Following its acquisition by Ricoh at the end of 2018, the German software company ColorGate Digital Output Solutions has further strengthened its organisation with the appointment of an industry expert to head its sales team: Wilfried Kampe joins the Hanover based colour management and workflow solutions company as vice president Global Sales.
Wilfried comes with over 20 years experience in the printing industry. He witnessed the development of the first digital printing systems in the second half of the 90s and adds in-depth experience with the hardware and software side of this industry as well as a large international network to the team.
He assumed international product management, marketing, and sales positions in several well known companies such as Microtek International, Tektronix CPID (colour printing and imaging division), Böwe Systec, Bestcolor, EFI, and Kornit – always staying very close to imaging and printing.
After accomplishing the set up of the European subsidiary operation on behalf of Kornit Digital Ltd, he decided to take a step back and put more focus on a healthy work-life balance, leaving behind a highly motivated and successful team.
In time for drupa 2016, Wilfried launched his own business, centered around industrial inkjet. He acted as strategic advisor to several private equity companies with interests in textile printing and provided management consultancy to clients, using or migrating towards industrial inkjet technology ever since.
‘I have followed ColorGate since the early 2000s when I headed sales and marketing at Bestcolor, a pioneer of digital inkjet proofing. Back then it was one of our competitors,’ said Wilfried. ‘Today, ColorGate has a unique profile, thanks to the founder’s strategic vision, which led him to initiate a shift towards industrial inkjet a few years ago. Together with its new owner Ricoh, a powerhouse in industrial inkjet, the company enjoys an exciting perspective. I am thrilled and proud to contribute to the company’s further development and growth, together with this great team Thomas has brought together.’