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Bull punts the BJ Ball top job

Tuesday, 20 September 2011
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Australasia’s largest paper merchant will soon lose the man behind its push to prominence when Andrew Bull steps down as CEO in October.

The high-profile paper industry personality has announced he will step back from day-to-day operational control of the recently created trans-Tasman merchant. Taking his place on the board of directors of the NZ-based company, he will still be in a position to influence the strategies of the enterprise, which is now the largest paper company in the region.

The surprise decision follows closely on BJ Ball’s takeover of CPI with the backing of its private equity shareholder, Maui Capital. Bull’s reputation as an industry catalyst led many to expect his continued involvement in growing the company.

Craig Brown, currently group general manager in Australia, will replace him in the top job.

According to Peter Friend-Ngui, national marketing manager for BJ Ball, the outcome is purely a decision by Bull (pictured) and not of the Board. “Now that the CPI takeover has passed, Andrew is moving into a less intensive role within the company at a board and investment level.

“Given Craig Brown’s recent elevation to general manager of Australia, and his close association with Andrew he was the natural choice as successor,” he says.

This shift in leadership follows the consolidation of CPI, Raleigh and Focus under the BJ Ball banner as it moved to a state-based management structure. Brown, former Raleigh Paper general manager, will govern the group from Australia with general manager of New Zealand Richard Hislop reporting directly across the Tasman.

Incoming CEO Brown maintains that it is business as usual for the company as it pursues a customer focused game plan. In an internal statement he said:

“I am delighted with the team we have in place in Australia and New Zealand. I look forward to working very closely with Richard in maintaining NZ’s leading position in the industry.”

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