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Printing.com Plc

Printing.com Plc

Sector: Commercial Printing Not Elsewhere Classified Region: United Kingdom


: | London Stock Exchange: PDC


Printing.com Plc offers print products to consumers and small medium sized business. Its products include leaflets, booklets, postcards, promotional cards, invitations, letterheads and business cards. The company has three routes to market: Franchise stores, Bolt-on Franchises and Company own stores. Its services are available in UK, Ireland and France through a chain of high street stores. The company operates two segments: printing services and franchise income. It was founded in1992 and is headquartered in Manchester, the United Kingdom.

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Les Wheatley, FCA, Chairman
Les brings substantial expertise to the Board in the fields of corporate governance, finance, logistics, change management and affinity marketing gained with Newcastle United FC and Liverpool FC. Les was the Director of Finance at Liverpool FC until January 2009, a position he took in 2000, moving from a similar post with Newcastle United FC. Les gained his logistics and change management expertise with Ernst & Young before going on to lead the employee buy-out of GM Buses where he was subsequently appointed MD. A successful exit followed, via a trade sale to Stagecoach Group plc in 1996. Les joined the Group in September 2000.
Dr. Christian Deckart, Non-executive Director
Christian brings considerable financial expertise to the Company having worked as an equity analyst with Commerzbank in Frankfurt,  Merrill Lynch in London and RV Capital GmbH in Switzerland where he was Partner until June 2009. Whilst at Commerzbank AG in 2005 Christian completed his doctoral thesis in law. Since 2009 he has remained in Switzerland working as a Portfolio Manager for Investmentaktiengesellschaft für langfristige Investoren TGV (Langfrist). Christian was appointed to the Board in June 2012.
Pavel Begun, Non-executive Director
Pavel is based in Toronto, Canada and has global financial and operational expertise having worked in equity research for Fiduciary Asset Management and A.G.Edwards & Sons. He graduated with Honours from the University of Chicago with an M.B.A. in Accounting and Finance and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts. Pavel is currently a managing partner of 3G Capital Management LLC, a global value-oriented investment vehicle which he co-founded operating from Toronto and Chicago. Pavel is also a Non-Executive Director of AlarmForce Industries Inc. (TSX: AF), a leading North American residential alarm monitoring company. Pavel was appointed to the Board in November 2012.
Tony Rafferty , Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Tony studied Electronics and Electrical Engineering at Sheffield University from 1987, developing an interest in marketing and promotional activity whilst managing Student Union entertainments. He worked in First Leisure’s Superbowl division briefly in 1990 before operating as a self- employed print broker. In 1992 he founded a printing company which subsequently became printing.com Europe Ltd and which was acquired by the Company shortly before its admission to Ofex in 2000. He has shaped the Group over the past decade and devised its business and sales models. He also designed and developed the Flyerlink® system which defines the Group’s work-flow.
Peter Gunning MA , Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
After obtaining his Masters Degree in Accountancy and Finance from Heriot-Watt University in 1997, Peter established The Design Foundry Scotland Limited and was a client of the business which was to become printing.com. Since joining the Group in 1998, he has been responsible for developing the printing.com studio concept associated marketing and operations infrastructure. Peter was appointed to the Board in June 2001.
Alan Q Roberts FCMA, Finance Director
Alan qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 1981 whilst company accountant of Moon Brothers Engineering. He then moved to the Edward Billington Group as divisional accountant and from there he joined Dalgety as group accountant for the Merseyside production facilities. Moving to CQR in 1987 (acquired by Expamet International in 1988) as management accountant, he was subsequently appointed financial director & company secretary in 1991. The company was sold to Channel Holdings in 1995 and in 1997 he was appointed operations director by which time the company had turnover of c£20m per annum. Alan joined the Group in June 1999.

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