ProPrint revealed its fourth annual Power 50 list last night, with Geoff Selig named as the first-ever back-to-back winner.
The nod came after a year in which Selig first bedded in the most exciting acquisition of 2012, his takeover of former company Blue Star, then backed that up with the best deal of recent memory, pouncing on fallen rival Geon.
ProPrint's decision to name Selig as number one again was further backed up this week, when AISC documents revealed that Blue Star acquired Geon for just $4 million. In its heyday, Geon had turned over hundreds of millions of dollars.
Snap chief executive Stephen Edwards was named a worthy number two, after a year in which the country's largest franchise continued its evolution as a true marketing services provider, embracing web services and appealing to the younger generation.
Third place was David Fuller, the boss of fiercely independent NSW sheetfed printer Focus Press. The company forgot there was a downturn on and instead opened one of the country's biggest new builds, backed by a major grant from the government.
Rounding out the top five were Finsbury Green chief executive Peter Orel in fourth place and CMYKhub founder Clive Denholm in fifth.
Orel's company is now thought to be the second largest sheetfed printer in the country following the demise of Geon, and continues to diversify its offering through its print management arm.
Meanwhile, Denholm has shown that a ruthless focus on efficiency and shrewd focus on new products and services, such as web portals, can drive success even in a tight market. The trade printer's next big move looks to be international, with a number of projects on the boil.
The highest new entrant was Craig Dunsford, who was appointed chief executive of IPMG Print in 2013. His appearance in the ProPrint Power 50 is evidence that that Hannan-owned company has one of the smartest succession plans in the industry.
The full list of 50 can be accessed via our Power 50 microsite. Click here to check it out now!
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