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It’s a question that vexes vendors of web-based solutions everywhere: why do people still insist on PDF files? And why does PDF’s mindshare keep going up? “PDF is such antediluvian technology!” they say. “It’s pre-web, are you kidding me? It’s so old-f …

PDF is PDF because files produced with one vendor’s software can be read using a different vendor’s software with no loss of fidelity. Interoperability is key to our industry. The PDF Association is a international membership organization dedicated to …

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NARA (The National Archives and Records Administration) is the final depository for the long-term records generated by all other agencies of the U.S. Federal Government. The agency has a key role in preserving the cultural history of the republic as we …

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Executive Director

Duff JohnsonDuff Johnson founded Document Solutions, Inc. (DSI), the first business document service bureau dedicated to PDF technology, in 1996. In 2009, he merged DSI into Appligent, Inc., and led the resulting Appligent Document Solutions from January 2009 until June, 2011. He then led NetCentric Technologies as President until January, 2013, when he left to start his consulting firm, Duff Johnson Strategy and Communications.

Johnson serves in several leadership roles in International Standards development, most notably as ISO Project Leader for ISO 32000 (the PDF specification) and PDF/UA (ISO 14289), the international standard for accessible PDF technology. Duff also chairs the US Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for ISO 32000 and has chaired the US TAG for ISO 14289 (PDF/UA) since 2005. He is an active member of the ISO 19005 (PDF/A) and ISO 24517 (PDF/E) working groups.

Johnson has previously served as AIIM’s Standards Board Chairman and on AIIM’s Board of Directors.

Author of dozens of articles and a respected blog on electronic document management subjects, Johnson is known in the ECM industry as a leading strategist, consultant and educator.

As Executive Director of the PDF Association, Johnson is responsible for executing the wishes of the Board of Directors and of ensuring that the PDF Association is delivering value to its members.

Contact Duff at duff.johnson@pdfa.org.

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Managing Director

Thomas ZellmanThomas Zellmann has been working in electronic data processing (EDP) for more than 30 years and has extensive experience with classic and modern IT solutions. Prior to joining LuraTech/Foxit in 2001 he worked for Softmatic AG, Software AG and Nixdorf among others.

Zellmann focuses on the banking/insurance and archives/libraries segments.

As Managing Director of the PDF Association Thomas coordinates and executes many of the organization activities.

Contact Thomas at thomas.zellmann@pdfa.org

Assistant to the Board

Matthias WagnerMatthias Wagner obtained his degree in computer science in 1985 and possess comprehensive IT knowledge and experience dealing with the use of PDF format. Following his studies he was employed as a software developer, moving in 1990 to marketing for the company Software Ltd. From 2000 to 2005 he led an international sales project for T-Systems International GmbH. Afterwards until 2008 he was head of marketing and sales in a Hamburg software company as well as for a manufacturer of environmentally friendly motors. Matthias later worked as an IT consultant, collecting valuable knowledge of PDF tools from a user’s standpoint.

Matthias assists the Board of the PDF Association with special emphasis on providing member support.

Contact Matthias at matthias.wagner@pdfa.org

Editor

Alexandra OettlerAlexandra Oettler has worked for years as a freelance journalist in the areas of software, print and media. Her work is regularly published in specialist journals on the subject of prepress in practice, software technology and financial developments in the publishing sector. She  writes news and background reports for the online editions of several journals. She also is author of “PDF/A in a Nutshell 2.0”.