Our Executive Team

The Fero Group is guided by the experience of its founders Mario and Andy Franco, an independent Advisory Chairman, and the professional approach of its executive team.


Our executive team is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the Fero Group of companies and we take a professional approach to corporate governance.


We understand that having effective policies and practices in place is vital to the health, success and future growth of the company. In line with this, the executive team has developed forward-thinking procedures, policies and protocols to establish and develop an effective system of corporate governance.


The executive works closely with senior management to ensure the continued and future growth of the Group.


  • Dennis O’Neill
    B.Sc. (Hons) Mech Eng. CPE. FIEA. AICD, FAIM
    Independent Advisory Chairman

    A former Managing Director of Evans Deakin Industries and United Group Ltd, Dennis brings more than 40 years of experience and a wealth of knowledge to the Fero Board.

    Dennis provides technical, managerial, export market and corporate governance advice and has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and the evaluation and management of large-scale projects.

  • Mario Franco
    Executive Chairman

    As a founding director of the company, Mario has an extensive knowledge and experience in the steel manufacturing and related service industries and an intimate knowledge of the business.

    Among industry peers he has a well-deserved reputation for his forward thinking and strategic business planning and his business acumen is admired both within the company and by the industry community he services.

  • Ernesto Franco

    Co-founding director Ernesto (Andy) still has the same steadfast commitment, drive and enthusiasm for the company as he always did.

    Very much a “hands-on” director, Andy is well versed in all aspects of the ever-expanding family-business and is extremely proud of the fact he maintains regular contact with many of his long-time clients.

  • Michael Franco
    BCom, MBA
    Managing Director

    Having grown up with the business, Michael has an intimate knowledge of the manufacturing and anti-corrosion services industry.

    Michael plays an integral role in the delivery of the strategic and organic growth of the company and he leads a very professional team focused on safety, the delivery of high quality products and exceptional customer service.

  • Robert Franco
    BEng (Hons), BCom, MBA, CPEng, MIEAust
    Finance Director

    A chartered professional engineer, Robert has held senior management roles with various engineering and construction firms operating throughout Australia.

    Having been involved with several successful businesses since their inception and being a non-executive director of ASX listed Decmil Group Limited, Robert’s expertise is a significant asset to the company.


  • Craig Roberts
    General Manager (West)

    Craig brings to the company 25 years executive management experience in sales and operational management across a range of industries, including industrial surface treatment, construction and aviation services. Craig is solely responsible for the development and implementation of the Fero’s Sales and Marketing strategies.

  • Vic Joubert
    General Manager Queensland
    Vic Joubert is a veteran of 32 years working in the galvanising industry, who believes quality and service is the basis of an excellent galvanising business, and this continues to be his mantra and commitment to service Fero’s customers in Queensland.