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Advisory Board 2020

  • Alvise Cavallari

    Head of Corporate Digital Printing Programme Nestlé, Switzerland

    With a background in mechanical engineering, Alvise Cavallari  spent nearly 20 years in the machine industry, in particular equipment for packaging printing and equipment for laser cutting.

    Then three years ago he “jumped the fence” and moved from B2B to B2C, joining Nestlé in R&D for packaging. Putting into contribution his understanding of the printing world, he is now heading a global initiative -cross businesses and across applications- whose scope is to understand, promote and drive the potential of digital printing and finishing for our businesses.

  • Gregory Bentley

    Global Primary Packaging Director Anheuser-Busch InBev, Belgium

    Gregory has worked in the packaging industry for over 20 years in a range of roles and companies from design to engineering and converters to FMCG.

    In recent years, he managed a number of key projects at Coca-Cola, including Share a Coke, Bow label, the all new Fanta spiral bottle and others. A passionate advocate of digital print for consumer and business problem solution Gregory has delivered commercial launches ranging from hundreds of units to the hundreds of millions of units.

    Gregory joined AB InBev in 2018 as a global packaging innovation director working out of the global technical centre in Leuven, Belgium, where he is responsible for primary packaging innovation technology developments.

  • Dr. Karl Borsky

    R&D New Technologies Constantia Flexibles

    Karl graduated as Doctor of science 1999 in Chemistry at University of Vienna, Austria. After University he worked for Sun Chemical in Vienna, where he headed the R&D Lab for solvent based liquid inks for more than 4 years.

    In 2005 he joined Constantia Teich in Austria in the R&D department, heading the department for printing inks for 5 years. Then he moved in the R&D to the position “New technologies” dealing with products and processes not for current problems but for mid and long term challenges.

    Karl has a deep knowledge of printing technologies (Gravure, Flexo, UV Flexo, UV Offset and Digital printing) with the focus on ink chemistry, print forms, the suitability of flexible packaging for the challenges of Food laws and standardization of the print process. Especially in Digital Printing he explored in detail the existing solutions and potential new technologies to fit for the demands of the flexible packaging market. He gained an excellent expertise about the digital printing market and his players in the past years.

    Besides this he is heading the REACh project at Constantia Teich since almost 10 years. He is dealing with security features especially for Pharma. One special project to mention: the Know How management software tool (syneris), handling the whole Innovation Process plus R&D work documentation of Constantia Flexibles.


  • Peter Buttiens

    CEO ESMA vzw, Belgium

    Peter Buttiens  has a Msc. Industrial engineering & Computer Technology. He has also received in 2002 an International executive MBA from Vlerick Business School.

    Since 1991, he has been working as different international sales and marketing positions for companies such as Summagraphics, CADlink, Mutoh and Ergosoft.

    As of March 2007, he works as CEO at ESMA, ESMA is the European Association for Industrial Printing. In Europe, the association brings together suppliers, printers and consultants with a total of over 70 members. This includes all the specialized, functional and industrial printing using screen and digital process for large format, printed Electronics (NFC, RFID, conductive,…), automotive parts, in mold decoration (IMD), technical and decorative glass and plastic, textile printing applications. Peter has been stimulating the developments of bio-medical printing solutions because he sees this as the cross road of functional and printed electronics and this will be the next big opportunity for the printing industry in healthcare sector.


  • Luis Christophe

    Marketing Manager for Corrugated Packaging HP, Spain

    Luis Christophe leads the regional strategy and activation for Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific. Based in Barcelona, Luis has a deep understanding about the market dynamics and customer requirements in packaging and more specifically, in the corrugated packaging industry.

    Luis has joined HP in 1992 and has held many different positions including marketing management at country, EMEA and worldwide level, Business Development, Sales and Finance.

    In the last 12 years Luis has been focusing on the large format printing of displays and packaging and he has been the spokesperson and moderator of many events and trade conferences.

    Jan holds a degree from the Fundação Getúlio Vargas (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and holds an MBA from ESADE Business school and attended and an intensive management program at IESE (both schools in Barcelona).

  • Yves de Warrimont

    Global Category Sourcing Manager Printing Upstream Danone, The Netherlands

    Working within the Global Packaging Procurement team based in Amsterdam the Netherlands, Yves is responsible for the sourcing of printing and ink solutions for the different business units of Danone. An exciting role that allows him to work with many brands and operations teams across the globe to optimize printing technologies and to promote and support digital printing projects. With a supply chain background and 15 years working experience, Yves is today advocating the opportunities that digital printing can offer, for brand activation as  well as within agile operations.

  • Jan De Roeck

    Director Solutions Management Esko, Belgium

    Jan De Roeck (°1966) leads and coordinates the market research and market visibility activities at Esko. From its headquarters in Gent, Belgium, Jan is actively involved in the creation of value proposition content supporting the go to market process for Esko solutions comprising software, hardware and services for the packaging, display and printing industry. Jan’s primary focus goes to content creation, market research, market visibility (CRM) and corporate strategy formulation.

    With a general printing and pre-press background and a specialization in graphic design, Jan began in 1989 with Barco as application specialist for digital image retouching. In his many years with the company, Jan held various product management and marketing positions, developing a particular interest, acumen and experience in solutions and workflows for the Packaging and Label Industry. Since early 2006, Jan holds the position of Director Solutions Management. At Esko, Jan is highly respected and trusted for his insight in the graphic arts industry and his level of understanding customer workflows and market requirements. Jan is a frequently asked speaker and moderator at various international seminars, events and trade conferences and represents Esko at different professional trade associations.

    Jan holds a degree from the Hoger Instituut voor Grafische Opleidingen (Higro), Grafische Vormgeving en Zeefdruk (Graphic Design and Screenp Printing). He complemented his graphic arts education with management training programs at the Ghent-Leuven Vlerick Business School where he completed the Advanced Management Program in 2007.

  • Ulrike Quirmbach

    Senior Artwork Production Specialist Unilever, The Netherlands

    Studied Technology of Printing and Packaging at Bergische University Wuppertal, Germany.

    After working on behalf of Print Managing Agencies onsite for global FMCG companies in middle Europe, she started her Unilever career in July 2015 to strengthen the focus on the global design-to-print process for Personal Care.

    Ulrike counts more than 20 years international experience in global artwork, print and project management.

  • Sean Smyth

    Print Consultant Smithers

    Sean Smyth has spent over 25 years in the industry in senior technology positions for a variety of print businesses across the supply chain, in hands on and consultancy roles. He helps companies make money through the appropriate use of technology.

    Sean has a deep knowledge of the global print market, and a key member of the team providing quantitative market data and forecasts for the printing, paper and packaging industry. He authors off-the-shelf market studies and provides strategic consultancy services to a range of clients across the value chain.

    Sean has a strong background in appropriate application of technology to print, implementing digital print systems, MIS and workflows to take time and cost out of the print supply chain. In 1994 he became Technical Director of Rexam, where the first colour digital presses in the UK were installed and he has extensive experience of digital printing. He has written many books and market studies on the future, print technology and digital print, including Smithers' flagship title "The Print & Production Manual" and the "Future of Global Print Markets".

    He has held senior management roles for several large and small print and print management companies where he applied systems and technology to improve efficiencies. He has a very strong background in digital printing, for users and suppliers. Currently he acts as a non-executive Director at REAL Digital International, the pioneer of high volume inkjet and electrophotographic print. He is the editor of "Digital Labels and Packaging" launched in 2010 for Whitmar Publications, and contributes regular technology columns and articles for the Trade Press and Smithers journals

  • Debbie Thorp

    Business Development Director Global Inkjet Systems Ltd

    Debbie Thorp has worked in digital printing for over 25 years and is Business Development Director at Global Inkjet Systems Ltd (GIS), a leading developer of RIP software, drivers, electronics and ink system components for industrial inkjet printheads.

    In the late 1990’s Debbie was Head of Group Marketing at Xaar plc and then moved on to be Director of Business Development at AIP Ltd, a liquid toner technology development project.  Before joining GIS, Debbie was VP EMEA Operations at iTi - an inkjet integrator and materials deposition device manufacturer. Earlier in her career, Debbie worked for over 10 years in senior positions at specialist digital printing consultancy companies - BIS Strategic Decisions, IT Strategies and CAP Ventures (now InfoTrends).

    Debbie has a BA degree in Modern Languages from Manchester University and an MBA from Durham University Business School.