Board of Directors
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman
Mr Gavin Xing has close to 20 years of investment banking experience in infrastructure, natural resources, commodities, and technology. Mr Xing now serves as the CEO and Executive Chairman of Wingara AG Limited (ASX:WNR), with a focus on building a diversified portfolio of mid-stream assets to unlock value in global agricultural supply chains, especially Asia.
Prior to the establishment of Wingara AG with co-founder Kellie Barker, Mr Xing was Executive Director and CEO of Vision Fame International Holding Ltd (1315:HK) from 2013 to 2014. During his time, Vision Fame saw its market capitalisation double on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
He has held multiple Sales, Origination, and Structuring roles with Deutsche Bank AG Asia’s Global Market Division from 2007 to 2013. These include Director and Principal of Finance (Hong Kong), Head of Commodities Structuring (China), and Head of Origination – Commodities, Asia.
Mr Xing graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) with a Bachelor Degree in Accounting and Economics in 1995. He also received a Master Degree in Applied Finance from Macquarie University in 1999, and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) in 1998.
Mr Jeral D’Souza has spent over 30 years in senior regional management roles with Cargill, a leading global producer and distributor of food and agricultural products with operations in over 70 countries/regions. Mr D’Souza has also been a Director of Teys Australia (Cargill and Teys Family JV), and Chairman of Allied Mills (Cargill and GrainCorp Australian JV). The two businesses were diverse and included meat export, flour milling, bakery products, and agriculture product marketing in Asia, Europe, USA, and Australia.
Mr D’Souza’s expertise in Cargill spans across strategic agricultural asset investment, business and financial risk management, statutory reporting, business model transformation, and change management. Mr D’Souza worked successfully with business and commercial leaders in developing key business strategies and has a wealth of experience in strategy execution, implementation and business growth in agribusinesses.
Mr D’Souza holds a Bachelor Degree with Honours in Accounting and Business Finance from the University of Manchester in England and is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Mr D’Souza joined Cargill in 1983 after six years in the accounting profession with one of the UK big firms.
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director
Mr Zane Banson is an experienced Chartered Accountant specialising in Board Advisory, Corporate Governance and Financial Reporting for small and micro-cap listed companies. Mr Banson comes with over 10 years of experience in CFO Advisory, Company Secretarial, and Financial Reporting from KPMG, Exxon Mobil and boutique advisory firms. He has managed and advised a wide range of emerging, growth-stage listed companies.
Mr Banson has worked with Wingara AG since 2015 in an advisory capacity before becoming the CFO in November 2018 and an Executive Director on the Board. He also currently sits on the AgriFutures Export Fodder Industry Advisory Panel.
Mr Banson graduated from RMIT University with a Bachelor Degree in Accounting and Finance and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Member of ACA (Australian Chartered Accountant) & GAICD (Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors)
Mr Mark Hardgrave has over 35 years’ experience having held previous positions in corporate finance, funds management and various C-suite roles. He currently serves on the Board of multiple companies as a non-Executive Director of ASX listed Traffic Technologies Limited, a non-Executive Director of Nimble Finance Limited and Director of Reclink Australia.
He is a co-founder and former joint Managing Director of M&A Partners, a Melbourne based boutique corporate advisory group. Prior to that, Mark was involved in funds management, equity capital markets and mergers & acquisitions in various roles at firms such as Bennelong Group, Thorney Investment Group, Merrill Lynch and Taverners Group. Mr Hardgrave holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland.
Mr Oliver Carton is a qualified lawyer with over 30 years of experience in a variety of corporate roles. He currently runs his own consulting business and was previously a Director of the Chartered Accounting firm KPMG. Prior to that, he was a senior legal officer with ASIC.
Mr Carton is also an experienced company secretary and is currently company secretary for a number of listed, unlisted and not for profit companies, ranging from Wingara AG Limited to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.