Paul Haysman commenced his professional career with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., Chartered Accountants in 1981. Paul worked primarily in the areas of taxation and general business services, and a highlight of his time with what was to become KPMG, included a three month secondment to Goroka, in the highlands of PNG.
In 1985, Paul left Peat Marwick and joined Philmac Pty Ltd as an accountant. Philmac is a world leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of fittings and valves for water and gas pipeline systems. With its head office and manufacturing facilities located in North Plympton, South Australia, Philmac has branches in each state of Australia, and an extensive network of agents around the world.
Paul was appointed to the Board of Philmac in December 1988. He held the positions of Finance Director, and Director and General Manager, before being appointed Managing Director in December 1995, a position he held until his departure in October 2002.
During Paul’s time with the company, Philmac was a finalist in the South Australian Manufacturer of the Year Award in 1992, 1994, 1998, 1999 and 2000, won the Water Industry Category Award in 1996 and 1997, and won the Large Company Category Award in 2000. Philmac has also been a recipient of numerous awards for innovation and business excellence from customers and a number of high profile public and private institutions.
In addition to his responsibilities at Philmac, Paul was co-opted by the international parent company to manage all of the global Group’s activities in Japan and Korea, which included the establishment of an office in Tokyo. He was also seconded to a sister company in Switzerland during 2001 to advise them on enterprise improvement opportunities.
In October 2002, Paul left Philmac and acquired Hillmark Industries Pty Ltd, a company primarily involved in the development, manufacture and distribution of specialised cleaning products for domestic appliances. Paul rapidly grew the business, which brought it to the attention of larger players in the industry. In October 2008, the majority of the business, including the Hillmark brand, was sold to Selleys, a division of Dulux Group Ltd.
The remaining part of the Hillmark business, which imports and distributes electrical and other small appliances, was retained by Paul and re-named Ezi Concepts Pty Ltd. Paul has gone on to acquire further business interests, including Accredited Window Tinting Pty Ltd (November 2010), and Statewide Appliance Spares Pty Ltd (September 2011). Paul continues to be actively involved in all aspects of each of these businesses, as well as being the Independent Chairman of the Jeffries Group.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Business and is a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors. He has held a number of Board positions in public and private corporations, including Jeffries Group, Royal District Nursing Service SA, Williams Refrigeration Australia Pty Ltd, the Manufacturing Industry Advisory Board, Business S.A., President of the Engineering Employers Association South Australia, and on the National Executive of the Australian Industry Group.
ROLE AND HOPES FOR ILF
Paul believes that an important element of future economic and social success for South Australia will be good leadership.
“It is essential that we equip our current and future leaders with the skills and knowledge that will allow them to drive their enterprises to succeed and grow. This will provide wealth for our state and jobs for our children.”
“My hope is that the ILF will add substantially to the leadership capital of industry in South Australia by making world class management education accessible to many more people than would otherwise be the case.”
In Paul’s view the ideal leader would have “the grace and humility of Nelson Mandela, the creativity and vision of Steve Jobs, and the energy and healthy disrespect for authority of Fred Hollows.”