Calling it one of the most significant hires in company history, The MATLET Group today announced Ed Wiegand as its new Executive Vice President. With an engineering background and 23 years experience and knowledge of print technologies and digital solutions, he will report to Gary Stiffler, The MATLET Group’s President and CEO.
Mr. Wiegand joins The MATLET Group after serving as Executive Vice President of Sancoa International & TubeDec LLC, a world class New Jersey-based label and tube manufacturer. He helped with the formation of TubeDec in 2004, 10 years after beginning at Beckett Corporation before it was acquired by Sancoa in 2000.
In 2006, Wiegand was named VP of Sales and managed top accounts that included Proctor & Gamble, L’Oreal, Johnson & Johnson and others. Two years later he was responsible for the start-up of new digital business. More recently, he helped manage the global expansion strategy with the company’s chairman and led strategy for new developments and technology.
“Ed and I were introduced early 2011 and I was immediately impressed by his entrepreneurial spirit and all that he has achieved in his career,” says Mr. Stiffler. “As the print world becomes further involved in digital technology and cross platform solutions, his experience - especially with the packaging solutions side of the business - will prove to be invaluable for The MATLET Group and its companies.”
Throughout his career Wiegand has been named to five U.S. patents, and has had strong contributions to digital print technology developments. He resides on a global advisory council that helps create the strategies and solutions for the digital print industry. He’s an accomplished speaker, participating at several Flexographic Trade Association (FTA), Tags and Labels Manufacturer Institute (TLMI) and Digital Solutions Cooperative (Dscoop) functions. Wiegand also is a proponent of cultivating higher education talent, having started internship programs with Clemson University and RIT.
“This is a tremendous opportunity with The MATLET Group. I’m proud of what I have accomplished in my career and look forward to the challenges ahead,” Wiegand said. “This is an explosive time for technology and this company is well positioned for the future. I look forward to help establishing an internship program at The MATLET Group. Young talent is already pre-programmed and experienced with the digital world we live in today. This generation can have a significant impact on the growth of our industry.”