PIAA’s new-look Board ready to meet industry challenges

After announcing the names of its four new Board members, PIAA acting president Kieran May says the association is now well prepared to meet future challenges to the print industry. The PIAA recently welcomed new Board members Walter Kuhn, director of Kuhn Corp Group representing Queensland, Matt Aitken, CEO of Blue Star Group from New South Wales, Kellie Northwood from Two Sides Australia representing Victoria and John Scott, general manager of Scott Print in Western Australia. Speaking to Australian Printer, May says the four new appointments are an integral part of the PIAA’s objective to build a ‘stronger and more proactive association’.

May: new Board ready to face print industry challenges

May: new Board ready to face print industry challenges

He comments, “I have to say that the Board and the association is looking to respond to the industry we have today and are trying to understand where the industry will be tomorrow. May says the widened skill-set the new appointees have brought to the association will help achieve this. Northwood has a background in marketing and communication, while Kuhn brings knowledge from the packaging industry to the table. May says Aitken’s background in a senior executive role at Blue Star adds solid corporate business knowledge to the Board, and Scott’s experience as a practising lawyer will give a legal perspective. He believes the new-look Board also offers regional representation and covers big and small business. He says, “We have got a good cross section representation I think, if you could say anything is missing it would probably be that we do not have anyone representing signage or wide format. But the industry is so diverse that you cannot please everyone all the time.” May says he is overall ‘pretty excited’ about the calibre of the new Board members, adding, “The PIAA was born out of a need for change and today is no different, the association is continuing to grow and evolve. “One of the criticisms from members has been that the Board does not care about the history of the association, and I just want to make it clear that the Board is conscious of where it came from. But we have to make sure we know where the industry is heading.”

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