Gordon de Savoye joins Printer’s Parts & Equipment as its Ontario Region Sales Representative. Founded in 1973, Printer’s Parts & Equipment is one of Canada’s leading suppliers of graphic arts equipment, consumables and parts, representing brands like Xante, Ideal/MBM and Roland DG among others.

Gordon de Savoye’s sales career began in Ottawa, Ontario, representing Globe Envelopes, a major manufacturer of commercial envelopes. He was promoted to take on the market in Montreal, Quebec, before taking a position to represent CCL Labels, where he specialized in the pharmaceutical field. He has also gained commercial printing experience serving as a broker for several major corporations.

de Savoye obtained a CLU designation as a Chartered Life Underwriter with Sun Life of Canada, while also developing his marketing skills through a range of sales courses in Canada and the United States.
Nick Gaudry joins the management team at Huge Paper, one of Canada’s leading privately owned distributors of plastics and papers aimed at the digital printing market. The addition of Gaudry follows two key appointments last year by Huge as it continues an expansion into new territories and services.

In December 2017, Mark McCaw became Senior Digital Substrate Specialist for Huge Paper’s Dry Ink Performance division. In May 2017, Tom Dack was tapped to lead Huge’s expansion into southwestern Ontario, which is to service the area from Kitchener west along the highway 401 corridor to Windsor, and north to Sarnia.

Gaudry joins as Managing Partner for Huge’s newly created Ottawa East Region, which the company explains is based on a growing demand for digital printing products within region. This results in Huge’s investment to provide local delivery and support.

“I am incredibly pleased that Nick has accepted this important role within our organization,” said Jeff Tapping, founder and owner of Huge Paper. “I have a great deal of respect for what he has accomplished during his career in the graphic arts industry. I know Nick will be a tremendous asset to our organization and help guide it to new heights.”
Huge focuses on providing specialty substrates such as printable synthetics, magnetics, and papers exclusively engineered for HP Indigo, Xerox, and other high performance digital and wide-format presses.

“I am honoured and excited to be part of this respected organization,” said Gaudry. “There are tremendous opportunities for it to experience unprecedented growth. I know the passion Jeff has for this team and the company. I’m grateful for the confidence and trust he has placed in me. I can’t wait to get started.”
Mike Kyritsi is to become the new President of swissQprint America Inc., the North American subsidiary of the Switzerland company that builds UV inkjet printers, at the beginning of January 2018.

The Swiss company established its first subsidiary in the United States in fall 2015 with Carmen Eicher in charge. She is now returning to the headquarters in Switzerland where she will continue supporting the U.S. team as a consultant.

swissQprint most recently introduced a new range of UV flatbed printers featuring LED technology. Two models, the Impala LED (98 x 79.9 inch flatbed) and the Nyala LED (126 x 79.9 inch flatbed) are set up for demonstrations at swissQprint’s showroom in Elgin, Illinois, as well as the new loading and unloading robot called Rob.
Sheryl Sauder on December 18, 2017, is joining Supremex as Sales Manager, Central Region. Supremex is one of North America’s largest envelope manufacturers with a growing interest in packaging and specialty products. The company has facilities in seven Canadian provinces and three facilities in the United States, employing more than 800 people.

Sauder most recently served as Chief Visionary Officer of Toronto-based Mi5 Print & Digital Communications Inc. She was with that printing company in various executive roles, including CEO and VP of Sales, since 2012. As CVO, she was responsible for managing the sales team, as well as overseeing a number of major accounts.

Prior to joining Mi5, Sauder was a founder of a full service print and media management company, called Prospect Media, with a focus on consumer analytics. There, she developed an account base of various retail brands, managed a sales group, and set company financial targets and tracked profitability.

Supremex is also appointing Joe Baglione as Vice President & General Manager, Supremex USA, effective January 1, 2018. With 25 years of experience at Supremex, Baglione developed his sales management expertise with the Central Region’s Direct Marketing, Solution Provider & End-User Sales group. He is also very familiar with Supremex’ Buffalo operation and the U.S. market as a whole.
Mark McCaw becomes Senior Digital Substrate Specialist for Huge Paper’s Dry Ink Performance division. He brings more than 20 years of experience from his time in sales and operations roles with Xerox. In his new role, McCaw will focus on Huge’s growing catalogue of digital substrates.
“Mark is a natural fit for the Huge technical support team; he is customer focused, well organized and hardworking,” said Jeff Tapping, Huge Paper’s President. “Mark’s depth of knowledge with Xerox digital presses will greatly assist our customer base and allow us to capitalize on the recent business developments that have evolved between GPA and the Canadian Xerox iGen and ColorPress divisions.”
Huge provides a range of specialty substrate solutions for litho, digital and wide format printing, including papers, synthetics, and magnetics exclusively engineered for HP Indigo and other high performance digital and wide format presses.
Richard Dreshfield is joining KBA North America as Senior Vice President of Sheetfed Sales, beginning on January 1, 2018. He will be based in Dallas at the company’s headquarters and oversee its entire North American sheetfed sales team, reporting to Mark Hischar, President and CEO of KBA North America.

Dreshfield has been involved in the printing industry for more than three decades in various sales and marketing management positions. In his most recent role, he served as VP of Sales and Marketing with Clearwater Paper Corporation, a firm with more than 3,300 employees in the United States.

“Rich is a results driven leader who’s success in developing strong relationships with C-level contacts in key accounts as well as his ability to lead sales teams will serve our customers well as we continue our high growth trajectory for all market segments in North America,” said Hischar. “He will shine a spotlight on our new press technology and rapid developments for our North American sheetfed customers and play a key role in maintaining our high level of customer satisfaction.”

He had been with Clearwater for more than 33 years, developing skills around leadership, key account management, long term customer retention, brand management, new product development, and strategic planning and market development. KBA explains he is very well known by folding carton printers, who are a key customer group for Koenig & Bauer.

“I'm excited about this new opportunity to join the market leader that provides the industry with innovative technology for the graphic arts marketplace and look forward to leading our dedicated sheetfed sales team, which I believe is the benchmark in the industry,” said Dreshfield.

Dreshfield, a native of the San Francisco Bay area, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Communications Management from California Polytechnic State University and an MBA from DePaul University in Chicago.
Zund America, the North American distributor of the Zünd’s cutter and software portfolio, has appointed Heather Roden to the newly created role of Strategic Account Manager, Graphics & Packaging.

Based out of the greater Chicago area, Roden comes to Zund America with extensive experience in the print industry, having held a variety of positions in prepress management, art direction, publishing and in-house marketing.

Most recently, she served as Product Marketing Manager for Fujifilm Graphic Systems Division’s wide-format device portfolio. She is a member of Girls Who Print, former award winner of Graphic Design USA American Inhouse Design and Mature Media, and has spoken for SGIA at Graphics Canada.
“We look forward to having Heather coordinate our efforts interdepartmentally in graphics and packaging and manage the special support systems required for large, nationwide accounts,” said John Cote, Zund America’s National Sales Manager.
Lalita Zapata becomes iC3D Business Development Director, USA and Canada, for Creative Edge Software, which focuses on the development of packaging design software. She will be focused on rolling out recent iC3D product developments to clients like packaging designers, branding agencies, and similar firms that provide packaging production services.

Zapata’s appointment coincides with what the company describes as the most significant iC3D version release in more than a year, which includes capabilities previously only available from specialist 3D design software.
“We’re delighted to be welcoming Lalita to the team, especially at such a key stage in the iC3D story,” said Creative Edge Software CEO Nick Gilmore. “With version 5.0 we’re now at stage when even the most hard-bitten cynics are forced to admit that iC3D can accurately replicate, and even replace, physical mockups and studio photography. These capabilities open up a whole new world of opportunity that plays directly to Lalita’s strengths and experience.”
With a degree in International Business and Marketing from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Zapata is a Bolivian national who has made the creative industries her area of expertise, specializing in photographic services.

Following previous roles in marketing, business development and brand control, Zapata spent nine years managing the staging and production of high-quality photographic shoots for premium food brands and other consumer goods. Working with many household brand names, she carried responsibility for the execution of brand-critical photography for clients including PEPSICO, 3M, Post, General Mills and KraftHeinz.
“I feel very excited to be taking on this role just as iC3D has reached a level of sophistication that makes it unmatched in the world of packaging design software,” said Zapata. “To be able, quickly and easily, to create any shape, simulate the physical behavior of packages, and visually enhance their aesthetics to suit different environments, all with total photorealism, is unique from a single software application.”
Paul McCarthy becomes Indigo Country Manager for HP Canada. The transition comes after he spent more than 18 years with Konica Minolta Business Solutions (KMBS) Canada.

McCarthy recently held the position of Director of Print Production for KMBS, for more than three years, after holding various senior sales management roles with the company. Before joining KMBS, he spent two years with Pitney Bowes.

McCarthy currently serves on the board of the Digital Imaging Association.
Larry Oberly is joining franchiser SpeedPro Imaging as President and CEO, taking his new position on November 6, 2017, which has around 130 franchise locations across North America focusing on large-format printing. This includes more than 35 locations in Canada.

Oberly is currently VP of Global Development at RE/MAX LLC where he has COO-level accountability for global development, field services, technology and training for over 3,800 offices and 50,000 agents.

“Larry is a proven leader with 25 years of experience in franchising, both as a multi-unit franchisee and as an executive in a franchisor,” said Chris Sugahara, SpeedPro’s Chairman. “He is a relationship, team and culture builder with demonstrated success in growing revenue for franchisees along with the franchisor.”
Klaus Schmidt, after more than 28 years as Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications at Koenig & Bauer AG, headquartered in Wurzburg, Germany, is retiring from the company at the end of October. At that time, he will pass his duties to Dagmar Ringel, who was most recently Director of Public Relations for technology group ZEISS.

As longstanding director, Schmidt represented the managerial staff on the supervisory board of Koenig & Bauer AG from 1993 to 2016. He also served on behalf of the parent company on the supervisory and advisory boards of numerous German and international subsidiaries.

Over the course of almost three decades, Koenig & Bauer explains Schmidt helped to shape the public and market image of the group, both in the press and at countless trade fairs and branch meetings.

Ringel will draw on more than 20 years of experience in corporate and marketing communications in internationally focused companies like HP and ZEISS.
Mark Hischar, President and CEO of Dallas, Texas-based Koenig & Bauer North America, becomes the Chairman of NPES, The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies. The group helps organize the annual Graph Expo fall tradeshow in Chicago.

Three new directors have also been elected to the NPES Board for a three-year term expiring in 2020, including: Kelly Mandarano, Director, WW Marketing & Communications and VP, Print Systems Division, Eastman Kodak Company; Doug Schardt, Director of Product Management, Komori USA; and Kevin Abergel, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, MGI. Brent Moncrief, VP, Strategic Marketing & Brand Management, Fujifilm North America, was also named a new director of the NPES board for a two-year term.

Fred DeBolt, ‎Vice President Marketing Excellence, North American Operation, Xerox, and Felix Mueller, ‎Senior Vice President Equipment,‎ Heidelberg USA, have also joined the NPES board for a one-year term.

Other directors re-elected to the Board with terms expiring in 2018 are: Mal Baboyian, EVP, Canon Solutions America (Immediate Past President); D.J. Burgess, President & CEO, Burgess Industries; Marc Olin, CFO, EFI; Ronald Rose, President, Nova Pressroom Products; and Nick Bruno, President, Harris & Bruno International.

NPES board member newly elected to the NPES Executive Committee to serve as Treasurer is Deirdre Ryder, CEO & President, VITS International.
Mimaki USA, a manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, has appointed Naoya Kawagoshi to the position of President, effective immediately. He was previously Vice President, Sales for Mimaki USA covering the United States and Canada.

Kawagoshi came to Mimaki USA in 2012 from Mimaki Engineering (Nagano), where he was the Director of the Japan Sales Promotion department responsible for all sales promotion and marketing activity in Japan. Prior to that, he held progressive sales and management positions at the Mimaki Fukuoka and Tokyo branch offices. He holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Doshisha University.

Kawagoshi remains a member of the Mimaki USA Business Planning Division and retains his office in the company’s Western Region facility, located just outside of Los Angeles.

Yasuhiro Haba who previously served as President of Mimaki USA returns to Japan to lead new sales initiatives for the Americas, Asia/Oceana, and China.
KBA has appointed Aleks Lajtman as its new Regional Sales Manager for the press maker’s sheetfed division. He will be managing Canada’s six eastern provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador. He will be based in Ontario and will report to Alex Stepanian, KBA’s Sales Director.

“We welcome Aleks to the KBA family and are extremely excited that he will be an integral part of our sales team in Canada,” said Stepanian. “There are tremendous opportunities for our customers in eastern Canada and with Aleks’ vast experience, we look forward to serving these commercial and packaging markets.”

Lajtman is a seasoned print industry manager who previously spent more than 18 years with Heidelberg Canada in various roles. This included positions as press demonstrator, showroom manager, product manager and most recently as account manager.

“I am excited to use my in-depth knowledge of the Canadian printing industry and business development background to form one-on-one partnerships with KBA’s Canadian customers and find solutions with KBA’s excellent sheetfed press line for their printing production,” said Lajtman. “Throughout my career I have always personally demonstrated a customer-centric attitude and this is complimented perfectly with KBA’s core philosophy.”

Lajtman is a graduate of George Brown College in Toronto with a degree in printing technology.
Hide Tsukada becomes President and CEO of Mitsubishi Imaging Inc., a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Paper Mills. Prior to his role as Executive Vice President of Mitsubishi Imaging, Inc. he served as Group Leader, Mitsubishi Paper Mills Digital Imaging Sales.

In addition to the appointment of Tsukada, Mitsubishi Imaging announces the formation of two new business divisions to best align with corporate strategies and new product development.

Jillian Acord has been appointed as Senior Vice President, Operations and Corporate Planning, which include Corporate Communications and Public Relations. Acord has held several leadership roles at Mitsubishi Imaging that include responsibility for business performance in Marketing, Operations, General Administration, Human Resources and Information Technologies.

Chris Hung will be Vice President, Sales and Product Planning across all product lines. Hung has a long leadership tenor with Mitsubishi Imaging and has been instrumental in bringing new innovative products to market and forging long standing strategic business partnerships with industry leaders.
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