Earlier this year, Lexmark received a Platinum EcoVadis Medal for the second year running, placing the company among the top 1% of assessed entities. Intrigued by Lexmark’s success, we asked their international Team, based in three different countries, to tell us more about the company and their individual roles.
Lexmark creates innovative IoT (Internet of Things)- and cloud-enabled imaging technologies that help customers in more than 170 countries worldwide achieve their vision of print simplicity, security, savings and sustainability. Built on a powerful combination of advanced technology, deep industry expertise and exceptional customer engagement, we help eliminate IT burden, enable digital transformation and drive savings and flexibility in retail, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, education, government and more. Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, Lexmark is recognized as a global leader in print hardware, service, solutions and security by many of the technology industry’s leading market analyst firms.
Get to know the Lexmark team working on CE-RISE
Maxime Furkel, Head of Government Affairs, EMEA
Maxime Furkel is a senior executive, with 25 years of experience in the high-tech sector. He is head of Government Affairs EMEA at Lexmark and one of the founders of EuroVAprint, bringing together all major manufacturers in a voluntary scheme to reduce the environmental footprint of imaging equipment. He also sits on the board of the European Remanufacturing Council (CER), composed of businesses from every product sector to share knowledge and seek changes to policy with the aim of making remanufacturing a normal part of a product life cycle. Maxime has set up Lexmark’s Government Affairs office in Brussels and focuses on sustainability, corporate responsibility and internal market issues.
After initiating the C-SERVEES project, which was part of Horizon Europe, Maxime now focuses on CE-RISE to shape the development of the Digital Product Passport concept in Europe, as prompted by the European Green Deal. His project role encompasses advisory and focus on dissemination of project results and best-practices for the industry.
Agnes Vigh, EMEA QEHS Coordinator
Agnes Vigh is Lexmark’s EMEA QEHS (Quality, Environment, Health & Safety) Coordinator. Agnes holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest) and a master’s degree in environmental and Regional Economics (Corvinus University of Budapest). In the CE-RISE project, she is focussing on programme operation, including being the primary contact to the Consortium, operational coordination, and report creation & coordination.
Juan Antonio Prados Boda, EMEA Governance & Sustainability Initiatives Lead
Juan Antonio Prados Boda is a finance executive with 20+ years of experience and a proven track record in project management execution as well as in partnering with CEOs and Executive Committees. He is a Circular Economy and ESG expert leading initiatives in Spanish industry associations. His role in the CE-RISE project is of a Program Manager, coordinating Lexmark’s participation within other projects and the EU Commission, focussing on EU project organization, financial reporting, and management reviews.
Gyorgy Szemeredi, GBS Project Manager, Strategic PMO
Gyorgy Szemeredi is a strategic PMO with 20+ years of background in supply chain, customer management, process optimization and digitalization. He has extensive experience working on multiple projects by managing scope, objectives, deliverables, and stakeholders throughout the project life cycle.
He holds a Bachelor of Engineering with Management, Budapest BMF, Prince2 Practitioner Qualification, PMI & ITIL4 Training Certificate, and an APICS Diploma. He is Lexmark’s project manager in the CE-RISE project, focussing on internal communication, project tracking, stakeholder and operational reviews as well as on the coordination of project deliverables.
Lexmark’s role in the CE-RISE project
Over the last 30 years, Lexmark has played a pivotal role in the industry establishing circular economy business models which will have a massive impact on the industry, such as remanufacturing of electronic devices, optimising reverse logistics, ensuring easy and digitalised product returns, and enabling analytics to extend the lifetime of products.
After completing our work with C-SERVEES, aimed at identifying new sustainable business models, we are keen on building upon our findings and continuing our research into boosting cartridge and printer remanufacturing while leveraging our industry-leading expertise with regard to the Digital Product Passport (DPP). With the latter, we aim at supporting the European Green Deal, by developing circular economy solutions, which can be adopted elsewhere in the industry and beyond, and by pushing further our own offering – as part of our commitment to strive towards a more sustainable future.
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