As Pepper Group’s CEO Australia, Mario has oversight of the Australian arm of Pepper Group. He is responsible for the strategy and day to day management of all residential mortgage and unsecured personal lending in Australia. He was appointed in September 2017.
Prior to this appointment, Mario held a number of positions at Pepper, including Managing Director, Australian Mortgages and Personal loans, and before that Director of Sales and Distribution between 2011 and 2016, where he led the teams that manage, sell and distribute Pepper’s portfolio of retail home loan products via direct, white label and third party mortgage broker distribution channels.
Before he joined Pepper, Mario was Westpac’s State Manager, Mortgage Broker Distribution – WA and SA. Prior to Westpac, Mario was a State Manager for Pepper in NSW.
A well regarded and accomplished executive, Mario has had over 15 years of experience in financial services and in this time has been a champion of mortgage broker education and growing the specialist lending category, culminating in Pepper’s recognition as Australia’s Best Specialist Lender in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Mario has a reputation for service and imparting insightful practical advice for brokers garnered from many years spent as both a broker and a lender.
Mario is an INSEAD alumni, having completed the Advanced Management Program in 2016.