Mr Chiu Chi Wen

Chair

Chiu Chi became Chair of Hawaiian in 2000 and holds a number of international Board positions. Starting his career with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia, Chiu Chi has been a director of a major Malaysian property group since 1979.

Chiu Chi initiated the company philosophy of "the unity of business and people". Under Chiu Chi’s stewardship the company strives to reflect human values of which we can all be proud. As much as Hawaiian is a business, it is a collective of people that take a long term perspective around the growth of the communities in which we operate.

Hawaiian’s position in the property sector is been directly accredited to the atypical approach. Outside of Hawaiian, Chiu Chi has helped guide many educational organisations in Perth, Kuala Lumpur, Nepal, Thailand and Singapore.

Mr Russell Gibbs

Chief Executive Officer

Russell has been with Hawaiian since 1996 and at the helm since 2000.

His leadership style draws on his approachable nature and big picture vision, which has seen the company grow an extensive property portfolio, including shopping centres, offices, land and hospitality, and employ a team of over 110.

Today, the company is a leading West Australian business recognised for having a strong ethos and innovative approach.

The company’s strategy to connect places and people has seen Hawaiian properties become more than just structures, but spaces which encourage people to relax and reconnect with their family, friends and the community.

Russell is Chairman of the West Coast Eagles, and a non-executive director on the boards of the Satterley Property Group and the St Ives Group.

Mr Damian Gordon

Executive Director

Damian Gordon joined Hawaiian in 2002 and was appointed to the Hawaiian board in 2008. He served as the Chief Financial Officer from 2002 until 2017.

He Chairs Hawaiian’s Investment Committee and is responsible for Hawaiian’s portfolio of land developments and is tasked with finding other property related investment opportunities for the Group.

Damian's career began in the corporate finance division of KPMG, followed by various corporate roles in the engineering, mining and resource development sectors. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Fellow of Finsia, a Member of the AICD and completed INSEAD’s inaugural LEAP (Leadership Excellence through Awareness and Practice) Program in 2013.

Damian is a member of the Finance Committee of Curtin University and a Director of Amana Living and Youth Focus.

Ms Kate O'Hara

Chief Brand Officer

Kate O'Hara has a wealth of marketing and PR experience which started with JMG Marketing in Perth. She is an astute businesswoman and networker, and a mentor to many in Perth marketing circles. Before joining Hawaiian, Kate lived and worked in Singapore, returning to Perth to advertising and PR management roles at The Shorter Group and The Capital Group. Kate manages the brand and corporate communications across all areas of Hawaiian.

In her spare time, Kate is the Chair of The 500 Club, Acting Chair Fashion Council WA, Deputy Chair of the Black Swan State Theatre Company Board, Director of the WACA Foundation and part of the Forrest Foundation selection committee.

Dusan Mills

Non-Executive Director

A part of the board since 2000, Dusan brings a valued and diverse set of expertise and experience to the table.

He has a 40 year international background in public and private property development, investment practices, economic development, corporate strategy and organisational behaviour. His work in many countries has spanned the creation and operation of most commercial, recreational and residential property types and includes creation of national parks and new cities. These were accomplished either as Principal or Lead Advisor to prominent multinational investment entities and Governments.

Dusan's notable appointments include Global Head of Development/ CEO Europe and Asia supervising US 100 Billion in development commitments for an investment arm of the Dubai Government.

Mel Ashton

Non-Executive Director

Mr Ashton holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia, is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mel has over 35 years' experience and today leverages his strategic approach and business network in his role as a specialist in Corporate Restructuring and Finance and as a Professional Company Director. 

Mel is Chair on the Boards of the ASX listed companies Gryphon Minerals Ltd, Venture Minerals Ltd, Resource Development Group Ltd and Empired Ltd.

His former roles include President and Director of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Vice President and Director of Fremantle Football Club Ltd, and Chairman of Cullen Wines (Australia) Pty Ltd.

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