Ilford Appoints CEO and Director of Global Sales

Ilford Appoints CEO and Director of Global Sales


Avon, CT—Ilford Imaging Switzerland GmbH, a developer and manufacturer of professional-quality media for both inkjet printing and color photographic processes, announced the growth of its international management team with the addition of graphics industry veteran Paul Willems as chief executive officer and director of global sales.

Willems brings experience and knowledge of the graphic arts industry to his new role with Ilford, having previously held the position of CEO at GMGcolor. He is also a former McKinsey & Company consultant and spent several years in diverse executive positions with graphic arts and digital printing industries companies 

“Paul strengthens the management team at Ilford and focuses the company on growth. Since our acquisition of Ilford we have aggressively sought to expand the company footprint in its core business markets, while also uncovering new growth opportunities,” said Clifford Herbertson, partner, Paradigm Global Partners LLP. “With this new aggressive business development strategy in mind, we expect Paul to deliver an immediate impact to our business, and also be a key player in further developing the company for the long term.”

Herbertson, in his capacity as a partner of Paradigm Global Partners, which recently acquired Ilford Imaging Switzerland GmbH, had previously served as the manufacturer’s acting global sales leader before Willem’s appointment.

Recent expansions to the Ilford distribution network in key markets around the globe have positioned the company to actively pursue new markets and expand market share in key regions. With the addition of Willems, Ilford can continue to explore new avenues for international growth utilizing his fluency in English, French and German.

“Ilford has long been known for its dedication to high-quality products, and its portfolio remains very strong. I see very interesting developments on the horizon, and I’m proud to join the excellent team already in place,” said Willems. “My special thanks to Clifford Herbertson, whose unfailing commitment to the Ilford global sales initiatives will certainly allow me to hit the ground running. 

Lars Sommerhäuser, who served as CEO since 2010, will become chief operating officer and will be responsible for operations, technology & development, human resources, purchasing and information technology. Sommerhäuser will also lead the company’s strategic business development.