Robert Pulford has been appointed as the new chief executive of Domino Printing Sciences as his predecessor Nigel Bond has elected to retire.
Stepping down at the end of March, Bond left the print technology developer and manufacturer after 22 years at the helm. Pulford will be moving into the top position from his previous post as managing director of Domino’s digital printing solutions division. He has 14 years under his belt as part of the Domino group’s executive management team and 23 years total at the company.
One of Pulford's first tasks will be to enact a long-term plan that was put in place by Brother Industries when it acquired Domino for £1bn in 2015.
Pulford said: “With the first phase of investment by Brother well underway, the next phase is to realise continued growth from the investment. Nigel has left Domino in great shape and it has a great future.
“From Nigel, I have learned the importance of strong leadership and team development. He has nurtured a committed and talented team that has driven innovation and produced groundbreaking and award-winning technologies.
“Domino has a great reputation for helping customers to steer a path to success through market challenges, with a combination of technical innovation and commercial guidance. Key to this is the people we have at Domino, and their ability to devise solutions that play a role in our customers’ continuous business development.”
Headquartered in Bar Hill, Cambridge, Domino has a network of 25 subsidiary offices across the world and manufacturing facilities in China, Germany, India, Sweden, Switzerland and the US, as well as the UK. Pulford is now overseeing a global team of 2,800 staff.
Pulford’s experience at Domino has included group product management, group marketing and heading up the new product development programme for Domino’s iTech ink systems.
He said his appointment as chief executive “marks a natural time for us to assess the digital printing solution division” and announcements related to the sector of the business he formerly headed will be made in due course.
“I have had over 20 memorable years with Domino,” Bond said. “I am delighted that Robert will be taking over as Domino’s new chief executive. Robert is a strong leader with a proven track record of success both within and outside Domino.”
According to Pulford, coding, marking and inkjet specialist Domino makes up 10% of Brother’s turnover and is its parent’s second-largest division. It marked 40 years in operation last August and opened a new fluids manufacturing facility in Liverpool in July.