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Artwork Systems announces Enfocus integration, CEO resignation

December 02, 2004

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In a news release [PDF: 205kb] posted today to its corporate Web site, Belgium-based Artwork Systems announced as part of an "ongoing integration" with subsidiary Enfocus Software -- best known in the world of PDF for products like Pitstop and the Enfocus Certified PDF technology -- several changes to the internal working relationship. In addition, included in the publicity announcement was a somewhat surprising one-sentence mention of a key personnel change -- David van Driessche has stepped down as Enfocus' CEO and has left the company. He had assumed the title in March 2003 upon the departure of Enfocus founder Peter Camps.

Reached today following the corporate announcement stating he'd "decided to step down," van Driessche reflected positively on his experiences and relationships at Enfocus, but said he's uncertain about his immediate plans.

"If I will remember one thing from Enfocus," he said, "it is what an absolutely wonderful group of people they are. I cannot stress that enough."

Having ended his Enfocus employment yesterday, van Driessche added that "I don't know yet what I'm going to do in the future, but it is obvious that I like and care for this industry. For the moment, I'm looking forward to spending some time at home."

The news release explained that the two companies "will be working more closely together on future product development." Enfocus and Artwork Systems will be headquartered in the same building as of late 2005 to "facilitate closer collaboration." Artwork Systems added that Enfocus "will continue to exist as an independent business unit."

Guido Van der Schueren, Chairman of the Board, says "Enfocus Certified Technology, which defined the PDF format as the de facto standard in the industry, is now a core technology in Artwork Systems packaging solutions. Our combined R & D capabilities will create a positive synergy for developing new software solutions."

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