Gavin Ward to depart Office Brands
10 August 2020
CEO steps down after eight years at the helm.
Dear Valued Members and Suppliers
From Gavin Ward;
After just over 8 years with Office Brands, it saddens me to announce my departure from Office Brands. The industry has presented many challenges, and I have enjoyed the support of my team and members working together to create many solutions over the years.
At the time of my joining the company we faced some significant challenges, and those have been progressively met. We have innovated in the area of direct supply, expansion of our marketing and reporting capability, and expanded our category competency to provide opportunities for members to expand in an otherwise challenged core market. The company I leave has developed significant additional IT functionality to support for our members and grown a significantly strengthened balance sheet. Our share price has grown strongly over the years to reflect that stronger balance sheet.
Personally, I have formed some very valued relationships over the years, and they will be greatly missed. I do hope to keep in contact with as many members, suppliers and staff as possible.
The journey for Maryann and my family will take me north of the border into Covid free country as I look for another opportunity to start our next chapter in Queensland.
I have agreed with the Board to assist with the handover to the incoming CEO in the coming weeks to ensure a seamless transition.
I again thank all those members, suppliers and the Office Brands team who have been so generous in their support of me on my journey over the last 8 years.
From David Spear Chairman Office Brands;
As Gavin's statement above says, we are extremely grateful to him for the significant contribution he has made to the company over last 8 years as CEO. He has been a dedicated, committed and responsible leader of Office Brands and we greatly appreciate his contribution and the value he has brought to our company over that journey. We wish Gavin and Maryann all the very best as they venture north and wish them both nothing but success in their new life together.
Gavin will continue to work with the Board to ensure a seamless transition takes place over the coming weeks. The Board of Office Brands will immediately commence a national search for a new CEO to take us into a new era. I will endeavour to keep all member and shareholders informed of our progress.