The international Cardia Bioplastics team is an elite group of pioneering bioplastics specialists. Together, this team draws on hundreds of years’ of skill and experience in solving packaging and plastics products challenges.


With our industry experts based in Australia, Asia, the Americas and Europe, we understand your local regulatory and technical issues, and are close at hand to collaborate with your team in the development of your new sustainable packaging or plastics product solution.

Executive Team

Richard Tegoni, Non-Executive Chairman

Richard is Chairman of Cardia Bioplastic Ltd and was first appointed as Non-Executive Director of the Company on 21st December 2012. He holds a Masters of Business Administration with the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), Diploma in Mortgage Broking and a Diploma in Financial Markets with the Securities Institute of Australia (SIA).
Richard has a background in finance, banking and sales & marketing. His experience includes senior marketing and strategy management positions with Optus Communication, Chief Operating officer and Company Secretary of Melbourne University Publishing Ltd together with senior business advisory & consulting roles with various small to medium sized companies.

Stephen Walters, Managing Director

Appointed Managing Director in July 2016, Steve has more than 25 years experience in the plastics & packaging industries in general management, commercial and sales roles with Borden & ICI Australia/Orica. He was Managing Director of Stellar Films Group prior to the merger with Cardia in April 2015. Qualification is B.Bus (Marketing).  

Trevor Haines, Corporate Development Director

Appointed Chief Financial Officer April 21st 2015, Trevor has more than 20 years in senior accounting and financial management roles in various divisions of ICI Australia & Orica. Qualification is B.Bus, FCPA

Don Haller Jr., Non-Executive Director

Appointed September 1st, 2016, Don has a distinguisehed background in accounting, management consulting and leading practices of professional consultants. He was a managing partner of Ernst & Ernst and later of Price Waterhouse Coopers in the USA.

Edmond Tern, Chief Financial Officer/Company Secretary

Edmond has been Chief Financial Officer of SECOS Group appointd in August 2016. He took up his joint role as Company Secretary in February 2017. His past roles include CFO of Q Technology Group [ASX:QTG] for 5 years.  

Our People

Markus Leufgens, Innovation & Sustainability Manager

With a sound background in polymer engineering, Markus is responsible for global application development and technical support. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the plastics and packaging industry in Europe and Australia with global companies, such as Dow Chemical and Amcor Packaging. His roles included research and development, technical service, manufacturing, plant engineering and product development. Prior to joining Cardia Bioplastics, Markus worked for 5 years with Plantic Technologies in application and product development where he complemented his technical expertise with an in-depth knowledge of bioplastics,

Ong Kean Hwa, Executive Director, Malaysia

Appointed in December 2016, Ong has been the Executive Director of Stellar Films (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd for the past 14 years. He holds a B.Bus from Deakin University and a MBA from Monash University.