Electronics For Imaging has named veteran print technology Douglas Edwards as its chief technology officer replacing recently retired Ghilad Dziesietnik. He will be based in EFI’s Manchester facility.
Edwards had an extensive career as a senior print executive and R&D technologist working as CEO of Cambridge, England-based Xaar, president of Kodak's Digital Printing and Enterprise Business. He also ran Kodak's largest graphics business, Prepress Solutions, with revenues of $1.5 billion.
‘Doug possesses one of the best technological backgrounds in our industry, and combines technology with demonstrated business accomplishments,’ said EFI chairman and CEO Jeff Jacobson. ‘EFI has a history of providing its customers with a competitive advantage by keeping them at the forefront of technology. I had the pleasure of working closely with Doug – when I was the CEO of KPG, as well as when I was the COO of Kodak’s Graphic Communications business – and I cannot think of a better person in our industry to lead EFI’s strategic and technology developments.’
Edwards has a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and a Ph.D. in conducting organic materials – both from London University. He has several patents, scientific papers and books to his credit in topics such as solid-state conductivity and photographic materials. He has also published research in textile dyeing, including work on the aqueous solution behavior of anionic azo dyes for textile fibers.
‘EFI was a customer of mine while with Xaar, and I am very aware of the unique opportunity EFI has now to further develop a portfolio that includes many of the world’s leading digital inkjet and print workflow solutions,’ commented Edwards. ‘EFI, with its printhead-agnostic approach, is leveraging technology from many different vendors, and I look forward to bringing my inkjet experience to help drive value from this strategy and further enhance EFI’s ‘best of breed’ approach.’