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Senior Leadership Team

 

Benoit Droulez

  • Chief Strategy Officer
  • IPMG

Benoit joined IPMG in 2007 and has held multiple leadership roles in portfolio companies in Australia and Europe. As CEO of Traction Digital, he was instrumental in driving strong organisational transformation and revenue growth and created and delivered the company’s APAC partnership with Adobe.

As Chief Strategy Officer, Benoit has a focus on sustained revenue growth in an evolving marketing landscape. With experience in online marketing and solutions offering for leading world brands, he possesses broad skills in tackling diverse markets, restructuring businesses, managing offshore operations and opening new international markets.

Craig Dunsford

  • CEO Print
  • IPMG

Craig assumed the role of CEO Print in 2013 on the back of 30 years of experience within the group. He has an in-depth understanding across all IPMG printing businesses, taking an active role in research and development, driving innovation and the adoption of new technologies. He also has a key focus on ensuring IPMG customers receive outstanding service and are delivered the highest quality work.

On top of his day to day responsibilities, Craig is an active figure in the wider print industry with current roles as Deputy Chairman of Two Sides Australia and Value of Paper and Print. He also serves on the board of the Australian Catalogue Association.

Ian Puckrin

  • Chief Financial Officer
  • IPMG

Ian joined IPMG in 2002, bringing to the group 30 years of experience in finance, tax, financial reporting, insurance and treasury management.

He is responsible for the management of all financial reporting, banking, insurance, legal and secretarial matters associated with IPMG and also provides exceptional support and financial leadership to group executives as well as the individual businesses.

James Hannan

  • Chief Operating Officer
  • IPMG

James commenced his career in the property arm of IPMG, before working on the launch of the organisation’s interactive digital business and establishment of key online brands including taste.com.au and villagevoice.com.au. He also instigated online lifestyle publishing portal Independent Digital Media and re-launched real estate website Homehound.

James then worked as Operations Director of IPMG’s Mass Media Studios before relocating to New York in 2012 to establish a US based presence for the group owned business Fivia. There he built a team and grew the client base to include some of the largest publishers in the US including Gannett, Time Inc. and Viacom. After the sale of Fivia, James returned to Sydney as COO of IPMG, with a key focus on the continuous growth of the organisation’s digital portfolio.

Kevin Slaven

  • Group CEO
  • IPMG

With a background in the chartered accounting profession and extensive experience in commercial roles across a variety of industries, Kevin is dedicated to ensuring IPMG continues to evolve as a leading provider of marketing services. He joined IPMG as Chief Financial Officer in 2000 and was appointed Group CEO in 2013. He ensures the organisation fosters the ability of each of its businesses and consistently grows competitive advantages for clients. Kevin is focussed on uniting the businesses of IPMG with a common purpose and with the Executive Chairman and the senior leadership team, devotes much of his time to researching new technologies, products and services.

Kevin is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is a Director of CompliSpace Pty Limited and is on the board of the Australian Catalogue Association.

Kristie Atkins

  • Chief Commercial Officer
  • IPMG

Kristie has overall responsibility for sales and marketing activity with a primary focus on driving new revenue and delivering the strength of the combined brands.

Prior to IPMG, Kristie was Director of Sales at Event Hospitality & Entertainment (formerly Amalgamated Holdings Limited) and spent a decade in radio as a current affairs announcer, journalist and promotions manager, winning awards across marketing, media and live performance.

With general management, sales, marketing, communications, PR, events and sponsorship skills, Kristie is a Certified Practising Marketer and member of the Australian Marketing Institute, a member of Executive Women Australia, Women on Boards and the Professional Communicators Network. She is a member and mentor for Senior Women in Media and Marketing and a Lucy Mentor for Macquarie University. She started the Sydney Foundation for leading medical research institute HMRI and is a member of the Foundation board.

Stephen Cuthbert

  • General Manager
  • SBM

With broad experience and understanding of how client needs and technology come together, Stephen is General Manager of IPMG’s SBM but is also deeply involved in the group’s consistent expansion into new marketing services offerings. He assumed the role of General Manager of the organisation formerly known as Sinnott Brothers in 2005 after more than 20 years of experience in the business.

Stephen has been instrumental in the development and expansion of SBM and its associated businesses including PEP Central, taking the company from humble pre-press origins to be an industry leader in advertising production with a focus on delivering the highest quality work for clients in Australia and overseas. He has also had a strong influence on the company’s technological development to ensure the best available service for clients and speed to market.

 

Business Leaders

 

Adam Quirk

  • Managing Director
  • Traction Digital

With almost 20 years of industry experience combining strategic, commercial, creative and technical know-how, Adam has worked with international brands to help them make the most of digital products and services.

His unique background combines academia and digital agency management, with strong problem solving and interpersonal skills and the ability to translate complex business objectives into achievable outcomes.

Adam has expanded his responsibility from his original appointment as Managing Director of Traction Digital in Australia to cover other territories in which the business operates, including across Asia and Europe. With his teams, he helps clients achieve a better understanding of their digital communications and how strong digital programs drive overall business performance.

Adrian O’Connor

  • Executive GM
  • IPMG Print

As Executive General Manager, Adrian oversees the operations of Australia’s largest printing companies. He joined IPMG in 2005 after beginning his career in finance with global leader KPMG. Since then he has held key roles in the group in areas including finance, audit, magazines, publishing, distribution and logistics.

Adrian is passionate about delivering returns for customers and ensuring their objectives are met. He is focused on sound leadership across the print division, ensuring best practice in operational performance and fostering innovation.

Barbara McLennan

  • Group Human Resources Manager
  • IPMG

With a Masters in human resources and industrial relations, post graduate qualifications in conflict resolution, CAHRI certification in HR and experience spanning 25 years, Barbara has worked across a range of public and private sector companies.

She originally joined IPMG in 2006 as Employee Relations Manager for the Federal Publishing Company and is passionate about creating an environment that provides people with opportunities to learn and grow. She takes responsibility for maintaining a culture designed to attract to and retain the best possible talent for the group and admires the creativity and ingenuity the organisation fosters.

Ben Shipley

  • Managing Director
  • Spectrum Group

Award-winning creative and digital director Ben Shipley is focused on building on Spectrum’s commitment to deliver integrated communications programs that cut-through for clients.

Prior to joining Spectrum Group, Ben spent almost six years with Hill+Knowlton Strategies as Creative Director, leading their digital practice across AsiaPac and launching brand publishing joint venture, Colloquial. With over 15 years of experience in communications and digital strategy, Ben ensures communications activity has a measurable impact for businesses and their brands

Darren McCormick

  • General Manager
  • Bolton Print

Darren has first had experience in delivering strong and measurable print marketing outcomes in regions from Brisbane to the Torres Strait. With 25 years of experience in the industry, he and his team work closely with clients to build long term relationships and focus on high quality solutions.

As General Manager, he is dedicated to ensuring the development and adoption of new print technologies such as digital and wide format. He and his team work closely with sister company Inprint and the wider IPMG group to ensure Bolton Print delivers innovative and competitive marketing activity appropriate for a regional audience.

Hans Oerlemans

  • General Manager
  • Inprint & Inpack

With print industry experience spanning over 35 years, Hans originally joined Inprint in 1993 as General Manager of its packaging company Inpack. He l became more involved with the wider print business with roles of Customer Service Manager, QLD Sales Manager and later National Sales Manager for Inprint. As he continued to develop and deliver valuable sales and service improvements, Hans was then appointed as Operations Manager before moving into his current role of General Manager. He prides himself on leading his teams in delivering customer focused and innovative print marketing and packaging solutions.

Lynda Gould

  • General Manager
  • PEP Central

Lynda boasts an enviable combination of business management, sales and marketing skills. As General Manager of PEP Central, she has almost 20 years of experience within the group.

An expert in retail marketing and point of sales solutions, Lynda and her team work closely with clients on innovative ways to capture customer attention and drive more sales. She also focuses on how new technologies and digital initiatives substantially increase customer engagement and streamlines in-house processes for brands. Lynda is widely regarded in the group and by customers for her uncanny ability to “make it happen”.

Merran Morton

  • Managing Director
  • Holler

Merran combines a creative passion for digital media and communications with business acumen. Having worked for TBWA/Digital Arts Network, Ogilvy & Mather and agency.com, she guides brands through creative and strategic challenges to achieve desired outcomes.

She has worked on both agency and client side with accomplishments including launching the British Airways affiliate programme, leading EA Games and driving digital strategy for Telstra’s consumer business.

Merran prides herself on taking a diplomatic and tactical approach to leading teams and developing innovative ways to build relationships between brands and consumers.

Pam Leeson

  • Human Resources Manager
  • IPMG Print

Pam joined IPMG with a remit of supporting the print division to continue to deliver innovation and excellence in a changing commercial environment.

With a career in human resources spanning over 15 years with leading organisations including OfficeMax, Coca Cola Amatil and Aristocrat, Pam’s broad HR experience centres around supporting people and organisations through change while helping them to perform at their best.

Her HR philosophy centres on supporting people to excel in what they do every day while being ready for the changes of tomorrow.

Peter Ikladios

  • Managing Director
  • Blue Central

Peter was appointed MD of Blue Central after serving as Director of its partner business VCPro for seven years. He brings with him 20 years of experience in leadership roles in information technology with leading organisations including Defence Force Recruiting, KAZ Group Limited, Carlson Marketing and Ernst and Young.

Peter’s focus is to lead the Blue Central team in helping customers drive better results from their technology, through progressive and cost-effective IT hosting and management solutions.

Michael Hannan

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Pam Leeson

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Richard O’Connor

  • General Manager
  • Rathdrum Properties

Richard is responsible for day-to-day operations, development and commercial management across IPMG’s property portfolio including capital works, acquisitions and divestments.

With a background in sales and marketing, Richard joined IPMG in 2004 to assist in Project Management. Six years later he transferred to the property arm of the organisation to manage and operate 14 small to medium retail businesses with 130 staff operating between Sydney and the Central Coast.

Today, Richard oversees the group’s significant rural, residential, industrial and commercial property holdings including over 130,000 square metres of net lettable area across Australia’s eastern seaboard.

Scott Schindler

  • CEO
  • ReNet & Homehound

Scott is the founder of Renet and serves as its CEO together with having responsibility for IPMG’s other real estate business, Homehound. He originally developed Renet as a vehicle for his unique talents in the real estate software industry, driving sales for clients in the online space.. His technology has been adopted by thousands of real estate agencies around Australia and has become the power behind their businesses.

Prior to beginning his own company, Scott spent a decade in management roles in the insurance industry. As a proud member of the Coffs Harbour region community in northern NSW, he also serves as a fireman for Fire & Rescue NSW and is Regional Director for Surfing NSW.

 

Board Members

 

John Livingstone Hannan

  • Foundation Chairman
  • IPMG

John’s career was spent building and developing the publishing company from humble beginnings to a powerhouse of regional publishing including the launch of flagship newspaper the Wentworth Courier. He oversaw the expansion of the burgeoning publishing empire into magazines and was responsible for many of the acquisitions that have become the cornerstone of the diversified IPMG group of print, media, production and services businesses. John remains an active member of IPMG’s board and has close interest in all aspects of the company today.

Lindsay Hannan

  • Executive Director
  • IPMG

Lindsay assumed a role of General Manager in IPMG’s print business in 2011 after more than 30 years of service across the organisation. He was responsible for the direction and management of commercial sheet and web printing, packaging, design, graphic services, digital printing and small offset. Prior to this role, Lindsay led the IPMG owned Craft operations for 13 years and held other senior management positions in areas including manufacturing, accounting, industrial law, human resources and procurement. Alongside his position on the IPMG board, Lindsay has also served on various state and national councils for the print and manufacturing industries.

Michael Hannan

  • Executive Chairman
  • IPMG

Michael was instrumental in taking the company into printing in the early 1970’s and continuing the development of its regional newspaper and consumer magazine empire. Under Michael’s chairmanship, IPMG now boasts the largest group of privately owned marketing services businesses in the southern hemisphere. He also has responsibility for significant Hannan family interests including industrial, commercial and rural and property portfolios together with other key investments.

Stephen Anstice

  • Non-Executive Director
  • IPMG

Stephen is immediate past CEO of IPMG with expertise in retail, banking, investment banking, stockbroking and property development. He has had a keen interest in the diversification of IPMG into an integrated marketing services business. Stephen was Managing Director of Offset Alpine Printing when it was acquired by IPMG in 1995, shortly after becoming CEO of the group’s printing division and overseeing a dramatic period of change and growth. Stephen moved from CEO to become a Non-Executive Director in July 2013.

 

Our History

 

The early days

It’s 1887 and ambitious young Irish lad Francis Hannan arrives in Sydney and opens a butcher shop in Randwick, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. It is this venture that was the start of what was to become the largest privately owned marketing services company in the southern hemisphere.

Over the succeeding decades he and his family built up a chain of butchery businesses and an extensive property portfolio in Sydney. They purchased a printing press and started producing fliers and advertising materials for their expanding butchery chain. As the owner of one of just a very small number of presses in the area, people were drawn to the family for printing jobs and the business began to grow.

The transition to print

The Hannnans officially entered into publishing in the early 1930’s with Francis’s son Norman establishing the family’s first newspaper, The Randwick District News. The Double Bay Courier was acquired in 1958 before a 50/50 joint publishing venture with like-minded media dynasty, the Packer family commencing in 1961.

Ten years later the group acquired its first web offset press to produce their newspapers. Michael Hannan, the present Executive Chairman, joined the business and Hannanprint (now one of the world’s most technologically advanced print companies) was formed.

With ongoing acquisitions and mergers, the company broadened their print offering beyond newspapers to include magazines. The first magazine off the press was Modern Motor. It was to be followed by the launch of dozens of new lifestyle publications.

The 80’s boom

The company kept expanding, relocating to an 11-hectare site in Bourke Road Alexandria in 1986.

Hannanprint continued to lead the industry in print innovation including pioneering the use of colour on gloss paper and making Courier Newspapers the first suburbans in Australia to use colour.

In the late 1980’s Newsagent Direct Distribution (NDD) was established, distributing publications to retail agencies and outlets around Australia. The group also acquired Champion Communications, while a devastating fire destroyed the company’s FPC Magazines building.

Ongoing acquisitions

In 1990, Hannanprint acquired Macquarie Print (Fairfax) with plants in NSW, Victoria and South Australia and a 10-year exclusive print contract with Fairfax was signed. Hannanprint opened a new purpose built plant at Noble Park in outer Melbourne one year later, delivering Victoria’s most modern printing facility.

By the time it reached 1993, NDD was distributing more than a thousand magazine titles to 5,500 newsagents and 2,000 supermarkets twice weekly, winning the Gold Medal for the World’s Best Import Distributor at the IPD Awards in London.

The company’s acquisition program continued throughout the mid to late 1990’s with purchases including The Eastern Express, Inprint, Offset Alpine Printing, Craft Printing and Sinnott Bros (now SBM).

IPMG is formed

It’s 1998 and all the businesses come together under the banner of IPMG.

Through on-going determination, leadership and innovation, more acquisitions are made, additional publications launched and hundreds more awards won by the organisation which already boasted the honour of being Australia’s most awarded printer.

The group acquired City Weekly, the Sunshine Coast’s Weekend Newspaper, Nine to Five Magazine, Australian Good Taste magazine, the Kiama Independent, Lake Times and Northern Leader.

In 2002, IPMG’s Federal Publishing Company entered into an agreement with Conde Nast International to publish key titles in Australia including Vogue Australia, Vogue Living, Vogue Entertaining and Travel, Conde Nast Traveller, GQ, Vogue Kids and Vogue Apartments. Delicious Magazine, Village Voice, Woolworths Fresh Living Magazine Super Food Ideas and Notebook also launched.

Into the millennium

The Hannans acquired the remaining 50% of IPMG from the Fairfax owned Marinya Media allowing the business to become 100% privately owned by the family.

Federal Publishing Company Magazines formed a strategic partnership with major real estate franchises to develop and deliver an industry owned web and print portal called Homehound.

IPMG continued to win prestigious honours including multiple awards at the 2005 Folios in New York for editorial and design excellence. The organisation was also recognised as the top gold medal winner of all time at the 25th Australian National Print Awards in 2008.

In a global-leading commitment to environmental sustainability, IPMG became the first major web printer in Australia to achieve ISO 14001 environmental accreditation, the highest possible level of environmental certification attainable. New industry environmental standards were set with the company developing a paper purchasing policy ensuring all product is sourced from environmentally certified paper mills.

Independent Digital Media (IDM) was founded as an online publisher with a charter to build a diversified digital media business across Australia and New Zealand.

Continued expansion

In 2008 IPMG shifted its focus to include digital services offerings, becoming a significant investor in Blue Freeway Limited, a leading group of digital and interactive marketing communications companies with businesses in the US, Europe and around Australia.

Ultimately, IPMG became 100% owner and privatised the group which at the time included businesses such as Blackglass, BlueArc, Blue Central, Campaign Master, Certifica.com, Communicator, Digicon, eHound, Fivia, Holler, JSA Digital, MassMedia Studios, Max Australia, Sage Metrics, Spectrum Communications, Spin, Viva9 and Portfolio. Over time, the group would merge some of the entities and divest others non-core to its focus.

The Hannanprint site at Warwick farm underwent massive development from 2011 to 2013 creating a new state-of-the-art facility extending over 40,000 square meters.

IPMG today

In 2014 IPMG announced the launch of its reinvigorated brand to formally signify the company’s evolution into the largest privately owned marketing services group in the southern hemisphere. The group is now a strong and diverse organisation focussed on anticipating the needs of its clients and creating meaningful connections between brands and audiences.

 

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