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Brett Newman becomes Roland’s new MD

Brett Newman becomes Roland’s new MD

Brett Newman today becomes the new Managing Director of Roland DG, UK &Ireland, replacing Jerry Davies, who after 14 years as UK Managing Director, has been promoted to the position of Managing Director of Roland DG EMEA. 

Commenting on his new role, Brett Newman said:  “I have long been passionate about the print industry and Roland’s role in it as a pioneer and innovator, so I am immensely proud to now be leading the UK business and look forward to building on the tremendous success we’ve achieved under Jerry’s leadership. Being appointed to the position of Managing Director is the pinnacle for many in their careers, it is certainly something I have long aspired to, and it genuinely feels incredible to have achieved it. Roland DG has always put people at the heart of everything it does and we’ve built our core proposition around people, passion and products, enabling customers to get the most out of the technology they have invested in. This is the key to a healthy business and an ethos I intend to maintain.”

Brett has been with Roland for 14 years, starting out as an engineer and subsequently occupying every major senior management position at Roland DG, including the roles of Product, Sales, Technical and Marketing Director. In his new position, he will be responsible for the company’s UK and Irish sales, service and marketing operations, retaining his position on the UK Board of Directors, and working closely with Jerry Davies in his new role as Roland DG EMEA Managing Director.

Jerry Davies said: “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Brett for over 14 years at Roland DG and have seen him flourish and grow into an outstanding advocate for our industry. He has a level of technical and market knowledge that places him amongst the very best in the industry. I am very confident he is exactly the right person to be at the helm of this business and to steer it towards the many exciting opportunities that the UK and Irish markets will present over the next few years.”

And, it appears that Brett’s enthusiam for the industry didn’t stop at the office door as there is also now more than one Newman determined to carve out a successful career in the sector, with Brett’s son Gareth, having taken up the mantle for the next generation, following his recent appointment as a print operator, with Reflex Sales and Marketing, where he is responsible for running a Roland SOLJET PRO 4 XR-640 wide format inkjet printer/cutter.

Brett remarked:“Over the years, I must have spent so much time talking up the industry out of hours, it’s convinced my son to join it as well!”

Jerry Davies concluded  “I’ve always aimed to build a supportive, inclusive environment at Roland DG where career paths can match ambitions and there is no better evidence of the success of this than Brett, who came in as an ambitious engineer, worked his way up through the company and has now become Managing Director. I think it’s a very proud moment for everyone at the Roland DG and a clear sign of what is possible here if you have the commitment, passion and drive to succeed.”

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