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Board of Directors

Christopher (Chris) Beare

Christopher (Chris) Beare

Chairman and Independent Non‑executive Director

Chris Beare joined the Booktopia Board as Chairman in October 2016. He has over 35 years’ experience in international business, technology, strategy, finance and management.

Chris joined investment bank Hambros Australia in 1991, became Head of Corporate Finance in 1994 and joint Chief Executive in 1995. After Hambros was acquired by Société Générale in 1998 Chris remained a Director of SG Australia until 2002. Prior to Hambros, Chris was Executive Director of Melbourne based Venture Capital firm Advent Management Group which he joined in 1987 after various roles in Telecom Australia culminating in the Head of Strategy.

Chris has experience in technology. In 1998 he helped form Radiata, a technology start-up in Sydney and Silicon Valley, and as Chair and Chief Executive Officer steered it to a sale to Cisco Systems in 2001. He is Chairman/Director/shareholder in a number of other technology companies and was formerly the Chairman of ASX listed businesses; DEXUS Property Group, Flexigroup Limited and m.Net.

Chris holds a BSc, BE (Hons) and PhD (Electrical) from Adelaide University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Antony (Tony) Nash

Antony (Tony) Nash

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

Tony Nash was involved in the establishment of Booktopia while working in his family’s company as a sideline to the core internet marketing consulting business, Globalise Pty Ltd, which was established in 2001. Tony has been instrumental in growing Booktopia and formulating its business strategy throughout that time. Since 2007 Tony has held the role of Chief Executive Officer.

Tony received a series of business awards and is an industry-recognised leader in the book retail and online retailing industry in Australia. In 2018 he won the Industry Recognition Award at the Online Retailer Industry Awards. He was listed in Who’s Who of Australia in 2019.

Prior to Booktopia, in 1996 Tony established Best People International (an internet recruitment agency), having previously worked as a recruiter. Best People grew to employ more than 35 people. It was ultimately sold to Volante Group Limited, which was ASX listed at the time of the sale.

Tony studied computer programming at Control Data Institute and worked as a programmer at Cockatoo Dockyards in the mid-eighties. He then sold computers for a short period before travelling around the world for 3 years. He became a recruiter for the computing industry whilst living in London.

Tony is a Life Member of the Wilderness Society, the RSPCA (NSW) and the Australian Republican Movement.


Steven Traurig

Steven Traurig

Chief Commercial Officer and Executive Director

Steven Traurig was involved in the establishment of Booktopia. He began his career at IBM Australia as a software engineer and subsequently pre-sales systems engineer, before joining Somerset Systems in 1992 specialising in business development and consulting in e-commerce and workflow. He joined Tony Nash in his online recruitment company Best People International in 1998. Tony and Steven have been in business together for 22 years. Steven has been in the online commerce industry for over 20 years and is Tony’s brother-in-law.

Steven provided technical direction and services during Booktopia’s early formation and built a development team to establish Booktopia’s in-house website and logistics systems in 2007. He has been the Chief Information Officer and is currently Chief Commercial Officer for Booktopia, as well as overseeing a number of business programs including infrastructure, security and HR.

Steven holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Computing), sub-majoring in Organisations and Management from University of Technology, Sydney.


Wayne Baskin

Wayne Baskin

Deputy CEO, Chief Technology Officer, Executive Director

Wayne Baskin started as Booktopia’s first developer in 2008, having spent 4 years at GE Commercial Finance. In his first 5 years he built the company’s bespoke website, their custom Warehouse Management System and was responsible for the implementation of the business’ pricing and inventory algorithms.

Today in his position as Deputy CEO, Wayne is responsible for the overall business strategy, vision and customer experience while also overseeing logistics and the businesses pricing and inventory strategy.

In his role as Chief Technology Officer, Wayne oversees all R&D for both Booktopia and Angus & Robertson which includes all system development and the business’ integrations into external systems and third-party channels.

In 2017 and 2018, Wayne was a finalist for the Online Retail Industry Recognition Award, taking out the award in 2019. He has also been named in Inside Retail’s Top 50 People in E-Commerce for five years, in 2019 and 2020 being awarded Number 8 on the list, as well as being a finalist for the BRW’s Best Rising Star Award.


Marina Go

Marina Go

Independent Non‑executive Director

With a background in media, Marina has worked in digital and print publishing executive roles across a range of listed and private companies and in non-executive roles across a diverse range of sectors.

Marina is the Chair of the Super Netball Commission, Ovarian Cancer Australia and The Walkley Foundation, and is currently a non-executive director on the boards of Energy Australia, 7-Eleven, Autosports Group, Adore Beauty and Pro-Pac.

Marina holds a Bachelor of Arts from Macquarie University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of New South Wales. She is a member of O’Connell Street Associates, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the University of New South Wales Business Advisory Council.


Fiona Pak-Poy

Fiona Pak-Poy

Independent Non‑executive Director

Fiona is an experienced non-executive director and has been involved in a wide array of industries including healthcare, e-commerce, software, financial services, retail and manufacturing. Her involvement ranges from start-ups to publicly listed companies, not-for-profits and State and Federal Government Boards.

Currently Fiona is a non-executive director of Tyro Payments Ltd (ASX: TYR), iSentia Group (ASX: ISD), Novotech (Asia Pacific’s largest contract research organisation) and the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship. Fiona was a director of MYOB (formerly ASX: MYO) prior to its purchase by KKR. She is a former member of the Federal Government’s Innovation Australia Board, ASIC’s director Advisory Panel and a Councillor for The Australian Investment Council. She practiced as an engineer and was as a management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group in Boston and Sydney, during which time she was a member of both the Consumer Goods and Technology and Financial Services Practice Group. She co-founded an e-commerce start-up in the late 1990s and subsequently worked as a General Partner in an Australian/US venture capital fund that invested in Australian startups with unique IP.

Fiona holds an Honours Degree in Engineering from Adelaide University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Su-Ming Wong

Su-Ming Wong

Independent Non‑executive Director

Su-Ming has over 35 years of direct investment, international corporate advisory and merchant banking experience. He co-founded CHAMP Ventures in 2001. CHAMP Ventures is an Australian mid-market private equity funds manager.

Su-Ming is currently a director of Booktopia and Scentia. He has been chairman/director of over 20 Australian companies operating across retail, technology, value-adding manufacturing, financial services, healthcare and tourism sectors. In 2018, Su-Ming was appointed as a Professor of Practice at the UNSW Business School, UNSW. Su-Ming is a director of Asia Society Australia, Sydney Writers’ Festival and a member of UNSW Business School Advisory Council. He was a member of the Council of University of Technology Sydney, a founding director of National ICT Australia, a member of the Industry Research and Development Board and a director of Unisearch. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Su-Ming holds a Master of Engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management, UNSW.