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CIP4 announces new leadership

Jul 8, 2010 12:00 AM


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The International Cooperation for the Integration of the Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) organization announces the results of its election for advisory board representatives. The CIP4 Advisory Board is the highest level of leadership for the organization, responsible for making strategic decisions for the organization, as well as electing the officers who have day-to-day operational responsibility. The board has three types of representatives, reflecting the three classes of membership: partner, full and associate members. Full and associate level member representatives to the board are elected by the membership, the number of which is based on membership proportions established by the CIP4 bylaws.

Although open to all graphic arts companies, Full members tend to be companies that sell software and systems to the printing industry.  The full member representatives that will serve on the advisory board until 2012 include:

  • Rohan Holt, president, LithoTechnics Pty Ltd. (Australia)
  • Keigo Shirai, founder and president, Olive Inc. (Japan)
  • Jacques Thiebauld, CTO, DALiM Software GmbH (Germany)
  • Henny van Esch, president, Optimus Group Ltd. (The Netherlands)
  • Patrick Vreven, CEO, GamSys Software (Belgium)
  • Karl Williamson, technical sales manager, Goss Intl. (USA)

Williamson, a first-time advisory board representative, says, "My goal is to contribute my time and experience to the CIP4 organization to help foster the continuing growth of JDF in the industry. In this economy, cutting costs while increasing efficiency is a daily struggle for printers and JDF is a key component in achieving this goal.  I look forward to the next two years - learning new applications of JDF and helping to promote JDF expansion throughout the industry."

Associate level membership in CIP4 offers a significant discount in dues, but is a class of membership that is restricted to companies that don't produce software and systems, such as printers, prepress services, consultants, educational institutes and associations serving the industry. The associate advisory board representatives are:

Dr. Mark F. J. Bohan, vice president, research and technology, Printing Industries of America (USA)
Stephan Jaeggi, president, PrePress-Consulting (Switzerland)
Patrick Cahuet, director, 1Prime|Concept (France)

"The new advisory board reflects the global diversity of CIP4," says CIP4 CEO Margaret Motamed of EFI. "CIP4 has members from 32 countries, and from every continent except Antarctica. Furthermore, our new advisory board includes members with both strong technical backgrounds as well as executive level management experience, which will provide the balance, insight and leadership that we will need in the coming years."