President - Mainstream Aquaculture USA
Together with the Group CEO, Boris Musa, Anthony is leading the companies USA strategy and market entry. Anthony's entrepreneurial skills and history, together with his extensive and successful business achievements places Mainstream in an excellent position to successfully execute the USA strategy. Anthony is the major shareholder of Mainstream Aquaculture.
Anthony founded ASX listed company McMillian Shakespeare in 1988. Having commercialised the novated lease concept for employees to salary package a motor vehicle, Anthony was instrumental in the development of the outsourced salary packaging administration in Australia.
Anthony was named the 2012 Ernst & Young Australian Entrepreneur of the year. Anthony is a fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. During Anthony’s time at McMillan Shakespeare (up until February 2014) the company grew from Anthony, as the sole employee, to an ASX 200 listed company with a market capitalisation of in excess of $1bn.
Anthony has been a director of Mainstream Aquaculture since 2015.
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
Boris, together with fellow director Anthony Podesta, is also responsible for the companies USA strategy and market entry.
As the MD & CEO of Mainstream Aquaculture Group (Mainstream), Boris is responsible for strategic management of a large scale vertically integrated producer and supplier of Barramundi. Mainstream is one of the largest suppliers of Barramundi table fish products in Australia and is the global market leader in the provision of juvenile fish (seed stock) to the Barramundi aquaculture industry, exporting to 24 countries across five continents. Mainstream operates a multi-site business which includes the world’s largest aquaculture production facility of its type in Melbourne, Australia, and two pond farming operations in far north Queensland, along with the world’s largest Barramundi hatchery. Boris has been Managing Director since 2012 and under his stewardship company value, revenue and profitability have all increased exponentially with Mainstream recognised by Business Review Weekly as one of Australia’s 100 fastest growing companies across successive years.
Boris’ background is in financial services. He commenced his career in funds management business, Boutique Development & Marketing Direct and more recently, Boris spent five years at Macquarie Group, the last two as a Director of Macquarie Global Investments. He performed multiple roles across agricultural asset management, private equity, investment banking and traditional funds management, with his final position Global Head of Sales for Macquarie’s Alternative Investments division. During his tenure, he was appointed to the Macquarie Global Investments leadership team and held a position on Macquarie’s Global Deal Assessment Committee.
Boris is a member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Finance and Audit Committee and has previously chaired this Committee, along with the State Committee. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Director of the Wyndham City Refuse Disposal Facility. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University and is a Deans Scholar in Finance (top 1% of graduates). He also holds a Diploma in Natural Resource Management and a Masters of Applied Finance with majors in Corporate Finance and Investment Management.