Our executive team is highly experienced, and responsive to the needs of our Principals, customers and staff.

Sam Bastounas, CEO and Managing Director
Sam is a highly experienced chemical industry senior executive who has 24 years’ experience in the chemicals, plastics and food ingredients sectors across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. In addition to roles with Dulux and Orica, Sam was Regional President of Australia and New Zealand at Nuplex, and the Chief Operating Officer of its Specialties business prior to that. 

Sam holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and an MBA both from Monash University in Melbourne, and he is a former President of the industry body Plastics and Chemicals Industry Australia (PACIA).
Jade Weiss, Chief Operating Officer
Jade’s 25 year career in the plastics industry has spanned a series of senior roles in commercial, supply chain, HR and operations management functions. Jade was General Manager of Nuplex Masterbatch prior to its acquisition by Axieo, and Executive General Manager of Nuplex’s Coating Resins division in Australasia until early 2014.

Jade holds postgraduate qualifications in Commercial Law from Monash University and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

George Kladouhos, Chief Financial Officer
George has over 25 years of senior finance and general management experience in transport, manufacturing, industrial products and the construction sectors across Australia, Europe, SE Asia, China and USA.  
He commenced his career with KPMG and has held the role of chief financial officer and finance director within divisions and subsidiaries of listed companies both in Australia and abroad. He was also the General Manager of the Construction and Industry Division of the Olex Cables Group in Australia from 2007 to 2010.

George holds a Bachelor of Economics degree (major in Accounting) from La Trobe University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand. In 2007, he completed the Advanced Management Program with INSEAD.
Katie Hodgson, Head of Human Resources
Katie has more than 17 years’ experience in human resources across multiple geographies, functions and operating units. This includes more than a decade in the food manufacturing sector. She most recently worked with Mondelez International across the breadth of HR disciplines, including 7 years living in Singapore and working across the Asia Pacific Region.  

Katie has a Bachelor of Arts and Honours Degree in Bachelor of Laws from Monash University.

Tara Naguleswaran, Head of Strategy
Tara joins Axieo with 10 years of professional service experience in strategy, mergers and acquisitions and operational improvement advice through roles in Management Consulting and Investment Banking, including 4 years based in Singapore. Tara joins Axieo from PwC where she assisted Australia’s largest corporations in achieving their strategic business initiatives.

Tara has a Bachelor of Biomedicine from the University of Melbourne and Masters of Commerce with Deans Honours from The University of Melbourne (Melbourne Business School).