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Printing Industries of New England (PINE) will honor EFI CEO Guy Gecht at its 10th annual Industry Awards Gala on April 5 at Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts. The evening is a celebration of print and graphic communications and will be highlighted by the presentation of the PINE Industry Influencer Award to Gecht.
The Industry Influencer Award, sponsored by Heidelberg USA since 2003, honors the contributions of an individual whose vision and energy have impacted the printing industry in a profound and indelible way. It recognizes the entrepreneurial spirit and foresight to create new business models, develop market shifting technologies and improve our industry in a permanent and sustained manner.
‘PINE is extremely pleased to be bestow our highest honor upon Guy Gecht,’ said Tad Parker, president of PINE. ‘He has made a profound impact on the way printers operate through technological innovation and workflow engineering improvements. He is truly a worthy recipient of our most prestigious accolade.’
Gecht’s professional career started after he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and Mathematics from Ben Gurion University in Israel. He served five years as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) working on complex, high-tech projects.
Gecht then worked for Apple Israel, serving as CTO of a joint venture between the computer-maker’s Europe and Israel subsidiaries. Gecht joined EFI in October of 1995, and became vice president and general manager of EFI Fiery products in 1999. He ascended to his current position, CEO, in January of 2000.