Idealliance, the association for the Visual Communications and Media Industry, has announced that Guy Gecht, Chief Executive Officer of EFI, will be honoured as the recipient of the 57th Annual Walter E. Soderstrom Award. The award will be presented at the Soderstrom Awards Dinner gala evening at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center in Chicago, Illinois, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 9 – the evening before the opening of the Print 2017 tradeshow. The Walter E. Soderstrom Award is given annually to a Soderstrom Society member in recognition of outstanding contributions to the industry and/or service to the association.
“Guy Gecht has a distinguished record of leadership in our industry and an unparalleled dedication to its progress and technological innovation,” said David Steinhardt, President and Chief Executive Officer of Idealliance. “He’s a singularly worthy recipient of this significant honour and Idealliance is delighted to present him with its 2017 Walter E. Soderstrom Award.” Known for his insight and strong vision of the printing industry’s future, Gecht has helped redefine the ways printing companies pursue new markets and refine their production operations, and has guided EFI to become one of the industry’s most successful publicly-traded companies. Gecht joined EFI in 1995 and served in a variety of management and engineering roles, including company President, before becoming CEO in January of 2000. From 1996 to 1999, he led engineering efforts for its largest product line and became Vice President, General Manager of EFI’s Fiery Servers Division. He led his team to dramatically expand EFI’s server product line, launching more than 35 products in 1998 alone.
Gecht was named a Legend of Silicon Valley in 2013 by the Frost & Sullivan Institute and a 2015 Game Changer by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. In 2015 he also received the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) Michael H. Bruno Award for his dedicated service and contributions to the advancement of the global graphic arts industry. Gecht holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and computer science from Ben Gurion University in Israel.
In addition to honouring the Soderstrom Award recipient, the annual Soderstrom Awards Dinner will induct 11 industry leaders into Idealliance’s prestigious Soderstrom Society. The Class of 2017 Soderstrom Society inductees will be named shortly. The Soderstrom Award and Society are named for Walter E. Soderstrom, a founder of Idealliance predecessor association NAPL