Executive Team

In the 2019 financial year, The Star Entertainment Group undertook a reorganisation to further enhance guest service and deliver ongoing cost benefits.

As a result, the Group developed ‘centres of excellence’ across its Gaming and Marketing divisions while a third, Hospitality and Tourism, is being established to enable the Group to improve capability, processes and decision-making in these areas.

MATT BEKIER | Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

As CEO of The Star Entertainment Group, Matt has guided the organisation and each of its properties through a period significant change and transformation including winning the tender for the $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development, refurbishment and expansion of The Star Gold Coast – including two luxury hotels and approved $2 billion master plan and embedding The Star Sydney as the city’s premier tourism, dining and entertainment destination.

With a focus on domestic and international tourism to the cities and communities in which we operate, Matt is driving The Star Entertainment Group’s vision of becoming Australia’s leading integrated resort.

HARRY THEODORE | Chief Commercial Officer

Harry joined The Star Entertainment Group in 2011 as Head of Strategy and Investor Relations and was appointed to the role of Chief Commercial Officer in October 2018. He led the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane bid and leads the Group’s joint venture partnerships with Chow Tai Fook and Far East Consortium in addition to a number of other commercial and finance functions.

From November 2019, Harry will be responsible for the finance, strategy, investor relations and IT functions as the Group’s Chief Financial Officer.

Prior to joining The Star Entertainment Group, Harry held the role of Director – Head of Gaming and Food & Beverage in the equities research team at the Royal Bank of Scotland and prior to that was a lawyer with Allens Arthur Robinson.

PAULA MARTIN | Chief Legal & Risk Officer and Company Secretary

Paula has over 14 years’ experience in the gaming industry, first with Tabcorp Ltd and continuing with The Star Entertainment Group.

Following consolidation of the legal, risk, regulatory and compliance functions, Paula was appointed to the role of Chief Legal & Risk Officer in August 2019.

She has a broad commercial law and regulatory background, having first practiced with King & Wood Mallesons in the telecommunications, information technology and competition law areas.

GREG HAWKINS | Chief Casino Officer

Greg was appointed to Chief Casino Officer at The Star Entertainment Group in January 2019. Prior to commencing this role, he was Managing Director of The Star Sydney for over four years.

He has over 22 years’ experience spanning the Australian, Asian and New Zealand gaming markets. Having managed both a premium VIP hotel and casino and a large-scale integrated resort, Greg provides valuable insight into the Asian VIP and premium mass market sectors.

GEOFF HOGG | Group Executive Operations

Geoff has more than 20 years of operational casino experience at a senior executive level. He has groupwide responsibility for operations at The Star Sydney, The Star Gold Coast, The Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre and Treasury Brisbane.

Prior to commencing this role in July 2019, Geoff was Managing Director Queensland for The Star Entertainment Group for over 10 years.

Geoff is an active participant in the Queensland business community and in particular, the tourism and entertainment industry. He is a member of the Responsible Gambling Advisory Committee, a director on the National Retail Association, and a governor of the American Chamber of Commerce Queensland Council. Geoff was recently appointed as a director on the Major Events Gold Coast Board.

GEORGE HUGHES | Chief Marketing Officer

George joined The Star Entertainment Group in 2017 and is responsible for its marketing activities. He joined from David Jones where he was responsible for direct and digital marketing, customer insights, loyalty and customer relationship management.

Since his appointment, George has unified the marketing team and sought to drive brand growth nationally. He has transformed business unit and brought together specialist, functional expertise and talent both existing within the team as well as that available outside the business and from a variety of sectors.

George is a passionate customer engagement professional with strong commercial and strategic acumen. He has wealth of executive experience in diverse roles across marketing, customer engagement, finance, M&A and strategy, gained in the retail, entertainment, postal and banking sectors.

KIM LEE | Chief People and Performance Officer

Kim Lee commenced at The Star Entertainment Group in 2015 and brings with her more than 18 years’ experience in human resource roles across various sectors.

To facilitate The Star Entertainment Group’s expansion across its three properties and significant increase in its workforce, Kim has led the People and Performance team to ensure those plans are matched with highly capable leaders and teams which deliver superior customer service outcomes.

Through Kim’s leadership and advocacy, The Star Entertainment Group has become a more diverse and inclusive environment. The Group has set targets across four key area: gender, multicultural, LGBTI and age and tracks its performance against internal and external benchmarks. Kim personally champions gender issues via her association with and directorship on Women in Gaming and Hospitality, a not for profit organisation aiming to identify and remove barriers for the advancement of women in the gaming, hospitality and gaming related industries.

ALISON SMITH | Group Executive External Affairs

Alison has been with The Star Entertainment Group since mid-2015. Her role covers government, industry and media relations, plus internal communications for the Group.

In addition to her role with The Star, Alison is a director on the Brisbane Festival board; an executive committee member of The Committee for Brisbane; Vice President of the Queensland Futures Institute Corporate Affairs Council, a member of the Qld Advisory Board for the Accommodation Association of Australia, and a member of the American Chamber of Commerce Qld Tourism Committee.

Prior to joining The Star Entertainment Group, Aliso worked in the public and private sectors in ICT, transport, energy, police and corrective services. In 2014 she was the project manager of Queensland’s international marketing campaign for the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane.