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Our Board of Directors

Cecil Browne - Non-Executive Director Navigation Show below Hide below

Joined the Board in 2009.


Mr Browne has extensive experience in the Banking and Finance sector, having worked for Barclays and ANZ Banks for a total of 35 years.  His experience was largely in Fiji, with international work attachments in London, Melbourne, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands and East Timor.  He has held various senior executive positions with ANZ Bank, including Deputy General Manager, ANZ Fiji and Head of Business Banking, rising to the role of Deputy General Manager, ANZ Fiji and Head of Corporate Banking. He opted for retirement in 2009, then joined the Bank of the South Pacific (BSP) as General Manager Retail. He currently holds the position of General Manager Corporate and International at BSP.


Betty Ivanoff - Chairperson Navigation Show below Hide below

Ms Ivanoff was appointed as Chairperson of Paradise Beverages on 1 May 2019.

Skills and Experience: Ms Ivanoff is the Group Director of Legal & Corporate Affairs at Coca-Cola Amatil. Ms Ivanoff joined Amatil as Group General Counsel in April 2016, leading the legal and company secretariat teams across Amatil's markets and operations. In September 2016 Ms Ivanoff was also appointed as Company Secretary. Since November 2019, her role was expanded to include leadership of Group Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability function.
Prior to joining Coca-Cola Amatil, Betty was the Group General Counsel and Company Secretary for GrainCorp Limited from 2008 and built the first legal and compliance team for the company, leading them through a period of vast growth and diversity, spanning many countries. Betty previously held internal corporate counsel positions with companies including CSR Limited, Walter Constructions and Sinclair Knight Merz.
Degrees: Bachelor of Laws from the University of Technology Sydney.


Government and Community Involvement: Ms Ivanoff is an active member of the International Bar Association (IBA), Australian Corporate Counsel (ACC), and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Gardiner Whiteside - Non-Executive Director Navigation Show below Hide below

Appointed in 2011.


Mr. Whiteside is a Certified Public Accountant and has been in public practice in Fiji for over 30 years.  He was previously a Partner in the Fiji representative firm of Deloitte & Touche, before establishing G.H. Whiteside & Company in 1996.


He has had many years of experience as a Board Member in local companies, as well as statutory and commercial entities.  These included service as an Administrator of the Nausori Town Council, a member of the Transport Control Board, a director of Fiji Post & Telecommunications Limited and Chairman of Copra Millers Limited. He is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and Fiji Institute of Chartered Accountants


Shane Richardson - Managing Director of Alcohol & Coffee, Coca-Cola Amatil Navigation Show below Hide below

Appointed in 2013.


Mr Richardson began his career in the beverage industry over 23 years ago and has gained significant experience in both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic sectors. Prior to joining Coca-Cola Amatil, Shane was the Managing Director of Campari Australia where he led the business to a period of strong market and financial performance.

He also held a number of senior management roles within the Fosters business and is well respected for his ability to lead high performance teams to deliver impressive results.  He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing.

Alex Nario - Chief Financial Officer, Alcohol & Coffee, Coca-Cola Amatil Navigation Show below Hide below

Appointed in 2015.

 Mr Nario was appointed to his current role in January 2015 and has had 25 years of experience in the Coke system.  Having started with The Coca-Cola Company back in 1990, in 1994 he joined Amatil supporting the Australasia and Europe division, including spending time in the Ukraine and Romania.  

Returning to Australasia, Alex held a number of roles, including Head of Commercial Strategy and Partners for Amatil’s Australian Beverages team, where he gained extensive experience in the commercial areas of sales, supply chain and mergers and acquisitions, as well as managing key partner relationships.  He holds a Bachelor of Economics (University of Sydney) and is a member of the CPA Australia.