January 26, 2023 By PrintAction Staff
Electronics For Imaging (EFI) appoints Frank Pennisi, a veteran of the industrial and technology sectors, as CEO. In tandem, EFI’s Fiery business unit has been separated as an independent company that will remain wholly owned by Siris Capital Group.
As separate companies, EFI and Fiery will have distinct areas of strategic focus that will enable them to serve their customers better and grow over the long-term, with EFI in industrial inkjet and Fiery as a digital front end (DFE) provider. Jeff Jacobson, a 35-year veteran of the digital imaging sector who led EFI as CEO following its 2019 take-private by Siris, will remain executive chair of each business.
“Digital imaging would not be where it is today without Fiery. Operating as a standalone company will only further strengthen Fiery’s market-leading position in providing innovative DFE solutions. Similarly, no company in the industry can match the depth and breadth of EFI’s industrial inkjet portfolio and I am looking forward to this next chapter of growth under Frank’s leadership,” said Jacobson.
Headquartered in Londonderry, N.H., EFI will focus on driving the analog-to-digital transition across the packaging and corrugated, display graphics, textile, and building materials/décor end-markets for industrial inkjet.
Pennisi comes to EFI from Orora Packaging Solutions, a provider of custom packaging solutions with an emphasis on corrugated. While managing Orora Packaging Solutions as its president and CEO, Pennisi was an EFI customer, using EFI’s Nozomi inkjet digital printer. His experience with EFI solutions extends to the close collaboration and consulting he has done with Orora Packaging’s sister company, Orora Visual, a display graphics provider. Previously, Pennisi spent two decades in leadership positions at FLIR Systems (now Teledyne FLIR), Honeywell, and GE.
“As a former customer, I know that EFI’s digital industrial inkjet portfolio is unmatched in the industry,” said Pennisi. “The company’s suite of equipment, inks, and intelligent service positions it to address its customers’ most critical needs. I am thrilled to be joining EFI at this pivotal moment as the industry transitions toward digital inkjet.”
“I am excited that Frank shares our enthusiasm about the possibilities for EFI as an industrial inkjet leader and will bring his leadership and unique customer perspective to the company,” said Tyler Sipprelle, partner at Siris. “Jeff’s leadership has been pivotal since Siris’ acquisition of EFI, through the first chapter of transformation and the challenges of the COVID pandemic, and he will continue to play a critical role moving forward as EFI’s executive chair. With Frank, Jeff, and all the passionate and committed EFI team members, I am confident we have the best possible organization to continue to transform the industrial imaging industry.”
Pennisi earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a B.S. in mechanical engineering and materials engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
As an independent company, the Fiery business will continue to provide DFE technology for digital production and industrial printing. Toby Weiss, long-time COO and general manager of Fiery, will continue to lead the business as CEO of Fiery.
“Fiery will remain focused on working closely with our OEM partners, including the EFI inkjet business, to continue developing cutting-edge technology that drives the next generation of automation, accuracy, and profit potential in digital printing,” said Weiss. “We look forward to accelerating our investment as a standalone company, while driving our expanding product portfolio, incorporating world-class colour algorithms, and developing advanced cloud technology.”
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