Senior leadership team

Grant Harrod is the Chief Executive Officer of Salmat, assuming this role in April 2009. Prior to this, Grant spent 13 years with Corporate Express Australia Limited – a leading office supplies distributor – where he served as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer for six years. Grant’s previous roles at Corporate Express included General Manager of Sales and Marketing and General Manager of Operations. Grant has a Masters of Business Administration from Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

Peter Anson was appointed COO in August 2008 and has over 19 years experience with Salmat. Peter is responsible for the overall growth and profitability of Salmat’s operations and the alignment of strategies across the company’s business units. Peter previously held the position of Program Director for Optimise – an enterprise-wide initiative aimed at reviewing and re‑engineering processes, systems, products and services to provide a platform for continued revenue and profit growth across the organisation.

Chad Barton commenced with Salmat as Chief Financial Officer in August 2009. Chad previously held the position of Chief Financial Officer with Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS), a HP company, in Australia and New Zealand as well as CFO for EDS’s Global Financial Services practice. Prior to this, Chad was Commercial Director with Singtel Optus Limited and CFO for SunSystems Australia and New Zealand. Chad is a Director of The Schizophrenia Research Institute, is a Chartered Accountant and has professional experience at Arthur Andersen.

David Besson was appointed CEO of Salmat’s Customer Contact Solutions division in August 2011. With over 25 years experience with Salmat, David has previously served as CEO of Targeted Media Solutions and CEO of Business Process Outsourcing division.

Geoffrey Court heads Salmat’s People and Culture team, having fulfilled a similar role within SalesForce (now CCS) since 1999. Key responsibilities include supporting managers in areas such as people development, staff engagement, training, industrial issues and culture. Geoffrey previously worked for Ansett Australia, in marketing and people management roles.

Nick Debenham was appointed CEO of Business Process Outsourcing in June 2010. With a long and distinguished sales and executive management career with organisations including HP and QM Technologies, Nick developed Salmat’s leadership position in the BPO space. He will move across to FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation with the business when the transaction completes.

David Hackshall commenced as Chief Information Officer with Salmat in November 2009. David previously worked as Global CIO with Babcock & Brown, and prior to this with Staging Connections Group. David has also held senior roles with Patrick Corporation and Ord Minnett. He joined the senior leadership team to provide the appropriate strategic IT focus for Salmat moving forward.

Ian was appointed Head of Sales in March 2011 after working as the Executive General Manager of Sales for Targeted Media Solutions. Ian started with Salmat in 1992 and has held a number of sales and general management positions across the company within Customer Contact Solutions and Targeted Media Solutions. He has been instrumental in the development of Salmat’s digital strategy and how this integrates across Salmat’s broader capability and the One Salmat strategy.

Nick joined Salmat in late August 2011 as CEO of the recently-formed Salmat Digital business, incorporating web, email, mobile, e-commerce and social media services. Nick comes to Salmat with a wealth of digital media experience, having previously fulfilled strategic leadership roles as Chief Digital Media Officer for Network Ten, Chief Operating Officer at ninemsn and Group Director at SingTel Optus. Nick will play a key role in driving Salmat’s digital business through its next stage of development and growth.

David Webster was appointed CEO of Salmat’s Targeted Media Solutions division in August 2011, following David Besson’s appointment as CEO of Customer Contact Solutions. David had previously worked with Salmat for more than 18 years in key leadership roles within the TMS division across Australia and New Zealand, most recently as Executive General Manager of letterbox Distribution.

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