Jan 18, 2017 | By Tess

MakerBot, one of the leading manufacturers of desktop 3D printers, has just announced the resignation of CEO Jonathan Jaglom. Jaglom, who had been acting CEO since March 2015, will be succeeded by Nadav Goshen, MakerBot’s current president. According to the 3D printer company, Jaglom will be returning to his home in Israel to spend time with his family.

Founded in 2009, New York-based MakerBot has undergone some significant shifts over recent years. The company, which was originally founded by Bre Pettis, Adam Mayer, and Zach Smith, started off as a consumer desktop 3D printer manufacturer, and quickly became one of the most recognized and highly regarded 3D printer companies. In 2013, MakerBot was bought out by 3D printing giant Stratasys, after which CEO Bre Pettis resigned, to be replaced by Jenny Lawton. In 2015, Lawton was replaced by Jonathan Jaglom.

Jaglom, who has been something of a controversial leader for MakerBot, was responsible for the company’s shift away from consumer 3D printing products towards more education and professional-based services. As part of this general shift, Jaglom downsized the company significantly, closing all MakerBot retail locations, and laying off nearly 200 MakerBot employees. Of those employees, which made up more than a fifth of the company’s overall staff, many were the ones who actually built the 3D printers. In April 2016, MakerBot announced it would be outsourcing its hardware manufacturing to China, through a contract with Jabil Circuit.

In his resignation announcement, Jaglom states: “I joined MakerBot two years ago to lead the turnaround of the company and I’m proud of what we’ve been able to achieve in such a short time. We have defined a new strategic direction, completely revamped the company’s quality control processes, and successfully launched a new lineup of products. Having put the company on a new track and put in place a new organizational structure, I believe that now is the right time for me to step back and spend more time with my young family.”

Goshen, who will step in as MakerBot’s new CEO, has worked closely with Jaglom over the past two years, and has over 15 years of experience working with tech turnarounds. His expertise is in “defining new products and business models”, as well as growing digital ecosystems.

“I’m excited to continue working towards our vision of putting a desktop 3D printer in every classroom and on the desk of every designer and engineer,” said Goshen. “I look forward to leading the company and continuing to build out our 3D printing solutions for professionals and educators.”

Considering MakerBot’s many successes and setbacks in recent years, it will be interesting to see where the 3D printing company goes under new leadership.

 

 

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Makerbye wrote at 1/26/2017 5:43:50 AM:

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Burned by makerbot wrote at 1/18/2017 4:34:45 PM:

Good ridance



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