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Magicard, the manufacturers of secure ID card printers, have appointed Ian Cliffe as Chief Executive. The firm reports that over the past 18 months since an MBO backed by private equity group LDC, the investment in Magicard has been significant and the company is now poised for further expansion.

Ian, pictured, brings a track record in business transformation and augments the Magicard senior management team with financial and commercial experience. Ian was part of the Motorola leadership team that carved out and integrated its Enterprise division into Zebra Technologies in 2014. In recent times, Ian was COO and then CEO of Dialogue Group where he led its sale and integration into global mobile services provider CLX Communications.

Ian said: “I am excited about the potential for the Magicard business, not only as a secure ID card printer manufacturer, but also as a real leader in the rapidly evolving World of secure identity. The management team have built an agile company with a respected and trusted position in the ID market – this provides a solid platform for accelerating growth into new markets, both geographically and vertically.”

Chris Thomas, Magicard’s Chairman said: “Ian’s strategic and commercial experience strengthens the Magicard team considerably and will enable us to fully realise the potential of a strong first year of investment and expansion.”

About Magicard

With all manufacturing still in the UK, in Weymouth, Magicard’s secure ID card printers are installed in more than 100 countries and are printing more than 150 million secure ID cards a year. Founded in 1992, Magicard offers a full range of desktop devices for secure ID card issuance requirements. Magicard printers feature the HoloKote secure watermark. Tens of thousands of Magicard printers are shipped from its UK manufacturing centre to more than 100 countries around the World each year. Magicard printers are trusted to print millions of secure ID cards annually, including Drivers Licences and National ID cards. The firm has sales and service offices in the United States, United Arab Emirates and China. Visit


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