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Gerald A. Nathe to Receive NAPL Soderstrom Award

August 4, 2009
PARAMUS, NJ—August 4, 2009—Gerald A. Nathe, Chairman of the Board of Baldwin Technology Co., has been named the 49th Walter E. Soderstrom Award recipient. Nathe will receive the award, one of the graphic communications industry’s most prestigious honors, at the annual NAPL Soderstrom Society Dinner on Saturday, September 12th, at the Park Hyatt in Chicago, during PRINT 09. NAPL (www.napl.org), the industry’s association for excellence in the printing and graphic communications industry, will also induct 13 industry leaders into the Walter E. Soderstrom Society at the event.
 
Named for the late Walter E. Soderstrom, one of the founders of NAPL, the Soderstrom Society is an honors organization that recognizes the contributions of industry leaders, including printing firm owners, equipment manufacturers, consultants and educators.

In announcing this year’s Soderstrom honoree, NAPL president and chief executive officer Joseph P. Truncale said, “We are so pleased to bestow this award on someone who so truly exemplifies all the qualities of the Society. Throughout Gerry’s career, he has been a learner, a leader, a successful businessman, a coach, mentor and humanitarian. On behalf of the NAPL staff, Board of Directors, and all the members of the Soderstrom Society we congratulate Gerry on this much deserved honor.”

Determined to work in a small manufacturing company environment following undergraduate and graduate degrees from Notre Dame and an MBA from Harvard, Nathe sought out and secured a position with LogEtronics Inc., a supplier of film processors to the graphic arts. Thus started his career in the printing industry. Nathe eventually became the President of LogEtronics, and upon the sale of the company in 1987, he became the President of LogEtronics' former parent company, DBA Systems, a defense electronics firm. Simultaneous with the sale of LogE, Gerry remained active in the printing industry as he helped form a group that purchased Luth A/S, a Danish manufacturer of graphic arts film and plate processors, which the group sold in the mid-1990s.
 
When Nathe was elected to the Board of Baldwin Technology in the late 1980s, the company was rapidly becoming a global supplier of a wide array of pre-press, on-press, and post-press equipment. In 1990, Nathe joined the management team of Baldwin Technology with initial responsibility for the Americas. In the mid-1990s, he became the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, and subsequently led the effort to focus Baldwin's business on process automation products and systems.
 

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