Chief executive Burke leaves Banner

By Darryl Danielli, Thursday 29 September 2016

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Catherine Burke has parted company with Banner Managed Communication (BMC) four months after the business was acquired by Adare Group.

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Burke: very excited about seizing the next opportunity

“Having seen the business change, transition and transform in lots of different ways and having gone through three different ownership structures, it felt like a good time to move on,” said Burke.

She left the £60m-turnover print management business on 9 September.

Burke joined the business in 1999 when it was The Print Factory (TPF), rising to client services director. However, in 2010 TPF’s print management arm was bought out of administration by Office2Office and merged with Accessplus. The combined businesses were rebranded Banner Managed Communication the same year, when Burke became managing director.

She was promoted to chief executive in 2015.

Banner was subsequently bought by Adare Group in May 2016.

“When acquisitions occur restructuring happens and I just didn’t feel it was the right opportunity for me to carry on with the business,” said Burke.

At the time it bought BMC, Adare said that it would run the business as a separate entity in the short term, but that eventually BMC’s operations would be split across Adare International and Adare SEC.

Adare Group chief executive Robert Whiteside thanked Burke for her contribution to the business.

However, it seems unlikely that she will be directly replaced.

“The company structure is being determined as part of the integration of BMC and Adare, which will be completed ready for the new financial year, which is 1 November,” said Whiteside.

Burke said: “I wish everyone at Banner the best of luck, and I’m sure I’ll stay in touch with many, but after 17 years it was time to move on really."

She added said that she was currently evaluating her next move and was having “lots of conversations” about opportunities both inside and outside of the industry.

“I’m considering all my options, I’m in a very fortunate position that I’ve gained some really good experience and much of that is very transferrable.

“I’m very excited about seizing the next opportunity, but I’m not going to rush into anything and make the wrong choice, but equally I’m not one for staying at home and baking cakes.”

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