Just weeks after Guy Gecht announced his intention to step down as CEO of EFI, the company has named Bill Muir as his replacement.
Muir will take up the new position on 15 October, joining EFI’s board of directors at the same time. Gecht had announced his intention to step down publicly on 30 July this year, though fellow board members had been aware that he would depart for months before that.
Muir has previously been chief operating officer of Jabil, a company which specialises in managing global manufacturing chains on behalf of a wide range of customers. He retired from the business at the end of last year after 25 years in various positions there. Jabil is a business with sales of $22 billion with 170,000 employees and operations 90 factories across the globe. EFI currently has sales which have cracked the $1 billion barrier.
Muir has been part of Jabil for 25 years, acting as president of Jabil Asia for four years; CEO of its global manufacturing services operation, a $14 billion division of the business and has latterly been chief operating officer for five years. The company says it provides "comprehensive design and manufacturing product management services to global electronics and technology company". This opens the way to Industry 4.0, near field communications, factory of the future, supply chain visibility and what it calls "supply chain orchestration solutions".
He was also responsible for launching the Jabil Blue Sky Innovation Centres, which now has four sites to showcase 'factory of the future' concepts. The centre in Spain focus on intelligent packaging solutions. Jabil also has interests in printed electronics and 3D printing.
The appointment was made after what Gill Cogan, chairman of EFI’s boards, says was a “comprehensive search”, adding: “The board had the opportunity to speak with many highly skilled, strong leaders. Bill was our first choice as his experience in managing a global manufacturing organisation, track record in execution and leadership style most closely matched the characteristics we sought to successfully lead EFI in its next stage of growth.”
Gecht has offered his assistance to his successor, though a future role is not clearly defined. Gecht states: “I look forward to watching him lead EFI and helping in any way he chooses as the company continues to lead the digital transformation of industries globally where colourful images matter.”
Bill Muir will oversee a business that operates in productivity software, large format inkjet, has Fiery and increasingly in textiles and packaging. It has a substantial war chest to call upon to push the business to the next level.