Xaar appoints Graham Tweedale as new COO of company

He has played a vital role in the launch of ImagineX platform

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Graham Tweedale, new CEO of Xaar
Graham Tweedale, new CEO of Xaar

Xaar, the leading inkjet printing technology group, has announced that Graham Tweedale has been appointed to the new role of the chief operating officer, reporting to the company’s CEO, John Mills.  

Joining Xaar in 1997 as a technician in the R&D team, Graham helped develop its first-generation inkjet printhead products. He spent five years in Sweden working at the company’s first manufacturing facility before returning to the UK to set up and open the Huntingdon factory in 2007. 

Xaar plans for sustainable growth 

Graham has held several senior management positions within the company and successfully led several business-critical programs and product launches. As general manager for the Printhead Business, he has played a key role in developing and implementing Xaar’s latest printhead strategy, including the launch of the ImagineX platform and its collaborative approach to development. 

Graham said, “I am proud and excited to have been appointed as the company’s COO, especially at such an important point in the evolution of inkjet technology. The extraordinary speed of innovation I have seen in the first 25 years at Xaar looks set to be matched and even surpassed in the next 25. 

“Our creativity, passion and collaborative development with clients will ensure Xaar plays a leading role in unleashing the power of inkjet.” 

John Mills, CEO of the company, said, “I am delighted with Graham’s appointment as COO and wish him continued success in this new role as we work to deliver sustainable growth and provide the inkjet opportunities our customers demand.”

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