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Makin Named Director of World Print & Communication Forum

September 18, 2009

Michael Makin, former President of the CPIA and current President and CEO of the PIA, has been voted in as president of the World Print & Communication Forum. He succeeds Chris Sykes, Director of the Printing Industry Federation of South Africa, who has been president since 2003.

The WPCF is the world organization of the printing industry, regrouping federations from North America, Japan, China and Hong Kong, Europe, India and South Korea. Members of the organization unanimously elected Makin for the role in their meeting in Chicago this week.

"I am deeply honoured by the confidence that is placed in me and will do my utmost to continue the work of Chris Sykes," said Makin. He will be in charge of putting a special emphasis on the exchange of economic information and best practices among federation members and to enlarge the scope of activities to focus more on specific topics of importance to the printing industry, at an international level.

Makin served as CPIA president for 10 years prior to taking his post at the Printing Industries of America in 2002. He is a graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa, where he earned a degree in journalism. He also holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

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