Tony Denison has taken over the day-to-day leadership of Simpson Print of Bloomingdale, Ontario, after assuming the role of President on March 2, 2015.

Simpson Print is a unique 50,000-square-foot facility providing clients with screen, UV-offset and digital printing services. The company’s products range from decals and large-format display signage for retailers, to books, posters, brochures and stationery. By integrating screen, lithographic and digital technologies, Simpson describes itself as specializing in “hi-tech/hi-touch” projects to produce print work for a sensory experience.

“Simpson has always been a great company,” said Denison. “We are going to take it to new levels as the printing business evolves and creates exciting new opportunities.”

Martin Johanns remains owner and Chair of Simpson Print, the company he bought in 1987. Johanns explained that he expected Denison would some day lead the company when Simpson acquired Denison Print of Breslau, Ontario, in January 2014. Denison’s 27-year career in the printing industry began when he opened a quick-printing shop in nearby Kitchener.

“Tony’s enthusiastic leadership suits the way Simpson does business, which is to deliver outstanding work on time, even with the most challenging jobs,” said Johanns. “I am confident he will continue to bring innovation into the company, and build on the relationships we have established with clients across North America.”

Read Victoria Gaitskell’s cover story on Simpson Print, called Flying Colours, in the April 2013 issue of PrintAction.
Eric Wiesner in April is to assume the role of Vice President and General Manager for HP’s Inkjet High-Speed Production Solutions (IHPS) division, succeeding Aurelio Maruggi, who led much of the market development of the successful Inkjet Web Press platform.

At drupa 2008, HP introduced its first Inkjet Web Press, which since expanded into a portfolio of 10 presses across five web-width platforms. HP recently reported that its T200, T300 and T400 series customers have printed more than 90 billion A4 equivalent pages since 2009.

After serving eight years as the lead of HP’s IHPS division, Maruggi is to become Vice President and General Manager of HP’s new Office and Versatility division, which encompasses the entire scope of HP’s office and home inkjet business, including the company’s page-wide-array technology.

Wiesner started with HP in 1984 in the San Francisco Bay area. In various R&D and manufacturing management roles, Wiesner brought multiple inkjet products to market in the office, large-format graphics and web-press spaces. As director of R&D for Media Supplies and Solutions, his team developed media coatings and vertical software solutions for HP Wall Art, Greeting and Gift Cards, and Ink Content Value Packs.

Wiesner later became Director of R&D for Printing & Technology Platforms, focused on developing ink chemistry, materials and software solutions for HP Printing and Personal Systems’ 2D and 3D printing business units.
Rick Littrell becomes Vice President, Direct Hires and TechCreative Talent, for Semper International, which is a North American placement firm specializing in skilled help for companies involved in marketing, graphic design, programming and printing.

With more than 30 years of experience working with emerging technologies, business development opportunities and start-up organizations, Littrell has been primarily focused in the printing industry. He is known for his innovative marketing programs in terms of developing strategy, creation, launch and support.

Littrell began his career in applications engineering and product management roles for printing-industry suppliers like Agfa, Information International and Scitex. He is a serial entrepreneur as founder of a regional digital services company called Graphics Xpress, an integrated marketing company called Magicomm LLC, and an international consulting and marketing-services firm called Littrell Associates. He has also worked with communications service providers like General Motors Photographic, Magna Graphic and, more recently, Winbrook Inc.

Littrell has also served as Vice President of Communications and, most recently, as President of the Boston chapter of the American Marketing Association. He has been active in volunteer roles as Vice President, Board of Directors, of the ARC of Greater Haverhill & Newburyport, the world's largest community-based organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, while also chairing the Personnel Committee for the town of Groveland, MA.

“I look forward to working with my friends and colleagues, helping them grow professionally, while assisting companies build an internal talent base that will propel them into a bright future,” said Littrell. “At this stage in my career, it is my way of paying it forward.”

Littrell will be responsible for managing direct-hire services for both Semper's traditional print and graphic arts areas, as well as Semper’s recently introduced TechCreatives initiative that focuses on the intersection of creativity and technology. Littrell was a consultant in the development of Semper’s TechCreative strategic planning.

Bryan Hall becomes Vice President, Western Canada, for Treck Hall Wide Format. He has spent more than 20 years in the wide-format sector. This includes time spent with Treck Hall Limited, Mondrian Hall and most recently Fujifilm.

Treck Hall, with warehousing in Toronto and Vancouver, distributes wide-format product brands like Ritrama, Kodak, Epson and Magic. This includes supplies for printing processes like UV, Solvent, Latex and aqueous inkjet systems.

Bryan Hall will be responsible for growing Treck Hall’s Wide format media business in Western Canada.

Greg Donais joins EFI as its new Sales Development Manager for Eastern Canada, focusing on EFI’s VUTEk and wide-format-inkjet portfolio. He succeeds Ken Lunn, who is retiring after being with EFI for the past 15 years.

Having previously worked as both a supplier rep and printing-company owner in the inkjet arena, Donais brings a wealth of experience to his new position covering the provinces of Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Donais most recently served as Vice President of Cameron Advertising’s digital division, where he worked from 2010 until January 2015. Donais also previously worked for almost five years as the Managing Director of Schawk Canada’s digital division. He also owned and operated iG3 for a decade.

Chris Raney becomes President of Baumer hhs in Dayton, Ohio, which manufacturers systems for value-added-gluing, camera-verification and quality-assurance systems for a range of industrial sectors like corrugated packaging, folding carton, printing and woodworking.

In addition, Baumer hhs also welcomed Rob Bradshaw to its sales team. Bradshaw will be based in Illinois as the Midwest Sales Manager and will lead the region's sales efforts.

Raney, who most recently served as VP of Packaging for Heidelberg USA Inc., brings over 25 years of relevant industry experience to his new role as President of Baumer hhs. This includes more than 10 years in the folding carton market in North America. He worked for Bobst in various roles in the United Kingdom, Switzerland and in the United States where from June 2002 he was Vice President of the Folding Carton Business Area.

“We welcome Chris’ experience and leadership to the Baumer hhs team,” said Detlef Engling, Managing Director. “In his new role as President, he will provide leadership and guidance to our team. His results-oriented approach and ability to think strategically will help hhs continue to grow profitably, while extending our track record of innovation and exceeding our customers’ demands.”

Brian Gibson has joined Drytac Canada, a manufacturer of adhesive-coated products, in the role of Technical Services Manager. He holds a degree in marketing and sales from Humber College and has more than 25 years of experience in the printing industry.

“Brian excels in technical troubleshooting,” said Mike Wildbore, Vice President of Sales for Drytac Canada. “He will be an excellent resource for our Canadian team, especially with his extensive industry knowledge and background in equipment repair and finishing processes.”

As Technical Services Manager, Gibson will be responsible for technical support and training of Drytac’s line of finishing equipment. Prior to joining Drytac, Gibson worked for Seal as a technical service and application specialist. His industry knowledge spans areas like application training, equipment service support, product management, account management, and sales-force development.

Dr. Doug Edwards becomes Chief Executive Officer of Xaar plc, headquartered in Cambridge, UK, succeeding Ian Dinwoodie, who previously announced plans to retire in 2015. Dinwoodie joined Xaar in 2001 and had served as CEO since 2003.

Xaar primarily develops and manufacturers piezoelectric inkjet print-heads, including technology for applications like ceramic tile decoration, coding, graphics, labeling and packaging.

In March 2014, when Dinwoodie announced his upcoming retirement, Xaar launched its new 1002 GS6 print-head, building from the existing 1001 GS6 product, for UV applications, primarily aimed at the production of labels, laminates, direct-to-shape, packaging and other types of product decoration.

Xaar states the 1002 GS6 print-head (featuring 1,000 nozzles) is designed to jet high-opacity white inks, as well as high-viscosity varnishes, which is enabled by Xaar’s patented TF Technology for ink recirculation and the Hybrid Side-Shooter architecture.


Edwards joins Xaar from Eastman Kodak Company, where most recently he served as President, Digital Printing and Enterprise. He has been a member of Kodak’s Executive Board since 2006. Edwards started his career in the UK in a variety of technical roles with Ilford Limited, ICI, Zeneca and International Paper before moving to the United States 14 years ago with Kodak Polychrome Graphics (a former joint venture company between Sun Chemical Corporation and Kodak).

“It is a privilege to be asked to lead Xaar through this next phase of the company's development,” said Edwards, who holds a BSc in Chemistry and a PhD in Conducting Organic Materials from London University. “Excellent progress has been made by the company over the last decade but the future opportunities ahead of the company in the world of digital printing are substantial, and I am pleased to return to the UK to take up this challenge.”

Serge Trajkovich becomes Vice President and Managing Director of PrintLink Canada, which focuses on human resources and professional placement within the printing and packaging industries.
Trajkovich has 35 years of experience in the printing industry, including time within pre-media, digital printing and packaging sectors across North America. He has both owned and managed several companies in the Toronto area. His work in packaging covers folding-carton, converting, and flexible processes.

PrintLink operates in both the United States and Canada, specializing in all facets of printing and related industries. This includes providing employers with mentoring, market intelligence and human resource processes.

Al Varney has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Xerox Canada Ltd., succeeding Mandy Shapansky who plans to retire on January 1, 2015.

Varney, a former Vice President of Marketing for Xerox Canada, will lead the Canadian organization after spending the past five years in the United States, where he served as President of Xerox North American Agent Operations and, prior to that, as a Senior Vice President for U.S. Client Operations.

Varney first joined Xerox Canada in 1986 where he has held various positions in sales, marketing and general management. “Xerox is such a well-respected brand in Canada, offering market-leading business processes services and document management technology,” Varney said. “I am excited to be back in Canada to continue Xerox’s growth in the market by working with clients on solutions that support them reaching their own business growth goals.”

Shapansky spent nearly three decades with Xerox Canada, and served as CEO for the past four years. Xerox Canada is headquartered in Toronto.

Danny Ionescu, who has been leading much of Hewlett-Packard’s business development in the Canadian printing market for nearly two decades, has been promoted to lead similar initiatives across the Americas.

Ionescu becomes HP’s Director of Enterprise Business for Graphics in the Americas. The executive had been Vice President of Sales for HP Canada’s graphic arts division since 1994.

In the past few years, Ionescu has been spearheading the introduction of HP Inkjet Web Press systems into the Canadian market, as well as the recently introduced 29-inch HP Indigo 10000 platform and a range of wide-format inkjet developments.

Even with his expanded role for HP, Ionescu will continue to be based out of the Greater Toronto Area.

Udo Panenka, currently Senior VP of Global Sales & Marketing at Esko, is to succeed Carsten Knudsen as President of the Belgium company on January 1, 2015.

Panenka joined Esko in September 2014 from Kollmorgen, which is an operation owned by Danaher Corporation. Danaher purchased Esko in 2011 for approximately €350 million. At Kollmorgen, Panenka most recently served as VP and GM for Industrial Automation in Europe and India. He joined Kollmorgen in 2008.

Back in September 2014, at the same time when Panenka joined Esko, Jon Giardina also came from a Danaher operation to become Esko’s VP for the Americas.

Prior to Danaher, Panenka held sales, marketing and general management positions with ABS Deutschland, RITZ Pumpenfabrik and New Haden Pumps. Panenka has a BA degree in Management from Berufsakademie located in Heidenheim, Germany.

Sean Sawa becomes Director of Sales for Anderson & Vreeland Canada (AVC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Ohio-based Anderson & Vreeland Inc., which distributes and manufactures flexographic prepress materials.

“Sean is a widely respected and driven individual. His can-do attitude is infectious and we are extremely fortunate to now have him on our management team," said Drew Elisius, Executive VP of Anderson & Vreeland Inc.

Sawa joined AVC as Regional Manager, focusing Ontario and Western Canada, in mid-2013, with 18 years of flexography sales experience primarily gained at Williamson Printing Materials. He graduated from George Brown Technical College in Toronto with a Printing Technology degree.

Canadian John Rogers becomes the new Global Executive Director of the Digital Solutions Cooperative for users of HP technology, better known as Dscoop, while Gary Peeling becomes the organization’s new Global Chairman.

Rogers is regarded as one of Canada’s digital-printing pioneers through a career spanning more than 30 years. Rogers began his career at Moore Business Forms, before working with Dave Rogers to start one of Canada’s first digital colour printing companies, called Dots & Pixels Inc., in 1994.

Dots & Pixels was an early adopter of variable data printing and Web-to-print solutions. Rogers was also one of the founders of Dscoop. In his new role, he will provide strategic leadership to the Dscoop boards of directors and management teams in North America, Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific and Japan. His responsibilities will include oversight of the organization’s strategy, financials, operations and marketing around the globe.

“I am so excited to be working with an organization I love at a time when it is celebrating its tenth anniversary,” said Rogers. “There is nothing I would rather be doing at this point in my career than working with the visionary individuals and companies involved in Dscoop who are together shaping the future of the industry. We have a great future together, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.”

Gary Peeling, Dscoop’s new Global Chairman, is Managing Director at Precision Printing Company Ltd. in the UK, which he has been helping to lead for the past 25 years. Precision Printing works with consumer brands in the photo, greeting card and self-publishing space, while also leveraging litho printing.

“I am pleased to take on this new role in collaboration with John. John is a well-qualified leader who will help us shape the future of our cooperative,” said Gary Peeling. “He has a unique set of experiences that make him the perfect person for the role of Global Executive Director at this point in time.”

Rory Marsoun becomes Vice President of Flexo Business Development for Esko, arguably the world’s largest technology supplier for the packaging sector. Headquartered in Gent, Belgium, Esko, employing around 1300 people worldwide, states its solutions are used in some way in the production of nine out of 10 retail packages.

In his new role, Marsoun will determine the direction of the flexo business in North America, acting as a liaison with the company's product development staff in Germany. He will also be involved with strategic and marketing direction and supporting the North American sales staff.

Most recently, Marsoun was Director, Software Training Deployment, Americas, managing the team of experts that installs Esko software and flexo products, and trains new users.

Previously, he was Manager, Flexo Services, Americas, during the company’s introductions of HD Flexo and Full HD Flexo, Esko Digital Flexo Systems, and CDI imaging systems. Marsoun joined Esko as a Flexo Specialist from Clemson University where he was a lecturer and research associate.

“Rory has a depth of industry and research experience in flexo plate imaging and printing, a background that has already served Esko very well, and which will continue to be of tremendous value to our customers,” stated Thomas Klein, Esko Vice President, Flexo Business.


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