Since joining the company in April 2003, Kodak’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Antonio M. Perez, has led the worldwide transformation of Kodak from a business based on film to one based primarily on digital technologies. In the past six years, Kodak introduced an array of disruptive new digital technologies and products for consumer and commercial applications that generated more than $6 billion in revenue in 2008. Those include, among others, consumer inkjet printers, sensors for digital cameras and mobile phones, and dry labs for printing at retail, as well as high-volume digital production presses, digital controllers, workflow software solutions, and digital plates for commercial printing. The result is a new Kodak -- a company where digital products account for 70 percent of revenue, where higher gross margin commercial businesses account for 60 percent of revenue, and with a portfolio of cash-generating traditional businesses.
Mr. Perez brings to the task his experience from a 25-year career at Hewlett-Packard Company, where he was a corporate vice president and a member of the company’s Executive Council. As President of HP’s Consumer Business, Mr. Perez spearheaded the company’s efforts to build a business in digital imaging and electronic publishing, generating worldwide revenue of more than $16 billion.
Prior to that assignment, Mr. Perez served as President and CEO of HP’s inkjet imaging business for five years. During that time, the installed base of HP's inkjet printers grew from 17 million to 100 million worldwide, with revenue totaling more than $10 billion.
After HP, Mr. Perez was President and CEO of Gemplus International, where he led the effort to take the company public. While at Gemplus, he transformed the company into the leading Smart Card-based solution provider in the fast-growing wireless and financial markets. In the first fiscal year, revenue at Gemplus grew 70 percent, from $700 million to $1.2 billion.
Mr. Perez is a member of The Business Council and the Business Roundtable, where he serves as Chair of the Consumer Health and Retirement Initiative and is a member of the Executive Committee. He serves as a member of the Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas (ESADE) International Advisory Board. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. Mr. Perez is a former member of the Board of Directors of Adobe, Freescale and Schering-Plough Corporation. His is also the former Chair of the Diversity Best Practices CEO Diversity Initiative.
An American citizen born in Spain, Mr. Perez studied electronic engineering, marketing, and business in Spain and France. In 2009, he received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Rochester.