Satkar Gidda – Chairman of the Judges is the sales and marketing director of the packaging design company SiebertHead (UK). Having studied business management and marketing, Satkar gained his brand experience during five and a half years at Rowntree Mackintosh, working his way up through several positions including sales, trade marketing and latterly in new product development as Brand Manager. He joined RHM Foods as Trade Development Manager within the newly formed trade marketing function before joining SiebertHead in 1989. There he was appointed a director in 1991.
Josep Maria Fort is a prestigious Spanish architect who began practising as a professional in 1986 and founded his own architecture and design company in Barcelona in 1999. Mr. Fort has always combined his work as an industrial designer and architect with teaching in several subjects in the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). He was also the ADI FAD President since 1999 from 2004.
Dr. Arnold Christian Steinbrecher is Director Demand Side of ECR Austria. He studied Economics at the University of Vienna and had a long and successful career at Unilever Austria in Marketing and Sales Management. He has recently worked for Unilever as Trade Terms Project Manager for International Customers. Since 1998 he has been the representative for Unilever and director Demand Side of the Communications platform for “Efficient Customer Response” (ECR) Austria. Since 2003 he has been Managing Director of ACS – Analysis Creation Solution; Marketing and Sales Consulting. He teaches at the University for Economics Vienna, the University for Marketing & Sales Vienna and Eisenstadt and Graz Universities.
Jef Verplaetse has a PhD in sciences along with an MBA. He is CEO of Van Genechten Packaging which is one of Europe’s largest carton manufacturers with operations in several countries. Prior to joining Van Genechten he was Sales director Baxter International Belgium and then Plant general manager of UCB Flexibles Germany and Belgium (now Amcor). He was also worldwide operations manager Raychem Telecom & Energy networks Division (now Tyco International).