Russell has been with Hawaiian, a privately held Western Australia-based property company, since 1996 and was appointed as the Director and Chief Executive in 2000. He is also a member of the Wen Family Advisory Council, which oversees the Wen Family’s Australian and Malaysian real estate operations.
Russell’s leadership style draws on his approachable nature and big picture vision, which has seen the company grow an extensive property portfolio, including shopping centres, offices, land and hospitality, and employ a team of over 110 people. Today, the company is a leading West Australian business recognised for having a strong ethos and innovative approach.
The company’s strategy to connect people through places has seen Hawaiian properties become more than just structures, but spaces which encourage people to relax and reconnect with their family, friends and the community.
Russell was previously State President and National Councillor of the Property Council of Australia, a member of the Murdoch University Senate Committee and Deputy Chair of Youth Focus. Russell is currently a Director of Satterley Property Group (since 2009) and St Ives Group (since 2013). Russell joined the West Coast Eagles Board of Directors in November 2011 and in November 2016 was elevated to the position of Chairman.