CNA’s Benjamin Trisk on education, technology and retail



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The consortium of investors – including ex-Exclusive Books CEO Benjamin Trisk – that bought the CNA stationery chain from its parent company Edcon in February this year, inked the deal just days before the Covid-19 lockdown commenced.

Trisk, who has taken the reins as CEO of the business, which currently operates 165 stores, gave this wide-ranging interview to The Reading List’s Ben Williams. Learn how Trisk intends to future-proof the business – while also injecting some bookselling flair into its branches – by emphasising education and technology.

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Ben Williams:  My first question is really the same as your friend at the gym who asked, when you told him you were buying CNA, “Are you mad?” I’ll take that the answer is “no”, but what was it like to close the deal

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