Precision Colour Printing managing director Alex Evans will step down next year, with a successor already appointed to take over as part of a phased transition.
Evans has worked at PCP, and before that sister company Midland News Association, for 38 years. Both companies are part of the Claverley Group.
He was appointed managing director at the Telford based web, sheetfed and digital printer in 2005, after spending a decade as sales director at the business. During his tenure the firm’s offering has been transformed.
Evans, who is 61, said the timing felt right.
“I have enjoyed my time with PCP immensely, overseeing the company’s transition from being a newspaper pre-print company to a fully-fledged commercial print operation.”
He thanked industry colleagues for their support during his tenure, which has seen PCP grow to a £40m turnover business with around 240 staff.
“I’ve been very fortunate to work for a very good organisation. I’ve met many good people in the industry and have thoroughly enjoyed growing the business,” Evans said .
“There’s no doubt the industry has been very challenging, especially when you think about the number of casualties in the web offset sector. PCP has come through all of that and built a reputation as one of the highest quality printers.
“It’s a great company to work for with really good people and customers. Working in the industry has allowed me to meet suppliers and customers who I now deem to be personal friends. I have benefited greatly from their support during my years in office.”
Claverley Group chief executive Phil Inman thanked Evans for his “considerable contribution to the group” and for establishing PCP’s reputation in the market.
“Alex has been part of PCP’s success for a remarkable length of time, leading the business during a time of considerable change within the print market,” Inman said.
Evans will step down at the end of February 2020, following a handover period with successor Mark Brownrigg, who will join the business in November. Evans will remain on the PCP board as a non-executive director, and also plans to explore other non-exec opportunities.
“Mark is a great guy and I think he will fit in with the ethos. He’ll bring a different perspective to the business, but he understands the culture at PCP,” he added. “I want to continue to support Mark and the team.”
Brownrigg has spent more than 20 years working in pre-media and packaging, most recently as managing director of Skanem UK. He left the business in April.
“I’m very excited to be joining the PCP team and working with them to help shape the future of the business. It’s a fantastic company with a really great reputation for excellence and for me it’s a hugely exciting opportunity,” he said.
As well as PCP, the £100m-plus turnover Claverley Group owns MNA Media, Guiton Group, Press Computer Systems, Kennedy Publishing, and Cubiquity, which it acquired last year.