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René Treuber, Product Manager of axaio software, will be hosting a presentation titled “Introducing ISO standards for PDF “processing steps” and “print product metadata”” at the PDF Days Europe 2018. In this Interview he gives some background information about it.

Roman Toda, CTO of Normex, will be hosting a presentation titled “Encryption with PDF 2.0” at the PDF Days Europe 2018. In this interview he gives some background information about it.

Catherine Andersz (PDFTron), Richard Cohn (Adobe), Harald Grumser (Compart), Carsten Heiermann (Foxit) and Duff Johnson (PDF Association) present their ideas for the next 25 years of PDF.



Matt Kuznicki

Matt Kuznicki, Chief Technical Officer of Datalogics, has been actively involved with PDF products and technologies since 2000. He is a recognized expert in technical PDF and imaging matters and an active participant in PDF standards activities as well as the application of PDF and other document technologies to solve a variety of business problems.

Of his role as chairman, Matt comments: ”I am committed to helping the PDF Association serve its membership; both as a technical resource for PDF and the various standards associated with PDF, as well as an advocate for PDF technologies and how these can help drive value, ensure a platform for reliable communication and to make the world a better place.”


Dietrich von Seggern

Dietrich von Seggern received his degree as a printing engineer, and in 1991 started his professional career as head of desktop prepress production in a reproduction house. He became involved in research projects for digital transmission of print files, and moved to the German Newspaper Marketing Organisation (ZMG). There Dietrich was responsible for a project to enable the digital transmission of newspaper ads. In 2002 he joined callas software as Director of Product Management, and subsequently introduced callas’ PDF/A related products for the archiving industry.

After becoming Business Development Manager in 2010 Dietrich became one of the Managing Directors of callas in 2016.

Board members

Boris Doubrov is CEO of Dual Lab, the company specializing in product development services in the areas of Computer Graphics, CAD/CAM Modelling and other Science-intensive areas. Boris Doubrov holds a PhD in Mathematics and has been working for more than 15 years in PDF technologies as a software developer, project manager, and business owner.

He is an active participant of the ISO activity on PDF standards development and led technical development of veraPDF, an open source industry supported PDF/A validation tool.

Justin DurkanJustin Durkan is currently the Engineering Manager with Nitro. Justin has been a software developer for over 30 years. He was there when Windows had the version number 1.04, when Linux didn’t exist and when a precompiler was used to translate C++ into C. He has developed in many languages from Basic to Java, Fortran to C++, Assembler to Scala and in his favourite language: C++. He studied electronics at what is now the University of Limerick in Ireland where he was awarded a Bachelor of Engineering. As well as being a software developer, manager and CTO,  in the early days, Justin also developed numerous hardware projects, including a number of hi-resolution graphics cards for the IBM PS/2.

Since joining Nitro in 2015, Justin’s main focus is the development of the company’s smart document applications.

Francois Fernandes

François Fernandès is a Document Technology Evangelist at levigo solutions gmbh and advises company’s customers on products, solutions
and technologies in the domain of document processing. As a business informatics specialist (FH Reutlingen) who has been developing jadice software for more than ten years he pushed the PDF support in the jadice viewer from the very start. Afterwards he became a product manager responsible for the development of the jadice web toolkit, a browser-based viewing component.
In parallel to this the PDF expert supported the PDF Association and in 2013 he became chairman of the PDF Competence Center. „ The PDF Competence Center is on the one hand the platform for developers and interested parties and on the other hand the direct contact to the ISO. So that’s the right possibility to bring in the PDF Association’s ideas to standardisation”, that’s how the 32-year old chairman declares his aims within the PDF Competence Center.
Being also a member of the PDF Association board he has got another clear target in mind: He would like to promote the PDF’s potential. “For this we have to, especially when using the web, develop and demonstrate new ways of use. Thus we will be able to use PDF’s true potential in further, different

Carsten Heiermann is CEO of Foxit Europe’s organization. Since 1995, Carsten has been founder and CEO of the LuraTech group, that has been acquired by Foxit in 2015.

After studying communications engineering and undertaking work in various IT companies, since 1995, Carsten Heiermann has concerned himself with topics connected with compression, standardization and electronic document capture and conversion. Carsten’s former company, LuraTech, developed patented technologies and products in the field of document and image compression, and offered a variety of integrated products and integration platforms for high volume PDF production, that are continued as a part of Foxit. At Foxit today, Carsten is responsible for all of Foxit’s business in Europe and leads the Berlin, Germany based product and development group for Foxit’s server side PDF products in the enterprise automation business unit.

As Member of the Board, Heiermann acts as the Dutch Country Chapter sponsor and focuses on the PDF/A standard.

Hans-Joachim Hübner is head of solutions and sales at Satz-Rechen-Zentrum Berlin, a German company specializing in the areas of ECM and document capture. He has made major contributions to the company’s software development success in the areas of document capture, ECM and content management systems. During more than 25 years of experience, he has managed successful large digitization projects and has developed a range of solutions and workflows in the ECM, library and archive context.

Leonard RosentholLeonard Rosenthol is a Principal Scientist and the PDF Architect for Adobe Systems, having been involved with PDF technology for more than 15 years. He represents Adobe on various international standards bodies including the ISO (where he is the Project Editor for PDF/A and PDF/E), W3C and ETSI/ESI (where he authored the PDF Electronic Signature standard, PAdES). Prior to re-joining Adobe in 2006, Leonard worked as the Director of Software Development for Appligent, and the Chief Innovation Officer for Apago, while also running the successful consulting business of PDF Sages. Before becoming involved in PDF, Leonard was the Director of Advanced Technology for Aladdin Systems and was responsible for the development of the StuffIt line of products.

Bernd Wild

Dr. Bernd Wild is originally a graduate physicist. After completing his studies, he worked for several years at a computer science research center in the field of artificial intelligence and its possible applications in industrial processes. Upon obtaining his PhD, Dr. Wild was responsible for the organization and management of C/S software development at an IT service provider in the banking sector. Together with some partners, he founded intarsys consulting GmbH in Karlsruhe in 1996.

Dr. Wild now concentrates on consulting and providing assistance for complex system integration projects. Document technology has increasingly become a focal point during the past few years. This includes not only the creation of documents from source data, but also the entire documentation life cycle through to archiving. Technologies like electronic signatures, intelligent forms and document standards are at the core of his activities. In addition, intarsys offers products and software components that support these technologies and can be used for easily and reliably designing customer specific solutions.

Past Board Members

  • Hans Bärfuss, PDF Tools AG
  • Nora Calvillo, Adobe Systems
  • Olaf Drümmer, callas software
  • Peter Duff, Adlib
  • Harald Grumser, Compart AG
  • Johannes Hesel, SEAL Systems
  • Andrew Holmes, Docusign
  • Duff Johnson, Duff Johnson Strategy and Communications
  • Michael Karbe, Actino
  • Scott Mackey, Adlib
  • Thomas Merz, PDFlib
  • Stewart Rogers, Crawford Technologies
  • Thomas Zellmann, LuraTech Europe GmbH


Meet the PDF Association Staff.