Board and Executive Team

The Costa Executive Leadership Team provides comprehensive strategic leadership and day-to-day operational support across the entire group. It brings together leaders within Costa who have extensive experience, skills and knowledge in the areas of finance, human resources, procurement, logistics, marketing and communications.

The team’s mandate is to drive consistent business growth and create career opportunities for our staff. We are privileged to attract such talented and capable people into these key roles.


Meet our Board

The Costa Board provides the company’s vision and guidance, combined with industry skills and experience. In line with our People First philosophy, the people of the Costa Board are chosen for their character as well as their talent, experience and their demonstrated success in managing and operating a wide variety of businesses.

Since the beginning, Costa has focused on People, Passion and Performance. These three principles formed the foundation of our company, from the first retail store establishment over a century ago to the global operations we manage today.

Whether we’re growing and handling fresh produce, or developing innovative supply chains, a simple philosophy underpins everything we do: determine the consumers’ needs, then exceed them wherever possible.

Neil Chatfield
Chairman Independent Non-Executive Director

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Harry Debney
CEO and Managing Director

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Peter Margin
Independent Non-Executive Director

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Dr Jane Wilson
Independent Non-Executive Director

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Janette Kendall
Independent Non-Executive Director

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Tim Goldsmith
Independent Non-Executive Director

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Meet our Executives

The Costa Executive Leadership Team provides comprehensive strategic leadership and day-to-day operational support across the entire group. It brings together leaders within Costa who have extensive experience, skills and knowledge in the areas of finance, human resources, procurement, logistics, marketing and communications.

The team’s mandate is to drive consistent business growth and create career opportunities for our staff. We are privileged to attract such talented and capable people into these key roles.

The Costa name has been synonymous with fresh fruit and vegetable produce for more than 120 years. What began as a small retail outlet has grown to become Australia’s largest fresh produce business.

This growth has been achieved through a strong consumer focus emphasising product quality, service and innovation.

To continue to grow as a business we must introduce stronger post-harvest management and a dynamic quality system that enhances our reputation among our consumers.

We must also attract new consumers and contracts that enable us to demonstrate our capacity to deliver our supply chain in an efficient and innovative way. None of this can be achieved without our most valuable asset: our employees.

By providing clear and effective leadership through supporting our key managers, Costa ensures that all of our employees have clarity and direction as to the company’s goals and objectives. This not only empowers them, but provides them with the room they need to successfully get on with their jobs.

Our people are the key to allowing Costa to pursue new opportunities while adapting to change, and working together to grow our organisation for the future.

Harry Debney
CEO and Director

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Wayne Johnston
Chief Financial Officer

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Sean Hallahan
Chief Operating Officer

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Tony Di Paolo
Chief Procurement Officer

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Peter McPherson
General Manager, Berry Category International

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Stuart Costa

Stuart Costa
General Manager, Berry Category

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Elliot Jones
General Manager, Grape and Citrus Category

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Jose Cambon
General Manager, Mushroom Category


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Shanon Williams
General Manager, Avocado and Banana Category

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Michael Engeman
General Manager, Tomato Category

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Damian Bourne
General Manager, Costa Farms & Logistics

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David Thomas
General Counsel and Company Secretary

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Carl Phillips
General Manager – Human Resources


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Matthew Prent
General Manager – Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions

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Michael Toby
Group Manager – Corporate Affairs

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