ROBERT CHAMPION DE CRESPIGNY A.C.
Mr. Robert Champion de Crespigny A.C. is an Australian businessman and was the founder and former Executive Chairman of Normandy Mining Limited from 1985 until its merger in 2002 with Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM). At the time of the merger Normandy Mining was Australia’s largest gold entity and in the top five gold companies in the world. He has served as Chancellor of The University of Adelaide, Chairman of the Economic Development Board of South Australia, Member of the Executive Committee of the South Australian Cabinet, Chairman of the South Australian Museum and Non-Executive Chairman of a number of publicly listed Australian companies. He has acted as Australia’s representative on the Commonwealth’s Expert Group on Democracy and Development, Chairman of the Australian Gold Council, and also as a Member of the Federal Government’s Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, the Business Council of Australia, the Minerals Council of Australia, the National Gallery of Australia and Oxford University Said Business School Advisory Board. Mr. Champion de Crespigny is the Chairman of the C|T Group.
Over the years he has received several awards recognizing his contribution to Australian business and the community, in particular the Companion of the Order of Australia, Australia’s highest honor. The University of Adelaide also awarded him a Doctorate for his services to the University.
STUART CHAMPION DE CRESPIGNY
Mr. Stuart Champion de Crespigny became the Chief Executive Officer of PBE in April 2011 after completing the acquisition of PBE with private equity majority owners. PBE is now privately owned, principally by investors of Vierville Capital, which Mr. Champion de Crespigny founded in 2009.
Previously, Mr. Champion de Crespigny worked in investment banking for Macquarie in Sydney, Australia and London, United Kingdom, predominantly in principal investment and equity and debt capital raising.
Mr. Champion de Crespigny holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He also holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree with Honours and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, majoring in accounting, from the University of Adelaide, Australia.
Christa became the Chief Operating Officer of PBE in October 2011. With extensive experience in lean manufacturing and process engineering, Christa is focused on fully supporting PBE’s continued growth with industry leading global operations.
Christa holds a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is a certified Project Management professional. She also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Kettering University and a Master of Arts in Education from Stanford University’s School of Education.
Prior to joining PBE Christa worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation specializing in business process re-engineering with Human Resource information systems and resource planning. Christa credits her years as a Manufacturing Engineer at General Motors Powertrain in Flint, Michigan for her knowledge and passion of manufacturing and operations.