Esko – Mattias Byström succeeds Udo Panenka as president

Matthias Byström, new president of Esko, part of Danaher (Source: Esko)

BELGIUM • Mattias Byström has been appointed as Esko’s new president, effective January 1, 2019. He succeeds Udo Panenka, who is leaving the company to pursue new opportunities.

According to Joakim Weidemanis, executive vice president of Danaher, Esko’s parent company, under Panenka’s leadership, Esko repositioned the flexo plate production business through innovation and moved to a new site in Itzehoe, Germany. Also during this time, so Weidemanis states, Esko acquired MediaBeacon and Blue, and initiated Esko’s software migration to software-as-a-service (SaaS).


Mattias Byström has twenty years of management experience. Most recently he was CEO of FlexLink, a global USD 300 million factory automation solutions business with headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden. He has eight years of prior Danaher experience in different leadership roles in what was then known as Danaher Motion. This included leading the Automated Guided Vehicle business, primarily a software systems enterprise. Earlier in his career, Byström co-founded and led two digital start-ups.

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