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Changes of leadership at Snap Franchising

The Board of Snap Franchising is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Richard Thame as Chief Executive Officer, effective 16 December 2019.

The appointment comes at a time when Snap is ready to take on its next phase of future growth.

Richard is a seasoned executive with over 20 years’ experience in senior roles across a range of service industries, working with some of Australia’s most successful franchise brands including McDonalds Australia, Greater Union Cinemas, Brambles and Thrifty Car Rental.

He spent over ten years at Fastway Couriers where as Managing Director he led the repositioning of the business to become Australia’s largest parcel delivery franchise and a leading supplier to many of Australia’s most successful online retailers.

Following the sale of Fastway in 2016 to global logistics giant Aramex, Richard served as Regional Director with responsibility for Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and South Africa during which time the business was recognised as International Franchisor of the Year.

Richard also works closely with the Franchise Council of Australia and chairs their Sydney Chief Executive Syndicate.

Passionate about franchising, Richard enjoys building great teams and working with owner-operators to help them realise their goals, both personally and professionally.


Commenting on his new role, Richard said “I am delighted to be joining the Snap family at such an important time for the business and I look forward to building on the excellent work the management team and Franchisees have done to position Snap as Australia’s leading printing and design franchise system. It is a privilege to lead such an iconic brand that plays such an important role in supporting thousands of Australian businesses every day.”


Speaking on Richard’s appointment, Mr Mark Lindsay, Interim Chairman of the Snap Board, said: “The business undertook an extensive and robust recruitment process with Richard being identified as the standout candidate with the credentials, skills and experience to lead the Snap business.  Richard’s personal and business values are deeply aligned with those of the Board. We are looking forward to the positive contribution that we know Richard will make to the ongoing success of the Snap brand.”


Mr Lindsay also acknowledged, “The business has benefited greatly from having the skills and experience of our full time Chairman, Mr Peter Russell, available to step in as the Interim CEO during the recruitment period. We thank Mr Russell for his contribution to the business during this time. I am sure he is looking forward to returning to his previous role as Chairman of Snap.”