Matt Bekier

    Matt Bekier is the managing director and chief executive officer of Star Entertainment Group. Matt Bekier was previously chief financial officer and executive director of the company and also previously chief financial officer of Tabcorp Holdings Limited from late 2005 and until the demerger of the company and its controlled entities in June 2011.Prior to his role at Tabcorp, Mr Bekier previously held various roles with McKinsey & Company.He has a Master of Economics and Commerce and a PhD in Finance

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