Mergers & Acquisitions Forum

An overview from the experts

19 September 2017

Novotel Barcelona City Hotel, Barcelona, Spain


A new event for 2017, the forum is aimed at those wishing to understand how mergers and acquisitions are shaping the digital printing industry. Whether you are a potential acquirer or acquiree, or just need to understand the changes in our industry today and over the next few years, the session is well worth attending.

The forum will focus on market drivers for M&A activity, how the industry has been shaped by M&A activities, and how the M&A market within digital printing will change over the next 5 years. Buy side leaders will discuss their individual strategies, while sell side entrepreneurs will share the experience of selling their company.

The session includes an animated panel discussion bringing together both the buy side and the sell side, at the same time, to highlight how different viewpoints can make or break a deal. Finally, a private networking reception allows attendees to share their experiences over drinks.

Forum Programme

Tuesday 19 September

12:30-13:30 Registration
13:30 Forum begins

Introduction to the program
Ken Stack, Proximus


Market forces driving M&A in inkjet
Marco Boer, IT Strategies





Inkjet M&A: What has been and what is next
Ken Stack, Proximus

14:45-15:00 Refreshment break

Views from a leader of the buy side
Liz Logue, Director M&A and Strategy, Electronics for Imaging


Views from a leader of the buy side
James Hirchak, Director M&A, Dover Corporation


A view from the sell side
Piero Pierantozzi, CEO Mouvent, former CEO Graph-Tech

16:30-17:15 Panel session: Buy side and sell side

The panel session, chaired by Ken Stack, will be a provocative discussion highlighting how the different viewpoints on the buy side and sell side can make or break a deal. The panel will comprise:

  • Roy Douglass, VP M&A and Strategy, Electronics for Imaging
  • James Hirchak, Director of M&A, Dover Corporation
  • Piero Pierantozzi, CEO, Mouvent, former CEO Graph-Tech
  • Steven Mills, Avery Corporation, former CEO Ink Mill
17:15-18:30 Networking reception

About Kenneth Stack

Dr. Kenneth Stack is an experienced M&A professional with extensive digital printing industry background. Ken operates Proximus LLC., a boutique investment banking and venture capital firm that specializes in finding strategic value for companies within the digital printing industry. Since its founding in 2011, Proximus has completed over $600 million in M&A deals within the digital printing market, representing both buyers and sellers alike. Ken has over 20 years of experience within digital printing, having founded Jetrion in 2003, a leader in digital label printing, which he sold to Electronics for Imaging in 2006. He held senior leadership positions at Electronics for Imaging from 2006-2010 and at the Eastman Kodak Company from 1998-2002. Ken earned a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering as well as an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the University of Rochester.