Ovato is the largest printer and distributor of catalogues, magazines and marketing materials in Australasia.

We are building on this foundation with data, technology and new solutions to meet and lead the needs of marketing at retail scale. Our group capabilities include print and distribution, data-driven marketing and customer analytics, customer modelling, geospatial analysis, photography, retouching, computer generated imagery, pre-media and production, digital asset management, automated workflow solutions, creative direction and design, marketing services, and book printing.


We work with some of Australia and New Zealand’s most recognised retail, publishing and corporate brands to effectively produce and deliver marketing and turn audiences into customers.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Matthew bickford-Smith

Chairman

Matthew bickford-Smith

Chairman

Matthew Bickford-Smith is Chairman of the Board of Directors, and member of the Appointments and Compensation Committee and Audit and Risk Committee. He is also a Director of Eastern Agricultural Australia and has been a Non-Executive Director of Ovato since 2009.

Before working at Ovato, Matthew was CEO of Ridley Corporation Limited and MD of Australian operations at Man Group. He also spent five years working with Phibro, the commodity trading arm of Salomon Brothers. 

Michael Hannan

Non-Executive Director

Michael Hannan

Non-Executive Director

Michael Hannan was previously Executive Chairman of IPMG and was instrumental in taking the company into printing during the 1970’s. Under his chairmanship, IPMG became the largest group of privately-owned marketing services businesses in the southern hemisphere.

As Non-Executive Director for Ovato, Michael manages several family interests such as industrial, commercial and rural and property portfolios as well as other key investments.

Dhun karai

Non-Executive Director BCom, MBA

Dhun karai

Non-Executive Director BCom, MBA

Dhun Karai’s experience spans over 20 years in financial services and audit and risk management across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Before working at Ovato, Dhun held the position of Chief Manager of Personal Markets at Commonwealth Bank and Head of Group Financial Services at Woolworths Limited.

She is an active supporter of corporate diversity and woman in leadership programs and is closely involved with Sydney Fintech hub Stone & Chalk.

Wai Tang

Non-Executive Director, BAppSc, MBA, FAICD

Wai Tang

Non-Executive Director, BAppSc, MBA, FAICD

Wai Tang has extensive retail industry experience and knowledge gained during a range of senior executive and board roles, including Operations Director at Just Group and Chief Executive Officer at Peter Alexander.

She is also co-founder of retail confectionery concept Happy Lab and a non-executive director of Vicinity Centres Limited, JB Hi Fi Limited, and Kikki.K Pty Limited.

Terry Sinclair

Non-Executive Director, MBA, GradDipMgmt, MAICD

Terry Sinclair

Non-Executive Director, MBA, GradDipMgmt, MAICD

Terry Sinclair has significant experience across Industrial, Resources and Consumer Services, including 20 years in senior management roles in BHP and 10 years with Australia Post. Terry is a Non-Executive Director of Cleanaway Limited and NetGet Holdings Limited.

Previously he was the Managing Director of Service Stream Limited, Chairman of AUX Investments, Director of Sai Cheng Logistics, and Director of Asia Pacific Alliance. 

Andrew mcmaster

Non-Executive Director, B Com (Hons), CA

Andrew mcmaster

Non-Executive Director, B Com (Hons), CA

Andrew McMaster joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director via the nomination of the Hannan family shareholders and brings extensive professional financial and accounting experience to the table, including 27 years of experience as a partner of KPMG.


Throughout his career, Andrew has worked with a range of clients in the public and private sectors and has also been able to indulge his passion for sports – as Director of Sydney Swans Limited for over 20 years, he led the team through one of their most successful periods. He also supported The Bradman Foundation and the Bradman Museum Trust throughout its formative years from 1996 to 2006 as Director.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Kevin Slaven

CEO

Kevin Slaven

CEO

Kevin has played an influential role in print and marketing scene for over 15 years. He has a passion for bringing people together to use the latest technologies to gain a competitive edge.

Kevin has worked in chartered accounting and the commercial sector, including as Commercial Manager of CSR Timber and CFO of leading IT wholesale distributor Tech Pacific.

Outside of Ovato, Kevin is a Director of CompliSpace Pty Limited and the Deputy Chair of the Australasian Catalogue Association.

James hannan

CEO, Marketing Services and Chief Operating Officer

James hannan

CEO, Marketing Services and Chief Operating Officer

James has brought an eye for detail to our business since 2014 in his role as Chief Operating Officer at IPMG. He currently leads the Marketing Services business and is responsible for the administrative functions that support all members of Ovato.

James has held operational and management roles in print and marketing services businesses internationally, notably leading the New York operations for Fivia and the property portfolio across the group. There, he worked with some of the largest publishers in America including Gannett, Time Inc. and Viacom.

Geoff Stephenson

Chief Financial Officer

Geoff Stephenson

Chief Financial Officer

As CFO for Ovato, Geoff brings his 30 years of experience to lead all things finance, from accounting and management reporting to treasury, taxation and investor relations.

Geoff has spent his career working with a range of blue-chip companies, including Iplex Pipelines, Fairfax Media and Goodman Fielder. He’s also held a range of senior commercial and financial roles in Australia and abroad.

Adrian o'Connor

CEO, Print and Distribution Australia

Adrian o'Connor

CEO, Print and Distribution Australia

Adrian’s strong leadership has guided our Print and Distribution team in Australia since March 2017 and his passion for customer-focused innovation has inspired our print division ever since.

His career has been wide-ranging, with Adrian holding roles in the finance, audit, magazines, publishing distribution and logistics industries.He brings his 12 years of experience managing and overseeing operations across Australia’s largest printing businesses to our team.

Simon Ellis

CEO New Zealand

Simon Ellis

CEO New Zealand

Simon is the driving force behind Ovato’s New Zealand operations, responsible for managing and guiding its development and commercial performance with his printing expertise.

Simon is a familiar face in the printing industry, most notably as CEO of Beacon Media Group and President of the Printing Industries Association of Auckland. He also served on national body PrintNZ, of which he is a Life Member.

Alistair Clarkson

Company Secretary & General Counsel

Alistair Clarkson

Company Secretary & General Counsel

Alistair’s legal expertise is an essential piece of our Ovato puzzle. With responsibility for all legal and company secretarial activities, including internal audit, this legal eagle has an eye for what matters.

Alistair began as Corporate Counsel for PMP in 2001, before becoming Company Secretary and General Counsel in 2009.

Prior to joining our team, he worked as a solicitor specialising in commercial law in New Zealand. 

Ben shipley

Chief Innovation Officer

Ben shipley

Chief Innovation Officer

With a focus on data-driven decisions and the application of cutting-edge technologies, Ben’s work has inspired the future of our company.

His previous experience includes strategic, creative and advisory roles within Hill+Knowlton Strategies, KEA China, and ConfuciusSays in Shanghai.

He brings over a decade of experience working internationally across creative marketing, digital strategies, business, technology and communications to our team, along with his passion for storytelling and innovation. 

Brendan Straw

Chief Sales Officer

Brendan Straw

Chief Sales Officer

Brendan has lived and breathed targeted marketing for over 20 years and has been part of the Ovato family since 2010. Under Brendan’s leadership, his teams continually deliver innovative and targeted marketing campaigns for our customers.

As Chief Sales Officer, he champions a customer-first approach, improving all aspects of customer sales and service.

Julia farrant

Chief People Officer

Julia farrant

Chief People Officer

Julia’s focus on people-based infrastructure has supported and guided Ovato’s growth into a customer-focused, productive and engaging company.

Her expansive 25-year career in HR includes tenure across Australia and internationally in the FMCG, financial and service sectors, working with the likes of Unilever, Masterfoods and Ford.

Julia’s breadth of experience includes designing and implementing People and Culture strategy, developing a performance and accountability culture and establishing a solid and understanding leadership framework.

Christine Di Stasio

Executive General Manager, OHSE & Risk

Christine Di Stasio

Executive General Manager, OHSE & Risk

Christine is a leader in health, safety, environment and risk, bringing 25 years of experience from across the transport and logistics, manufacturing, motor vehicle, FMCG and pharmaceutical industries to our team.

Christine has been with Ovato since 2017 and aims to drive change for OHS&E as a value in the workplace. She believes strongly in culture change through rigorous engagement, and uses her technical expertise to guide her vision.

Justin Davies

Chief Information Officer

Justin Davies

Chief Information Officer

Justin has been an integral part of our Ovato team since 2015, providing much needed support to our I.T. business systems and infrastructure.

He has over 25 years of professional experience in the media and IT industries, with a broad range of skills including consulting, sales, product and IT management.

Justin’s specialisation in workflow and progressive process transformation drives our company forward, guided by his years of experience.

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Geoff Stephenson

Chief Financial Officer