Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney is set to become Chairman of Quebecor Inc. in what business analysts describe as a move to provide stability for the media and telecom giant after the departure of Chief Executive Pierre Karl Péladeau.

In early March 2014, Péladeau announced his resignation from Quebecor to pursue politics as a provincial candidate for the Parti Quebecois. Péladeau took over the reins at Quebecor shortly after the 1997 death of his father, Pierre Péladeau. At the time of his March resignation, PK Péladeau promised to place his Quebecor financial interests in a blind trust or under a blind management agreement if he was elected to Québec’s National Assembly on April 7. Péladeau subsequently won a seat in the riding of Saint-Jérôme, Quebec.

Quebecor also recently suffered the departure of CEO Robert Depatie, the former Videotron executive who steered Quebecor into the wireless arena, because of health reasons. Quebecor has an inhereant interest in expanding its wireless play beyond the borders of Quebec.

With the Parti Quebecois’ political interests in pursing the potential for Quebec to separate from the rest of Canada, business analysts suggest the pending appointment of Mulroney as Quebecor’s Chairman provides more nationalistic sentiment among shareholders. By winning his Saint-Jérôme seat, Péladeau is now considered as a PQ leadership contender after its former leader, Pauline Marois, resigned when the Liberal party handily won Quebec’s April 7 provincial election.

“I do think that it does calm the waters because of who Brian Mulroney is,” said Karl Moore, a professor at McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management, when speaking with The Canadian Press about the potential unease if PK Péladeau helps lead Parti Quebecois’ pursuit of Quebec sovereignty.

Mulroney is currently Vice Chairman of Quebecor’s board. He is expected to be elected as Chairman on June 19 when the Montreal company holds its annual general meeting.

Stefan Orbach, age 50, becomes the new CIO at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG to oversee the German press maker’s Information Technology infrastructure, succeeding the departing Uwe Herold.

Orbach began his career in 1992 as a project manager at Alcatel SEL AG in Stuttgart, Germany. In 1999, after working as a consultant, he was put in charge of process optimization and application engineering for branches of Deutsche Post AG.

In mid-2000, Orbach joined IBM Global Business Services where he was responsible for IT service and consulting for consumer goods customers in Western and Eastern Europe. In 2007, he was given overall responsibility for the company's ERP (enterprise resource planning) system operations that catered to larger medium-sized businesses in Germany.

Orback has served as the head of IT at Carl Zeiss AG in Oberkochen, Germany, since 2008. In his role there as CIO, he has been in charge of global IT, process management, in-house consulting, and the group management system.

At Heidelberg, Orbach will be responsible for global IT operations and some 300 employees. His future tasks will include overseeing ongoing optimization in IT and business process structures based on the company’s new business alignment.

Orbach completed his studies in geophysics in Hamburg, Germany, and Sydney, Australia.

Tony Karg becomes Director, Channel and Field Marketing, for Ricoh Canada. He had spent the past 21 years with Fujifilm Canada, including several senior marketing roles.

With Ricoh, Karg will provide
support to the operation's direct and dealer channels around promotions, tradeshow events and channel marketing initiatives.

Karg left Fujifilm Canada on March 31, 2014, after more than two decades with the company, beginning in 1993 as an applications specialist. In April 2000, he became Product Manager, Digital Workflow Solutions, for Fujifilm. In late 2003, Karg was named Product Marketing Manager for Fuji Graphic Systems Canada, overseeing the marketing of all products sold by the company until early 2005, when he became Director of Business Development & Marketing.

He took on a Senior Director role with Fujifilm in April 2006 and remained in the position until early 2013. During this time, beginning in 2011, Karg spent nearly a year in Tokyo as a member of the planning team behind Fujifilm’s trade show presence for the quadrennial drupa 2012 exhibition in Duesseldorf, Germany.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh is one of the world’s largest imaging companies with more than 108,000 employees and 223 companies (as of March 31, 2014) around the globe.

Robert Hayashi becomes the Director of Sales and Marketing for Toronto’s Webcom Inc., which specializes in the production of books. He is to lead the transformation of Webcom’s book publishing programs.

Over the past few years, Webcom has invested approximately $27 million in new printing technology, centred on HP’s inkjet web presses and associated finishing requirements. Webcom’s inkjet infrastructure is branded through its BookFWD program, which was launched in 2010 and ties directly to HP T300 and T360 inkjet presses.

“There is remarkable opportunity for customers today to transform how they approach the manufacturing of their product,” stated Hayashi, who is to also oversee Webcom’s customer service division.

Hayashi previously served as the first President and CEO of eBound Canada, a not-for-profit organization focused on advancing digital engagement in the publishing industry. Hayashi also previously held the position of VP of Publishing at Indigo Books & Music.

“This is a significant hiring as we look towards the future of book manufacturing,” stated Webcom CEO Mike Collinge. “As our company continues to make large-scale investments in new and progressive printing technologies, we depend on the experience, vision and ability of our leadership team to address the challenges in our industry and provide profit-enhancing solutions for our North American publishers."

Eric-Yves Mahe joins Eastman Kodak Company as Senior Vice President and Director of Sales Strategy and Operations. He has also been elected as a corporate officer of Kodak, sitting on the company’s Executive Council.

In this newly created role, Mahe, 51, is responsible for formulating a strategy to drive and measure sales of Kodak’s portfolio of hardware, consumables, software and services. Mahe is to also advise Kodak’s senior management team on software, OEM partnerships and the sale of complex solutions.

“With more than 25 years’ experience in technology, software and services, Eric has an outstanding track record of building successful teams, leveraging direct and indirect sales models, delivering strong business results and winning market share,” stated Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke, who took over leadership of the company in March 2014.

Prior to joining Kodak, Mahe was based in Singapore with Pitney Bowes Inc., most recently as President, Global Growth Markets, with responsibility for the company’s operations in Latin America, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa and emerging markets. Mahe managed this business from inception in 2012, steering it to become Pitney Bowes’ best performing operation worldwide. He joined Pitney Bowes in 2007 as President, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa.  

Mahe previously served as Vice President and General Manager of Asia North for Computer Associates Inc., with responsibility for business operations and enterprise sales in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. He also has held sales management positions with Sun Microsystems, where he focused on OEM partnerships with Siemens Nixdorf, and Xerox.

Mahe earned his M.B.A. in Marketing and International Trade from Ecole Superieure de Commerce et d’Administration des Enterprises (ESCAE) in Bretagne, France, in 1986.

Dr. Andreas Plesske on May 1 is to become a member of Koenig & Bauer’s (KBA) management board to oversee the German press maker’s restructuring efforts.

Plesske will lead what KBA refers to as its Fit@All program, which was approved in December 2013 to realign one of the world’s largest press manufacturers. This effort involves a series of measures, including the elimination of anywhere from 1,100 to 1,500 jobs, aimed at strengthening the profitability and competitiveness of the company.

At the time of its December 2013 restructuring announcement, KBA stated the world market for sheetfed presses has been halved over the recent years, and the market for web presses has contracted by around 70 percent.

Noted as both a lawyer and economist, Plesske has extensive experience in management and restructuring as CEO and CRO at German and international companies of varying sizes and from different industries. This includes companies similar to KBA active in machinery and plant engineering. Plesske’s initial term of office is set to expire on October 31, 2015, with an option to extend this by a further six months.

Michael Garcia becomes President of Domtar Pulp and Paper, beginning on May 1, 2014, where he will oversee the operations of North America's largest producer of uncoated freesheet paper and top-three market pulp producers.

The company has a network of 13 mills in the United States and Canada. Garcia joins Domtar from his role as CEO of Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium Co. in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

“With over 20 years of international management experience in paper and steel and aluminum manufacturing and marketing on three continents, Michael brings a wealth of strategic and operational expertise to this key position at the helm of our core business,” stated John Williams, Domtar President and CEO. “Bringing together management responsibility for both the manufacture and marketing of our diverse mix of pulp and paper products under a single executive is consistent with our establishment of a two-division structure for Domtar.”

Domtar established a Personal Care division in 2011 to advance the company's growth strategy in absorbent hygiene products. In 2013, Domtar had sales of US$5.4 billion from some 50 countries. The company employs approximately 10,000 people.

Garcia holds an MBA from Harvard University's Graduate School of Business Administration and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.

Sven Michael becomes CEO of KBA-MePrint AG, a recently established subsidiary of German press maker Koenig & Bauer, which focuses on developing offset systems for waterless UV printing on film, smart cards, data storage devices and other materials.

Michael (45), who succeeds the departing Axel Thien, plans to place more emphasis on digital and hybrid printing technologies for packaging and new application fields. Michael joined the parent company, Koenig & Bauer, as a project manager for its digital printing segment in 2012.

Prior to moving to KBA, the electrical engineering graduate and business economist in electronic development first worked as a controller at a prominent German bank before spending 12 years at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, which included six years as head of business operations and consumables for the Linoprint division.

KBA-MePrint AG is based in Veitshöchheim, Germany, near Würzburg, and shares the same facilities of KBA-Metronic, which produces digital and analogue coding and marking systems for the industry. KBA-MePrint continues to be led by Oliver Volland and German Stuis.

Victoria Gaitskell becomes Managing Director for PrintLink’s Canadian office located in Oakville, Ontario. Established in 1994, PrintLink, headquartered in Rochester, is a placement agency specializing in the printing industry.

A longtime and current columnist for PrintAction magazine, Gaitskell had previously worked with PrintLink just over four years ago. “Victoria's knowledge of recruiting and business strategy will build on PrintLink's two decades of partnering with printing companies to help them hire qualified staff. Her return ensures a seamless transition," stated Arnold Kahn, President of PrintLink.

Gaitskell is replacing Carol McLeod, who previously worked with Heidelberg Canada and plans to retire at the end of March.

Heidelberg announced significant executive changes over two days, beginning with the departure of Executive Management Board member Marcel Kiessling, who is to be succeeded by Harald Weimer. Juergen Grimm was then introduced as President of Heidelberg Americas to fill Weimer’s vacated spot.

Kiessling, who has been with the German press maker since 1989, oversaw sales and service for Heidelberg and will depart on March 31, 2013. Prior to his appointment to the Executive Management Board in 2010, Kiessling was responsible for Heidelberg's business in the Americas from 2004 until 2010. 

Weimer (age 49) is to become a regular member of the Executive Management Board on April 1, 2014. His responsibilities will comprise the Business Areas Services and Parts, as well as Consumables and Remarketed Equipment. Weimer’s responsibilities also include the management of the global marketing and sales organization for Heidelberg. Weimer, who was educated as an engineer, has worked at Heidelberg for more than 15 years.

The Executive Management Board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG will consist of four individuals as of April 1, including: Chairman Dr. Gerold Linzbach (58), Dirk Kaliebe (47), Stephan Plenz (48), and Weimer.

Juergen Grimm is to succeed outgoing Harald Weimer as President of Heidelberg Americas, effective April 1. Grimm most recently led the worldwide Business Area Sheetfed for Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. In his new role, he will have responsibility for Heidelberg USA, Heidelberg Canada, Heidelberg Mexico and Heidelberg Brazil.

“Harald has done a superlative job guiding the sales and service activities in the U.S. market,” stated Grimm. “I look forward to working with the tireless and talented team at Heidelberg USA to sustain operational excellence, develop our long-term profit potential, and provide the world-class equipment and services our customers have come to expect.”

Grimm (44) began his career with Heidelberg in 1995, progressing from service projects to product and marketing management for the Speedmaster line (1996-1999), to head of Marketing Communications for Sheetfed and Head of Product Management for Prinect and Peripheral systems (2000-2004). From 2004-2007, he served as head of Sales and Marketing for Heidelberg Postpress Deutschland GmbH, becoming a member of the Board of Directors of Heidelberg Graphic Equipment Shanghai in 2008. 

From 2007-2010, Grimm served as head of Product Management for HDM before assuming responsibility for Heidelberg’s Sheetfed Business worldwide, the position he currently holds. Grimm received a Master of Business and Engineering (MBE) at Technical University in Darmstadt, Germany, in 1994.

Jeffrey Clarke joins Eastman Kodak Company as its elected Chief Executive Officer and member of its Board of Directors. Most recently a Managing Partner in a private investment firm, Clarke brings a wealth of experience in managing the supply and capitalization of communications technologies.

“Jeff is the right person to lead Kodak forward. His combination of strengths and experience in technology, transformation, finance, operations, and international business is precisely what we set out to find in the next leader of Kodak,” stated James Continenza, Chairman of the Board, Eastman Kodak. “His past leadership positions have included businesses selling hardware, software and services, and printing – with B2B customers as well as consumers… We feel extremely confident about Kodak’s prospects with Jeff at the helm.”

Prior to joining Kodak, Clarke (52) was a Managing Partner of Augusta Columbia Capital (ACC), a private investment firm focused on middle market technology and technology-enabled businesses that he co-founded in 2012. Prior to ACC, Clarke was the Chairman of Travelport Inc., a private travel technology firm, where he served as CEO from 2006 to 2011, after leading its sale from Cendant Corporation to the Blackstone Group for $4.3 billion in 2006. During his tenure, Travelport launched an IPO for its Orbitz business.

Clarke was the Chief Operating Officer of CA Inc., an enterprise software company, from 2004 to 2006, where he was responsible for sales, services, distribution, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, information technology, corporate strategy and planning.

Clarke was an Executive Vice President at Hewlett-Packard from 2002 to 2003. As EVP of Global Operations, he was responsible for HP’s worldwide supply chain, manufacturing, procurement and Internet operations. He was instrumental in HP’s merger integration with Compaq Computer. Prior to HP, Clarke was the Chief Financial Officer of Compaq Computer, which he joined in 1998 following the merger of Compaq with Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). At DEC from 1985 to 1998, he served in management roles relating to international operations, finance and manufacturing.

“I have enormous respect for the people of Kodak, and I am excited to join them in moving the company forward to new successes,” stated Clarke. “This enterprise has some extraordinary opportunities, especially those presented by the company’s proprietary technology in commercial printing, packaging and functional printing… My first priority is to spend my time listening to Kodak’s employees, customers, partners and other stakeholders as part of a detailed evaluation of our operations, market opportunities and approach for success.”

Clarke will continue to serve as Chairman of Orbitz Worldwide, a global online travel agency since 2007. He will also continue to serve on the boards of directors of Red Hat, Inc., an enterprise software company, and Compuware Corporation, an enterprise software company. Clarke earned an MBA from Northeastern University, where he serves as a Trustee. He holds a B.A. in Economics from SUNY Geneseo. He grew up in Hamilton, New York.

Tony Karg, Senior Director of Corporate Communications & Marketing for Fujifilm Canada, is leaving the company on March 31, 2014, after more than 20 years.

Unable to share much information at this time, Karg did say he plans on staying within the graphics industry in a strategic planning role, whether that is related directly to marketing or business development.

Karg began his career at Fuji Graphic Systems Canada in 1993 as an applications specialist. He had spent the previous two years as a production coordinator for Ainsworth Printing in Kitchener, Ontario. Karg remained as an applications specialist at Fujifilm until April 2000, when he became Product Manager, Digital Workflow Solutions.

In late 2003, Karg was named Product Marketing Manager for Fuji Graphic Systems Canada Inc., overseeing the marketing of all products sold by the company until early 2005, when he became Director of Business Development & Marketing for just over a year. He received a promotion to a Senior Director role in April 2006 and remained in the position until early 2013. During this time, begininng in 2011, Karg spent nearly year in Tokyo as the only non-Japanese member of the core planning team behind Fujifilm’s trade show booth for the quadrennial drupa 2012 exhibition in Duesseldorf, Germany.

In April 2013, Karg was to his current position at Fujifilm Canada, which he will hold until leaving the company on March 31.

Goss International has appointed Mike D’Angelo, an executive with more than 30 years of experience in the printing and packaging industries, to the newly created position of Managing Director for the Americas.

D’Angelo will lead the Goss sales, service and support organization involved with packaging and newspaper printing operations throughout North America and Latin America. With his industry-specific experience, Goss stated he is to also play an important role as the company expands its portfolio and presence in the packaging and converting sector.

D’Angelo has held sales and executive positions since 1982 with Bobst, one of the world’s largest suppliers of press and auxiliary equipment for packaging and converting. He most recently led the business unit responsible for web-fed products and was a member of the company’s executive committee in North America.

Rick Nichols, Goss president and CEO, states D’Angelo’s appointment fits the transformation of the company’s organizational structure, which is now based on four regional centres responsible for sales, service and support for the Americas, Europe, China and Asia. “Our support network already differentiates Goss in the Americas, and Mike’s background puts him in a unique position to help us further strengthen and coordinate that network,” stated Nichols.

D’Angelo is a graduate of Villanova University in Pennsylvania. He has served on the board of directors of the Flexible Packaging Association and the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation. He is also a member or former member of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry, the Paperboard Packaging Council, the Flexographic Technical Association and the Gravure Association of America.

Tony Pileggi, with more than 20 years of experience in the flexography market, becomes a Technical Sales Representative for Anderson & Vreeland Canada.

Pileggi has served in various roles within the flexography marketplace, including his experience as a technical sales representative and territory management at Williamson Printing Materials. In his new role, he will focus efforts within Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area for Anderson & Vreeland, which was founded in 1961 and has remained focused on supplying technologies for the flexography sector, with a particular emphasis on flexo platemaking equipment and materials.

Pileggi will work close with Sean Sawa, who was appointed as a Regional Manager for Anderson & Vreeland Canada, back in April 2013. Sawa himself holds close to 20 years of technical sales experience in the flexo, print and packaging industries. “Tony’s extensive knowledge and flexo experience, in tandem with A&V’s leading product lines and technologies, will make for a dynamic relationship with large benefits for our Ontario/GTA customers,” stated Sawa.

A graduate of Packaging Design at Humber College in Toronto, Pileggi has substantial prepress and plate processing experience in the wide web and corrugated markets, as well as steel rule die experience.

Romy Hahn becomes the Director of Sales and Marketing for Annan & Sons of Toronto. Founded more than 35 years ago, Annan & Sons is a sheetfed printing operations running several half-size and full-size Heidelberg presses.

The company also employs a full prepress department and full bindery department, including cutters, folder and stitchers, as well as two automatic shrinkwrap lines.

Hahn is a graduate of Ryerson University in Toronto. She has been with Annan & Sons for more than 10 years, serving in various sales, marketing and production positions.

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