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Manager of Mars Petcare
Australia New Zeala nd SYLVIA Burbery takes a people-focused
approach to her role as general
manager for Mars Petcare Australia
And it 's an approach that is
certainly working as she steers more than 1050
associates to further build the reputation of the
largest manufacturer of pet food products in
The organisation has four manufacturing
sites and a number of sales sites with its
headquarters located in Wodonga.
Mrs Burbery has worked for Mars
Incorporated for the past 16 years, starting in
sales in New Zealand.
She then spent time in human resources and
organisation development in both New Zealand
and the US before taking on her first general
management role in New Zealand in 2005.
Mrs Burbery said she moved into her current
position in Wodonga in 2009 and was enjoying
living in Albury with her husband James and her
Her two teenage children remain in New
Zealand at university.
"I believe my role is to create the conditions
that allow people to reach their full potential,''
"I am a big believer in setting direction and
then giving people the opportunity to help create
the future for the business.''
She said she thrives on her role as general
"Over the years I have learned more about
myself as a person, a woman, a mother and
a businesswoman, allowing me to become a
better leader and coach of others.''
personae will always get newcomers back
through the door for a second sitting.
Growing up in a European household with a
Hungarian father and German mother, Gisella
was no stranger to cooking.
Working in retail and hospitality and raising
two small children, she realised she could put
her passion for food to good use by opening
her own business.
And when Taco Bills was put on the market
in 1986, she did not hesitate in jumping in head
first and certainly does not regret the decision.
Gisella said a crash course in Mexican cuisine
and Taco Bill's distinctive flavours, as well
as learning how to run the business followed
before she took over the reins of the successful
Dean St eatery.
Not only is she a success with the customers
but also her staff: some of her employees have
been with her for more than 20 years.
Gisella said her hard work and dedication
paid off when Taco Bills received accolades
from its diners.
She said she had hosted 18th, 30th and 40th
birthdays for the same clients, enjoying a great
rapport with them.
"Just love what you do and it will work,"
Owner of Taco Bills,
GISELLA Henry is as hungry and
passionate about what she does
today as the day she first stepped
foot through the doors of her
Taco Bills store 25 years ago.
"I love food, I love people and if you love what
you do and have a passion for it, then you will
succeed," she said.
"You have got to be hungry for it and
Gisella is a familiar and friendly face for
frequent Taco Bills diners and her flamboyant
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