Directors and Management Team

Board of Directors

The PAS Board and Management comprise a selection of individuals with experience and expertise relevant to the apparel industry. The Board consists of six members, of which five are non-executive directors and with Eric Morris, The PAS Group CEO, the only executive director. The board members have a range of skills related to the apparel industry, financial management and investment, business operations, consulting and corporate advisory.

 

Adam Gray
Non-Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee
Adam Gray was appointed Chairman of The PAS Group in August 2017.
Adam is a managing partner of Coliseum Capital Management, a private firm that makes long-term investments in both public and private companies, which he co-founded in December 2005. Adam serves as non-executive Chairman of Redflex Holdings Limited (ASX: RDF) and on the board of directors of NFI Group Inc. (TSE: NFI) and Purple Innovations Inc.. Adam served on the board of directors of DEI Holdings, Inc. from February 2009 until its sale in June 2011, and on the board of directors of Benihana Inc. from September 2010 until its sale in August 2012. From January 2005 to November 2005, Adam was a consultant for a private investment firm. From 2003 to 2004, Adam served as Executive Vice President, Strategic Projects and Capital Management at Burger King Corp, and from 1993 to 2003, held several executive positions with the Metromedia Restaurant Group, comprised of S&A Restaurant Corp. and Metromedia Steakhouses Company, LP, which included the Bennigan’s, Steak & Ale, Ponderosa and Bonanza restaurant concepts. Prior to that time, Adam served as an Associate at Kluge & Co. and an analyst within Morgan Stanley’s Merchant Banking Group.Adam holds both a BSE in Finance from the Wharton School of Business and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the School of Engineering & Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania.
eric-morris Eric Morris
Managing Director and CEO
Eric Morris has been CEO since the inception of The PAS Group in 2005 and has led nine of the Group’s acquisitions and the successful integration of the Group’s businesses. Eric has over 36 years’ industry experience having held senior executive positions in both major international and national companies.
Eric was recruited to Australia by Myer where he held the inaugural position of General Manager of the Private Brand Division responsible for the creation and launch of a number of the successful Myer brands in the market today.
Prior to joining Myer, Eric spent 14 months at Walt Disney International as Regional Director, Softlines for Asia Pacific based in Hong Kong. Prior to this, Eric spent eight years with Reebok International where he held the position of Regional Director Asia Pacific (based in Hong Kong), Regional Director Africa Middle East and Director and General Manager Reebok South Africa.
Prior to joining Reebok International, Eric held various senior management positions and obtained significant experience covering retail, wholesale/supply, licensing, manufacturing and distribution.
Michael Gordon
Non-Executive Director, Chairperson of the Audit and Risk Committee and Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee
Michael Gordon was appointed to the Board in January 2020.
In November 2000, Michael joined the listed Freedom Group as Chief Financial Officer and was appointed a Director of the Board in April 2003. In December 2003, Michael and other key Senior Executives led the privatisation of the Freedom Group Limited (the largest public-to-private at that time in Australia).
In November 2006, Michael led the restructure of the Freedom Group of companies into the Asia Pacific subsidiary of Steinhoff International. In 2016, Michael led the acquisition of the Australian-listed Fantastic Holdings Limited (FHL) Group which in August 2018 was renamed Greenlit Brands Pty Limited, representing essentially the combination of two former groups: Steinhoff Asia Pacific and Fantastic Holdings Limited.
Prior to joining Greenlit Brands, Michael spent ten years with PricewaterhouseCoopers in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Australia.
Michael holds Bachelor degrees in both Commerce and Accounting from the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) and is a Chartered Accountant.
Silvia Mazzucchelli
Non-Executive Director
Silvia Mazzucchelli was appointed to the Board in November 2017.
Silvia has 20 years of experience as both an advisor and a fashion / retail executive with a track-record of product, brand and business transformations. In 2016 Silvia was Chief Merchandising Officer of American Apparel overseeing the restructuring, liquidation and sale of the brand to Gildan Activewear Inc. She subsequently joined Gildan as Vice President to spearhead the relaunch of the American Apparel brand in the Online and Retail space.
From 2014 to 2015, Silvia was the Chief Merchandising Officer at TOMS Shoes, with global responsibility over Product Merchandising, Design, Development and Planning for the Footwear, Handbags and Eyewear lines. From 2010 to 2013 she was Vice President of Global Corporate Strategy of Guess? Inc. From 1997 to 2009 Silvia was Senior Principal and member of the Retail and Consumer practice at the Boston Consulting Group, advising global brands on matters of brand strategy, retail, go to market strategies and turn-around. Silvia holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA and a BA in Business from Bocconi University in Italy.

 

Management

eric-morris Eric Morris
Managing Director and CEO
Eric Morris has been CEO since the inception of The PAS Group in 2005 and has led nine of the Group’s acquisitions and the successful integration of the Group’s businesses. Eric has 36 years’ industry experience having held senior executive positions in both major international and national companies.
Eric was recruited to Australia by Myer where he held the inaugural position of General Manager of the Private Brand Division responsible for the creation and launch of a number of the successful Myer brands in the market today.
Prior to joining Myer, Eric spent 14 months at Walt Disney International as Regional Director, Softlines for Asia Pacific based in Hong Kong. Prior to this, Eric spent eight years with Reebok International where he held the position of Regional Director Asia Pacific (based in Hong Kong), Regional Director Africa Middle East and Director and General Manager Reebok South Africa.
Prior to joining Reebok International, Eric held various senior management positions and obtained significant experience covering retail, wholesale/supply, licensing, manufacturing and distribution.
Marcus Crowe
Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary
Marcus Crowe was appointed Chief Financial Officer of The PAS Group Limited in January 2018 and appointed Company Secretary in July 2018.
Marcus is an experienced finance and commercial leader with broad exposure across ASX listeds (10 years) and the tier one chartered environment (7 years). He has managed finance functions for large and complex businesses across multiple jurisdictions and has a strong track record as a member of senior management and as a trusted and collaborative partner to business leaders to drive execution of strategy and growth.
Prior to joining The PAS Group in March 2016 as General Manager Finance, Marcus held senior roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Boom Logistics Limited and Target.
Marcus holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting, Commercial Law and Financial Planning), a Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance. Marcus is an associate member of both Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the Governance Institute of Australia.
Peter Venter
Chief Operations Officer
Peter Venter joined The PAS group in November 2017 as Chief Operations Officer. Peter has 32 years of retail industry experience across diverse retail formats with an emphasis on specialty fashion apparel and footwear.
Peter’s career has covered general management roles across both hard and soft goods covering merchandise, planning, marketing, logistics, finance, production and strategy within a broad range of retail formats and vertical groups and disciplines both in Australia and internationally.
Before joining The PAS Group Peter held the position of COO at Jeanswest where he was responsible for Merchandise Planning, IT, logistics, E-commerce, Loyalty & International business. In Australia senior general management roles held have been at Anaconda, Target, PayLess shoes and The Warehouse Group, as well as various senior merchandise planning roles at David Jones and Katies. Peter has a strong merchant mentality and a deep interest and expertise in merchandise systems development, procedures and ecommerce and experience in driving organizational change.
Prior to moving to Australia in 1995 Peter held merchandise management positions at Woolworths and The Foschini Group in South Africa, as well as Management Accounting, Sales and Production Management roles at Pepkor and Kholer Packaging after completing 2 years’ military service.
Peter has a management accounting qualification from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (RSA).
brendan-santamaria Brendan Santamaria
General Manager, Designworks
Brendan Santamaria has been General Manager of Designworks since October 2010 and has been responsible for the growth of both the branded and licensed divisions of the business.
Brendan’s career commenced in the fast moving consumer goods (“FMCG”) industry with companies such as Goodman Fielder, Don Smallgoods and National Foods.
In 1998 Brendan was recruited by The Walt Disney Company to develop a licensing business in FMCG which reached sales of $100 million within two years and Brendan was promoted to Licensing Director. After a 12 month stint as General Manager of infant toy company Playgro, Brendan was appointed CEO of the publicly listed company Mercury Brands (formally The Austin Group).
Rachel Digby(3)_120x160 Rachel Digby
General Manager, Black Pepper
Rachel Digby joined Black Pepper in 2005 as Design Manager and has since successfully grown the Breakaway, Black Pepper, Yvonne Black and Equus brands and led the expansion of the retail channel for Black Pepper across Australia and New Zealand.
Rachel’s early career commenced in South Africa as a Buyer for Edgars and she was then approached to join David Jones in 1998 as Womenswear Buyer across multiple categories where she was instrumental in developing the David Jones house brand program.
Rachel has extensive industry experience across both product and retail as well as a broad understanding of the mainstream Womenswear sector. In September 2013 Rachel was appointed to the role of General Manager of Black Pepper.
AntheaPhelps_120x160 Anthea Phelps
General Manager, Yarra Trail and Marco Polo
Anthea Phelps has over 30 years of industry experience, having begun her career with Myer as a buyer for Sportswear. This was followed by roles at David Jones as a Group Fashion Adviser, Fashion Controller at Georges, and Wholesale Manager (NSW and QLD) for Country Road.  In 1996 Anthea was recruited to develop the Womenswear range for Yarra Trail.
After departing from Yarra Trail in 2004, Anthea was recruited as General Manager for Stitches and four years later commenced as General Manager for Sundays Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of the Voyager Group. In 2009 Anthea rejoined Yarra Trail as General Manager. In late 2012 the Marco Polo brand was added to Anthea’s portfolio.
Karen Brewster
General Manager, Review

Karen Brewster joined The PAS Group in June 2019 as General Manager of Review. Karen is an experienced Senior Executive with more than 25 years of working in the retail industry. Karen’s career has covered Executive and Senior Management, buying and planning roles at Myer. Before joining The PAS Group, Karen held the role of Executive General Manager of Merchandise at Myer and before that, Group General Manager roles in Women’s Fashion, Menswear and Childrenswear. Karen has extensive industry knowledge across categories of Women’s and Men’s fashion, footwear and accessories.
With a proven track record of rebuilding and growing categories of merchandise, Karen’s passion is to deliver consumer led strategies, building and developing high performance teams, improving organisational culture and delivering results. Karen has a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Melbourne.