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.
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.
Frank Glatz, Managing DirectorFrank has overall responsibility for the business and the strategic direction of the company, with particular focus on international commercialisation and business development. Prior to joining Cardia Bioplastics, Frank was employed by Plantic Technologies to establish their European operations and to commercialise their technology internationally. Before joining the bioplastics industry, Frank worked for more than ten years in the plastics and packaging industries in general management, commercial and technical roles with ICI Australia, Qenos and Orica. Prior to this, Frank conducted polymer research in Germany and Japan. He holds MSc, PhD and MBA qualifications.
Steve Bendel, Non-Executive Director
Steve is currently the sole proprietor of accountancy practice Bendel Partners Pty Ltd. Bendel Partners have a diverse range of clientele ranging from small and medium sized business, single and multi-tenanted commercial property investors & syndicates. Bendel Partners are actively involved in property syndications, property development, lease negotiations, sourcing and negotiating finance with major lending institutions.
Steve’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Education from Victoria College Rusden with a Graduate of Diploma (Accounting) from Monash University. He is also a member of CPA Australia.
Gideon Meltzer, Non-Executive Director
Gid has significant Capital Markets and Corporate and Commercial experience having served as General Counsel and Company Secretary at an ASX S&P 200 company and smaller capped listed companies where he advised the boards on a range of corporate transactions and governance. He has held a number of senior positions at legal firms and prior to establishing GM Legal & Corporate Advisory of which he is principal, Gid was a partner in the Corporate Practice Group of Cornwall Stodart.
Gid's qualifications include Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Law along with a Graduate Diploma in Taxation Law from Monash University.
Rekha Bhambhani, Financial Controller/Company Secretary
Rekha has been Chief Financial Officer of Cardia for last 7 years and has also worked as an assistant with the previous Company Secretary- Mr John Wilson on company secretarial matters. Prior to that, she worked in accounting and finance positions in India for more than 8 years.
Rekha holds a B.Com, ACIS, ASA, ACA (ICAI), DISA (ICAI).
Chen (Jacky) Yi, General Manager ChinaAn experienced packaging specialist Jacky has commercialised a number of bioplastics technologies. Based at the company’s Nanjing facility, as General Manager he is responsible for the Cardia Bioplastics business in China. Jacky was instrumental in Biograde winning the exclusive supply of certified biodegradable packaging to the 2008 Beijing Olympics and Paralympics. He is a graduate of the University of Science & Technology, Beijing, and has a Diploma of International Trading from the Management College of China in Beijing. He also holds a Bachelor of Science from Upper Iowa University, USA. He is a regular speaker at bioplastics conferences in Asia.
James Beck, Managing Director, North AmericaCanadian educated, James has 28 years’ packaging experience as a senior manager in sales, marketing and product development. He was Division Manager with Price Daxion (now Unisource), General Manager of United Shipping Supplies, was founding President of Dove Sales and Marketing packaging distribution, and was a founding consultant of Enviro Smart Packaging promoting biodegradable plastic technologies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Joao Paulo Mignot, Managing Director, Latin America
Joao Paulo has many years of international experience in the plastics, packaging and logistics industries. Joao Paulo was the former Managing Director of Tecno Ambiental and participated in the Brazilian Government Council that enacted new waste management laws for landfills, hospitals and the veterinary industry. He also was the Operations Director for Fedco in Miami/USA with responsibility for supply chain, logistics and Latin American Business development.
Joao Paulo has been engaged in sustainable packaging and Bioplastics for more than 5 years, leading many initiatives in the Brazilian market. He holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration.
Iqbal Huq, Managing Director, MalaysiaIqbal has many years experience in business managment and logistics. He worked in senior management roles in sales, marketing, business development and distribution. Iqbal has been engaged in sustainable packaging for several years, leading many initiatives in the Malaysian market.
Li (Brian) Jun, Vice General Manager ChinaWith many years experience in international supply chain management and sales, as Vice General Manager China Brian is responsible for managing Cardia Bioplastics export business and leads the China sales team. Brian has in-depth experience and excels in an international and export oriented customer environment.
Markus Leufgens, Technical ManagerWith 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,
Chen, Changping, Technical Director, ChinaAn excellent polymer scientist with more than 20 years experience in the field of bioplastics product development, Mr Chen invented our product technology. Based at the company’s Nanjing facility, he is responsible for the Cardia Bioplastics global product development and manufacturing.