Executive team

The Scentre Group executive team is headed by Elliott Rusanow as Chief Executive Officer and draws on deep expertise from within Scentre Group and the former Westfield Group as well as diverse experience from other organisations and sectors.

  • Elliott Rusanow Chief Executive Officer

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    Elliott Rusanow is Chief Executive Officer of Scentre Group.

    Elliott first joined Scentre Group in April 2019 when he was appointed Chief Financial Officer leading the Group’s finance, treasury, investor relations and capital transaction functions.

    Prior to Scentre Group, Elliott was the Chief Financial Officer of Westfield Corporation, based in the United States.

    Elliott’s career with Westfield spans more than two decades. He joined Westfield in 1999 and has held a number of senior executive leadership roles based in Sydney, London and Los Angeles including the roles of Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Head of Corporate Finance, Director Finance United Kingdom & Europe and Director of Investor Relations & Equity Markets.

    Prior to Westfield, Elliott worked at Bankers Trust Australia Limited.

    Elliott is Deputy Chair of the Shopping Centre Council of Australia and is a Member of The Champions of Change Property Group.

    Elliott holds Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from the University of New South Wales.

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  • Andrew Clarke Chief Financial Officer

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    Andrew Clarke is Chief Financial Officer of Scentre Group.

    Andrew has over 20 years’ senior leadership experience across finance, real estate and capital markets in Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe and New Zealand.

    Prior to his appointment as CFO, Andrew was responsible for leading the Group’s finance, group planning, treasury, investor relations, corporate development, capital transactions, commercial retail management and energy and renewables functions as Director Finance & Capital Markets.

    Andrew first joined Westfield in 2005 and between 2012 and 2014 was CFO for Westfield Australia and New Zealand.

    Following the establishment of Scentre Group, Andrew held a number of senior executive leadership roles across finance, technology, business development and commercial partnerships.

    Andrew is the co-executive leader of the Group’s Responsible Business (ESG) strategy and Chair of the Group’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council.

    Andrew has a Bachelor of Commerce (University of Victoria, New Zealand) and is a Chartered Accountant (Australia and New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants).

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  • Maria Stamoulis Director Human Resources

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    Maria was appointed Director Human Resources in April 2022. Maria joined Scentre Group (previously Westfield) in February 2012 as the National Talent Manager to evolve the newly created Talent function inhouse. In October 2012 she was appointed to Head of Human Resources Operations incorporating all operating teams across Australia and New Zealand. In this role she established the People Champions network to support the leader-led HR model and expand the human resources capability across the business. In 2016, Maria was appointed to General Manager Human Resources Operations.

    Prior to joining Scentre Group, Maria held senior HR leadership roles with Woolworths, Metcash, The Just Group, Jetset Travel World and The Star.

    Maria has a Bachelor of Economics/HRM and Industrial Relations. Close profile
  • Paul Giugni General Counsel

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    Paul was appointed General Counsel of Scentre Group in June 2014. Prior to the establishment of Scentre Group, Paul was General Counsel, Australia and New Zealand, Westfield Group. Paul joined Westfield Group in September 1998 and holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Sydney. Prior to joining Westfield Group, Paul was a solicitor at Freehill Hollingdale and Page (now Herbert Smith Freehills). Close profile
  • Alexis Lindsay Director Corporate Affairs

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    Alexis was appointed Director of Corporate Affairs at Scentre Group in June 2018. 

    Prior to joining Scentre Group, Alexis held senior leadership roles in Westpac’s Corporate Affairs and Sustainability team including Director Corporate Affairs for Westpac Institutional Bank and Director Corporate Affairs for Westpac’s Business Bank. Over the past 25 years, Alexis has held senior corporate affairs leadership and advisory roles within large corporations and public policy and public affairs consulting firms.

    Alexis holds a Master of Arts, International Communication from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Arts, Communications from Charles Sturt University.

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  • Phil McAveety Chief Customer and Business Development Officer

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    Phil was appointed Director Customer Experience of Scentre Group in July 2016 and then Chief Customer and Business Development Officer in March 2021.  He has a globally recognised track record in brand management and customer experience, having held senior executive roles at some of the most well-known global consumer brands, including Nike, and Camper International.

    Prior to joining Scentre Group Phil served as Executive Vice President/Chief Brand Officer for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, operating across a portfolio of major brands including Sheraton, Westin, St Regis and W Hotels. Phil was responsible for managing a global brand strategy with local execution with a heavy reliance on digital execution.

    Phil holds a BA (Hons) Economic History from Exeter University and an AMP (Executive MBA) from Harvard Business School.

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  • Ian Irving Director Design & Construction

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    Ian was appointed Director of Design & Construction (D&C) of Scentre Group in June 2014. Prior to the establishment of Scentre Group he was Director D&C of Westfield Australia since 2009. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Building) degree from the Australian University of Technology Sydney and a MBA (executive) from the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM). Ian joined Westfield in 2004 as a General Manager of D&C, responsible for the delivery of a number of major Westfield Centre Projects throughout Australia including the management of the Westfield Sydney Project. Ian brings 25 years working experience in the construction industry to the business. Prior to joining Westfield, Ian held a number of senior management positions in national construction companies in Australia. Close profile
  • John Papagiannis Director Leasing & Retail Solutions and NZ Development

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    John was appointed Director Leasing & Retail Solutions and NZ Development & Strategic Asset Management in late 2017. His career in the property industry spans nearly 20 years, and he was most recently Director of Development & Strategic Asset Management for Scentre Group since 2015. Prior to the establishment of Scentre Group he was General Manager, Development for Westfield Group in Australia and was Director Leasing from 2009-2013. Close profile
  • Stewart White Director Development

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    Stewart White was appointed Director Development of Scentre Group in January 2015. Prior to the establishment of Scentre Group, he was Group General Manager, Development for Westfield Australia. Stewart re-joined Westfield Australia in July 2002 as an Asset General Manager in Development. Stewart has 25 years of experience developing and managing shopping centres in Australia and has been involved in developments for a number of iconic centres in the Australian portfolio as well as the majority of capital transactions for the Group.

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  • Lillian Fadel Director Customer Experience

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    Lillian was appointed Director Customer Experience in March 2021. Prior to her appointment to this role she was Group General Manager of Customer Experience. Lillian has worked in the retail property industry for more than 22 years performing leadership roles in workplace health and safety, procurement, facilities, customer experience and development and strategic asset management. She has twenty years of experience working across different roles for Westfield Australia and then Scentre Group.

    Lillian holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of New South Wales and an Executive MBA from the University of Technology Sydney.

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