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Board of Directors

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.

  • Louis A. Farrugia

    Louis A. Farrugia


    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, Liquigas 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.

  • Marcantonio Stagno D'Alcontres

    Marcantonio Stagno D'Alcontres

    Vice Chairman

    Mr Marcantonio Stagno d’Alcontres is a senior banker with more than 30 years of international banking experience. He joined Banco di Sicilia in 1976 and after a 4 years spell in London was seconded to Singapore as a regional representative for Asia. In 1990 he moved back to London to become General Manager of the local branch of BdS, responsible for the bank’s business development for Western Europe. In 2004 he moved to Arab Bank plc, Amman, later Europe Arab Bank plc, as Executive Country Manager for Italy, a position held till 2009 when he was appointed advisor to the Prime Minister’s Office for the Economic Development of Italy’s Southern Regions. Mr Stagno D’Alcontres holds a degree in Business Management from Messina University and a Masters in International Finance from the Manchester Business School.

  • Roderick Chalmers

    Roderick Chalmers


    Mr Roderick Chalmers is a chartered accountant by profession, specialising in the financial services sector. Between 1972 and 1983 he practiced in Malta as a partner with the offices of Coopers and Lybrand, before moving to Hong Kong in 1984. He was a partner with Coopers and Lybrand, (later PricewaterhouseCoopers), Hong Kong between 1984 and 2000, when he retired from the firm to pursue a full time MA degree at Edinburgh University.

    He was the elected Managing Partner of Coopers & Lybrand Hong Kong between 1990 and 1998, during which period he also acted as Chairman of the firm's South East Asia Regional Executive. He was appointed to the International Board of Directors of Coopers & Lybrand between 1996 and 1998.

    Upon the merger of Coopers & Lybrand and Price Waterhouse in 1998, he was appointed Chairman, Asia-Pacific, for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and continued in that position through to his retirement from the firm in the autumn of 2000. The position involved taking overall responsibility for the firm's operations in the Asia Pacific region. Between 1998 and 2000, he was also a member of the PwC Global Management Board, a 25 man body responsible for overseeing the global activities of the firm.

    He was appointed by the Government of Hong Kong to act as a non-executive director of the Securities and Futures Commission (the regulator of the Stock and Futures exchanges) between 1992 and 1999. He was also a member of the Takeovers and Mergers Panel and was appointed by the Financial Secretary of Hong Kong to sit on the Banking Advisory Committee.

    In November 2004, he was appointed Chairman of Bank of Valletta plc, and continued in that position until he retired for personal reasons in July 2012. Between 2004 and 2012 he was also a director of Middlesea Insurance plc and MSV Life plc. He is currently a non executive director of Global Sources Limited (a NASDAQ listed company), Gasan Group Limited, Gasan Zammit Motors Limited and Alfred Gera & Sons Limited.

    Mr Chalmers has been a non-executive director of Simonds Farsons Cisk since 2006.

  • Michael Farrugia

    Michael Farrugia


    Mr Michael Farrugia is the Deputy Chief Executive (Beverage Business) and Executive Director of Simonds Farsons Cisk plc. Mr Farrugia joined the Farsons Group in 2006 and has since assumed a wide range of responsibilities, playing a leading role in various critical capital investments, projects and innovations undertaken by the Group over the years. Mr Farrugia has been an Executive Director of the Farsons Group since 2011, is a Director and Chairman of Farsons Beverage Imports Company Ltd., a Trustee of the Farsons Foundation, as well as a Director of Trident Estates plc, Farrugia Investments Ltd and Multigas Ltd.

    Mr. Farrugia completed his secondary and tertiary education in the United Kingdom and graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Master’s degree in European History before obtaining a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Warwick.

  • Max Ganado

    Dr Max Ganado


    Dr Max Ganado has practised law for over 30 years. Starting as a maritime lawyer, dealing with all aspects of shipping including ship finance, he became a partner of Ganado Advocates, one of Malta’s foremost law practices, in 1986. He moved on to develop the financial services practices of the firm. He has been heavily involved in the drafting of new legislation required for the development of Malta as a centre for shipping, financial services, securitisation and aviation.

    He has lectured on investment funds, trusts and voluntary organisations for the last few years at the University of Malta and regularly participates in international conferences. He has written extensively on subjects of his specialization. 

    He is currently the senior partner at GANADO Advocates.

  • Marina Hogg

    Marina Hogg


    Mrs Marina Hogg’s early career spanned postings within the accounting divisions of Grand Hotel Verdala and subsequently with Simonds Farsons Cisk plc. In 1980 she moved to the United Kingdom where she supported the Export Area Managers at James Buchanan & Company Limited, distillers of Black & White whisky. Mrs. Hogg is an executive director of Hogg Capital Investments Limited and has led the company’s investment administration team since 1995, as well as being responsible for the daily operations of all of its related business units. She has been a director of Simonds Farsons Cisk plc since 2008 and is a member of the Audit Committee, New Ventures/Acquisitions/Mergers Committee and the Board Performance Evaluation Committee. Mrs. Hogg is the daughter of the late Anthony Miceli-Farrugia.

  • Matthew Marshall

    Matthew Marshall


    Matthew Marshall's career began in London with a focus on property management, including renovating and leasing properties. At Mitchells and Butlers, he managed key establishments in West London, enhancing his hospitality management skills. Since 2005, he has significantly contributed to brand development in Malta.

    In addition to his role as Deputy CEO for Estate Marchese Scicluna, Matthew has served as a director for subsidiary companies Food Chain Ltd and Farsons Beverage Imports Company Ltd since 2015, bringing his expertise to these roles. His foray into technology investments recently adds a modern edge to his diverse skill set.

    Educated at St. Edwards College, Cottonera, Downside School, Bath, and the SAE School of Audio Engineering, London, Matthew's multifaceted experience is a valuable asset to the Board of Directors at Simonds Farsons Cisk plc.

  • Neil Psaila

    Neil Psaila


    Mr Neil Psaila is a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA). Between 2008 and 2018 he worked in the audit and assurance line of service at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Malta, specialising in large local Groups of Companies operating in several different industries. Whilst at PwC Malta he was seconded to the PwC USA offices a number of times, working on Companies in manufacturing and real estate.

    He currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of both Tabria Property and Hospitality Management, and Palazzo Parisio in Naxxar.

    Mr Psaila was appointed a non-executive director of most of the Group’s subsidiaries since 2022 and of Simonds Farsons Cisk plc in 2023.

  • Nadine Magro

    Nadine Magro

    Company Secretary

    Nadine is Company Secretary and Compliance Officer at Simonds Farsons Cisk plc. She joined the Group in 2022 bringing 10 years of experience in corporate management and compliance having worked in the financial services industry since 2013. She also serves as Company Secretary to all group subsidiaries and its various committees as well as Trident Estates plc.

    Nadine holds an ICA Advanced Diploma in Governance, Risk & Compliance awarded in association with Alliance Manchester Business School, the University of Manchester.