Heidelberg has chosen Ryan Miles (43), currently managing director of its South African operation, to take over as the new managing director of Heidelberg UK, starting from 1 April 2019.
The UK role also involves heading up Heidelberg’s Northern Europe region, which includes the UK, South Africa, Sweden and Denmark. Miles, who studied accountancy at university and attained his articles before entering the business world in 1998, has previously worked as finance director of Kodak SA and group chief operating officer of Itec SA. He will relocate to the UK along with his family.
There are clear differences between the South African and UK markets. In South Africa there is still an oversupply of production capacity and there is a continuing consolidation. The UK is largely through that phase and is one of the most productive printing markets in the world.
Miles explained: “Heidelberg UK must continue to develop and innovate in order to provide the best value to its customers, whose needs are always evolving. Our service and support must remain world class and we need to ensure customers can take maximum advantage of the digitised world and the advanced technology that Heidelberg can offer.”
Gerard Heanue, the out-going head of Heidelberg UK, commented: “Ryan and I have worked together for five years and I have seen the great job he has done in revitalising the organisation there so I had no hesitation in proposing him to the Heidelberg Board for the UK role. He is a good team player, very bright and future-focused. He is the right man to take the organisation forward.”His interests outside of work include watching sport and travel.