Tania von der Goltz appointed CFO of Heidelberg

She will succeed Marcus A Wassenberg on 1 January 2023

Tania Von Der Goltz appointed new CFO at Heidelberg

Heidelberg Druckmaschinen has appointed Tania von der Goltz as CFO from 1 January 2023. She succeeds Marcus A. Wassenberg, whose departure from the company was recently announced. The chairman of the executive board, Ludwin Monz, will assume the function of the labor director at the same time.

Tania von der Goltz was most recently with Fresenius Medical Care as senior vice-president of Global Financial Strategy, responsible for her company’s global financial strategy. Among other things, she initiated and led international value creation programs and, as head of the global acquisitions and investment committee, had a formative influence on the M&A activities of the DAX-listed group.

The chairman of the Supervisory Board, Martin Sonnenschein, said: “We are very pleased to have gained Tania von der Goltz, a highly competent financial expert with many years of experience, for Heidelberg. She will make a difference.”

CEO Ludwin Monz said, “I am very much looking forward to working with Tania von der Goltz. Together we will drive the strategic realignment, financial strengthening, and cultural transformation of Heidelberg that we have started.”

Tania von der Goltz commented on her appointment, “I am extremely excited about my new role at Heidelberg, to work with the Executive Board and employees to help shape the path we have taken towards sustainable value growth. I would like to thank the Supervisory Board for its trust sincerely.”

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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