January 7, 2015
UK inkjet printing technology group appoints former Kodak employee Doug Edwards as its new CEO.
Dr. Doug Edwards will join Xaar plc as the company’s new CEO after serving as President of Digital Printing and Enterprise at Kodak as well as serving as a member of the OEM’s Executive Board since 2006.
The appointment was made following the retirement of Ian Dinwoodie in March 2014, who had served as CEO of Xaar since 2003; with Edwards selected after “an extensive international search process”.
Prior to his role at Kodak, Edwards began his career in the UK in a number of technical roles with Ilford Limited, ICI, Zeneca and International Paper; moving to the US 14 years ago to work for Kodak Polychrome Graphics – a joint venture between Sun Chemical Corporation and Kodak. He also has a BSc in Chemistry and a PhD in Conducting Organic Materials from London University.
Commenting on the appointment of Edwards, Phil Lawler, Chairman of Xaar, said: “I would like to express my thanks to Ian for his significant contribution to Xaar since joining the Company in 2001. Following a thorough international search I am delighted to welcome Doug to Xaar. His appointment will strengthen the Board, providing the experience necessary to lead the Company through its next stage of development.”
Dinwoodie added: “I am delighted that Doug is joining Xaar – he brings the right combination of industry expertise and management skills to head the company, and I look forward to handing over the reins to him in the coming months.”
Meanwhile, Edwards commented: “It is a privilege to be asked to lead Xaar through this next phase of the company’s development. Excellent progress has been made by the company over the last decade, but the future opportunities ahead of the company in the world of digital printing are substantial, and I am pleased to return to the UK to take up this challenge.”
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