Global Graphics SA (NYSE-Euronext: GLOG) announced today that Pierre Van Beneden, CEO of RSD SA in Geneva and formerly vice president EMEA for Adobe Systems Inc, has accepted the position of non-executive director with the Company.
He replaces Peter Camps who has resigned from the Company’s Board of Directors after almost two years of diligent service to avoid any potential conflict of interest following the acquisition on 13 March 2008 of all of the shares forming the capital of Gradual Software by EskoArtwork and his subsequent appointment as senior vice president Enfocus, the new business unit formed by Enfocus and Gradual Software.
Before joining RSD, a Geneva-based provider of archiving and retrieval software for digital documents, as CEO in early March 2008, Pierre Van Beneden was vice president EMEA for Adobe Systems Inc. from May 2003 until late 2007. Between October 2001 and January 2003, he served as president of San Francisco-based Critical Path, a NASDAQ-listed company providing messaging and identity management solutions. From 1995 to 2001, he was with Lotus Development Corporation before and after it was acquired by IBM, where he served in a variety of roles, including executive vice president worldwide field operations. Prior to his time with Lotus, Mr. Van Beneden spent almost a decade at Oracle Corporation in France, having held various executive positions in the European IT industry, notably at Digital Equipment between 1985 and 1988. He holds a Ph.D. in business management from Paris University and a Master’s degree in the same from Paris Dauphine.
Johan Volckaerts, Chairman of Global Graphics’ Board of Directors commented: “We are delighted to welcome Pierre. He joins us during a period of intense product development which has already seen our product portfolio greatly expand. The Company will continue to push ahead in 2008 with other new initiatives and further product development and we are pleased to add Pierre’s experience to an already strong team.”
In accordance with the applicable provisions of French Company Law, Mr. Van Beneden will serve as a director of the Company until the term of the mandate held by Mr. Camps, i.e. until the date of the meeting of the Company’s shareholders which will be held in 2010 to approve the statutory and consolidated accounts for the year ending 31 December 2009.
As a result of this appointment, the Company’s Board of Directors decided to include an additional resolution in the agenda of the shareholders’ meeting scheduled on 25 April 2008 so that the co-optation of Mr. Van Beneden as a director could be ratified by the Company’s shareholders.
Should you have any query on the above, please contact Alain Pronost, the Company’s chief financial officer, either by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by written request sent for his attention at the Company’s registered office in Pompey (France).
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