Our Team

Stratos Karousos

Stratos Karousos

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Stratos has extensive experience as a lawyer working in mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets, corporate restructuring, private equity transactions, joint ventures, and corporate governance in various sectors, including health and agriculture.

Stratos joined EXL as a Non-Executive Director in 2017 with a focus on assisting with the execution of the company's pre-IPO acquisition strategy, corporate structuring, and subsequent work around public listing on the ASX in early 2018. He moved into a newly created role of Chief Commercial and Legal Officer in May 2019, before being appointed CEO of EXL in July 2019


Paul Benhaim

Paul Benhaim

Executive Director and Chief Innovation Officer

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