Brother New Zealand has appointed former Konica Minolta chief executive Warwick Beban as managing director.

He succeeds Graham Walshe, who will step down after more than 41 years of service with the business.

Beban will take on the role of chief executive before assuming the managing director position later this month. Although Walshe will step down with a view to retirement, he will continue to have an active role as a member of the executive and to oversee governance as chair of Brother New Zealand’s board.

Graham Walshe says he is delighted to find a successor in Beban, particularly after more than 40 years at the helm of a company with employees he holds in high regard. It was under Graham’s leadership that Brother’s head office successfully relocated from Wellington to Tauranga seven years ago. He says, “I first met Warwick years ago in his previous role with Konica Minolta. It was clear then that he possessed serious business acumen. It’s wonderful that he’s now stepping into my shoes as our new managing director. We trust Warwick, we know him, we respect him greatly and the team around him are the best in the business. I have no doubt that he will go on to lead future success for Brother and I wish him all the very best.”

Wealth and expertise

Beban joined Brother as national sales manager in 2020, a week before New Zealand’s first Covid-19 lockdown. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise within in the print industry. He had worked at Konica Minolta for for 13 years, and spent five years heading up the Business and Corporate division at Telecom Mobile (now Spark).Beban joined Brother He says, “My introduction to the company was mostly via Zoom for the first six months. But it has been a continual progression, getting to know the people and customers while learning the company. I also completed the Brother Executive Development programme. This is normally done in person at Head Office in Japan, but it got flipped into a nine-month virtual course.

“It’s a really unusual situation to have such a strong investment in succession and this really has been a very well planned process. Graham and the team have built a business with incredible foundations and wonderful people. We have great market share and strong customer focus and loyalty but there is still enormous opportunity for us to grow, and I look forward to leading that.”

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  1. Great appointment. Working with Warwick at Konica Minolta was a privilege. His business nous and approachable manner will ensure Brother continues to be successful

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