Esko Announces 2015 Leadership Transition, Udo Panenka to Succeed Carsten Knudsen as President
GENT, BELGIUM—November 19, 2014—Esko announced that Udo Panenka, senior vice president for Global Sales and Marketing will succeed Carsten Knudsen as president on January 1, 2015. Over the near term, Knudsen will continue to support Esko and Danaher in an advisory role.
"Under Carsten's leadership, Esko has built a loyal and growing customer group, created world class technology, and with a strong team, driven excellent growth and established itself as a leader in its served markets", said Joakim Weidemanis, vice president and group executive for the Product Identification Platform, Danaher Corp.
Udo Panenka joined Esko from Kollmorgen, another Danaher business, earlier this year, where he was vice president and general manager for Industrial Automation in Europe and India. Panenka joined Kollmorgen in 2008 and has served in several key leadership roles with increasing responsibility.
"We want to thank Carsten for his leadership and tremendous impact on the success of Esko" said Weidemanis.
Esko is a global supplier of integrated solutions for the packaging and labels, sign and display, commercial printing and publishing industries. Esko products and services drive profitability in the packaging and printing supply chain by reducing time-to-market and raising productivity. Esko is headquartered in Gent, Belgium, and has R&D and manufacturing facilities in five European countries, the United States, China and India. Esko is a Danaher company.