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Snap names Richard Thame as its new CEO

Print and design franchise business Snap Franchising has appointed former Fastways Couriers MD Richard Thame as its new chief executive officer, following the June 2019 resignation of former CEO Peter Sinodinos.

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   Richard Thame, CEO Snap Franchising

“I am delighted to be joining the Snap family at such an important time for the business and I look forward to building on the excellent work the management team and Franchisees have done to position Snap as Australia’s leading printing and design franchise system,” Thame said. “It is a privilege to lead such an iconic brand that plays such an important role in supporting thousands of Australian businesses every day.”

Mark Lindsay, interim chairman of the Snap board, said: “The business undertook an extensive and robust recruitment process with Richard being identified as the standout candidate with the credentials, skills and experience to lead the Snap business.  Richard’s personal and business values are deeply aligned with those of the Board. We are looking forward to the positive contribution that we know Richard will make to the ongoing success of the Snap brand.”

The appointment comes at a time when Snap is ready to take on its next phase of future growth, says a company press release:

“Richard is a seasoned executive with over 20 years’ experience in senior roles across a range of service industries, working with some of Australia’s most successful franchise brands including McDonalds Australia, Greater Union Cinemas, Brambles and Thrifty Car Rental. He spent over ten years at Fastway Couriers where as Managing Director he led the repositioning of the business to become Australia’s largest parcel delivery franchise and a leading supplier to many of Australia’s most successful online retailers. Following the sale of Fastway in 2016 to global logistics giant Aramex, Richard served as Regional Director with responsibility for Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and South Africa during which time the business was recognised as International Franchisor of the Year. Richard also works closely with the Franchise Council of Australia and chairs their Sydney Chief Executive Syndicate.”

Lindsay added: “The business has benefited greatly from having the skills and experience of our full time chairman, Peter Russell, available to step in as the interim CEO during the recruitment period. We thank Mr Russell for his contribution to the business during this time. I am sure he is looking forward to returning to his previous role as Chairman of Snap.”

Snap is the oldest brand in Australian print franchising, with origins that go back to Perth WA in 1903 as the Watt family’s Imperial Printing Company. Snap Franchising has around 150 Snap Print-Design-Website outlets in Australia, New Zealand, China and Ireland.