Industry pays tribute to Rod Cummings

The industry has paid tribute to EFI executive Rod Cummings, who has passed away after a battle with cancer.

Former colleagues have described their sadness at the passing of the 25-year veteran with EFI’s Fiery software division. Cummings started working with EFI in late 1999 and was responsible for supporting all of the Fiery customers as well as OEM partners in Australia and New Zealand.

“It is with an extremely heavy heart that I share the news from Rod’s wife Keri that Rod Cummings has passed away overnight,” Fiery APAC manager, Peter Hoermann said in a statement on Wednesday 26 June.

“The Australian and New Zealand digital print community will be deeply saddened by Rod’s passing. He was a highly respected and well-liked member of our community, known for his honesty and decency. Thank you, Rod, for your dedication and commitment to the print industry. Your contributions were appreciated by many,” Hoermann said.

Anthony Parnemann who worked for the Fiery business and held the role of South East Asia manager at EFI before his retirement in 2022 posted a tribute to Cummings on LinkedIn.

“With much sadness I would like to acknowledge the passing of a great colleague and friend in Rod Cummings,” said Parnemann, who is now based in Portugal.

“Rod and I worked together for more than 20 years. He was pretty much unflappable, he worked tirelessly to support clients and colleagues, whilst delivering great insight & training. Rod was a real rock for myself and the people he supported. I will be forever grateful for his support & friendship. Gone too soon,” Parnemann said.

Another former colleague to acknowledge Cummings’ contribution was Andy Yarrow, now based in Singapore working with Miraclon.

“I had the privilege of getting to know Rod as a colleague and team member when I first moved to Asia Pacific. What struck me the most about Rod was his decency and integrity. He was highly respected by customers, partners, and colleagues alike and his sad passing will be felt by many people in the printing industry in Australia and New Zealand,” Yarrow said.

Details regarding the memorial service will be available in the near future.

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