X-Rite and Pantone have announced the appointment of Ondrej Kruk as President. Kruk brings a combination of commercial and operational experience to Pantone and X-Rite, and will lead the continued expansion of Pantone and X-Rite’s product and solutions portfolio beyond colour to material appearance. “I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to lead a company with such a legacy of innovation in creating tools and technologies for colour selection, communication, formulation and measurement,” said Kruk. “Pantone and X-Rite’s latest developments go beyond colour, enabling customers to advance the creation, communication and delivery of colour and appearance as they transition to digital processes, and use more complex materials. Our ability to solve important customer problems, today and in the future, positions Pantone and X-Rite for long-term growth.”
“Ondrej is a proven Danaher leader with experience growing technology companies and working with global customers,” said Joakim Weidemanis, Executive Vice President of parent company Danaher. “I’m delighted to see him in this new role at Pantone and X-Rite, where he can leverage the Danaher Business System to open up new growth opportunities in this already strong business of colour technology and appearance.”
For the last three years, Kruk has been the General Manager of Alltec, a Danaher business that offers laser marking and engraving technology under the Alltec and FOBA brands. At Alltec, Kruk defined and executed a multi-industry growth strategy. He’s also held numerous management roles at Videojet, a global leader in coding, marking and variable-data printing solutions. He was instrumental in growing Videojet’s secondary packaging and product decoration businesses into mature global ventures. Kruk earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated from the University of Economics in Prague with a Master’s Degree in Economics. He’s lived, studied and worked in several European countries, Latin America and the United States, and is fluent in Czech, English, German and Spanish.