2017 has been a year of big changes for many 3D printing companies, as leaders shift positions, leave companies, and join new ones. Frank Marangell was the President of Rize until May of this year, when he left the company to be replaced by Eugene Giller. It’s only been a few months, but Marangell has already moved on to a new presidential position, this time at the head of BigRep.
Late last year, the German company officially opened its US headquarters in New York, establishing BigRep America Inc. Marangell will serve as President of BigRep America as well as Executive Vice President of Global Sales for the entire BigRep company. It’s the second big move for BigRep in recent weeks; the company hired former Stratasys CTO Moshe Aknin just last month.
“This is a very exciting summer (2017). We have added Moshe Aknin as our new CTO, started a successful funding round and have now secured the perfect candidate to lead and expand our US operations,” said BigRep CEO René Gurka. “Frank Marangell is the best candidate for any 3D company in the US. When he became available I immediately reached out to him and offered him this role at BigRep.”
Marangell, who graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in engineering and an MBA, had a long career in the 3D printing industry before coming to Rize. From 2006 to 2013, he served as President of Objet USA Inc., now part of Stratasys, and he then acted as Vice President of Global Operations for Stratasys. In that position, he was responsible for the company’s worldwide materials business as well as its expansion into medical and dental 3D printing. In his new job with Rize, he will not only lead the US branch of the company but will provide support for its European and Asian operations.
“I have been following BigRep for the last three years and appreciate their high-quality large industrial printers,” said Marangell. “BigRep already has customers all over the US and now it´s the perfect time to build a larger US team and grow the business. In my view BigRep is the most successful new European 3D printing company with the most trusted large-scale printers. It is quality German engineering at a very competitive price.”
BigRep was founded in 2014 and has grown rapidly into a multinational company with resellers in several countries. Its first 3D printer, the BigRep ONE, was a pioneer in large-scale 3D printing. While gigantic 3D printers are much more common today, the BigRep ONE was among the first to feature a massive build area capable of 3D printing furniture and other large objects. At formnext in November of last year, BigRep introduced its two newest large-scale 3D printers: the BigRep Studio and BigRep Tech, which were unveiled alongside announcements of new materials, partnerships, and an overall assurance that the company would be remaining as active and productive as it’s ever been before. The addition of Marangell to the BigRep team further demonstrates that this is a company on the move, looking toward the future and continuing to build. Discuss in the BigRep forum at 3DPB.com.
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