David Currie reflects on ‘great friend’ Alon Bar-Shany

David Currie, executive chairman of Currie Group, has shared his thoughts on his ‘great friend’ Alon Bar-Shany and has attributed the stellar commercial success of the HP Indigo digital printing technologies largely to him.

The world’s print community was left in shock this week with the announcement that the multi-talented Bar-Shany would be leaving HP Indigo where he has served as the general manager for the past 15 years.

David Currie’s professional relationship and friendship with Bar-Shany dates back to when Indigo first came into the spotlight under the ownership of Benny Landa.

When HP finalised its full acquisition of of Indigo in 2001, Bar-Shany, who has a background in chemistry, can hold his own with the guitar and possesses the hard to quantify ability to relate to people from all over the world, followed and became the ‘go to’ person for all matters relating to Indigo.

Michael Boyle, HP Australia and NZ managing director, and Alon Bar-Shany help out The Chantoozies at Currie Group’s 70th birthday party in 2019

Currie Group distributes and services the HP Indigo digital press technology in Australia and New Zealand and has strong ties with both HP an HP Indigo.

For David Currie, Bar-Shany is largely responsible for turning the brand into the reported $1.7b operation it is today.

“I am proud to say Alon is a great friend and will be in the future,” David Currie told Sprinter.

“His ability to have an impact on so many people around the world is part of his success. I know so many of our customers have enjoyed his ability to communicate on so many levels about many subjects as if close friends.

“Alon’s ability to never change in a changing world has been remarkable.”

Currie adds that no matter where he was in the world, Bar-Shany would always bring people together and make everyone feel comfortable.

“We were in Japan at the IGAS show and I was travelling with my wife and daughter. As it turned out Alon and his family were there as well and it was their son’s 21st birthday.

“Alon booked out a small restaurant and the next thing we were at a 21st party with guitars and singing.

“He always made you feel important.”

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