Management of Häfele Australia

Diversity and innovative thinking are the characteristics that identified the leadership personalities at Häfele Australia. Allow us to introduce our company management.

Peter Farrugia

Managing Director

Peter Farrugia joined Häfele in 1986 in customer service. He worked in various roles, then established Häfele New Zealand subsidiary in 1990. After serving as MD at Häfele New Zealand, in 1998 Peter then transferred to Australia as Managing Director.

Areas of responsibility
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Product range management
  • Purchasing
  • Logistics (Jointly with the Finance Director)

Malcolm Ong

Finance Director

Malcolm Ong joined Häfele as Company Accountant / Office Manager in 1983. He was appointed to his current role in 1991.

Areas of responsibility
  • Finance, IT & Accounts Department
  • PLC Development
  • Legal Affairs
  • Logistics (Jointly with Managing Director)

Andrew Gray

General Manager – Supply Chain

Andrew Gray joined Häfele in 1983 when the Company was less than a year old, starting in Customer Service and progressing through Account Management, General Manager Sales and Marketing before taking the position of General Manager – Supply Chain in 2019.

Areas of responsibility
  • Maintain good relations with existing vendors and create strong relations with new vendors, and ensure that all discussions with vendors achieve outcomes aligned with the strategic and tactical requirements across all levels of the organisation.
  • Responsible for managing, directing, motivating, coaching, mentoring and employing the national Category Management and Procurement Departments in conjunction with the Managers of each Department
  • Responsible for the overall management of all product development
  • Provide strategic guidance and direction to the Category Management and Procurement Department that assists with the sourcing of new products and ensure an optimal overall inventory levels for all products within the Hafele Australia product range are maintained at all times.

Paul Bucknall

General Manager - Operations

Paul Bucknall joined Häfele in 1989. Paul has worked in various roles within the company, more recently in Purchasing, Systems Integration, Warehouse Management and Logistics. He has now held the position of General Manager – Operations since 2008.

Areas of responsibility
  • National Warehouse Management
  • Operations

Chris Du

General Manager - Digital and Technology

Chris Du joined Häfele in 2006. Chris has worked in various roles within the company, more recently as Project Manager for global roll-out of Business Software (SAP) in Asia.He has now held the position of General Manager Digital and Technology since 2020

Areas of responsibility

 

  • Information Technology
  • Digitalisation
  • eCommerce
  • Data Management
  • Business Process Improvement

 

Uwe Adam

General Manager - Sales and Marketing

Started with Häfele in 1997 in Queensland, looking after specifications. Moved to New Zealand to run the subsidiary for 11 years and returned to take over the position of General Manager - Sales & Marketing in 2010

Areas of responsibility

  • Sales Management of Trade, Projects & Reseller Divisions
  • Strategic Customer Management
  • Key Account Management
  • Partner Supplier Management

 

 

Simon Clark

National Sales Manager - Projects

Simon Clark joined Häfele in 1990 as a Store person in the WA warehouse. He has worked in various roles including Sales Management & Product Management. At the end of 2013, Simon accepted the role of National Sales Manager – Architectural Hardware.

Areas of responsibility

  • Sales Management of National Projects Team
  • Co-ordinating of Sales Activities
  • Key Account Management
  • Strategic Product Focus

 

 

Chris Cousins

National Sales Manager - Trade

Chris Cousins joined Häfele in 1999.Chris Cousins has worked in various roles within the company, more recently as the Regional Manager for Northern NSW.He has now held the position of National Sales Manager – trade since January 2020.

  • Sales Management of National Trade Team
  • Co-ordinating of Sales Activities
  • Key Account Management
  • Strategic Product Focus

Joe Clarke

National Sales Manager - Resellers

Joe Clarke joined Häfele in 2005.Joe has worked in various roles within the company, starting in Customer Service and progressing to Account Management through both Trade and Resellers. He has now held his current role since 2019.

  • Sales Management of National Resellers Team
  • Co-ordinating of Sales Activities
  • Key Account Management
  • Strategic Product Focus

Darren Wooding

National Brand and Creative Manager

Darren joined Häfele in 2002 in sales. Darren has worked in various roles throughout Australia,National Exhibition & Display Manager in 2012, National Marketing Manager in 2016 and recently National Brand and creative Manager.

Areas of responsibility

  • Marketing
  • Trade & retail partner marketing
  • Exhibition design & project management
  • Showroom design & project management
  • Trade & retail partners showroom planing
  • Design and maufacture of samples

Gary Cahoon

National Marketing Manager

Gary Cahoon joined Hafele in 1989 as a Sales Representative. Gary has held various roles within the company, State manager VIC, TAS, ACT and SA, National Projects Manager and recently National Marketing Manager.

  • Direction, Development & Strategy of all Marketing & Advertising
  • Sales Management of Kesseböhmer

Stefanie Kaestner

National PLC Manager

Stefanie Kaestner joined Häfele in 1991 as a bi-lingual secretary. Having worked in various supporting roles to Management including PA to the Managing Director, Stefanie took on the development of the Human Resources Department in 2007.

Areas of responsibility

  • Personnel and Industrial Relations Matters
  • HR Policies, Practices and Procedures
  • Recruitment
  • Payroll and Remuneration
  • Training / E-Learning

 

Debbie Burrows

Accountant

Debbie Burrows joined Häfele in 1993, the first year in their new offices in Dandenong. Debbie has worked in the Finance Department since first joining Häfele. Prior to that she qualified for her Bachelor of Business in Accounting in 1987.

Areas of responsibility

  • Monthly Reporting to Parent Company
  • Management of Financial Audit
  • Furnishing of Tax Return
  • Financial Reporting to Management
  • Overseeing the General Accounting Function