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‘Mixed feelings’: Wim Maes exits Xeikon

Tuesday, 28 March 2017
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(l-r) Wim Maes, Flint Group CEO Antoine Fady, and Benoit Chatelard

Xeikon, a division of Flint Group, has named Benoit Chatelard as president & CEO of Flint’s Digital Solutions business, replacing former Xeikon CEO Wim Maes, who is leaving the company.

“I am leaving Xeikon and Flint Group with mixed feelings,” Maes says. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the company and feel good about the progress we made. I especially want to thank our wonderful Xeikon customers, partners and employees for eight very interesting and rewarding years. I feel proud to have been able to contribute to the Xeikon story, and I have full confidence Benoit will continue this great story with even more achievements in the future.”

Chatelard has a long history in the digital production printing market and most recently was vice president, production printing for Ricoh Europe.

“I want to thank Wim Maes for his years of service to Xeikon and for the great work he did in getting the Flint Group Digital Printing Solutions division off the ground following our acquisition of Xeikon,” says Antoine Fady, CEO of Flint Group.

“His contributions have been invaluable in our ability to continue growth at Xeikon. Under his leadership, Xeikon fully developed its labels and packaging domain, expanded market coverage, and thanks to customer-driven innovation, leaves the company in a strong position with a robust product portfolio. As Wim leaves our organization, we are thrilled to have an executive of the quality and with the experience of Benoit to carry the business forward.”

Chatelard says he’s looking forward to taking on his new role. “It is an exciting time in the industry, both for Xeikon and its customers. Under Wim’s leadership, the company was set on a solid path to the future, and I will be taking up the reins to continue his work, building even greater levels of customer intimacy, working to understand and address emerging customer needs in an ever-changing marketplace.”

Meanwhile, Xeikon also announced the addition of Panther technology, a UV inkjet platform that complements its dry toner digital label press portfolio. The first UV inkjet press based on this technology, the Xeikon PX3000, will be unveiled at the upcoming Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations 2017 event, set for 28 to 31 March in Belgium.



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