FESPA, a global federation of associations for the screen printing, digital printing and textile printing communities, has a new president with France’s Christophe Aussenac stepping into the role replacing outgoing president Christian Duyckaerts.
Duyckaerts has now been appointed FESPA’s Asia Ambassador and also returns to general duties as a FESPA board member, in addition to his active involvement with the Belgian national association, FESPA Belgium.
Aussenac has sat on the FESPA board since 2014 and is also the leader of FESPA France. He has served as FESPA’s vice president since 2017. He is the founding director of Lyon-based ATC (Autorise Toute Creativité) which he established with his business partner in 1991. The company employs 60 people and provides a range of interior and outdoor signage, graphics, display and POS services to corporate and agency clients.
The inauguration took place at the recent FESPA Global Print Expo which was held in Amsterdam with the presidential term to run for the next three years.
“Assuming the Presidency during FESPA’s first live event since 2019 is a proud and emotional moment after such an extraordinary period in our professional and personal lives,” Aussenac said.
“As a speciality printer myself, I believe that FESPA has a vital role to play in supporting our global community to continue to evolve, innovate and rise to the challenges and opportunities that face us, in particular the imperative to place more emphasis on environmental responsibility.”
Aussenac said this is a critical time for FESPA members.
“The prolonged global pandemic has put multiple pressures on print businesses, and owners are now re-building and re-imagining their future, with a stronger focus than ever on topics like production efficiency, diversification and automation,” he said.
“Looking ahead to 2022, we hope for the successful resumption of all our global FESPA events, and to being able to re-engage with all members of our community in the real world.”
FESPA Australia president Nigel Davies welcomed Aussenac’s appointment as president.
“I congratulate Christophe on his appointment,” Davies said.
“Having worked with him for four years now I have the highest regard for him personally and for his deep understanding of our industry. I can think of no better person to lead FESPA into the post COVID world.”
Davies also welcomed Duyckaerts to the role of Asia Ambassador, which he said is a long-standing role which was formerly held by Anders Nilsson.
In other changes:
Alberto Masserdotti, founder of the Masserdotti group in Italy and Wouter Van As, commercial director of Van As in The Netherlands were also appointed as new members of the FESPA board while long-standing board members Anders Nilsson and Enrico Steijn stepped down.
FESPA says the board now brings together direct print and visual communications expertise across sectors and applications including promotional graphics, conventional and digital signage, retail interiors, labels, industrial print, interior décor, textile print and garments.
Board members are now as follows:
- Christophe Aussenac (France)
- Lascelle Barrow (UK)
- Christian Duyckaerts (Belgium)
- Gyorgy Kovacs (Hungary)
- Olav Skilbred (Norway)
- Alberto Masserdotti (Italy)
- Wouter van As (The Netherlands)
- Thomas Struckmeier (Germany)
- Daniel Sunderland (Mexico)
Upcoming FESPA events:
- FESPA Brasil, 20 – 23 October 2021, Expo Center Norte, São Paulo, Brazil
- FESPA Eurasia, 2 – 5 December 2021, Istanbul Expo Centre, Istanbul, Turkey
- FESPA Global Print Expo 2022, 31 May – 3 June 2022, Messe Berlin, Berlin, Germany
- European Sign Expo 2022, 31 May – 3 June 2022, Messe Berlin, Berlin, Germany
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