01-Mar-2022 - Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH

Hahnemühle appoints new international leadership team

Three appointments complete important steps in Hahnemühle’s Go-to-Market strategy

Hahnemühle is delighted to announce the appointments of Nancy Janes to the position of Hahnemühle UK & Ireland Managing Director and General Manager, Sven Heeren to the position of General Manager DACH & The Netherlands and Simon Waller to the position General Manager Hahnemühle USA. All appointments become effective as of 1 March 2022.

“In line with the excellent growth of the Hahnemühle Group worldwide, I am excited to expand the management team with outstanding business leaders to prepare and scale up Hahnemühle´s Go-to-Market regions per the long-term planning. All of them are commercially focused senior leaders, experienced with global companies across the paper and printing industry or already with Hahnemühle and responsible for great achievements within our company” stated Jan Wölfle, President and CEO Hahnemühle-Group.

Nancy Janes´ charter is to take both roles, the General Manager as well as Managing Director for Hahnemühle UK & Ireland. She has a proven track record in driving positive customer, business and employee outcomes. Nancy is experienced across UK & Ireland, EMEA and worldwide in the Commercial, Publishing and Packaging printing markets. She has extensive leadership experience, with expertise in sales, marketing, solutions, channel management, commercial strategy, digital printing capabilities, business development and partnerships. The wealth of experience Nancy brings, will enrich the existing Hahnemühle UK team and contribute to accelerating success.

Relevant highlights from her professional experience include her most recent role as Global Publishing Solutions Business Director at HP, where she established HP as a “thought leader” partnering with brands like Adobe, Mondelez, Danone, Pearson Publishing etc. to enable Print-Service-Providers transitioning their analogue to digital workflows, utilizing the benefits of digital graphics creations and digital Publishing / Packaging. Most notably, Nancy was HP Country Manager for HP Indigo, HP Inkjet high speed webpress, Wide Format (Latex, Aqueous, UV), and PageWide and achieved best performing region results in EMEA. During that assignment she was being named the 16th most influential person in the UK printing industry by PrintWeek.

Hahnemühle is using this change to enable Simon Waller, General Manager UK & Ireland since 2005, to make a career move. Simon will succeed Sven Heeren as General Manager Hahnemühle USA, who was recently promoted to General Manager DACH & The Netherlands within the Hahnemühle Group. Sven joined Hahnemühle USA in 2019, having previously worked at companies such as Messe Düsseldorf, Kraft Foods, and Beam Suntory. During his time at Hahnemühle North America, the team significantly outperformed organic market growth in the Digital FineArt and Photo business segment. As a native German, living in USA for more than 20 years, this position was an excellent development path for Sven also in his endeavor to return to his roots. As General Manager, he will lead sales and a team of product and marketing managers at Hahnemühle’s headquarters in Germany.

Simon Waller is appointed General Manager Hahnemühle USA with nearly 25 years of experience in Hahnemühle (former Schleicher & Schuell Group). He drove the UK team successfully in Digital FineArt, Artist’ Papers and Filtration/Life Science. Most notably, he prepared UK Region for Brexit and established B2B and B2C Web-Shop and Direct Sales capabilities during the last years.

These three appointments complete important steps in Hahnemühle’s Go-to-Market (GTM) strategy. “With this newly structured organisation our tradition rich company will drive the development of new products and services to new levels in a challenging business and competitive environment. Hahnemühle offers everyone the opportunity to work internationally and implement personal career and succession plans”, concludes Jan Wölfle, President and CEO Hahnemühle-Group.

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