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The British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) have published a tribute to their former president Gerald White who died in October.
He had been diagnosed with cancer and passed away on Friday, October 15. The BPIF published this tribute on their website: “This day is a profoundly sad one, though even in this time of grief I cannot help but reflect on the many wonderful experiences that I – and the rest of you – shared with Gerald White. In navigating this loss, it’s important for us to remember how much richer our lives have been as a result of our relationship with Gerald.
“He was a true gentleman and a believer in people, he loved the print business, and especially Book production and Publishing. I personally will miss him tremendously, for the support and belief he had in me, and our businesses ability to produce books of the highest quality and for a fair price. He will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with Gerald and his loved ones at this sad time.”
Born in 1961 Gerald trained as an accountant and worked his way up in the printing industry to become the CEO of the Berforts Group in Stevenage in the early 1990s moving on to become a director at Print2Demand in Westoning, Bedfordshire. In 2015 he became the president of the BPIF giving him a high profile within the print industry after taking over from Tony Garnish. In 2014 he had worked with the legendary magazine publisher Felix Dennis as joint owner of Butler, Tanney and Dennis before its collapse. He was reported by Print Week as having been instrumental in appointing Charles Jarrold as the federation’s new chief executive.
Ian Carrotte of ICSM said Gerald was a singular character. He said: “During his time he saw the end of the glory days of the print industry and its transition to digital printing and short runs. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
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