Meet our Executive Team
Paul Victor, BCompt (Hons), CA, International Tax Law (Hons)
Interim Chief Executive Officer, Incitec Pivot Limited
Paul commenced as Interim Chief Executive Officer on 6 June 2023, he joined the company as Chief Financial Officer in mid-2022. Paul brings more than 30 years international experience, including working in a multinational company. He has a wealth of experience across regional, divisional, enterprise and Group CFO roles, working across functions including finance, treasury, tax, financial planning and analysis, control, M&A, investor relations and IT functions. Prior to his appointment as Chief Financial Officer at IPL, Paul gained invaluable experience during his ten-year tenure at Sasol, where he was Acting CFO, Group Financial Controller and CFO of Sasol Synfuels, a subsidiary of Sasol Limited. Paul was also the Financial Manager for Harmony Gold Mining for four years. Paul is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is also recognised by the Australian Chartered Accountant Board as a practising CA in Australia. He completed his articles at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in 1996.
Liza Somers, CA
Liza commenced as Interim Chief Financial Officer on 6 June 2023. She has held senior finance leadership positions within the IPL Group over a 10-year period including Group Financial Controller and as a Business Manager in the Incitec Pivot Fertilisers business. Most recently Liza was in the role of Chief of Staff at IPL.
Liza brings a wealth of experience across finance, treasury, tax, risk, audit, financial planning and analysis and M&A. Prior to her career at IPL, Liza was an Audit Director at Deloitte Australia. Liza is a qualified Chartered Accountant registered with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Greg Hayne, BComm, MBA
President, Dyno Nobel Asia Pacific
Greg is a senior business leader with 20 years’ experience in international business development, operational management, people leadership and P&L management. Appointed President, Dyno Nobel Asia Pacific on 30 January 2018, he has held a number of senior leadership positions within the IPL Group, including as DNAP’s Vice President International Operations, as well as Vice President South East Asia, President of Dyno Nobel Indonesia and Vice President of Marketing.
Braden Lusk, PhD, P.E.
President, Dyno Nobel Americas
Braden has more than 20 years’ experience in the mining and explosives industry and commenced as Dyno Nobel Americas President in July 2020. Braden has been with IPL’s Dyno Nobel Americas business since 2018 and prior to being appointed President served as Senior Vice President Corporate Accounts and Tech Services. Braden has a combination of practical on-site skills, including working as a mine supervisor, international consultant, and trainer, along with extensive academic experience. Prior to joining Dyno Nobel, Braden was Chair of Mining and Nuclear Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology where he had previously earned a PhD in mining engineering, with an emphasis in explosives engineering. As a professor with the University of Kentucky Department of Mining Engineering, he worked to build its credibility as a world class institution in the field of explosives, founding its Explosives Research Team.
Chris Opperman, Bcom (Hons), CA
Interim President, Incitec Pivot Fertilisers
Chris commenced as Interim President for Incitec Pivot Fertilisers (IPF) on 13 June 2023. During Chris’ 22 year career he has worked as an auditor at PWC & EY, where he provided advice and audit services to large global and local organisations, including BHP, Toyota, Telstra, WMC and the Australian National Audit Office. Chris joined IPL in 2010 and during this time has held a number of senior leadership positions within the finance team, including as the Group Financial Controller responsible for the Group’s Financial Reporting, Australian Shared Services and Property functions; General Manager, Group Finance and Investor Relations where he led the investor relations team; Chief Financial Officer for the Dyno Nobel Asia Pacific business unit, Interim Chief Financial Officer for the IPL Group and most recently as the Chief Financial Officer for IPF.
Stephenie De Nichilo, BEng(Mech)(Hons), MBA
Chief HSE & Operations Excellence Officer
Stephenie was appointed Chief HSE & Operations Excellence Officer in December 2021 and has over 25 years’ experience in manufacturing, mining and oil and gas industries. Stephenie commenced with IPL in 2018 as the Group’s Vice President of Corporate HSE and most recently, was IPL’s Vice President Global Asset Management, Technology & HSE. Before joining IPL, Stephenie spent 16 years at Santos where she held a number of senior leadership positions where she drove sustainable change in business performance and team culture through the development and operationalization of strategic business plans in the fields of Maintenance, Reliability, Asset Management, Operations Management for Onshore and Offshore Hazardous Facilities and Corporate Health and Safety.
Rob Mill, Psychologist (Psychology Board of Australia), BSc Honours (Physiol. & Psych.), BAppSc (Physiol. & Psych.)
Chief People Officer
Rob leads IPL’s Human Resources Function. He has more than twenty years of experience in senior human resources and psychology roles including with BHP and over a decade with Rio Tinto. He joined IPL in 2018. Prior to commencing as IPL’s Chief People Officer in December 2021, Rob was the Vice President of Human Resources for Dyno Nobel Asia Pacific, Incitec Pivot Fertilisers, Australian Manufacturing and the Global Technology Group. Rob is a Registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency’s Psychology Board of Australia and has held roles within the Organisational Psychology Unit of Queensland Rail and as a Senior Psychologist in management consulting.
Robert Rounsley, MSc (Chem), BA Hons (Chem), MBA
Chief Technology Officer
Rob leads IPL’s global technology group for both explosives and fertilisers. Rob has invested 20 years in R&D, product management, marketing and technology across IPL, working across the Asia Pacific and US regions. Most recently Rob was IPL’s Senior Vice President of Technology. He is an internationally recognised explosives expert, regularly providing industry commentary around technology and innovation. Appointed Chief Technology Officer on 30 January 2018, Rob will bring an increased focus on technology and innovation to increase value creation for IPL’s customers.
Sunil Salhotra, B.Com, MBA
Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer
Sunil commenced as Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer 1 October 2021. With more than 30 years international experience, Sunil has worked across a range of industries including energy and resources, oil and gas, telecommunications and management consulting for leading private and listed companies across Australia and Asia. Prior to joining IPL, Sunil held a number of executive and strategy leadership roles including as Chief Executive of Pangaea Resources, Group Executive Strategy and Planning at Santos, and Vice President, Planning & Regional Development at Unocal South ASEAN.