Richard Johnson RDPSA has acquired a major interest in Filat AG. SA Philatelist‘s Janice Botes held a telephone interview with Richard and Filat’s President, Ingomar Walter, shortly after the announcement.
SAP: “Hello Mr Walter. Could you give us some background as to the deal with Richard?”
IW: “My association with Richard goes back to the early 1980s when we produced auctions together in South Africa. I would like to claim that from my mentoring him in and from those early years he has risen to his present status as one of the leading international dealers in material of the English colonies, particularly Africa. Since Richard joined the Board of IFSDA in 2007 – where he is now President – we have grown particularly close. That grew to my concept for an online outlet to complement my existing traditional stamp shop in Zürich. And so Filat AG was born out of a very late night dinner in Antwerp where our Belgian webmaster, Fons Mattheuwsen, successfully convinced us as to the superiority of Belgian beer!