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February 24, 2015 AT 11:14 am

Jonathan Jaglom new CEO of MakerBot. Jenny Lawton, executive vice president Special Projects @stratasys @jennylawton @jjaglom @makerbot

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In 3D printing, MakerBot & Stratasys news today, the transition from the scrappy maker startup to being 100% part of a global, publicly held company (Stratasys) is completed, perhaps it was for awhile, but it’s really really here now. We’re looking forward to what and where Stratasys takes MakerBot next, Jonathan Jaglom, general manager from Stratasys Asia Pacific Japan is now CEO. MakerBot was acquired by Stratasys 6/19/2013 for about $403 million, depends on who was reporting it.

Stratasys and MakerBot Announce Staff Changes; Promotes Jenny Lawton and Jonathan Jaglom Organizational Changes to Help Stratasys Realize Its Goal of Revolutionizing
the Way Things Are Made

BROOKLYN, N.Y., and REHOVOT, Israel, February 24, 2015 – Stratasys, Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS) today announced a further step in the continued evolution of its MakerBot business by transitioning key executives and expanding responsibilities. As part of this phase, Jenny Lawton, chief executive officer of MakerBot, will be promoted to executive vice president Special Projects for Stratasys and will report directly to David Reis, chief executive officer in his capacity as the company’s chief business officer. Jonathan Jaglom, general manager from Stratasys Asia Pacific Japan, will be promoted to chief executive officer of MakerBot.

“We see these organizational moves as part of the continued scaling and integration of MakerBot,” said David Reis, chief executive officer of Stratasys. “Leading the new product category of desktop 3D printing, MakerBot has experienced significant growth since inception, with sales expanding by more than 600 percent from 2012 to 2014. MakerBot has sold more than 80,000 units to date, while developing a significant brand.” Reis also noted that, “Jonathan Jaglom is bringing 10 years of experience as a key contributor to the outstanding performance and scaling of operations at Objet and then Stratasys and we believe he will be well-positioned to help MakerBot scale both operations and revenues.” Reis added, “As a leader in the 3D printing industry, we intend to build on our strong track record of execution and integration following our mergers. MakerBot is part of that integration and we are very excited to nurture the unique opportunity for growth in the desktop 3D printing industry with MakerBot’s leadership position.”

Reis also highlighted that the focus for 2015 in the desktop 3D printing category is to execute the company’s investment program designed to further product development, build infrastructures and maintain and expand brand leadership.

Reis noted that during Lawton’s tenure at MakerBot, she has contributed substantially to MakerBot’s growth and successful leading position. Since joining the company in 2011, Lawton quickly helped grow the company from 40 to 600+ employees and established MakerBot’s leading position through the introduction of MakerBot’s robust 3D Ecosystem, five versions of MakerBot® Replicator® 3D Printers and the MakerBot DigitizerTM Desktop 3D Scanner, and the creation of partnerships with key retailers, providing access to MakerBot 3D printing products in 500+ retail locations. In her new role, she’ll be able to use her vast experience and know-how for all of Stratasys and will fill the role as a top woman executive in a leading global technology company.

Lawton will also continue her role as an industry thought leader and will focus on the disruptive effects of 3D printing and the role of women in technology. As a sought-after speaker, she will also represent Stratasys in keynotes where she will be presenting on the 3D printing industry, such as at TCT Asia, the 3D Print Design Week in New York and RISE Hong Kong.

Jaglom began his 3D printing career with Objet in 2005 and has held positions as regional manager of East Europe, business manager of Objet customer support, vice president of Global Sales Operations, and has spent the two years reporting directly to Reis as general manager of Stratasys Asia Pacific Japan. His experience as a Stratasys leader has overseen rapid growth with both Objet and Stratasys and he is excited to be joining MakerBot.

Stratasys is leading the prototyping market and striving to expand the direct digital manufacturing business through its market leadership in additive manufacturing. MakerBot is a leader in the desktop 3D printing industry and was founded in 2009 as one of the first companies to bring professional-quality 3D printing to a broad base of users. MakerBot now has one of the largest installed bases and market shares of the desktop 3D printing industry, with more than 80,000 MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers in the world and a robust MakerBot 3D Ecosystem that combines hardware, software, apps, materials, training, support, consulting, retail stores and partnerships in order to help make 3D printing easy and accessible for everyone.

About MakerBot
MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS), is leading the Next Industrial Revolution by setting the standards in reliable and affordable desktop 3D printing. Founded in 2009, MakerBot sells desktop 3D printers to innovative and industry-leading customers worldwide, including engineers, architects, designers, educators and consumers. To learn more about MakerBot, visit makerbot.com.

About Stratasys
Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Rehovot, Israel, is a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions. The company’s patented FDM®, PolyJetTM, and WDMTM 3D Printing technologies produce prototypes and manufactured goods directly from 3D CAD files or other 3D content. Systems include 3D printers for idea development, prototyping and direct digital manufacturing. Stratasys subsidiaries include MakerBot and Solidscape, and the company operates the digital parts manufacturing service, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing. Stratasys has more than 2,800 employees, holds over 600 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents globally, and has received more than 25 awards for its technology and leadership. Online at: http://www.stratasys.com or http://blog.stratasys.com.

On September 4th, 2014 we posted that Jenny Lawton, president of MakerBot was promoted to CEO of MakerBot. About 5-6 months later Jonathan Jaglom is now the new CEO of MakerBot. Jenny Lawton, is now executive vice president Special Projects Stratasys. Bre Pettis the former CEO of MakerBot is currently founder at Bold Machines as of 9/22/2014 (also about 5-6 months ago), he’s at the innovation workshop at Stratasys. Former co-founder Zach Hoeken is on a beach we think. Former co-founder Adam Mayer is a hacker at large and we see him at Maker Faires and more usually.

What’s interesting is there is so much innovation and opportunities for MakerBot (and any 3D printing company). There isn’t an Apple of 3D printers, maybe there never will be, either way – check out all the 3D printers and more we’ve personally tested and use here at Adafruit. We have our favorites, it’s still early in this market we think.

MakerBot currently has 600+ people.


Video above, Jonathan’s TEDx talk from about 1 month ago. Here is our ongoing MakerBot coverage.


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