IMA Dairy & Food founds sales & service company for the Asia Pacific region

Wilfrid Marie appointed as managing director and CEO

Wilfrid Marie has been appointed as managing director and chief executive officer effective from 1 September 2020

In the future, the global packaging machine manufacturer IMA Dairy & Food, with its well-known brands Erca, Gasti, Hamba, and Hassia, will be more present on the Asian Pacific market. An own sales and service company has been founded in early September, and Wilfrid Marie has been appointed as managing director and chief executive officer effective from 1 September 2020.

Wilfrid Marie has several decades of management experience and know-how in the packaging industry. Before joining IMA Dairy & Food, he worked for the French Serac Group for more than 30 years; the last four years as president of the Group Executive Board. Since 2007 Marie is permanently based in Asia and has a very good market knowledge.

“With Wilfrid Marie, an accomplished and experienced leader comes on board who brings a strong customer orientation and a deep knowledge of the Asian Pacific market. In addition, he also has the vision and strategic skills that will help us to further expand our business in the long term,” emphasizes Thomas Becker, chief executive board and partner of the IMA Dairy & Food group.

With its brands Erca, Gasti, Hamba, and Hassia, IMA Dairy & Food is one of the world’s leading suppliers of packaging machinery, technology, and services. It has extensive know-how in the key industries of dairy and food products. Based in Ranstadt, Germany, the holding company currently represents three production locations in Europe and numerous sales and service companies. IMA Dairy & Food employs a workforce of about 500 worldwide.

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