Steve Venn to leave Kodak

Kodak managing director Steve Venn will leave the company at the end of April after a 40 year career in the printing industry.

Venn joined Kodak in 2005 when KPG was acquired, he was relocated to Singapore for three years as managing director and channel manager for Southeast Asia.

He returned to Australia in 2008 as managing director for Kodak Graphic Communications Group, and took over as managing director of Kodak Australasia the following year.

A year later he was back in Singapore leading the APR Strategic Account management and channels function. In May 2013 when he again returned to Australia as managing director for Kodak Australasia until the present day.

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Venn has overseen several high profile decisions, the most recent being to move the Kodak plates business away from Heidelberg ANZ to go direct to the market itself.

The move comes as Kodak itself undergoes a restructuring, with the local business now joining the UK and Nordic countries within Kodak’s European cluster, in order says Kodak ANZ marketing manager Tony Harvey, to ‘realise synergies of working with countries in similar situations’.

Local management here will now report to UK head of operations Martin Mayo. Harvey says: “As far as our customer interface is concerned there will be no change. The ANZ business is strong and Steve felt it was the right time to leave.”

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