Slaven to head IPMG in ‘planned succession’

Dec 09, 2012 at 08:16 pm by Staff

Kevin Slaven will take the top job at IPMG as chief executive next July.

The Australian print and digital group – which includes Hannanprint and Offset Alpine – says Stephen Anstice will step down then and become a non-executive director.

Chairman Michael Hannan says long term succession planning had been underway for some time. “This timing fits well with the relocation of Hannanprint and the successful

commissioning of its new plant at Warwick Farm,” he says.

Slaven is currently chief financial officer and company secretary of IPMG. He joined the company as CFO in 2000 following a career in senior finance and commercial roles in a number of industries, and has been an active member of the senior management team.

“He has been closely involved with the commercial operations of the business and sits on the boards of many of the subsidiary companies within the group,” a statement says. “(He) brings to the role a breadth of experience and an intimate knowledge of the workings of the group and its people.”

Anstice entered the industry almost 20 years ago and says he has “had the good fortune to work with an outstanding group of colleagues and together we have formed Australia's best print and marketing services group.

“I think this is the right time to make the transition to new leadership."

Michael Hannan says he is pleased the IMPG board has been able to select a candidate “of Kevin's stature and capability” from current management. “IPMG is a group with tremendous depth of talent and stability in its executive ranks,” he says.

“Kevin brings strong leadership capability to the role, together with deep experience in the day to day management of IPMG's varied operations. He has been closely involved in the development of the current strategy and he will continue and enhance its implementation.”

Stephen Anstice will “run the business as normal” until the handover mid next year.

“He has achieved a tremendous amount during his time at IPMG,” says Hannan. “He and his talented team have managed the transformation of the printing business through the many challenges associated with the recent structural changes in the industry.

“His legacy is to hand over a business that is poised to reap the benefits from the foresight and transformation under his stewardship.”

He acknowledged “strong leadership and integrity” and to thank him on behalf of the board and the Hannan family for dedicating his drive and vision over many years to IPMG.

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