March 24, 2010
by Canadian Packaging Staff
Starting on April 1, 2010, Howard Hutchings will take over the role of chief information officer for Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg), a leading global manufacturer in the sheetfed offset and flexographic printing sectors.
Hutchings replaces Michael Neff who will be leaving the company.
in 1979 Hutchings joined what was then the Harris Graphics Corporation, a manufacturer of web offset presses that Heidelberg subsequently took over. Here, he was responsible for setting up and expanding the IT (information technology) infrastructure. Following the takeover by Heidelberg, Hutchings relocated to Germany in an executive position with responsibility for developing the global IT infrastructure and Internet services.
"My primary objective is to support the company’s strategic and operational objectives with cutting-edge IT organization. The aim is to ensure the competitiveness of the entire Heidelberg Group with state-of-the-art IT solutions while also further lowering costs in this sector," he states, outlining his future remit.
Heidelberg CFO (chief financial officer) Dirk Kaliebe, who is also responsible for corporate IT, adds: "The IT infrastructure at Heidelberg is among the best in the world. Through systematic standardization and the introduction of SAP systems, the company has built up a global process world and thus created leaner structures. Over recent years, this strategy has enabled us to cut IT costs by around 40 percent."
For more information on Heidelberg, visit www.heidelberg.com.