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Kongsberg names new VP for APAC & EMEA operations

Former Canon VP David Preskett will be responsible for management of the commercial, service support and financial performance of the business across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asian Pacific territories, said digital finishing solutions manufacturer Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems (Kongsberg PCS).

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 “I am very pleased to be joining Kongsberg PCS at this exciting time in the organization’s development,” said Preskett, a former VP Sales at Canon EMEA. “Kongsberg PCS cutting solutions have an excellent reputation for build quality and engineering, adding value to customers' businesses by creating and offering new products that help drive growth. This matches my own passion, helping customers to innovate and discover new ways to be more creative and drive growth in their business.

“I look forward to being a part of the Kongsberg PCS team and working with such a dynamic company. Leveraging the excellent technologies and expertise we have developed will drive growth across the regions and deliver business success for our customers and ourselves.”

Based in the UK, David joins Kongsberg PCS from Canon, where he held a mix of sales, marketing, and strategy positions at the European level. He previously gained early exposure to the graphic arts industry spending 10 years at Agfa, both in the UK and at company headquarters in Mortsel, Belgium.

Stuart Fox, CEO and president of Kongsberg PCS said: “As we continue our own strategic program of growth, we are delighted to welcome someone with the exceptional knowledge and skills of David to the Kongsberg family.

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Preskett at Ipex 2010

“David is a seasoned commercial professional who combines strong sales and strategy expertise to drive business growth. His experience and breadth of knowledge throughout the sector will be a great asset, both to our business and to all of our customers in the region.”

In 2010, Preskett was appointed the first digital-supplier President of the now defunct Ipex global print trade show in the UK. He pioneered Canon's entry into commercial print at the Ipex shows, resulting in the 2010 show having more floorspace taken by digital suppliers than offset. He stepped down prior to the 2014 Ipex after the organisers had moved location from Birmingham's NEC to London Docklands - resulting in an exodus of several major exhibitors.