Geoff Selig crowned Power 50 winner for 2016

IVE Group executive chairman Geoff Selig has been crowned this year’s number one position on ProPrint’s Power 50 list, voted in by his peers for a formidable year in the industry.

Selig’s diversified print and communications business IVE Group soared through 2016 with a suite of achievements to add to its belt including a successful IPO and a strong acquisition trail.

This isn’t the first-time Selig has secured the top spot in the Power 50, he climbed to number one position in 2012 and 2013 whilst still serving as Blue Star managing director. This year is his first time on the list as the chief of an ASX-listed company, and Selig told printers at the event it was a difficult road to IVE’s public listing.

“As you all know, IVE this year launched its IPO. It’s the first time I have done it, and it will definitely be the last time,” Selig told a laughing crowd.

Awarded the gong as a sparkling event held on Sydney’s Harbour, Selig praised the Australian print industry for its determination and passion while commending his colleagues in the top 50 for their hard work this year.

“It is always a great honour to be recognised in ProPrint’s Power 50. There’s nothing else like this event in the industry and it is great to see print celebrated and the industry come together to applaud each other on our hard work,” says Selig, who commended many of the leading print families in his acceptance speech.

Coming in at number two position was Franklin Web boss Phil Taylor, the king of catalogues recognised for his work at the helm of one of the country’s biggest and most powerful heatset catalogue producers – and now due to work for Selig.

At number three, and in a first for ProPrint Power 50, is Australasian Catalogue Association and Two Sides boss Kellie Northwood. An advocate of print in all its forms, it is not surprising that Northwood made into the top five, and she is the first woman to place there.

Power 50 veteran Michael Warshall was awarded fourth position this year, the photo printing pioneer a seasoned contestant in the annual survey after placing almost every year. Warshall’s efforts in taking his photo lab to the next level by working with scientists and chemists earned him his place in the top five.

Scott Print managing director John Scott is a newcomer to the ProPrint Power 50. His debut onto the list as number five shows the industry rewards passion and community service. Scott’s Perth printer participates in a programme employing autistic staff and he gives generously to print through his PIAA Board position.

The entire list of the 2016 ProPrint Power 50 can be found here. Congratulations to all the winners.

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