Michael is the Chief Operating Officer of Guzman Y Gomez, Australia’s fastest-growing restaurant business. With its focus on delivering clean, made-to-order Mexican food made using fresh produce to its guests, and with speed and innovation at the core of the business, Guzman y Gomez is redefining fast food by showing it’s possible to serve good food, fast, without compromising on nutrition. In 2020, Guzman y Gomez was awarded the QSR Media Multi-Site Restaurant of the Year and in 2021 won the Canstar Blue Most Satisfied Customers award. Guzman y Gomez operates over 140 restaurants in four countries.
Prior to that, Michael was the Chief Financial Officer and Finance Director of Accent Group Limited for over 20 years. During his career with the group, Michael was instrumental in transforming the business from a small private company into Australia and New Zealand’s largest listed footwear business.
His role as both a senior executive and public company board member has provided Michael with a unique insight into the interface between efficiently functioning boards and their management teams. This has enabled him to develop deep skills across a wide range of complex business situations in order to distil key objectives, opportunities, priorities, risks and other important metrics to efficiently deliver optimal outcomes for all stakeholders.
Michael holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Accountancy degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand and was a Chartered Accountant. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.