Fespa has named Christophe Aussenac as its new president during an assembly of its national associations.

The assembly took place during Fespa Global Print Expo 2021 in Amsterdam. His term runs for three years. He replaces outgoing president Christian Duyckaerts. In 2017, Aussenac became Fespa vice president. A Fespa Board member since 2014, he also leads Fespa France.

An advocate for sustainability in speciality printing, he has driven the establishment of Fespa’s Southern European Congress. In addition, he is also a founding director of Lyon-based Autorise Toute Creativité. The company employs 60 people, producing signage, graphics, display and POS services to corporate and agency clients.

He comments, “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. 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.

“This is a critical time for our members. The prolonged global pandemic has put multiple pressures on print businesses. Owners are now rebuilding and reimagining their future. As a result, we have a stronger focus than ever on topics like production efficiency, diversification and automation.

“Looking ahead to 2022, we hope for the successful resumption of all our global Fespa events. We want to re-engage with all members of our community in the real world.”

New board members

Fespa appointed two new Board members. They are Alberto Masserdotti, from Italy and Wouter Van As, from The Netherlands. Also, long-standing board members Anders Nilsson and Enrico Steijn stepped down.

Fespa has named Duykaerts as its Asia Ambassador. In addition, he returns to the general duties of a Fespa board member. Further, he is also acttively involved with Fespa Belgium.

Consequently, the Fespa Board brings together direct print and visual communications expertise across sectors and applications. These encompass promotional graphics, conventional and digital signage, retail interiors, labels, industrial print, interior décor, textile print and garments.

Board members are 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; and Daniel Sunderland, Mexico.

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