Simon Strauss

Simon Strauss

Chief Operations Officer

Simon started with the business in early 2019 as COO after an extensive career as a senior business and technology leader in Telecommunications (Telstra/Tandem), IT (APC/Glencore), Logistics (Linfox) and FMCG (Mars).

 The Chief Operating Officer role carries responsibility for the safety and operational performance of a team approaching 800 FTE, right across Australia, from our cities to the remote out back.

 Simon has held positions at CEO, Director, EGM and Vice President levels.  He is highly strategic with full end-to-end business, field workforce, supply chain and digital experience with focus on the disciplines of operations, account management, IT, logistics, marketing and market research, S&OP, procurement and R&D.

 A Food Scientist by training, his early claims to fame included bringing Schmacko’s to the Australian market place and Australian made tomato sauce to Russia.  After joining Linfox, Simon ran transport and warehouse operation around Australia and led the GreenFox program implementing carbon saving projects in fleet and warehousing.  After a waste supply chain project with Glencore’s Mt Isa mine in 2012, he joined a software company providing productivity software to that mine, eventually taking the innovations from there to Glencore mines in central Africa.  Aside from productivity management tools, these mines required communications networks and, having mastered that, moved into Telco operating the single largest field workforce in Australia installing telephones and associated infrastructure on behalf of Telstra.

 A proven strategic thinker, creator and doer who’s lived and worked in the US, the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Simon brings an exceptional range of quality skills to our Executive Leadership Team.