With nearly 20 years’ experience in the graphic arts industry, Chris Batchelder has joined the Flexible Packaging Division of Koenig & Bauer U.S. (KBA, U.S.) as its Technical Sales Manager, focusing on sales efforts in North America, increasing awareness of the division’s flexo press models, and serving and supporting the division’s current customers. Batchelder will report to Jeffrey R. Dietz, Vice President of the Web and Specialty Press Division at KBA U.S., which oversees its flexible packaging initiatives in North America.
Batchelder brings a wealth of experience and market knowledge to his new role at Koenig & Bauer. At his most recent position, he served as the VP and GM of U.S. operations for an Italian-based inspection and quality control systems provider to the printing industry. His customer base included flexible packaging printers, offset printers, and gravure clients. In his previous roles, he developed and executed new markets for film and packaging sales for the flexible packaging printer, converter and end-user base, creating opportunities for strategic partnerships, and explored special customer needs while supporting installations of new systems. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.
“We welcome Chris to the Koenig & Bauer Flexo Team,” said Dietz. “This new role signifies the strength and expansion of our Flexible Packaging Division. His demonstrated experience in working with new and prospective customers, combined with his keen knowledge of the flexographic market, makes him uniquely qualified to capture new opportunities for our division. We’re pleased that Chris is joining our team, demonstrating his expertise as a seasoned professional in which he can play a key role in empowering our growth and our customers’ growth into new markets.”
Koenig & Bauer (U.S.) is located in Dallas, Texas and is a member of the Koenig & Bauer Group, which was established 200 years ago in Würzburg, Germany.