Under his tenure Onlineprinters acquired Solopress and Danish company LaserTryk and grown to be what he calls a data driven commerce company with sales of €200 million. Keppler comes with a service industry background having filled senior roles at rental company Europcar and car sharing provider car2go.
“Roland Keppler will bring a fresh perspective to position the group sustainably for the future and will continue to establish the disruptive online printing model internationally. His extensive experience will help us to further strengthen our market position with a clear customer focus,” says Walter Meyer, board member and founder of the company who had been CEO until bringing in Fries as the first external chief executive.
Fries highlights the transition from British private equity group TA Associates to Bregal and Project A as external shareholders under his tenure. In a post on LinkedIn, he says: “I am glad to have led Onlineprinters in a very dynamical phase and worked with a great team to achieve many milestones in the company’s development.”
There will be no let up to the development of the business. In his first comment, Keppler says: “We want to continue our dynamic international growth, integrate even more strongly the group’s companies, and win new customers through innovation. I am looking forward to the upcoming challenges.”
In the UK Solopress has benefited from continued support and investment, recently taking delivery of a brace of HP Indigo 12000s and a pair of large format Agfa inkjet printers as well as continuing to expand premises in Southend.
By Gareth Ward
Roland Keppler has replaced Dr Michael Fries as CEO of Onlineprinters who was in charge for five years. During that time he led expansion thrpugh acquisition, investment and found new shareholders for the business.