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Steve Dunwell moves from Creo to Currie

Friday, 03 October 2003
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The surprise announcement that Dunwell (pictured) is stepping down as sales director comes as Creo gears up to market its own line of CTP plates. According to Garron Helman, Creo, regional manager, the decision is understandable.

“Steve’s been a good friend to Creo for many years through the changes from Creo Scitex and before that with Media Tech. He has been a very loyal employee. But it is a long time to be with the one company and he obviously decided it was time for a change. I wish him well.”

Dunwell’s move to the Currie Group will assist David Currie’s long-held ambition to win a larger share of the Sydney market. While having good operations in Melbourne and Brisbane, the Sydney market has always proved a relatively soft spot for the largest privately held supply company. Dunwell, on the other hand, has always operated out of Sydney, and has been a major contributor to Creo’s record breaking year finishing in September. He claims Creo has over 40 per cent of all high-end CtP in the Australian and New Zealand market.

“I felt it was time to move on to a company that has a management style that will suit me ad allow me to play a key role in its continuing success. I have known David [Currie] for many years and have always admired the way he has developed the company with a strong integrated product focus from prepress to finishing.”

“It will be good to also re-establish my association with ECRM, a relationship that goes back to 1986. I am excited about the new challenge and feel it will give me a new lease of life and motivation.”

He takes his place in a strengthening management line-up at the Currie Group with Bernie Robinson as general management in Victoria, Hayman Zalm looking after Queensland, while Phillip Rennell takes care of HP Indigo. Under the AM International banner, Ian Clarke is in South Australia, Ron Alexander runs Western Australia and Andrew Matthews oversees the large consumables business. In New Zealand, David Currie is moving to take a more active role, and a larger shareholding in AM International, with Ian Wood still in control.

“It is a good team and I’m excited that Steve has joined us, “ said David Currie. “ He is very well known and very professional. He knows the market and the customers so I believe it will work out very well over the long-term.”

Garron Helman says it is too early to make an announcement on Dunwell’s successor as sales director. In the meantime the management team of Noel Sayer and Derek Fretwell will oversee Creo in Australia and New Zealand.

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