Memjet CEO passes away at 62, Gupta takes over
Len Lauer, CEO of innovative inkjet developer Memjet, has passed away unexpectedly at his home in La Jolla, California. He was 62 years old. Lauer was named the CEO of Memjet in 2010 and assumed the role of chairman two years later.
Effective immediately, the board of directors has named seasoned print industry executive and Memjet board member Sunil Gupta, as CEO of the company. Gupta is well known in this part of the world; he is the former head of Fuji Xerox Australia, brought in to clean up after Neil Whittaker's departure. Gupta joined Memjet’s board of directors in January last year.
Memjet originated in Sydney through reclusive genius Kia Silverbrook, who holds more patents than any other person. The privately-owned business is now based in San Diego. It works with many of the world's leading technology providers supplying high speed inkjet heads. Its research and development is still based in Sydney. Lauer was a regular visitor here.
“On behalf of our board of directors and employees worldwide we extend our deepest sympathies to Len’s family during this very difficult time,” said Tony Duddy, Memjet’s group president, R&D and operations and board member.
“An outstanding leader, visionary, and champion for high-quality, innovative digital printing technology for all markets, Len was a tireless advocate for Memjet Technology, our employees, and for delivering beautiful precision to the OEM partnership communities we serve as and their customers.
"Most importantly, Len was a devoted husband, father, and friend. We all will miss his tremendous presence in our lives.”