2019 Speakers & Panellists

  • 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.

  • Alberto Kechler

    eCommerce Growth Platforms Lead MEU Mondelēz International, UK

    Biography to follow....

  • Daniele Plazzi

    R&D Director SANDRA Spa, Italy

    In SANDRA Spa since 2014 in charge of process and product innovation, technical design, scouting of new technology and tools. Since 2016, head of digital project.
    Previous professional experiences in manufacturing, automotive, supply chain and strategy consulting companies working in R&D, Supply Chain, Operations and ICT departments touching Lean Manufacturing, Change and Knowledge Management, Innovation Management, Marketing & Sales process optimization.

    The studies background starts with a Master degree in Engineering, Information & Communication Technology, with varied executive master courses including Business Administration, Manufacturing Operations and Industry 4.0

  • Luis Arevalo

    Design & Packaging Director Latin-America business Colgate-Palmolive, Mexico

    Industrial Designer with a master degree in Marketing and a MD in Innovation,  I´m passionate about Innovation, Design, production and sustainability to elevate Packaging to be a growth engine and accelerate profit growth, positioning Design and Packaging as a strategic value-add for the organization incorporating technical and design expertise, process and output using Design Thinking as a mindset

  • Tim Baechle

    CEO Idealliance, USA

    Timothy Baechle has spent his entire career in the packaging, printing, and converting industry. He comes from a vast global consulting history and has an extensive background in workflow automation, process control, print methodologies, ISO standards, materials, finance, operations, and hardware. He built a software company within the industry early in his career, which was acquired by a European software firm. He also invented a hardware technology for digital enhancement, which grew into a global operation, which was acquired by a multi-billion-dollar global corporation. He is multi-lingual and an: ISO Standards Committee Expert and Voting Delegate, Member of the US Technical Advisory Group to ISO, Parent Committee for Graphic Arts Technical Standards, Commission Internationale de l’Eclairage, ICC Color Consortium, G7® Expert, G7® Process Control Expert, BrandQ® Expert and is deeply involved in brand management, brand equity, proof and press alignment, working with the largest brands in the world on color management, process control, and supply chain management. He has been recognized for industry awards and honoree recognition from:  The British Printing Industries Federation, InterTech Global Innovation Award, Digital Print for Packaging-Europe, GrafiVak, and the Society for Imaging Science and Technology for his technical contribution to the industry.

     

  • 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 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.

  • Angelo Faravelli

    Brand Appeal Marketing Strategies MCI Brand Appeal, Italy

    I do believe in the power of Strategic Communication, and I’m pretty sure that the Digital Transformation is not an option, is a matter of fact.
    Born in the ‘60’s, I add analog capabilities and experiences to the digital environment, following the so called “phygital” approach

    Speaker at a lot of events like : Cosmoprof, Innovation Day, Interpack, Ipack-ima…

    i’ve been working as agency ceo or strategic consultant in a lot of branding italian and international projects for companies like : Bialetti industrie, Chindo, Coop italia, Douglas, Gruppo Enercom, Vetraco Group…

  • Simon Gerdesmann

    Tattoo Alpha Plant Project Manager Anheuser-Busch InBev nv/sa, Belgium

    Simon has gained extensive background in innovation, start-ups, IT and construction projects throughout his career. 

    He is mostly involved in projects that need a strong breakthrough on management, process and people level. 

    Although being quite new to digital printing, Simon is steering AB InBev’s Tattoo Alpha Plant towards acceptance and first market launch. 

    On this journey he also discovered the challenges of digital printing for business and operations teams. 

  • Enrico Gobino

    Marketing Manager Mondodelvino SpA, Spain

    Enrico Gobino is the inventor of Mondodelvino Wine Experience, Italy’s first digital wine museum, Marketing Director at Mondodelvino Spa where, also as a Board of Management member, he contributes to develop the own branded portfolio to climb up from today’s position of Italy’s top 10 privately owned wine groups.

    Before starting a at Mondodelvino, Enrico worked several years as Export Manager and Marketing Manager in relevant wine and food ingredients company in Europe, and now helps Mondodelvino to find ways of increasing not only the volumes of sales, but mainly the value of its products to achieve better financial results.

    Enrico is a proud father, a Deejay wannabe, a healthy lifestyle freak with a high appreciation for speed (both on wheels and water).

  • Jon Harper-Smith

    Business Development Manager Fujifilm, UK

    Jon Harper-Smith is the business development manager for Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems, and is responsible for the digitisation of new markets.  A key focus is to drive ink jet development of industrial and package printing markets.

    Jon has a strong technical and commercial background that has enabled him to develop and grow a number of international businesses. He worked for many years for Sericol before their acquisition by Fujifilm and has a wide experience of ink and print technologies, specialising in industrial print and conversion processes.

  • Robert Holscher

    Sales Director Digital & Finishing Equipment Komori International, The Netherlands

    With more than 25 years of experience, I am not new to the graphic industry. Responsible for Komori Digital Sales and Finishing for Europe over the last 4 years, driving the new business. Married for more than 25 years and having two children (22 and 20 years old). Living in Holland near Amsterdam. Over the years I have been responsible for developing new business in new markets with new technologies in the field of Digital Print, Large Format, Prepress , Offset and Finishing. I am really excited to be able to speak about the new era coming in digital B1 production print with the New Komori NS40 with nano technology

  • Ole Isaksen

    Sales and Marketing Director Smurfit Kappa, Denmark

    Ole Isaksen, 56 years of age, married with two children. He has been working as Sales & Marketing Director at Smurfit Kappa Denmark for almost 20 years.

    He worked as General Manager at  Heidelberg Asia for 12 years in Singapore, South Korea and Thailand

    Qualification: E-MBA

  • 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.

  • Lauri Järvinen

    Technical Marketing Manager Metsä Board, Finland

    Lauri is an experienced Technical Marketing Manager with more than 30 years of demonstrated history working for technical services in the paperboard industry.

    Lauri leads Metsä Board’s digital printing competence group. In this role he closely follows the latest technology and trends in digital printing for all paperboard packaging applications.

  • Henrik Jensen

    CEO/Board Member Christiansen Print GmbH/Digital Pack, Germany

    Henrik Jensen is CEO of Christiansen Print GmbH since 2013, one of the leading PrePrint Companies in Europa and early adopter of the Digital printing technology. 2018 one of the founding members of Digital Pack in cooperation with HP.

    Henrik Jensen is 53 years old and has a broad background in Sales and Marketing

  • Nick Kirby

    Chief Executive Swanline Group, UK

    Nick is a 40 year veteran of the corrugated packaging and display sectors, having forged a career that encompasses production, sales and general management. Nick is hands-on and passionate about the executive roles he has in organisations such as The Confederation of Paper Industries, FESPA UK and the Sheet Plant Association to promote the good of his industry. 

    In 2001 he established Swanline Print with his brother and brother-in-law as a specialist trade manufacturer to the corrugated packaging and display sectors. Nick is now Chief Executive of Swanline Group, a vertically integrated £22m turnover business that incorporates material supply and state-of-the-art digital print and manufacturing capabilities.

    In 2014, Nick also founded the independent corrugated sheet-feeder, CorrBoard UK with a consortium of Sheet Plants to establish the UK’s first conglomerate owned sheet board manufacturer. Nick’s forward vision for this £45m turnover business culminated in a further £5.5m investment in a Bio-Energy facility to provide renewable energy to CorrBoard UK; making them the world’s first carbon neutral corrugated board manufacturer.

    The unique circular economy of the Swanline companies is further advantaged by other strategically aligned business interests managed by a team who have the same coherent focus on sustainable, innovative solutions across trade supply to the packaging, display and signage sectors.

     

  • Thomas Kirschner

    CEO ColorGATE GmbH, Germany

    Thomas Kirschner is CEO and co-Founder of ColorGATE GmbH in Hannover, Germany. After his studies of economic sciences at the University of Hannover he headed several small to medium sized ventures in the inkjet and IT-industry. For over 20 years, ColorGATE has been supporting the printing industry with its color competence on its way from analogue to digital printing and the future of Print 4.0.

  • Melianthe Leeman

    Global Innovation Platform Director O-I Europe Sàrl

    Melianthe has been working for O-I, the world's largest glass container manufacturer, since 8 years and has a background in Marketing.  She has held several positions within O-I’s commercial department covering Marketing Communication, Category Management and Innovation.  Over the past 4 years she has been working with a multidisciplinary team in O-I to explore and validate direct2shape digital printing technologies for glass packaging.

    In May 2018, Melianthe got appointed Global Innovation Platform Director for O-I.  As part of this role she is overseeing the commercialization and global expansion of O-I : EXPRESSIONS (www.discoverexpressions.com), O-I’s platform offering personalization and customization services for brands enabled by direct2glass digital printing.

  • Matt Leese

    Senior Vice President sgsco, UK

    I have been involved in the print, packaging and media production industries since the early 90’s (28 years). I spend the first 10 years of my career in technical roles, initially as both a gravure and offset printer and then in cylinder engraving and finally as technical director for Matthews prior to moving into operational and commercial roles.

    Prior to joining sgsco in 2015, I spent time client side with businesses such as Unilever and Tesco following 5 year period as Operations Director at Tag Worldwide. My experience in the print and packaging industry has also included senior level appointments with several leading international companies based in the US., Germany and UK and have worked extensively in Asia and Australia. My experience of working in international markets has given me valuable insight into how global businesses are managed. In my current position, My current role within sgsco is SVP of Client & Corporate development, this means I have responsibility for business development as well as M&A, development of new models, partnerships and industry/client insight and strategy.

    Away from work I am married to Debs and 2 year old son Frank. We live in Derbyshire and Suffolk in the UK.

  • Vasily Leonov

    Business Development & Innovation Manager – Stream Lead, Uncoated Fine Paper Mondi, Austria

    He graduated from Moscow State Forest University, diploma in paper making in 2005. Carrier from lumber manufacturing to plywood and coming to Mondi for paper business development in 2007
    2009 – finished Executive MBA program, Antwerp Business University

    Current position accomplishments:

    • Development of 5-year product portfolio and business development plan based on accomplished technical & commercial analysis of 30 competitors
    • Development new customer groups
    • Launched two product portfolios to the market: transformation from graphical portfolio to packaging applications
    • Future direction search fields: generation of new customer models insights for X-BU collaboration projects
  • Simon Liu

    Marketing Manager CHINDO, China

    Graduated from Tianjin foregin studys university majored in international journalism and mass media

    Worked oversea out side of China as big project manager , in ethiopia, ghana, indonesia, lesotho and south africa for the chinese state owned enterprise.

    Joined chindo as the international marketing manager since march of 2019

  • Francois Martin

    Senior Communication Advisor Bobst Group, Switzerland

    Francois is a strategic communication advisor within the Bobst Group driving the packaging industry transformation. By engaging with brand owners and converters, the task is not to foresee the packaging future but to enable it with meaning full machines and services.

    Looking at trends accelerating the packaging production transformation – from printing to converting, the Bobst Group help converters to better serve their clients in an economically in a sustainable way. The way brand owners are designing, packing and distributing goods is changing and it is important to stay ahead with innovative solutions.

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  • Lee Metters

    Group Business Development Director Domino Printing Sciences, UK

    Lee Metters, has an Mechanical Engineering Degree from Southampton University and a CIM Marketing Diploma. 

    He started his career in production engineering and production management in electronics before moving into B2B marketing in 1990, before joining Domino Printing Sciences in 2000. 
    Most of his career has been spent where the technology or market structure are changing.

    Lee has been responsible for strategic product direction for the Domino group since 2007.  He joined the executive management team in 2013 and became Group Business Development Director in 2015, the same year that Domino was acquired by Brother Industries  

    Today lee is working on bringing digital printing to new applications and markets.

     

  • Dr. Jane Muncke

    Managing Director Food Packaging Forum Foundation, Switzerland

    Jane Muncke holds a doctorate degree in environmental toxicology and a MSc in environmental science from the ETH Zurich. Since 2012 she has been working as Managing Director and Chief Scientific Officer at the Food Packaging Forum Foundation in Zurich, Switzerland. Prior to this role she worked for Bucher Emhart Glass, a Swiss mechanical engineering company and glass packaging industry supplier. Before leaving academia she was a scientific associate at Eawag, the Swiss Aquatic Science Institute, collaborating in various different research projects, including endocrine disruption in developing zebrafish, sustainable urban wastewater management, and removal of Arsenic from drinking water in Bangladesh. Jane has extensive experience as science communicator and presenter, and she works with scientists on live presentation skills. She is a full scientific member of the Society of Toxicology (SOT), the Society for Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology (SETAC), the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Endocrine Society. She lives with her family in Zurich, Switzerland.

     

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  • Giuseppe Prioriello

    Founder & CEO Packfly, Italy

    Biography to follow...

  • 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.

  • Mauri Reinilä

    CEO PackageMedia, Finland

    PackageMedia: Mauri Reinilä CEO / One of the founders of the PackageMedia Oy (part of Pyroll family)

    Mauri Reinilä has more than 20 year experience in working with digital printing activities and almost 10 years with digital packaging applications. Creative use of digitally printed packages and digital marketing are the key development areas in this field. ”Consumer engagement”

  • Ralf Schomaker

    CEO Erhardt+Leimer Corrugated, Germany

    Bachelor professional of Business Administration and Operations (CCI). 28 years with E+L. ndustry veteran with track activities in the America, Asia and Europe. 9 year track record in USA as VP Sales / Operations (located at SC operation). Since 2008 CEO of E+L Corrugated GmbH. 

  • Juergen Seitz

    Senior Technical Advisor GMG GmbH & Co. KG, Germany

    Grown into Color Management, Juergen joined GMG in its very early years. Here he accompanies its development from a proofing- to a colormanagement-company and designes and developes some of GMGs key customers’ colormanagement-setups. As senior technical advisor he participates in the development of new color profiling strategies but also supports the GMG Services and Consulting team.

    Juergen is active as a member and delegate in several national and international bodies.

  • Sean Smyth

    Print Consultant Smithers Pira, UK

    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 Pira's 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 Pira 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.

  • Dennis Van Ijzerloo

    Sales Manager Barberán, Spain

    Dennis van IJzerloo, dutchmen who came to Spain 26 years ago for a summer job which turned into a long career in the wood industry at Barberán. Part of a team which is responsible for sales in Europe and US. Specialized in recent years in the upcoming new technology of digital printing. In 2013 Barberan entered the corrugated industry and Mr. van IJzerloo was appointed worldwide sales responsable of the digital presses in this industry.

  • Alessandro Zardini

    Product Director Packaging Materials Tetra Pak, Italy

    Alessandro Zardini is the Packaging Materials Product Director of Tetra Pak, based in Modena, Italy. He is responsible for securing the competitiveness of Tetra Pak packaging materials business.

    Alessandro joined Tetra Pak in2007. Prior to his current role, he has worked and held several positions in Project Management, Programme Management and Equipment Installation Services Management across Italy, Sweden and France. He holds the master’s degree in automation engineering.

    Alessandro is married, former Curling University Olympics player, passionate about creativity in all its forms