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  • 03 Aug 2022

Zeller+Gmelin North America appoints Michael J. Podd as CEO

Zeller+Gmelin North America, manufacturer and innovator of printing inks and coatings, has appointed Michael J. Podd as CEO. Based in Richmond, Virginia, Podd is responsible for the vision and strategy for operations of the Zeller+Gmelin printing ink division in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Zeller+Gmelin North America, a manufacturer of printing inks and coatings, has appointed Michael J. Podd as CEO. Based in Richmond, Virginia, Podd is responsible for the vision and strategy for operations of the Zeller+Gmelin printing ink division in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Podd is a global executive with  business leadership experience in publicly traded and privately held specialty chemical companies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Penn State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University. Throughout his professional career, Podd has worked in various leadership roles in the global printing industry, including sales, operations, and procurement, most recently serving as chief procurement officer and senior vice president global sales for the CPS division of Flint Group.

Michael Podd will succeed Marcus Ruckstadter, Zeller+Gmelin president, who remains with the company as sales director of Printing Inks. Ruckstadter is based out of Zeller+Gmelin’s German headquarters and will focus on growing ink sales in the European region.

'We believe Michael is an excellent placement for the CEO’s role at Zeller+Gmelin Corporation,' said Ruckstadter. 'Based on his vast management experience in a global ink company, we trust that Michael – together with our local management team – will take Zeller+Gmelin North America to the next level of global cooperation within the Zeller+Gmelin Group.'

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