Geon cuts NZ head Andrew Durrans after 18 years

Andrew Durrans, executive general manager of New Zealand, has worked with the group since it acquired Brebner Print, of which he was a shareholder.

He told ProPrint that Brebner Print was the largest individual business acquired by Geon in New Zealand, and second in size only to Promentum among all the group’s acquisitions.

Durrans’ last day will be 1 January, after more than 18 years with Brebner then Geon. “I see it as a huge opportunity from a personal perspective. One door closes, another one opens.

“I don’t see it as an individual being made redundant. As manager of New Zealand, I have made roles redundant. It is not you as an individual, it is the role,” he said.

Durrans’ direct reports will now report thought to Australia to either Geon chief executive Graham Morgan, chief financial officer Ashley Fenton or Steve Hill, executive general manager of human resources.

Durrans becomes the second senior departure at Geon announced this month, following the resignation of Australia-based head of operations Roger Kirwan.

One of Durrans’ former staff contacted ProPrint, saying: “He has always been positive and empowered people to reach their potential.

“When it came to saving money for the company, he led by taking a salary reduction and working one unpaid day off a month. He walked the talk.”

Geon chief executive Graham Morgan refused to comment when contacted by ProPrint.

[Related: Ups and downs of Geon]

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