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  • 10 Apr 2006

New CEO for Punch Graphix

Punch Graphix has announced the appointment of the new company chief executive officer: Ben C. Van Assche.

The 60-year-old Belgian citizen is replacing Dick Tilanus as chief executive officer of Punch Graphix plc who passed away unexpectedly last January.

Ben’s extensive 35 years career in the chemical, pharmaceutical and health care industries includes global assignments in large and mid size companies such as Cytec, UCB, Alcon and Baxter.

Before joining Punch Graphix, Ben was president of Cytec Surface Specialties, world leading manufacturer of coating, ink resins and adhesives. He was a member of the Executive Committee of Cytec group and CEO of Cytec Surface Specialties NV based in Brussels, Belgium. Previously, he worked for UCB group and was a member of the Executive Committee, in charge of the Chemical Sector which later became Surface Specialties and was acquired by Cytec early 2005.

Ben successfully led a large transformation program on acquisition, divestment and integration within the UCB and Cytec groups.

Geoff. White, chairman of Punch Graphix said: ‘We are extremely pleased to welcome Ben onboard. Ben will provide to Punch Graphix continuity in the successful company management style set by Dick Tilanus. He will bring a clear strategic focus to serve our internal and external global growth ambition through a strong marketing driven and technology based approach.’