Gerald Perutz
Gerald Perutz

Orbus Announces Passing of One of Its Founders

Woodridge, Illinois-based Orbus Exhibit & Display Group announces the death of its P3 Group Worldwide chairman, Gerald Perutz.

The Vienna, Austria native immigrated to England in 1938. He spent the first half of his career as an executive with the Bell & Howell Co. before helping found exhibit structure manufacturer Nimlok Ltd. in 1970 with his friend, Neil Nimmo.

Nimlok entered the U.S. market in 1981 and Canada in 1985. In 2001 Nimlok’s board of directors launched Orbus Exhibit & Display Group to penetrate the U.S. trade show market by offering products complementary to those that Nimlok was offering.

Over the past 45 years the P3 Group has grown to be a leading supplier of products for displays and exhibitions. Companies that fall under the P3 Group include Orbus; UK-based Nimlok Ltd.; Nimlok USA; Nimlock Canada; Ultima Displays in the UK, Italy, France, Poland and Canada; Marler Haley and Creative Bridge, both based in the United Kingdom.

According to Orbus, Perutz died peacefully at his London home on April 20 at the age of 85.

“Gerald was an inspiring businessman, leader and compassionate gentleman,” says Giles Douglas, president and CEO of Orbus. “We are very thankful to have had such a wonderful founder, mentor and caring leader. Gerald was involved in the business until shortly before his passing and will be deeply missed, and honored.”

Perutz is survived by his daughter, Sandie MacClancy, and his sons, Simon and Tim Perutz, who serve as P3 Group presidents of North America and Europe, respectively.

Funeral services were held in West Sussex, England. Memorial donations may be made to The Andrew Grene Foundation, which provides education and investments to transform lives in Haiti.

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