Mr Adrian Hillman joined Allied Group as Business Development Manager for Allied Newspapers Limited where his primary responsibilities were the website and the archiving department. He then became Managing Director of Progress Press during which time he oversaw the conceptualization and execution of a new facility where a €30 million state of the art press makes Progress Press one of the first environmentally conscious presses within the EU. In recent years, Progress Press has witnessed a leap from 30 employees in 2004 with a turnover of €2,000,000 to 90 employees with a turnover of €12,000,000 in 2009 while retaining double digit profitability.
Between 1998 and 2003 Mr Hillman occupied the post of media expert on the MIC consultative board. Mr Hillman graduated from the University of Malta BA (Hons.) and M.Phil. in Communication Studies, and MA in European Studies from Sussex University. He lectures in Mass Media Research and Political Communication at the Centre for Communication Technology at the University of Malta.
Following the Annual General Meeting held in 2012, Mr Hillman was elected Group Managing Director for the Allied Group of Companies, of which Progress Press forms part, and was nominated to the post of Chairman of Progress Press.
Michel Rizzo - Managing Director
Mr Michel Rizzo joined the Allied Group of companies in January 2005 as Chief Executive Officer of the Group’s then newly set up subsidiary Mediamaker Limited, an integrated communications company dedicated to the design and overall production of high-quality magazines, primarily for insertion in the Group’s newspaper products. He was subsequently appointed to the position of Managing Director of the company, a role he occupied till December 2012 when, following the AGM held on December 7th, he was appointed to the role of Managing Director of Progress Press Company Limited.
Directly prior to his employment with the Allied Group, Michel spent 13 years at BPC International, one of Malta’s largest and most established marketing communications agencies. There, he occupied the role of Client Services Director and his client portfolio included some of Malta’s top advertising clients such as HSBC Bank Malta plc, Simonds Farsons Cisk plc, Vodafone Malta and the Unilever Group.
Alex Galea - Chief Commercial Officer
Alex Galea joined the Allied Group of Companies in October 1996. He occupied various roles in the organisation, ranging from administrative to managerial, all in the commercial sphere. In January 2015, Alex was subsequently appointed the Group’s Chief Commercial Officer, with the primary task of giving direction in the areas of business development, sales, customer service, and marketing. Alex is an MBA graduate and holds a Masters degree in Knowledge-Based Entrepreneurship from the University of Malta. With over 10 years’ experience in a corporate environment, he has been exposed to working with and supporting a large number of corporations and SMEs.
Mr Noel Galea is Chief Operations Officer for Progress Press. Noel is a Mechanical Engineer and worked for a leading electronics company for close to 20 years, occupying the post of Deputy Director for Quality & Reliability prior to his departure. He was also responsible to cascade Quality-related and Problem-Solving training to Malta Plant Management and employees, University of Malta Engineering undergraduates, as well as to material/equipment suppliers during various International Conventions. Noel has successfully completed EARA-approved Advanced Environmental Management System Lead Auditor training by the British Standards Institution and periodically conducts internal Environmental Auditing in the local Industry.
Mr Claude Licari is Group Financial Controller for Progress Press and has been occupying this post for the past three years. Prior to this he held the post of Accountant for all the companies within Allied Group. Claude has over fifteen years of accounting experience across various industries. He previously served as an Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Malta. Claude is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and of the Malta Institute of Accountants (FIA). He also holds a warrant (CPA) to practice as a public accountant.
Mr Matthew Naudi has been employed with the Allied Group of Companies since 1986. His roles within the Group have ranged from editorial to managerial. For the past five years Matthew has held the post of Group Human Resources Manager and is currently responsible for implementing and directing the HR strategy for the Group of Companies of which Progress Press Co. Ltd. forms part. Matthew obtained a Bachelor's degree in Business Management in 2011.
Donald Tabone - Chief Technology Officer
Donald Tabone holds the post of Chief Technology Officer for the Allied Group of Companies, providing the necessary strategic direction to meet the company’s business requirements. He joined the Group after having worked for KPMG and having held various other managerial and hands-on positions across various industries. Donald doubles up as a certified IT trainer and mentor in Computer Forensics and Information Security and has delivered several presentations to national entities and private organizations on security related topics. He holds an Honours degree in Computing and Information Systems, a Masters degree in IT & Telecomms Law and is currently reading for an MBA with the London School of Commerce.
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