Snap searching for new CEO as Thame goes

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The country’s biggest print franchise group Snap is looking for a new CEO, as current incumbent Richard Thame is set to head back to the logistics industry.

Partnership: Richard Thame, CEO, Snap Print & DesignLeaving: Richard Thame, CEO, Snap Print & Design

Thame took the role of leading the 130+ group of franchisees two years ago, just as Covid hit. He will be staying until February. Snap is aiming to appoint the new CEO early in the new year.

Snap is 120 years old, and with most of its print and design stories in Australia, it also has outlets in New Zealand China and Ireland.

Earlier this year it became the first print franchise in the world to sign a deal with online design juggernaut Canva, when Thame inked an agreement which saw Canva work directed to Snap stores, and Snap customers directed to Canva for their design work.

Anne Cashman, chair of Snap Franchising, said, “Richard Thame has done an extraordinary job for Snap over the past two years, leading our outstanding management team and franchisees through the Covid-19 crisis, whilst overseeing a revolution of how we do business with the launch of Snap-Online.

“At Snap we have always been a market leader as a franchise operation, and with the opening of new markets through the evolution of our online offering, we have never been in a stronger position in our 120 years as a business than we are today, to take advantage of the positive economic conditions that are expected in 2022,” she said.

Thame has described his time at Snap as some of the most enjoyable of his career, and said that with Snap in such a strong position as a business, the time is right for him to embark on the next challenge of his career.

“It has been a privilege to lead the Snap brand through such a challenging time, working with an amazing group of franchise partners. I have also had the benefit of a very supportive board, as we worked together to navigate the Covid-19 crisis, with one goal, to ensure we left no one behind.”

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