed President of Dyno Nobel International (2010-2013) charged with the growth of the Dyno Nobel business outside the established North American and Asia Pacific regions. In 2013 Simon was appointed President, Dyno Nobel Asia Pacific & Global Technology and in 2016 was appointed President of the Groups APAC downstream business incorporating the customer facing functions in Asia Pacific of Incitec Pivot Fertilisers and Dyno Nobel Asia Pacific.


Alan Grace

Alan Grace

President Global Manufacturing

A qualified Chemical Engineer, Alan Grace joined IPL in 2000, working at that time for Incitec Limited. He has 30 years’ experience constructing and operating chemical processing plants.  He has worked on many large projects in the oil and gas, petrochemical and chemicals sector, including ammonia and ammonium nitrate plants. Alan was the Project Director for IPL’s Moranbah complex during the construction phase and, prior to this appointment he has been the Project Director for the Feasibility Study and early stage construction of the Ammonia plant in Louisiana, USA.


Nick Stratford

President, Dyno Nobel Americas

Nick joined IPL in September 2008, moving from Australia to the U.S. in August of 2013.  Nick has over 20 years of professional experience in international finance and business management and has worked previously for large financial firms such as Deloitte & Touche (based out of Melbourne and Los Angeles) and Reckitt Benckiser (based in Europe).  Since joining IPL, Nick has performed the role of Group Financial Controller, General Manager Investor Relations and Chief Financial Officer for the North American business. More recently as the North Americas Chief Operating Officer, Nick also served as member on seven of the U.S. Joint Venture Board of Directors.  In August 2016 Nick was appointed the role of Dyno Nobel Americas President.


Frank Micallef BBus, MAcc, FCPA, FFA, FAICD

Chief Financial Officer

Frank was appointed as Chief Financial Officer on 23 October 2009. Frank joined IPL in May 2008 as General Manager, Treasury and Chief Financial Officer, Trading. Prior to joining IPL, Frank had significant experience in the explosives and mining industries as Global Treasurer and Investor Relations Manager at Orica Limited and General Manager Accounting at North Limited. Frank is currently a Board member of Queensland Nitrates Pty Ltd and Fabchem Ltd. Frank is responsible for the finance, tax, treasury, legal and company secretarial and procurement functions globally. 


Elizabeth Hunter BBus, MBA

Chief Human Resources Officer & Shared Services

Elizabeth joined IPL as Chief Human Resources Officer in October 2013, and was appointed to her current role incorporating HR, IT and responsibility for developing IPL’s Shared Services proposition globally in June 2016.  Elizabeth has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources, both in Australia and in the UK. She has held roles on executive teams of ASX listed companies with global footprints for the last 10 years. Prior to joining IPL, Elizabeth had experience across healthcare, Banking & Financial Services, Industrials contracting & Infrastructure industries. Elizabeth holds a B Bus and an MBA.


Leah Balter B Eng UNSW (Hons), MBA, MAICD

President Strategy & Business Development

Leah Balter joined the IPL Group on 1 August 2016 as President Strategy & Business Development with leadership and responsibility for the Group’s global strategy and new market opportunities.
Previously Leah studied Engineering, immediately followed by an MBA, before transitioning to a career in management consulting. Leah was an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company where she worked in various countries and industries for nine years, and was the head of McKinsey’s Melbourne office. 
Leah has deep experience in banking and private investment built from her career with the ANZ Bank, where she held a number of senior executive banking positions including Head of Strategy and Chief of Staff to the Australian CEO. 
Leah was previously an advisor to a number of private company boards and non-for profit organisations.