Xeikon (a division of Flint Group), a market leader in digital colour printing technology, has announced that Benoit Chatelard will assume the role of President and CEO of Flint Group’s Digital Solutions effective May 8. In his mandate to further develop the Flint Group Digital Solutions portfolio and customer reach, for which Xeikon is a strategic element, he will be proposed as CEO of Xeikon (to be confirmed by Xeikon shareholders). Chatelard has a long history in the digital production printing market. Most recently, he was Vice President of the Production Printing Business Group for Ricoh Europe. His digital production printing career began in 2002 when he led the IBM Printing Systems Division for France, Belgium and Luxembourg. With the creation of the InfoPrint Solutions Company Joint Venture between Ricoh and IBM in 2007, Chatelard was appointed Vice President and General Manager for the joint venture in Asia Pacific based in Singapore, and continued to take on increased leadership responsibilities within Ricoh Europe over the ensuing years.
“First, 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,” said Antoine Fady, CEO of Flint Group. “His contributions have been invaluable in our ability to continue growth at Xeikon, better integrate sales efforts among our divisions, implement proper market segmentation, develop and implement investment strategies, and build a product roadmap for the Digital Printing Solutions Division. 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.”
Chatelard added: “I’m looking forward to taking on this new role. It’s 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’ll be taking up the reins to continue his work, building even greater levels of customer satisfaction, working to understand and address emerging customer needs in an ever-changing marketplace.”