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Thursday, 22 February 2007
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One man’s exit is another’s entrance

Hugh Martin says goodbye to Sappi after more than 20 years, while Wayne Rau is set to become his successor.

Beginning his career in Sappi back in 1980, Martin’s work took him overseas as he established Sappi’s presence across Asia, Australasia, Africa, and Central and South America. “He built a multicultural team who have ensured that Sappi’s pulp and paper products are sold in over a hundred countries,” said Eugene van As, Sappi chairman.

Replacing Martin is Wayne Rau, who has also worked with Sappi for 20 years. Serving a number of sales and marketing roles, Rau raised the profile of the company overseas. Eugene welcomed Rau’s appointment and was hopeful of what he could do for Sappi. “I know that Wayne will help grow our exports business and increase our market share across the trading region,” he said.

This is not retirement, veteran warns

Bruce Lowery (pictured) has vacated the hot seat as national director sales and inkjet product manager after joining Agfa in 1970; but before you suggest his new life will consist of bowls, bingo and badgering talkback radio hosts, he’s quick to insist that, “It’s not retirement.”

Lowery began his career at Agfa working in administrative roles and moved on to external sales. He is credited by the company as having helped many long-term Agfa distributors shift the focus on declining technologies and helping their businesses grow through areas such as inkjet printing.

Relocating from Auckland to Melbourne, Steve Taylor will take up the role of business manager for Inkjet products as of 1 March. Having worked within the graphic arts industry for over thirty years, he has previously worked in Agfa management positions. Taylor said that he was looking forward to the “challenge” of this new position. “It’s selling Agfa’s future,” he said. “As far as wide-format inkjet is concerned it’s relatively new for Agfa and it’s something we’re keen to dominate.”

Currently, Taylor (pictured) is preparing for a busy year as Agfa expands its digital ink printer range, namely with the :Dotrix TransColor digital press which Taylor hopes will be launched internationally at DRUPA 08.

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