Warwick Beban has been appointed managing director. A highly experienced senior leader and CEO, Warwick succeeds Graham Walshe, who is stepping back after more than 41 years of service with the business.
Beban will take on the role of chief executive before assuming the managing director position later this month, and although Walshe will be stepping down with a view to retirement, he will continue to have an active role as a member of the executive and to oversee governance as chair of Brother New Zealand's board.
Beban joined Brother as national sales manager in 2020, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise within the print industry. He was previously general manager then CEO of Konica Minolta (which later became CSG) for 13 years. Prior to that, he spent five years heading up the Business and Corporate division at Telecom Mobile (now Spark).
Graham Walshe says he is delighted to find a successor in Beban, particularly after more than 40 years at the helm of a company with employees he holds in high regard.
"I first met Warwick years ago in his previous role with Konica Minolta and it was clear then that he possessed serious business acumen," Walshe says.
"It's wonderful that he's now stepping into my shoes as our new managing director. We trust Warwick, we know him, we respect him greatly and the team around him are the best in the business. I have no doubt that he will go on to lead future success for Brother and I wish him all the very best," Walshe adds.
"It's a really unusual situation to have such a strong investment in succession and this really has been a very well planned process. Graham and the team have built a business with incredible foundations and wonderful people. We have great market share and strong customer focus and loyalty but there is still enormous opportunity for us to grow, and I look forward to leading that."