Our CEO and Executive Leadership Team are derived from diverse backgrounds as are many of our Managers and Employees. This diversity creates great value for the company and enables us as an organization to be; innovative, responsive to opportunity, embracing of change, dynamic, information sharing, inclusive of minority groups, and open to dissimilarity.

Board of Directors

PMP’s Board is responsible for setting strategic direction and establishing the company’s corporate policies. It oversees the company’s financial position and monitors the business on behalf of the shareholders. The Board also addresses issues relating to internal controls and approaches to risk management. Responsibility for day-to-day activities is delegated to the Chief Executive.

PMP has five non-executive Directors including the Chairman. Appointments to the Board must be approved by a majority of shareholders at PMP’s Annual General Meeting and each Director (except the Chief Executive) must stand down and seek re-election at least every three years. Newly appointed Directors must seek re-election at the first general meeting of shareholders following their appointment.


Matthew Bickford-Smith


Mr Bickford-Smith was CEO of Ridley Corporation Limited until December 2007. He was previously with the Man Group and was MD of the Australian operations. Before moving to Australia Mr Bickford-Smith was based in Hong Kong with responsibility for managing risk relating to the Man Group’s sugar business within the region. Before moving to the Man Group he spent five years with Phibro, the commodity trading arm of Salomon Brothers. 

Mr Bickford-Smith is a Director of Eastern Agricultural Australia. He was appointed a Non-Executive Director of PMP on 20.07.09. Mr Bickford-Smith is Chairman of the Board of Directors, a member of the Appointments and Compensation Committee and Audit and Risk Committee.

Date Appointed: 20/07/2009


Michael Hannan

Non-Executive Director

Mr Hannan was previously Executive Chairman of IPMG. He 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 Mr Hannan’s chairmanship, IPMG became the largest group of privately owned marketing services businesses in the southern hemisphere, before merging with PMP on March 1, 2017 to form the largest integrated marketing services company in Australia. Mr Hannan today serves as Non-Executive Director at PMP. He also has responsibility for significant Hannan family interests including industrial, commercial and rural and property portfolios together with other key investments


Dhun Karai

Non-Executive Director BCom, MBA

Ms Karai’s experience spans over 20 years in senior executive roles in financial services and audit and risk management, initiating major transformational projects in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Ms Karai held the position of Chief Manager Personal Markets with the Commonwealth Bank and in her recent role was for over ten years the Head of Group Financial Services at Woolworths Limited.
Ms Karai’s other directorships have included being a Non-Executive Director of eftpos Payments Australia Limited and Indian financial services company, GI Technology Private Limited. Her committee memberships have included the Australian Payments Council, the National Financial Literacy Program and the International Merchants Advisory Group (USA).
Ms Karai is an active supporter of corporate diversity and woman in leadership programs and is closely involved with the Fintech hub, Stone & Chalk, in Sydney.
Ms Karai is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.


Wai Tang

Non-Executive Director, BAppSC, MBA, GAICD

Ms Tang has extensive retail industry experience and knowledge gained through senior executive and board roles. Her former senior executive roles included Operations Director for Just Group and Chief Executive Officer of the Just Group sleepwear business, Peter Alexander. Prior to joining the Just Group, Ms Tang was General Manager of Business Development for Pacific Brands. She is also co-founder of the Happy Lab retail confectionery concept. Ms Tang is a non-executive director of Vicinity Centres Ltd, JB Hi Fi Limited, and Kikki.K Pty Limited. She is a member of the Visit Victoria Board and is the Deputy Chair of the Melbourne Festival. Ms Tang’s former directorships include Speciality Fashion Group and the Melbourne Fashion Festival. She holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science.

Date Appointed: 10 October 2017


Terry Sinclair, MBA, GradDipMgmt, MAICD

Non-Executive Director

Mr Sinclair has significant experience across Industrial, Resources and Consumer Services sectors including 20 years in senior management roles in BHP (Minerals, Steel and Transport/Logistics) and 10 years with Australia Post (Logistics and Corporate Development). Mr Sinclair is a non executive director of Cleanaway Limited and NetGet Holdings Limited. He is a member of various advisory boards for private equity ventures in e-commerce and technology/infrastructure. Formerly, the Managing Director of Service Stream Limited, Chairman of AUX Investments (jointly owned by Qantas and Australia Post), Director of Sai Cheng Logistics (China), and Director of Asia Pacific Alliance (HK). He holds a Masters of Business Administration, a Graduate Diploma in Management and tertiary qualifications in Mining, including Surveying.

Date Appointed: 10 October 2017


Kevin Slaven


Kevin Slaven leads PMP as the CEO after joining the company in March 2017, following the merger with IPMG. He was Group CEO for the Hannan family owned company, closely working with the Executive Chairman, Board of Directors and shareholders in facilitating the joining of the two companies.

A Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Institute of Chartered Accounts, Kevin was appointed CEO of IPMG in July 2013 after originally joining the business in 2000 as CFO and Company Secretary. Prior to that he worked in the chartered accounting profession and then subsequently in key commercial roles, including as Commercial Manager of CSR Timber and CFO of leading IT wholesale distributor Tech Pacific.

Kevin is experienced in uniting and evolving diverse businesses and devotes time to researching new technologies, products and services to grow competitive advantage. He is a Director of CompliSpace Pty Limited and is the Deputy Chair of the Australasian Catalogue Association.


James Hannan

CEO, Marketing Services and Chief Operating Officer

James joined PMP in March 2017 from IPMG where he served as Chief Operating Officer since 2014. James leads the Marketing Services business which includes Gordon & Gotch, Holler, SBM, Spectrum and Traction. James is also responsible for the administrative functions that support the PMP group of companies.
He commenced his tenure 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 U.S. 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 America including Gannett, Time Inc. and Viacom.


Geoff Stephenson

Chief Financial Officer

As CFO of PMP, Geoff is responsible for all finance functions including accounting, management reporting, treasury, taxation and investor relations. 
Geoff has over 30 years of experience with a range of blue chip companies including Iplex Pipelines, Fairfax Media and Goodman Fielder.  He has held a range of senior commercial and financial roles working in Australia and abroad.


Adrian O’Connor

CEO, Print and Distribution Australia

Adrian was appointed CEO, Print and Distribution Australia in March 2017. He has over 12 years of experience managing and overseeing operations for Australia’s largest printing companies. Across his career, he has held key roles 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.


Simon Ellis

CEO New Zealand

Simon is responsible for managing and driving the development and commercial performance of PMP New Zealand’s operations. Simon has held numerous senior roles in the printing industry, most recently CEO of Beacon Media Group. He has many years of industry involvement with PrintNZ and associated training organisations.  A past President of the Printing Industries Association of Auckland and also served on the national body (PrintNZ). He was made a Life Member of PrintNZ in 2008. Simon is currently the President of NZ Community Newspapers Association.


Alistair Clarkson

Company Secretary & General Counsel

Alistair is responsible for the legal and company secretarial activities including internal audit at PMP Limited.

Alistair has been Corporate Counsel for PMP since 2001 and Company Secretary and General Counsel since 2009. Prior to joining PMP, Alistair practiced as a solicitor specialising in commercial law in New Zealand.


Julia Farrant

Chief People Officer

Julia was appointed in July 2018 and is responsible for developing a people based infrastructure to support the growth of individuals and the Company.

Julia has more than 25 years of professional experience as an accomplished HR Director with extensive Australian and international experience across FMCG, Financial and the Service Sectors.

Her breadth of experience includes designing and implementing People and Culture strategy, creating significant productivity enhancements across Global Organisations; developing a performance and accountability culture through remuneration and individual target frameworks; and establishing a leadership culture of ownership to improve company culture and employee engagement.


Brendan Straw

Chief Sales Officer

Brendan joined PMP Limited in 2010 and has lived and breathed targeted marketing for over 20 years. Using data analytics and technology, his teams continually guide customers through the evolution of marketing to identify the right market segments to create innovative campaigns. He takes the time to understand each business and helps build a bespoke plan.

As Chief Sales Officer he creates the culture that keeps his teams focused on improving sales for customers, using expert knowledge of the latest trends to reach consumers for maximum effect.
When he’s not helping his customers reach higher sales, Brendan’s bigger job is supporting his wife, guiding their four amazing children to their full potential.


Christine Di Stasio

Executive General Manager - OHSE & Risk

Christine was appointed in August of 2017 and is responsible for health, safety, environment and risk across the group.

She has over 25 years experience on OHS&E roles across a wide range of industries from manufacturing, transport logistics and FMCG. She has a passion for driving OHS&E as a value and culture change through engagement.


Justin Davies

Chief Information Officer

Justin was appointed in April 2015, and is responsible for all aspects of PMP's I.T. business systems and infrastructure.

He has over 25 years of professional experience in the media and IT industry, holding a broad mix of functional skills including consulting, sales, product and IT management. He is motivated and driven by progressive process transformation.

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