Kodak hires new inkjet president

Kodak has replaced its outgoing president of Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division, Philip Cullimore, with Randy Vandagriff.

The move comes as Kodak reverses its decision to sell its Prosper business, thanks to its inability to find a buyer that met its price, and an upturn in business.

Vandagriff has played a key role in developing Kodak’s Ultrastream technology, and will take on his new role as president of the inkjet division from May 1.

Vandagriff says, “It is an exciting time to continue driving Kodak’s inkjet business forward, as Ultrastream technology will move production inkjet into the mainstream of commercial printing, packaging, labels and home decor.

“I look forward to working closely with our Prosper press and head customers going forward, as well as OEMs in the coming months and years to bring Ultrastream technology to market.”

Jeff Clarke, CEO, Kodak says, “It is a pleasure to welcome Vandagriff to this new role. As a tenured 35-year innovator in inkjet, Vandagriff will help us accelerate market penetration of Ultrastream technologies into new high growth markets with our OEMs.”

“Philip Cullimore has had a strong track record of improving each of the businesses he has managed at Kodak. We have seen this again in bringing our fast-growing inkjet business to profitability while continuing growth in our packaging business. This is an opportunity for him to pursue his goal of running a business headquartered near his European base.”

Cullimore is taking a career sabbatical.

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