After 13.5 years at Centrum Group, Sandra Duarte has announced she has resigned and will shift her energy towards taking a well-deserved break, her family and fostering her next corporate challenge – CEO Spark Foundation – a youth mentoring initiative she has created.
Duarte is set to depart Centrum Group on Thursday December 2 calling time on a significant chapter of her life which began when she joined the company in the midst of the global financial crisis in 2008 and worked with the founders to implement their vision and dream.
In this time she undertook the necessary groundwork to scale business operations with Centrum Group now one of Australia’s leading print manufacturers specialising in point of sale and packaging products.
“I have enjoyed my time with Centrum and am proud of the work we have achieved together over the years. I am grateful for the opportunities and wonderful people I’ve met and worked with along the way,” Duarte said.
“I am excited for the next chapter of my career, exploring my passion, inspiring others, and sharing my expertise in new and different ways. This is not goodbye – it’s see you soon. But for now, I look forward to a well-deserved break.”
Advocate for manufacturing and youth development
Sandra is a well known and respected advocate for Australian manufacturing and is also extremely passionate about developing the next generation so they are ready to take the lead. She is also known for her innovative, energetic and people-focused leadership.
She is also a dedicated and popular inspirational speaker who is happy to share her corporate and life experience to inspire young people around Australia, while at the same time promoting print manufacturing to the next generation.
She looks forward to continuing to inspire the next generation through her CEO Spark Foundation which is designed to spur young people on to give them hope, find their confidence and courage to put themselves out there and create opportunities.
Duarte says Centrum Group will be appointing a new CEO to lead the company through its next phase of growth.
Duarte was a member of the 2020 ProPrint Power 50 and this year was announced as an incoming board member for the Shop!ANZ Board.
She has also been a great contributor to industry discussions over the years, as seen in previous articles published on Sprinter:
Budget’s apprentice funding, tax incentives welcomed, but printers ask are they enough?
NSW printers welcome COVID lockdown business support
Centrum Printing hosts local high school students
Q&A with Sandra Duarte: Woman on a Mission
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