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  • 18 Aug 2020

SPGPrints appoints new CEO

Garrett Forde to succeed Dick Joustra as CEO of SPGPrints

SPGPrints has appointed Garrett Forde as a member of its management board and the CEO of the group, effective on October 1st, 2020.

Forde joins SPGPrints from his most recent position as CEO of Hitec Power Protection in The Netherlands. He has extensive experience in the technology manufacturing industry in the US and Europe, where he held various positions with Philips, Intelligent Energy and Panalytical.

Dick Joustra, who is going to retire this year, started his career at SPGPrints in 1983, becoming a managing director in 1999 and was appointed CEO of the group in 2003. He will ensure a seamless transfer of all his responsibilities to Forde and has agreed to assume a senior advisory role to the SPGPrints Group and to remain a member of the supervisory board.

‘Dick has been instrumental in building SPGPrints into the global leader that it is today,’ commented Daniel Lopez-Cruz, chairman of the supervisory board. ‘Under Dick, SPGPrints has solidified its leadership as an increasingly global business and has initiated the development of digital textile printing. This is a strong base for a further expansion of SPGPrints, under the leadership of Garrett.

‘The Covid-19 pandemic has presented us with unprecedented challenges, but I have no doubt that these will continue to be met with the capabilities and determination that has made SPGPrints succeed over many decades. Garrett has a very strong technical background, is experienced in technology transitions, and has a great track record in the management of international organizations such as SPGPrints. We are delighted by Garrett’s decision to join SPGPrints as its new CEO.’

Garrett Forde said: ‘I am very excited about joining the company. SPGPrints is renowned for its outstanding quality, strong customer focus, technology leadership and global presence, qualities which have always been key to me, also personally. I want to build on the success that SPGPrints has developed under Dick’s stewardship and vision and support our customers with world-class products and service.’

‘I am delighted that Garrett will lead SPGPrints on the next stage of its journey building on the base we have created together,’ added Dick Joustra. ‘I wish him and you full success.’

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