Ghent (Belgium), 19 September 2016 – Esko, today announced that Niels Stenfeldt has expanded his role to Vice President EMEA & Global Brand Sales. Effective September 1, Niels will be assuming the role previously held by Armand Gougay, who is retiring after 27 years at Esko. Niels joined Esko in May responsible for global Brand Sales. Armand Gougay will remain with Esko until the end of the year to ensure a seamless transition.
“We are extremely grateful for the critical role Armand has played in the success and growth of Esko over the years,” said Udo Panenka, Esko’s President. “We wish him the best in his retirement. Although his shoes will be hard to fill, we are confident that Niels will bring the strong leadership and commercial expertise helping our organization to continue our growth path into the future.”
Niels has a broad background in innovative business development strategies across the EMEA region. Prior to joining Esko, Niels was the Vice President, Business Network EMEA at Open Text, where he grew sales and brought innovation to the company. Niels has also held Managing Director and CEO roles at respectively Columbus A/S and Evenex, and spent three years as a Global Vice President at SAP.
“I am excited to get on board with Esko,” Niels said. “This is a dynamic, growing company with a great strategy and with a unique positon in the packaging industry. I look forward to helping expand the business even further. I am especially looking forward to working directly with both brand owners and converters as well as premedia/tradeshops to help them address the many challenges they face in the market today”.