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ABG announces leadership transition

Marking the next stage of its evolution, family-owned finishing equipment manufacturer, A B Graphic International (ABG) has announced the appointment of Simon Nadin as its new CEO designate, effective 2nd April 2024. A structured transition period alongside the outgoing CEO, Richard Knight, will take place until the end of the year, after which Simon will officially assume his appointment.

Being a proud Yorkshireman, Simon brings a portfolio of experience and leadership from various sectors including switchgear, electronics and gearbox industries. His career has been marked by significant achievements in operations, engineering, and later in sales, commercial and business development roles. "I've always thrived in diverse environments, which have shaped me into a well-rounded leader focused on driving profitable growth and market expansion," he commented. His commitment to innovation and excellence aligns seamlessly with ABG’s core values, making his appointment a pivotal development in ABG’s journey, especially in its 70th year.

Looking ahead, Simon’s vision for ABG revolves around enhancing customer value and innovation through significant investments in people and product automation. "I am excited to leverage my background in driving business excellence to further establish ABG’s position as a pioneer in the label printing industry," he added. “I am also committed to working closely with the company’s existing owners and leadership teams to preserve ABG’s values, strategic direction and strong teamwork ethic which is very much part and parcel of ABG culture.”

Richard Knight, who planned his retirement for the end of 2024, has been instrumental in navigating the company through the challenges of recent years, including the pandemic, while achieving remarkable growth. Reflecting on his tenure, Richard said: “It’s been a privilege to lead such a dynamic team at ABG. I am confident that Simon will not only continue the great work we’ve started but will also take ABG to new heights."

ABG takes this opportunity to thank Richard for his dedication and leadership and welcomes Simon Nadin into his new role, anticipating a future of innovation, growth and continued success.