Having spent most of his professional career with Hewlett-Packard in many different positions and countries, Vincent Vanderpoel was recruited by Dover Corporation to become CEO for Markem-Imaje in late 2013. Vincent was drawn by the chance to head up and take ultimate responsibility for an organisation. "One of the things that attracted me to Markem-Imaje was that there were a lot of similarities with what I was doing at HP, the biggest one being that it is a business that has a large component aftermarket business and services for consumables.
Also, the nature of the company suited me personally very well; it has a very similar code of conduct, respect for people, and there's a great emphasis on accountability, which comes with being a publicly listed company. There's also a great emphasis on being a good corporate citizen, which attracted me a lot. And the last thing is the multinational nature of the company; were present in 32 countries and I've always enjoyed working in a multicultural and multinational environment."
While still in his first year at Markem-Imaje, Vincent has identified numerous future trends and opportunities for the business to focus on. The first opportunity would be improving security of products and improving brand stability. "For example, anti-diversion and anti-counterfeiting are big issues not only in emerging countries but across the world. This means we need to have much more sophisticated capabilities to trace and track products, and we need to have more product information and coding information on products. Were working, for example, with a partner in the US, Advanced DNA, where were able to track and trace products in a very sophisticated manner. This is a trend I see in the market where we need to play a big role."