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October 29, 2015

Agfa Graphics Announces Gunther Mertens as Regional President for North America

Elmwood Park, New Jersey, October 29, 2015 – Agfa Graphics announces that Gunther Mertens succeeds Peter Wilkens as Regional President for North America effective today. He will also be member of the global Graphics Management Committee (GMC). Gunther joined Agfa in 1999 and has held various positions in M&A and Finance. Since 2006, he has been the Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Agfa Graphics’ subsidiaries in the United States and Canada. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Economics from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. In 2011, he became an American citizen.

Stefaan Vanhooren, Agfa Graphics’ Global Corporate President, commented that “Gunther is a well-experienced senior executive with a proven track record in our company. He brings a broad business acumen and operations know-how, combined with a good understanding of the evolving needs of the North American printing industry.”

“Since the acquisition of Pitman in 2010, Agfa Graphics has served a significantly broader customer base. We will focus more on customers, providing them added value across their businesses and an excellent experience in doing business with Agfa. It is our clear intention to generate sustainable business growth, building on innovative solutions and broad relationships that we enjoy with a wide variety of excellent printing vendors,” Gunther Mertens said.

Also effective today, Michael Ciaramella joins Agfa Graphics as its Vice President, Sales for the United States. Michael built his outstanding sales, marketing and professional service skills in the U.S. printing industry, including in successful management positions at HP, Eastman Kodak and Microsoft. “He has also proven credentials in creating high-performing sales teams capable of selling value-add solutions encompassing all segments of our business. We welcome him and look forward to start a successful journey,” Gunther said.

About Agfa
The Agfa-Gevaert Group is one of the world's leading companies in imaging and information technology. Agfa develops, manufactures and markets analogue and digital systems for the printing industry (Agfa Graphics), for the healthcare sector (Agfa Healthcare), and for specific industrial applications (Agfa Materials). Agfa is headquartered in Mortsel, Belgium. The company is present in 40 countries and has agents in another 100 countries around the globe. The Agfa-Gevaert Group achieved a turnover of 2,620 million euros in 2014.

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About Agfa Graphics
Agfa Graphics offers integrated prepress solutions to the commercial printing industry, the newspaper printing and publishing industry and the sign and display, decoration and industrial inkjet printing industry. These solutions comprise consumables, hardware, software and services for production workflow, project and process management, cloud software and image processing. Agfa Graphics is a worldwide leader with its computer-to-film, computer-to-plate, digital proofing and security solutions for commercial and packaging printers. For newspaper markets Agfa Graphics is leading supplier of automation for printed and mobile publishing workflows. Agfa Graphics has also developed a prominent position in the new segments of industrial inkjet. It offers a wide range of inkjet presses and a complete assortment of high-quality inks.

About Pitman, an Agfa Company
Pitman, an Agfa Graphics company, collaborates with world class manufacturers to provide a diverse offering of the most advanced solutions for the prepress, pressroom, wide format, newspaper, packaging and commercial printing industries.

Pitman reinforces its customer-focused approach by providing the market with an unmatched distribution network, expert specialists, and unparalleled service excellence.

Together, Agfa Graphics and Pitman deliver integrated and complete solutions tailored to the ever-changing needs of the graphic communications industry, enabling businesses to produce powerful messages and be more profitable. Please visit us at:

Agfa Graphics
611 River Drive | Center 3
Elmwood Park, NJ 07407-1325
Phone: 8455353453
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