Judges

Pier Luigi Sassanelli

Pier Luigi Sassanelli (Sass) joins the 10th Anniversary Kodak Flexo Innovation Awards as Lead Judge, bringing thirty years’ worth of experience in the Graphic Arts and Flexo Industry in both consolidated and emerging economies.

Throughout his career, Sass’ strong technical background has allowed him to move from technical to commercial senior management positions. He started with one of the leading Global Graphic Arts Systems Manufacturers and grew in one of the largest multinational companies. His passion for working with other cultures brought him first to the UK, and later to Germany, the USA, and Switzerland, where he lives today.

 

With solid international business leadership experience, Sass understands the market drivers that shape customers’ needs, and in his many years in the Flexo Industry, he has demonstrated his ability to focus on those needs and translate them into profitable growth for all parties in the value chain.

 

He is passionate about leveraging the value of teamwork, inclusion and diversity, resiliency, leadership, and self-motivation. His insights and presentations skills have inspired a multitude of individuals to lead authentically, work more collaboratively, and create a dynamic impact.

 

Sass was presented with the DuPont Marketing Excellence Award for leading the successful development and commercialization of the first Thermal Developer (Cyrel FAST 1000TD) in the USA and Europe and was honoured by Marmara University in Istanbul as one of the most innovative and creative people in the business.

He is the proud founder of Flexo4All and a co-founder of the Global DuPont Corporate Marketing Academy, which he led in Europe for over 6 years before returning to one of DuPont’s major strategic business units.

 

Lauded for his Marketing and Leadership skills, Sass was invited to co-develop a Marketing Excellence Program with renowned Professors of the Penn State Smeal College of Business and the Institute for the Study of Business Markets (ISBM).

As one of the major experts in the industry on Marketing Strategies, MBA coaching, and young talent development, Sass is a dedicated advocate for helping others across every stage of their career.

He has appeared several times in top international trade magazines in the UK, USA, Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland, Turkey and Russia. He also wrote two books for the Marmara University of Istanbul Printing Faculty, which are still in use for the lectures.

Currently, in addition to being a freelance consultant, he serves as Non-Executive Director on the board of Vianord Engineering in France, one of the leading Flexo Platemaking Equipment Manufacturers in the world.

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