Electronics For Imaging, Inc. has announced the appointment of Jeff Jacobson, a 30-year veteran of the digital imaging and industrial technology sector, as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Jacobson will retain his position as Executive Chairman. He succeeds Bill Muir, who is stepping down for personal reasons. Prior to joining EFI, Jacobson served as Chief Executive Officer of Xerox.
It was a short run for Muir who took over for Guy Gecht less than a year ago. We had heard rumblings that this leadership transition created a bit of a culture shock within the organization but wasn’t expecting a big change at the top. The acquisition of EFI by Siris Capital Group earlier this year was likely the catalyst behind this change as was Jacobson’s background in the print industry, something that Muir did not have. Jacobson joined Siris Capital Group in June of this year as an executive partner and was named executive chairman of EFI in July. And now, this.
While at Xerox, Jacobson also served as both President of Xerox’s Technology Business and President of Xerox’s Global Graphic Communications Operations. Prior to joining Xerox in 2012, Jacobson was the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Presstek, a manufacturer of digital offset printing solutions.
“I am thrilled to be expanding my role on EFI’s leadership team to identify unique opportunities for innovation across the Company,” said Jacobson. “EFI’s portfolio of best-in-class solutions presents an exciting opportunity to drive further growth in high-quality inkjet and integrated, digital workflows. Together with my experienced and talented colleagues on the EFI team, we will provide the leadership needed to help EFI accelerate the transformation of industries where colorful images matter. I also want to join the EFI team in thanking Bill for his contributions to the Company’s success and wishing him the best in his future endeavors. Bill played a pivotal role in successfully positioning EFI for the next chapter of our evolution, always doing so with integrity and the best interests of customers and employees.”
“It has been a privilege to lead EFI through an important chapter in the Company’s history, and I look forward to seeing EFI thrive as it continues to collaborate with customers and partners worldwide,” said Bill Muir. “I have admired Jeff as an expert in the digital imaging space, and I am confident that with his vision and under his leadership, EFI will be able to successfully write the next chapter of innovation and market leadership across the Company’s portfolio of solutions.”
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