The Stationers’ Company has elected Tony Mash as its new Master, and released the nominations shortlist for the 2023 Innovation Excellence Awards.

Mr Mashis a former CEO of the British Coatings Federation, which serves the paint, wallpaper and printing ink industries in the UK. Born in Guildford, Surrey, he was educated at the Stationers’ Company’s School in London, read chemistry at University College London and gained an MBA after studying at Manchester Business School and the Institute Supérieure des Affaires in Paris. He spent 27 years with ICI and AstraZeneca in a range of international business development, procurement and change roles in the plastics, refrigeration gas, agrochemical and coatings sectors and later worked for British, American, Japanese and Australian companies and spent a total of 16 years working in the USA, where he took American citizenship.

He joined the Court of the Company in 2014 and has since chaired the Industry and the Marketing Advisory Committees. He is now the Treasurer of the Friends of the Stationers’ Foundation in the USA.

Meanwhile, a total of 18 companies have been shortlisted for the Stationers’ Company Innovation Excellence Awards 2023. Now in their ninth year, the awards were established to recognise innovation within the communications and content industries. They are sponsored by print industry body Picon and Mathys and Squire.

The awards have been judged by a panel of nine, who reviewed applications from novel products, services and business processes with a positive financial and ESG impact on customers and on the environment. Winners will be selected for Business Process, Communications Including Marketing, Customer Experience, Product Design, Service Development and Start-up.

The awards event will be held at a luncheon at Stationers’ Hall on 25 September 2023; nominees inlcude Rose Calendars, Xerox, Renz (UK) and Parkside Flexibles.