Snap appoints Thame as new franchise CEO
The country's biggest franchise print operation Snap is appointing a new CEO, with Richard Thame set to get behind the desk on 16 December.
Thame is a newcomer to print, but is a seasoned franchise executive: he joins from global logistics giant Aramex, where he was regional director for Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and South Africa.
Snap itself operates in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and China, and has 150 stores. It dropped the word print from its brand several years ago in a strategic move to broaden its market perception and service offering.
Thame said, “I am delighted to be joining the Snap family at such an important time for the business, and I look forward to building on the excellent work the management team and franchisees have done to position Snap as Australia's leading printing and design franchise system. It is a privilege to lead such an iconic brand that plays such an important role in supporting thousands of Australian businesses every day.”
Prior to his role with Aramex, Thame had a decade as managing director of Fastway Couriers, which he took to become the largest parcel delivery service in Australia.
Before Fastway he spent the past two decades in senior roles with major franchise operations McDonalds, Great Union Cinemas, Brambles, and Thrifty Car Rental.
Thame is also the chair of the Franchise Council of Australia's Sydney chief executive syndicate.
He succeeds Peter Sinodinos, who left the role in July after a two and a half year stint in the top job. Sinodinos himself took over when long time CEO Stephen Edwards moved on. Snap board chairman Peter Russell has been acting CEO, and will now revert to his chairman's role.