Executive Team



David Hogan, General Manager

David Hogan was appointed General Manager of Gordon and Gotch Australia and New Zealand in March 2013.
David started his career in finance in the banking sector before moving into magazine publishing at Southdown Press in 1991, just as PMP Ltd was formed.
Over his last 22 years at PMP Ltd, David has held senior roles in Operations, Circulation, Client Services, Retail and IT in both Publishing and Distribution. As a result he is highly cognisant of all stages of the magazine supply chain.
He became General Manager of GGNZ in 2011 and authored and implemented a successful transformational plan.
His wealth of knowledge, market experience and vision for the Australian magazine industry is one of the finest in Australia. His enduring passion for excellence continues to drive developments at GGA today so we remain best in class and offer domestic and international publishers and distributors truly multi platform distribution solutions.



Katie Ashford, Head of Marketing, Digital and Online

Katie Ashford BA (Hons), MA, joined Gordon and Gotch in September 2009 and currently heads up all GGA’s marketing, digital and online activities.
Prior to Gordon and Gotch, Katie has worked in a variety of Marketing Director roles on above-the-line, below-the-line and online campaigns in the UK, US, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia. She has a deep understanding of continuity magazine publishing, direct marketing, NPD, licensing and ecommerce. She has a unique perspective at the leading edge of Australasia’s digital magazine market.
Postgraduate qualifications include a Masters in International Marketing from Kingston Business School and a Diploma in e-marketing from the Direct Marketing Association (UK).



Avril Holden, Commercial Manager

Avril Holden is Commercial Manager for the Gordon and Gotch Australia group. She is responsible for the financial operations across Gordon and Gotch.
Avril joined GGA in January 2011 as Financial Controller for the Scribo Group before moving to the role of Financial Controller for Gordon and Gotch Australia in August 2011. She was appointed as Commercial Manager in June 2013.
Prior to joining GGA, she held various positions with the fashion group M. Webster Holdings Pty Ltd. Avril holds a bachelor's degree in Economics (Accounting) and is a Member of the Certified Practicing Accountants of Australia.



Alex Smith, Head of Client and Retail Services

Alex Smith joined in March 2011 to head up the Domestic and Partworks publishers.
Alex brings 13 years of experience in the magazine & newspaper industry (UK and Australia), his last role being the Group Circulation Manager for ACP Magazines (Men’s Interest & Specialist).
Prior to ACP Magazines Alex worked as TX Circulation Manager for Marketforce in the UK. Responsibility included managing the circulation of the largest volume consumer title What’s on TV.
Alex has a proven track record of formulating and implementing publishing strategy to deliver business objectives and has been heavily involved in many successful launches.
Alex has qualifications in Business Administration.


Poppy Stamateas, Head of IT and Business Systems

Since joining Gordon and Gotch in 1997, Poppy has worked across a number of departments, including but not limited to Allocations, Client Services and Project Management, giving her extensive knowledge and experience in many areas of the business.            
Currently Poppy and her team are responsible for both IT systems and the provision of a process improvement advisory and implementation service to deliver improved efficiency, simplicity and transparency across GGA business processes.
Poppy has a university degree in Mathematics, with a double major in Statistics and Operations Research.



Chris Thomas, National Distribution Services Manager

Chris Thomas is currently the National Distribution Services Manager for Gordon and Gotch and has been in the role since 1998.
He began his career at Gordon and Gotch in 1975 and has worked across various Departments gaining experience in IT, Warehouse Operations, Returns Processing, Logistics and Distribution. He has also managed OHS and Industrial Relations across the Gordon and Gotch warehouse sites.  
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