People - Group Management Team

People / Group Management Team

Group Management Team

The Farsons Group has always valued its employees and invested in enhancing their skills and competences. Our continued success depends on motivated, committed, and professional individuals who all have a role to play as we broaden our horizons.

Group Executive Board

  • Louis A. Farrugia

    Louis A. Farrugia

    Chairman

    Mr Louis Farrugia qualified as Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in the UK. He is Chairman of the Farsons Group as well as the Multigas and Farrugia Investments Groups. Mr Farrugia was the founding President of the Foundation of Human Resources and past President of the Malta Chamber of Commerce. In January 2010 he was appointed Chairman of the Malta Tourism Authority and in May 2011 he resigned this post to be appointed non-Executive Chairman of Air Malta plc, a position he held until April 2013.

    In 2004 he received an Order of Merit (MOM) in recognition of his contribution on a national level to industry and enterprise in Malta.

    He was also awarded Ufficiale dell'Ordine Al Merito della Repubblica Italiana on 15 January 2013, for his voluntary involvement in initiatives outside his direct line of business.

  • Louis A. Farrugia

    Norman Aquilina

    Group Chief Executive Officer

    Mr Norman Aquilina joined the Farsons Group as Managing Director of Quintano Foods, when this food importation business was acquired by the Group back in 2004.  In 2007, he was appointed Group Chief Commercial Officer and has since successfully introduced and led a number of projects and initiatives as a result of the liberalization of the carbonated soft drinks market and the setting up of the Farsons Logistics Centre in 2008.

    As from the 1st of July, 2010, he was appointed Group Chief Executive and has since then led the Group’s management team towards the building-up of a more competitive business model along with consistent profitable growth. He also spearheaded the strategic consolidation of the Group’s representation with a number of international groups.

    Apart from being a Council member of the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise & Industry, he is also the Chairman of both the Manufacturers Economic Group and Fast Moving Consumer Goods Group within the Chamber.  Previously he held the post of senior Vice-President of the Chamber where he was actively involved with the merger between the Chamber of Commerce and Federation of Industry and also served as chairman of the Chamber’s EU Steering Committee for the years leading up to Malta’s EU accession.  He also represented the Chamber as a Board Director of the Malta External Trade Corporation (METCO). 

    He pursued his studies in International trade with the London Institute of Export and holds a diploma in business management from the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  He furthered his studies at various management schools abroad and is an alumni of the Salzburg Seminar.  He was also one of the first award winners of the Strickland Foundation.  

  • Anoinette Caruana

    Antoinette Caruana

    Group HR Manager

    Mrs Antoinette Caruana, MSc (Trg & Dev), BA (Hons), FCIPD, is Group HR Manager of the Farsons Group and a member of the Group Executive Board. She has specialized in change management, HRM and has also been actively involved in local industrial relations. She has held a number of positions in the private sector including the posts of Chief HR Officer of Lufthansa Technik Malta and General Manager HR of the Brandstaetter Group.

    She was Chief Executive of the newly incorporated government agency, Heritage Malta between 2003 and 2006. Antoinette has consulted with various local organizations and lectured at the Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy, University of Malta. She served as director of the Central Bank of Malta between 2008 and 2013, and serves as employers' representative on the Industrial tribunal, was a trustee of the Richmond Foundation and a director of the Foundation for Human Resources Development.

    She was also chairperson of the Malta Professional and Vocational Qualifications Awards Council, director of the Employment·and Training Corporation, and served as a core member of the Malta-EU Steering & Action Committee. In 2013, she was appointed Chairperson of the Conciliatory Structure within the Public Service and in 2014, External Expert (HR & Skills Dev Strategy) as part of the public  sector change programme. She has addressed and presented papers for international as well as national conferences and contributed to local journals and publications.

  • Ray Sciberras

    Ray Sciberras

    Chief Operations Officer

    Ing Sciberras graduated in Electrical Engineering in 1980. After a 5 year apprenticeship at Malta Drydocks, he joined Farsons in 1981 as a Trainee Engineer. He became Engineer in 1983 responsible for maintenance of the packaging lines. Following this, he assumed the role of Chief Engineer in 1985, and was responsible for all engineering aspects at Farsons, including major projects. During this time, the brewery development master plan was formulated and the first phase, that of the beer processing block, was successfully undertaken in1990.

    He was awarded an MBA from Warwick University in 1992 and became General Manager for the Soft Drinks Business Unit in 1994. In 2004, he assumed the role of Chief Production Officer and in 2009 that of Chief Operations Officer.

  • Anoinette Caruana

    Charles Xuereb

    Chief Financial Officer

    Mr Charles Xuereb, B.A. (Hons) Accty, CPA, FIA, MIM, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Accountancy from the University of Malta in November 1991. He started off his professional career with PricewaterhouseCoopers as an auditor. He joined the Farsons Group in July 1995 as Chief Accountant of Food Chain Group, a post he occupied until 2003.

    Subsequently, he was appointed Group Financial Services Manager and in 2004, following the acquisition of Quintano Foods Ltd., he was assigned the key task of integrating the newly acquired company’s finance systems within the group. During his tenure at Quintano Foods Ltd. he held the position of Financial Controller in addition to the overall responsibility of the finance function within the Food Chain Group. In 2005, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) assuming responsibility for the group’s overall financial management, direction and governance and the Group’s Credit Control, Information Technology and Administration functions.

    On 1st June 2016 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer Designate of Trident Developments Limited.

    He is also a member of the Group Executive Board and sits on the Board of 10 companies within the group. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a Fellow of the Malta Institute of Accountants, a member of the Malta Institute of Management and was elected President of the Malta Association of Credit Management in 2013, a position he still holds today.

  • Michael Farrugia

    Michael Farrugia

    Chief Business Development Officer

    Mr Michael Farrugia is Chief Business Development Officer, and director of both Simonds Farsons Cisk plc and Farsons Beverage Imports Company Ltd. He joined the group in 2006 whereupon he was assigned to the newly formed export division before taking on wider responsibilities within the group as Business Development Manager and Head of Business Support, also playing an active role in the development of the Farsons Business Park, currently under consideration.

    Educated in the United Kingdom, Mr Farrugia graduated from Edinburgh University completing his Masters degree in History and followed up his studies with a postgraduate diploma in Journalism from the London School of Journalism. Before returning to Malta, Mr Farrugia worked in the European Parliament in Brussels where he also completed an internship with European Voice, a sister publication of the Economist Group. He is currently enrolled with Warwick University where he is completing a distance learning MBA and serves as a trustee on the Board of the Farsons Foundation.

  • Arthur Muscat

    John Bonello Ghio

    Group Head of Food Business

    Mr John Bonello Ghio FIA CPA, graduated with the Malta Institute of Accountants and is a Certified Public Account. He began his professional career in the field of accountancy with Deloitte. Following this, he pursued his management career by joining the Alf Mizzi & Sons Group as a Sales & Brand Manager where he was involved in various sales and marketing aspects of the business.

    He joined the Farsons Group in 2011 as General Manager of Food Chain Limited where he spearheaded the growth of the restaurant business through the opening of a number of new restaurants. In 2015 he was appointed Director of Quintano Foods Limited and subsequently appointed Group Head of Food Business.

  • Arthur Muscat

    Arthur Muscat

    Secretary

    For over 30 years, and up to 2009, Mr Arthur Muscat, B.A., occupied the position of Human Resources Manager of the Farsons Group of Companies. For five years, up to 2010, he was Company Secretary of Simonds Farsons Cisk plc.

    Over time his specialisation has been in the fields of HR management and Industrial Relations. Currently he is the Secretary and a Member of the Company's Group Executive Board as well as a Trustee of the Farsons Foundation.

    Between 2004 -2006 he was, and currently, since 2013, he is, President of the Malta Employers' Association. He serves on the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development (MCESD) and is an Employer representative on the Industrial Tribunal adjudication panel.

Senior Management

  • Michael Farrugia

    Christopher Borg Cardona

    Head – Logistics
  • Michael Farrugia

    Susan Weenink

    Head – Marketing & Communications
  • Michael Farrugia

    Eugenio Caruana

    Head – Brewing & Production
  • Michael Farrugia

    Stefania Calleja

    Head – Sales, Customer Relations
  • Michael Farrugia

    Philip Farrugia

    Head – IT Services
  • Michael Farrugia

    Stephen Sultana

    Head – International Business Development
  • Michael Farrugia

    Dr Christopher Ciantar

    Chief Operations Officer – Trident Developments
  • Michael Farrugia

    Pierre Stafrace

    GM – FBIC