Aitken departs from PIAA

Matt Aitken, chief operating officer, IVE Group is retiring from his role as NSW representative from the Printing Industries Association of Australia’s (PIAA) Board of Directors, with Spotpress managing director John Georgantzakos set to replace him from June 1.

Geogantzakos says on his new appointment, “As a generational member of the industry, I have seen significant changes and the resulting transformation is encouraging. Joining the board is a wonderful opportunity to promote print and the industry in all of its forms.”

Spot Press was founded by John’s father George in 1981, with John joining the business in 1995. It began life as  a newspaper printer and later moved into magazines and catalogues as well.

Andrew Macaulay, CEO of the PIAA says, “Our industry is stronger due to decisions made by Matt Aitken. On behalf of the print sector I thank Matt for all that he has done and IVE Group for their support in allowing Matt to contribute his time for the betterment of the industry.

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“John’s appointment represents an exciting generational change in our board. His extensive experience in design and promoting print brings extended capability to our already comprehensive board composition. John is engaged with the membership and will provide a valuable fresh perspective as we invigorate our association’s governance.”

Aitken joined the Board two years ago and the association says he has made significant contributions to leadership within the industry having served as deputy president for the Board. It also says Aitken assisted in the succession planning for the new NSW representative.

Macaulay says, “We would like to formally acknowledge the contribution that Matt has made to the board, and wish him well in his future endeavours.”

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