Our Team

Paul Benhaim

Paul Benhaim

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Paul has over 25 years’ experience in the hemp industry and is co-founder of Elixinol USA, Elixinol Australia and Hemp Foods Australia.

Paul is considered an expert in the industrial hemp industry and frequently presents at industry conferences globally. He has also played a role in shaping regulation around cannabis laws.

Paul is a member of the Company’s Audit and Risk Committee.


Linda McLeod

Linda McLeod

Managing Director

Linda has over 30 years’ experience in business advisory, corporate finance, private equity and venture capital. She has worked across a broad range of industries including healthcare, biotechnology, agriculture and resources sectors.

Linda is a member of the Company’s Remuneration and Nomination Committee.


Ron Dufficy

Ron Dufficy

Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Ron has held senior finance roles with ASX listed companies including CSR Ltd and Aristocrat Leisure Ltd. He has significant experience in regulated markets including being based in the USA for 9 years, most recently as Chief Financial Officer for Aristocrat’s largest and most profitable division.


Gabriel Ettenson

Gabriel Ettenson

President of Elixinol USA

Gabriel is Co-founder of Elixinol USA. He brings a background in physical therapy and rehabilitation.

Gabriel is an active member of a number of hemp industry bodies including the Hemp Roundtable Group in the US, Hemp Industry Association and the European Industrial Hemp Association.


Makoto Matsumaru

President  Hemp Foods Japan Co.,Ltd  / Elixinol Co.,Ltd.

Makoto has more than 15 years experience in the hemp industry, including cultivation, production and sales (trade and retail). He has also spent many years as an international advocate for the Japanese hemp industry, and is on the Board of the Hokkaido Industrial Hemp Association.