Gathering on 4 December 2019 the Shareholders’ Meeting of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, presided over by the Chairman, Lord Mayor Thomas Geisel, appointed Wolfram N. Diener (55) as the new President & Chief Executive Officer and Erhard Wienkamp (61) as the new Managing Director Operative Trade Fair Business. The Shareholders’ Meeting has thereby followed the recommendation of the Supervisory Board of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH. In his new position, Wolfram Diener succeeds Werner M. Dornscheidt (65), who will retire at the end of June 2020 after almost 17 years at the helm of the Düsseldorf trade fair company. Diener will take up his post on 1 July 2020. Erhard Wienkamp will succeed Hans Werner Reinhard (49), who left the company on 30 September 2019, as Operative Managing Director on 1 January 2020.

Electronics For Imaging, Inc. has embarked on a strategic initiative to enhance its commitment to customer satisfaction by strengthening global service offerings. Long-time print industry service executive Geoff Loftus has joined EFI to help drive this initiative for the company’s global inkjet operations. Loftus, who is EFI’s new vice president of global inkjet service, will spearhead customer advocacy and service with a large portion of the company’s client base – thousands of customers worldwide who rely on EFI™ for high-quality display graphics/signage, packaging, textiles and building material print production.

Gido van Praag, family man, enthusiastic blue-water sailor, Master Scuba diver & Divemaster, and marathon runner, is an industry veteran who spent over 30 years in the printing industry at Océ/Canon and HP in a variety of different roles.

OKI Europe Ltd has announced that Tsukasa Takasawa has been appointed as its new Managing Director. Bringing 30 years’ experience in the corporate and investment banking sectors to the role, Takasawa replaces Dennie K. Kawahara who is moving back to OKI Data Corporation, to assume responsibility for the organisation’s global transformation.

FASTSIGNS International, Inc., the franchisor of more than 700 FASTSIGNS® locations in nine countries worldwide, has welcomed Jennifer Herskind as the company’s new Chief Marketing Officer.

Artie Patel held leadership positions throughout his career and he has previously launched an education software business from scratch. When he knew it was time to begin his next business venture, Artie found the Minuteman Press design, marketing, and printing franchise in Fremont, CA to be the right fit for his business experience and his family.

CMYUK has further expanded its sales team with the appointment of Charlotte Crampton as Senior Technical Sales Consultant.

Josero has recruited two new Business Development Managers, Sarah Winterbottom and Roger Sherratt, who bring with them decades of experience in the print industry.

Nicole Spencer, Operations Director at Hull-based printing specialists RMC Digital Print, has been appointed the new UK president at the FESPA UK Association.

ColorGATE, a leading vendor of powerful software and hardware products for color critical digital printing applications, sets the course for further growth and improves its organization once more: Oliver Luedtke, well-known marketing and communications expert in the inkjet industry, has been put in charge of managing and developing ColorGATE’s marketing organization. As Chief Marketing Officer, he is a member of the executive board. His scope of responsibility includes marketing communication, product management and technical documentation.

With a Bachelor of Science in Sport Marketing and Management, Roeland den Hertog, now 26 years young, gained a lot of sales experience over the last 6 years. He developed his skills at BMW where he started first as a Consultant and worked his way up as an Account Manager in fleet sales. His main focus was building relationships with large international corporates.

Kernow North America, the global leader in high performance print media, is pleased to announce the appointment of John Parsons as National Sales Manager. John brings to Kernow a wealth of knowledge and extensive sales development expertise in the specialty print media market having spent 13 years in the digital print segment and over 30 years in the printing industry.

Nazdar Ink Technologies has announced the appointment of Martin Burns to the position of Business Development Manager for OEM inks, with responsibility for the development of new OEM business and the management of existing business in key segments.

NAPCO Media LLC has announced that Steve Duccilli has joined its Printing and Packaging Group as Vice President, Brand Director, Wide-Format and Industrial Printing. Duccilli brings extensive experience in the visual communications industry to the role, previously serving as the editor and/or publisher of Big Picture, Screen Printing, VMSD (Visual Merchandising & Store Design), and other media brands serving the specialty printing field.

CHILI publish, creator of market-leading software for smart artwork and marketing material creation, is excited to welcome Fabian Prudhomme to the team. He is recognized worldwide for his expertise in service support and business development, and was a trailblazer at renowned packaging, retail and graphic art household names such as Colruyt Group, Enfocus, Esko, and Kodak. Fabian has taken the helm of the sales team and alliance ecosystem at CHILI publish as Global Vice President Sales & Alliance as of July 2019. He'll be joining the rest of the team at booth 8A10 during Labelexpo Europe 2019, taking place September 24-27 in Brussels, Belgium, alongside CHILI publish partner SS&C.

Viktor studied logistics and production engineering at the Politecnico di Torino in Italy. His career started in the quality management department of a construction company. Later he joined Barbieri Electronic in which he began as a Purchasing Manager. Throughout the years at Barbieri, Viktor became responsible for the supply chain. Besides that, he had the opportunity to visit numerous trade shows and customers in the digital printing industry.

Avery Dennison announces the promotion of Robyn Buma to vice president of global procurement for the company’s Label and Graphic Materials and Industrial and Healthcare Materials segments.

Electronics For Imaging, Inc. has named veteran tech finance executive Grant Fitz as its new chief financial officer. Fitz replaces long-time EFI executive Marc Olin, who will assume the COO role at EFI. Fitz, who assumes his new CFO duties today, brings nearly 30 years of financial and operational experience overseeing accounting, business support, and financial planning and analysis in the print marketing, tech and automotive fields.

Thomas Degenfeld is joining the Color Concepts team as a Strategic Partnership Manager for Hard- and Software manufacturers.

Ricoh Europe is focusing even more on supporting clients in their analogue to digital transformation with the appointment of Juergen Freier as Director Commercial Print Sales of the Commercial Printing Group.

FASTSIGNS International, Inc., the franchisor of more than 700 FASTSIGNS® locations in nine countries worldwide, has welcomed Shayne Mehringer as the company’s new Chief Information Officer.

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