Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (EFI) announced that it has appointed Vincent Pilette as its chief financial officer, effective Jan. 1, 2011. Mr. Pilette joins EFI from Hewlett-Packard Company (HP), where he most recently held the title of vice president of finance for the Enterprise Server, Storage and Networking business. Mr. Pilette will be reporting directly to EFI’s CEO, Guy Gecht.
“After a long and comprehensive CFO search, I am delighted to welcome Vincent to EFI’s executive team,” said Mr. Gecht. “His senior financial roles at HP in both the Enterprise Hardware and Software businesses are a terrific fit with EFI’s diverse business, and his vast experience in worldwide operations and acquisitions will make him a key contributor as we continue to execute on our growth strategy.”
Prior to joining EFI, Mr. Pilette spent 14 years at HP, holding a variety of finance positions in the U.S. and EMEA. Most recently, Mr. Pilette held the position of vice president of finance for the $20 billion Enterprise Server, Storage and Networking business. In this capacity, he was responsible for all aspects of finance for HP’s fastest growing segment in 2010. Prior to this role, Mr. Pilette served, for three years, as vice president of finance for HP Software, during which HP Software revenue tripled and operating margin expanded. Over the last five years, Mr. Pilette participated in the acquisition and integration of more than 10 companies, including 3Par, 3Com, Mercury Interactive, Opsware and Peregrine.
Mr. Pilette holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering and master-s degree in business from Louvain University in Belgium, where he graduated magna cum laude. He also holds a MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
“EFI has worked very hard over the years to successfully transform the company from a pure OEM business to an innovative company focused on digital printing solutions, with solid R&D capabilities and expanded distribution channels,” said Mr. Pilette. “I’m excited to join the company and play an active role in achieving the full potential of its strategy.”
Mr. Pilette succeeds Gordon Heneweer, who served as the company’s interim CFO since May 10, 2010. “I’d like to thank Gordon for his great performance as an interim CFO for the past seven months,” said Mr. Gecht. “We are looking forward to have Gordon resume his vice president of finance responsibilities and continue his significant contribution as a senior member of EFI team.”