Barbara Schulz, CEO of Durst Digital Technology GmbH
Photo credit: © Dina Mariner
With effect from January 7, 2014, Barbara Schulz has been appointed as the successor to Klaus Schneider, who died in a fatal accident in the Spring of 2013, onto the Executive Board of Durst Phototechnik Digital Technology in Lienz, Austria.
Mrs Schulz, 53, is moving to the Durst Group from the German-American global market leader in thermal process technology, Ipsen. Her most recent post was as CEO of Ipsen subsidiaries in South East Asia and India. Her professional background had previously taken her to Germany, where Mrs Schulz held various management roles at ESK Ceramics GmbH, a leading manufacturer of high performance ceramics. As Vice President she was responsible, amongst other roles, for Sales and Marketing, as well as Business Development and Product Development.
“I am absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to take on probably the most demanding management position in my home state, that of Chief Executive Officer of Durst Digital Technology GmbH. The opportunity to lead one of the most innovative, global companies in Austria and to implement its strategy of continuous profitable growth is one which rarely comes along,” says Barbara Schulz. “Durst’s plans regarding its long term strategy are as exciting as they are challenging. At the same time, I am inspired by the great commitment which the company has to this region.”
“We are very much looking forward to working with Mrs Schulz. Her many years of experience in international management in all the markets which are important to the Durst Group, combined with the fact that East Tirol is her home region, mean that Barbara Schulz is an exceptionally good fit with us, internationally successful yet based on strong Tyrolean roots,” said the Chairman of the Administrative Board and founder of Durst Lienz, Dr. Richard Piock.
Durst Phototechnik Digital Technology GmbH is a 100% subsidiary of Durst Phototechnik AG, Brixen, which has been producing inkjet printers for graphic and industrial applications since 1999 and is amongst the leading companies in the sector worldwide. With approximately 150 employees, it achieves sales figures of around 85 million Euros, of which 98% are for export markets. A new 5000 m² production workshop is currently being completed, in which a subsidiary company will produce industrial décor and surface functionalisation systems.