Agfa launches new operating model and appoints country manager for German-speaking market

12 June 2005

Berlin, Germany. After the strategic acquisition earlier this year of GWI AG, to add hospital information systems to its portfolio of products, Agfa has announced its operating model in the German, Austrian and Swiss market.

In conjunction with this operating model, Agfa has appointed Thomas Pasold to lead its healthcare operations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Pasold has been named Country Manager and will be responsible for the entire Agfa healthcare business in the combined German, Austrian and Swiss market. Before joining Agfa in February 2005, he held the position of Sales & Marketing Director at Torex GAP. Thomas Pasold has over 20 years of experience in healthcare IT. He will report to Paul Veithen, General Manager Agfa Europe.

"Thomas Pasold's addition to the team will both add to our competitive offering and strengthen our European capabilities," said Paul Veithen, General Manager, Agfa Europe. "Our approach to the integration of GWI has been to preserve the current strengths in sales and marketing and to combine them with our global leadership in imaging and connectivity."

Germany, Austria and Switzerland will have one common operating model, which will allow for a further implementation of the valuable expertise acquired in these markets. Customers will be provided with one joint solution offering and the best possible support.

The operating model is based on five business units:

  • Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP),
  • Hospital Information Systems (HIS),
  • Diagnostic Information Systems (DIS),
  • Information Technology Services (IT-S) and
  • Imaging, which covers the radiography solutions, both digital and conventional.

Michael Wagemann will lead the Imaging business unit in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. With over 120 employees, Imaging is a crucial business unit for Agfa, both because of its size and business value, and therefore merits a particular positioning and the necessary focus. Wagemann will continue to operate from Agfa's Köln location and will report directly to Thomas Pasold.

"Our goal is to bring to our customers in healthcare really distinct and differentiated solutions that no other company can offer. This new operating model blends GWI's enterprise-wide IT platform ORBIS with IMPAX, Agfa's Picture Archiving and Communication System, enabling us to offer them the most comprehensive suite of healthcare IT solutions on the market," said Paul Veithen. "We are confident that this new operating structure will enable Agfa shape tomorrow's healthcare."

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