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Croisdale to depart as MD of Encore

Encore Group, one of the UK’s largest independent manufacturer of printed envelopes, has announced that Russell Croisdale is to step down as its managing director before the end of the month.

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Russell Croisdale has been working in the industry for more than 40 years

Croisdale has been in the role since 2007, but will now retire after more than 40 years working in the industry.

Group finance director Mike Williamson will also leave the company this month.

“Over the years, we have had the privilege to work with the very best people in our industry, who have all helped to create the successful and financially strong company we are today, with a renowned reputation both in the UK and globally,” Croisdale says.

“With the business in such a strong position, it felt like the right time to step down, and I’m confident we are leaving Encore in the safest of hands.”

Croisdale will be succeeded by group production director David Cooper, as well as existing board members sales director Craig Allen, operations director Mark Eyeington and financial director Gary Joyce.

With the business in such a strong position, it felt like the right time to step down, and I’m confident we are leaving Encore in the safest of hands

“Between them, the four directors have been part of the Encore Group for more than 75 years, so it gives the management team a greater degree of continuity,” Croisdale says.

“Having said that, I am going to miss it – the team the most. I’ve worked in envelopes for 29 years and paper beforehand, and I was a part of the industry for a total of 40 years, so I’ve met a lot of people along the way; a lot are friends first and foremost, and colleagues after.

“For myself, I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family – my first grandchild is due in May – but I’m not leaving the industry totally.

“I’m still going to be around for advice as and when the team need it, but I’m looking forward to seeing them make their own way.”
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