Maffeo joins FFEI as VP Sales North America
Dan Maffeo has joined FFEI as VP Sales to lead its North American sales drive with responsibility for managing sales activities of FFEI’s product portfolio and to establish new business partners to support sales, establish channels and routes to market and raise the profile of FFEI in the North American market.
FFEI is a UK developer, manufacturer and supplier of digital imaging solutions within the graphic arts industry with a focus in workflow software and inkjet technologies. The company can date its history in printing technologies back to 1947 when Crosfield was first established.
Maffeo recently served as worldwide segment manager, Commercial & Transaction Print at Kodak and director of field operations at Agfa. Maffeo spent 19 years with Fujifilm, holding a variety of positions including VP of sales, VP & general manager of Fujifilm Graphics USA. He also served as executive vice president of Enovation Graphic Systems, Inc., a Fujifilm distribution company subsidiary.
“Internationalisation is our future” says Durst’s new global CEO
Durst has appointed Christoph Gamper as chief executive officer of Durst Phototechnik AG and all of its subsidiaries. He succeeds Dr. Richard Piock who joins the board of directors as president of Durst Phototechnik AG.
In addition to its head office and industrial production site in Brixen, Italy (South Tyrol), Durst Phototechnik AG encompasses Durst Phototechnik Digital Technology GmbH, the research and production facility in Lienz, Austria (East Tyrol), and various sales and service offices in North and South America, Europe, Asia and India.
Gamper, who is a passionate photographer, was born in South Tyrol in 1970. Growing up in South Tyrol, he acquired the basics of business management at the Management Center Innsbruck (MCI), and later refined his strategic, technological and international marketing expertise at the Boston Business School.
“South Tyrol and high-end technology is our origin; internationalisation is our future,” says Gamper. “We have the technological know-how and the innovative drive, and we will continue to expand our presence in the international markets. We will continuously develop our corporate culture, aiming to create technological innovations that optimise the value added for our global customer base and provide it with a competitive edge.”
The change at the top of Durst Phototechnik AG had been planned well in advance. Since July 2011, Gamper, also named the company’s executive vice president, has been responsible for the industrial segments of Durst Phototechnik AG and the organisation and development of the new textile division.
Hybrid Services Ashley Kauer awarded ‘Apprentice of the Year 2013’
Congratulations to Hybrid Services Accounts Assistant Ashley Kauer who has been awarded Apprentice of the Year 2013 by South Cheshire College.
Ashley started his apprenticeship with Mimaki’s exclusive distributor for the UK and Ireland in September 2012 and has successfully achieved Level 2 and 3 AAT Accounting Diplomas, and is currently working towards his Level 4 Diploma, which he is due to complete in July. He works four days a week at Hybrid as well as attending college on day release to conduct his studies.
South Cheshire College awards an 'Apprentice of the Year' prize on an annual basis, which recognises highly motivated and top performing apprentices who have excelled at college and in employment. Ashley also received a prize of £50 for his efforts and plans to join the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) to continue his studies after the summer.
That makes Ashley an official industry Mover & Shaker in our book.
Digital production sales specialist Mike Ryan joins Apex Digital
Following its move into the digital production equipment arena with Konica Minolta, earlier this year, Apex Digital Graphics has appointed digital production sales specialist Mike Ryan as its new digital sales manager.
Ryan brings 32 years of graphic arts and digital equipment sales experience to the role, having worked with both Litho Supplies and, more recently, Danwood, where he worked closely with the products of Konica Minolta.
Bob Usher, managing director of Apex, said: “Mike was the ideal candidate for this new sales position. The job offers him the chance to combine his knowledge of the digital market, his appreciation and understanding of Konica Minolta equipment, and his experience of the printing industry. This combination of skills is hard to find, but it is exactly what we need at this point in time.”
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Marabu’s Jon Bultemeyer is new chairman of ESMA
ESMA, the European non-profit association for manufacturers of screen, digital and flexo technology, has appointed new chairman - Jon Bultemeyer of Marabu - to implement a ‘new vision’ for industrial, screen and digital printing.
Bultemeyer plans to implement a strategy to enhance print standards as well as raise awareness for specialist printing such as industrial applications by offering what the association is calling ‘Know-How’ exchanges in new application areas while integrating PSPs into its targeted events and membership.
ESMA says it recognises the need for providing the industry with clearly formulated definitions and says it is ready to lead by creating them.
“Industrial Printing is a term covering a broad range of applications and interest groups,” says Bultemeyer. “ESMA has set the goal to develop a concrete understanding of what is meant with such a broad term. We believe a unified definition will help formalise a community in which awareness of current processes can be maximised while setting the stage to develop future oriented solutions; an effective forum for communicating needs and offerings.”