The currency industry has lost one of its most well-known, and ebullient, figures following the death of Alec Hutchinson.

He started his career with De La Rue and spent 15 years there, during which time he held a number of senior management positions in Latin America and served as the Managing Director of its security print operations. He moved on to join SICPA as Global Sales and Marketing Director, before taking up the position of Senior Vice President with Banknote Corporation of America (at the time, a subsidiary of Oberthur).

From there he joined Secure Products Inc, a supplier of taggants, as Managing Director of Currencies, helping grow the company and steer its acquisition by Honeywell in 2007. He also worked for Bundesdruckerei International Services and spent the last four years representing Louisenthal in Latin America.