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The winds of change: 2 August

Tuesday, 02 August 2011
By Print 21 Online Article

This week’s movement in the printing industry sees the appointment of the first official CEO to the Australian Forest Products Association plus Paperlinx’s appointment of a non-executive director.

Australian Forest Products Association appoints first CEO

Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA announces the appointment of David Pollard as the organisation’s inaugural CEO.

Linda Sewell, chair of AFPA says with this appointment AFPA now has a CEO who can lead the newly integrated forest products industry as it responds to shifting challenges and opportunities.

“These challenges include encouraging downstream processing of our natural forests, investment in plantation forestry, ensuring the industry plays its full role in the emerging carbon economy and strengthening access for wood-based products in the Australian marketplace.

“Dr Pollard brings with him a wide range of capabilities and has considerable experience in both industry and Government. This unique combination of skills and experience will assist us in the development of an industry association capable of meeting the challenges ahead.” she said.

Sewell also paid tribute to the services of Allan Hansard, transitional CEO of AFPA, who led the organisation during its transition phase.

Paperlinx appoints non-executive director

Michael McConnell has joined the PaperlinX Board as an independent non-executive Director.

David Meiklejohn, chairman of PaperlinX Limited says McConnell’s international experience will be of particular value to the company.

Based in the US, McConnell is currently CEO of Collectors Universe and has extensive international experience in finance, strategy and governance.

International and local talent boosts Starleaton’s NSW team

Starleaton expands its NSW team by appointing Alex Ferguson and David Calder as account executives.

National Sales Manager Campbell Hughes, introducing his fifth and sixth new recruits in recent months, comments; “The level of experience that Alex and David bring to the company is of immense value to customers. I welcome these two highly competent players to the NSW team.”

Newly arrived from the UK, Alex Ferguson brings with him 14 years of experience with the UK’s largest distributor to the Sign and Display market – The Robert Horne Group, part of the PaperlinX empire.

“What attracted me to Starleaton was the people within the company who are all customer focused and have a very positive can-do attitude. Coupled with the strong product range with a number of well known branded lines, it makes for a very exciting challenge ahead,” he says.

David Calder, from Queensland, brings nine years production and marketing experience in the wide-format signage and display sector.
“I’m looking forward to selling Starleaton’s broad range of sign and display products and continuing the levels of customer service I have strived for.”

FUJIFILM Graphic Systems appoints digital business development manager

Jason Hay joins FUJIFILM as BDM of its digital sales team, bringing with him 13 years of experience with sales of inkjet equipment and holds valued business relationships throughout Australia.

Hay’s experience and depth of knowledge of the graphics and communications market and digital inkjet equipment, will compliment the FUJIFILM Graphic Systems sales team of industry professionals.

RENZ Australia adds to its Melbourne team

Marc Schmitz has been appointed as the new sales manager for Renz Victoria following his similar role with CPI Group.

Rod Fowler, managing director for RENZ Australia says Schmitz brings many years of valuable industry experience to the team and is well known in the Melbourne market.

“Our main objective is to help customers make profitable use of our equipment and to achieve that we need experienced people with a passion for the industry. Marc fits that bill very well,” he said.

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