Corporate Structure

GS1 Australia is governed by an independent Board and Council, consisting of 15 representatives from various trade and industry associations, including major retailers and manufacturers.

Our board members' diverse experiences and skills are invaluable when it comes to determining and reviewing strategy, annual operational plans and budgets, and ensuring proper audit functions and legal compliance. Their hands-on, current industry experience is vital. 

Our board includes executives from several Australian and international companies, from a large cross-section of Australian industry associations.

Board of Directors



Ian Dunn 
Head of Trade Relations,
Woolworths Limited


Special Director

James Hulse
Head of Supply Chain Operations,
Representing: Australian Retailers Association


Special Director

David McNeil
Customer Service and Fulfilment Manager
InfraBuild Steel
Representing: Australian Logistics Council


Executive Director

Maria Palazzolo 
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer,
GS1 Australia


Jeff Maguire 
Group Head of CDS Development & Implementation,
Australia, Pacific & Indonesia,
Coca-Cola Europacific Partners
Representing: Australia Food & Grocery Council


Tim Piper  
Head Victoria,
Australian Industry Group 
Representing: Australian Industry Group

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Paris Golden
Managing Director
McCormick Foods Australia
Representing: Australian Food & Grocery Council


Georgia Lennon
Chief Executive Officer
The Drinks Association
Representing: The Drinks Association


Gary Stones
General Manager, Retail Operations,
Representing: Australian Retailers Association


Andrew Leakey
General Manager
Mars Wrigley Australia
Representing: Australian Industry Group


Richard Plunkett
Director & Practice Lead - Group Business Enablement Team
Woolworths Limited 
Board appointed


Council members


Dr John Langbridge
General Manager, Corporate and Industry Affairs,
Teys Group
Representing: Australian Meat and Livestock Industry


Jason Robertson
Director - Policy, Sustainability and Impact,
Australian Retailers Association
Representing: Australian Retailers Association

Company secretary


Tony Morganti
GS1 Australia


Executive management team


Maria Palazzolo  
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer 

Maria joined GS1 Australia in 1983, not long after it was founded. During her time with the organisation, Maria has been responsible for successfully implementing global standards for eCommerce applications within many companies in different industry sectors throughout Australia.

Maria has also been responsible for producing many industry specifications as well as collaborating on the introduction of eCommerce strategies in a range of industry sectors including defence and government.

Her extensive work with organisations such as the Australian Retailers Association, Australian Industry Group, National Association of Retail Grocers Australia, Australian Food and Grocery Council, Logistics Association of Australia and the Australian Industry Information Association gives her a wealth of experience in all aspects of supply chain management and technology development.

Maria has held the position of CEO since 2002. 

Department Heads


Marcel Sieira 
Chief Operating Officer


John Hearn 
Chief Services Officer


Karen Littlepage
Chief People & Culture Officer


Tavita Maanaima​
Chief Information Officer


Tony Morganti
Chief Financial and Compliance Officer & Company Secretary