Germany’s ColorGATE Digital Output Solutions, makers of workflow and color management solutions, announces the hiring of an industry expert to head up its sales team. Wilfried Kampe joined the organization in January as its new vice president of global sales.
Kampe joins the company with more than 20 years of experience in the printing industry. His new company notes that he was around for the development of the first digital printing systems in the second half of the 1990s and adds in-depth experience with both hardware and software. His experience over the years has also given him a large international network to tap into, his company says.
Prior to joining ColorGATE, Kampe assumed international product management, marketing, and sales positions in several well-known companies, including Microtek International, Tektronix CPID (Color Printing & Imaging Division), Böwe Systec, Bestcolor, EFI, and Kornit, always staying very close to imaging and printing throughout his career.
Kampe also most recently launched his own business, centered around industrial inkjet. He acted as strategic advisor to several private equity companies with interests in textile printing and has 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,” says Kampe. “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 (which bought ColorGATE in late 2018), a power-house 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.”