Lane retires from PIAA

Peter Lane OAM is stepping down from his role as secretary and South Australia representative for the Printing Industries Association of Australia (PIAA) board after nearly three decades with the board.

During his 27 years, he has served multiple terms as president (1995-1996, 2005-2008) and has seen the alliance evolve from the Printing and Allied Trades Employers Association (PATEFA) to the PIAA. Lane was given the Graphic Arts Person of the Year Award in 1997, the highest recognition by the Australian print industry for an individual’s personal contribution. In 2004, he was awarded an Order of Australia medal for his service to the print industry, particularly for the integration of information technology into conventional print. Lane has also been the board director of Pacprint on five occasions and twice for Printex.

Currently, he remains as an advisory member for the SA office of the Industry Advocate and president of the Forum of Asia Pacific Graphic Arts. He also is the managing director and chairman of Lane Print Group, a print, signage and mail company in SA.

Lane will be replaced by Sarah Leo of Adelaide based company Openbook Howden Print and Design.

[Related: Kuhn replaces May as PIAA president]

Walter Kuhn, president of PIAA says, “Our industry is stronger due to decisions made by Peter Lane. On behalf of the print sector I thank Peter for all that he has done.”

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

“2017 has been a transformational year for the association as we have implemented major IT infrastructure projects, absorbed the Packaging Council of Australia and delivered valuable member services in the areas of workplace relations, government lobbying, events and Sustainable Green Print. We are looking to the future as a commercially sustainable association that delivers quantifiable value to members. It is critical our board has the skills and the representation across the industry to deliver our refreshed strategy.”

“Sarah’s appointment reflects considered and strategic succession planning that the association is progressing across all states. We are dependent on younger members of the industry from varied sectors to raise their hands and consider board representation to ensure we can keep refreshing the association.”

Leo says, “As an industry, we have shouldered significant changes and the resulting transformation is exciting and encouraging.  Print in all of its forms, continues to demonstrate significant ROI for clients and I look forward to assisting the board to communicate our industry’s brand proposition.”

Andrew Macauley, CEO of PIAA says, “Peter has provided me with invaluable insights into our Association, and this has guided me as we move the association forward. I thank Peter sincerely for his contribution”.


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