Governance

Board of Directors


Charles Borg

Charles Borg

Chairman
Melo Hili

Melo Hili

Director
Geoffrey Camilleri

Geoffrey Camilleri

Director
Therese Camilleri

Therese Camilleri

Director

Mr Borg is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (UK) and holds a banking degree and a Masters degree in financial legislation from the University of Malta. He is also the Chairman of IG Finance plc, Virtu Finance plc, and a director and CEO of PG plc. He retired from Malta’s Bank of Valletta in 2015 following a career of 34 years during which he occupied various senior management positions, including that of Chief Executive Officer between 2011 and 2015. He has occupied directorship positions of listed companies in Malta and was appointed Chairman of the Housing Authority during the period 2008 to 2011. He also chaired the Audit Boards of the European Investment Fund and of Mapfre Middlesea Insurance. Mr Borg has served as a director on the World’s Savings Bank in Brussels and was also the President of the Institute of Financial Services and the President of the Malta Bankers Association.

Mr Hili joined the family business in 1988 and was appointed managing director of Motherwell Bridge, then a joint venture with Motherwell Bridge Group of Scotland. He later also headed the company’s Italian operation and was a board member of Motherwell Bridge Bhicam in the Bahamas. Mr Hili was named Developmental Licencee for McDonald’s in Malta in 2005, for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in 2007, for Greece in 2011, and for Romania in 2016. He is Chairman of Premier Capital plc and Chief Executive Officer of Hili Ventures.

Mr Camilleri is a Certified Public Accountant. After obtaining an Honours degree in Accountancy from the University of Malta in 2002, he joined the Assurance and Business Advisory division of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Malta. He then moved into industry and occupied governance and finance roles in Malta’s Middlesea Insurance Group, and later Gasan Group. He joined Hili Ventures Ltd in 2014 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in January 2016. Geoffrey is also a director of Hili Properties, Hili Finance Company plc, Motherwell Bridge Industries, Hili Logistics, ALLcom, and Chairman of Cobalt Leasing.

Ms Camilleri joined Hili Ventures as Director of Mergers and Acquisitions in April 2019 from PwC London where she was Director in the Transaction Services Sales and Purchase Agreement Team since 2015. She was previously Senior Manager TS Financial Due Diligence at PwC London, and earlier Manager at PwC Audit Malta. She is responsible for the management of divestments, for drawing up acquisition readiness assessments, executing acquisition strategies and due diligence, and assuming operational and strategic responsibility and project management throughout the deal process.

Ann Fenech

Ann Fenech

Director
Karl Fritz

Karl Fritz

Independent Non-Executive Director

Dr Fenech is the Managing Partner of Fenech and Fenech Advocates, and the Head of the Marine Litigation Department. After qualifying in 1986 she joined the shipping and commercial firm of Holman Fenwick and Willan in London where she stayed until 1991 prior to joining New Orleans firm of Chaffe, McCall, Phillips Toler and Sarpy. Dr Fenech is the President of the Malta Maritime Law Association and Vice-Chair of the Yachting Services Trade Section at the Malta Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise. Dr Fenech served on the board of directors of Premier Capital plc, the McDonald’s business within Hili Ventures, between 2012 and 2020.

Mr Fritz has occupied key roles within the McDonald’s system around Europe since 1992. He has served as Chief Financial Officer for McDonald’s Central and Eastern Europe, Managing Director in Ukraine, Vice-President Southeast Europe with responsibility for eight countries, Project Leader for diversification and exit in Chicago and Switzerland, Managing Director in Italy, and Vice-President Chief Supply Chain Officer for McDonald’s Europe. After obtaining an MBA in Finance and International Tax from the Economic University in Vienna in 1985, he joined ITT Austria AG as internal auditor. He was later financial analyst at ITT Courier in Phoenix, Arizona, international controller at Alcatel Austria AG, and international controller at Austria-listed mining company VMAG. Mr Fritz is currently a franchisee with McDonald’s in Switzerland in the Canton of Zug.

Executive Team


Keith Busuttil

Keith Busuttil

Chief Executive Officer
Rudolph Mifsud Saydon

Rudolph Mifsud Saydon

Chief Financial Officer
Michèle Dandria

Michèle Dandria

Chief Operations Officer

Mr Busuttil joined 1923 Investments plc in 2020. Based in Malta, he is responsible for the company’s success in achieving its commercial and investment objectives. He also manages shareholder relations and supports the senior executives of the subsidiaries across the 1923 Investments group. Mr Busuttil joined the company from Oceanwood Capital Management of London where he was Portfolio Manager – European Event Driven Fund since 2014. He was previously Partner (European Equity Absolute Return Fund) at Dalton Strategic Partnership, Vice-President, European Debt Restructuring at Blackstone Advisory Partners, part of the Blackstone Group, and a senior analyst within the Investment Banking Division at Credit Suisse in London. Mr Busuttil holds a Master’s in Corporate Finance from SDA Bocconi Business School and is ACCA-qualified.

Mr Mifsud Saydon joined Harvest Technology plc, part of 1923 Investments, in 2016 after a long career across a range of service lines at Ernst & Young in Malta. He has led various external audits in Malta and overseas and headed the Transaction Support Services Department, supporting clients in financial due diligence, business plans, government bid proposals, investigations, feasibility studies and regulatory compliance. Mr Mifsud Saydon has been involved in several risk management assignments and drafted numerous national strategies for online gaming, financial services, ICT and media strategy, and the Eco-Gozo project.

Ms Dandria joined 1923 Investments in 2019 from GO plc, where she was Content and Digital Media Manager. She is based in Malta and is responsible for the promotion of the 1923 Investments brand, as well as overseeing the overall marketing function, and assisting the subsidiary companies with the development and implementation of their plans. Ms Dandria was appointed Chief Operations Officer of logistics company Carmelo Caruana Company in 2020. She holds years of experience in marketing and product and business development in telecoms and media.

Company Secretary


Melanie Miceli Demajo

Melanie Miceli Demajo

Company Secretary

Dr Miceli Demajo graduated Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta in 2002 and was admitted to the bar in 2003. She has a Master’s in Law specialising in Commercial and Corporate Law from University College London and a Master of Arts in Financial Services from the University of Malta. Dr Miceli Demajo has been a Partner at Maltese law firm Gonzi & Associates since 2012. She was previously Group Legal Advisor at M. Demajo Group, a multi-disciplinary group of companies.

Audit Committee


Karl Fritz   Geoffrey Camilleri   Ann Fenech