Thomas Potzkai is to lead Koenig & Bauer’s (KBA) web press services division in addition to his current area of responsibility as Vice-President and head of division web presses and project management. Jens Maul, after more than two years at the helm of web press after-sales services at KBA Jens Maul, has left the company at his own request as of 1 January 2014.

Maul joined KBA in October 2011 and began to restructure the company’s web press service activities. He helped start the PrintHouse Service (PHS) initiative at the beginning of 2012, headed by Steffen Dittmann. This subsidiary provides services like maintenance, repairs, retrofits and press relocations for third-party presses, as well as monitoring production systems at printing firms with on-site personnel.

Potzkai, 43, has held diverse technical management positions in his 27 years at KBA and, for the time being, plans to continue working within the platform established by Maul. Potzkai has experience in the development and customer support of commercial, gravure and newspaper web presses.

Gary Hughes, the long-time leader of Muller Martini’s Canadian operation, becomes President and Chief Operating Officer of Brampton Engineering. He succeeds Barrie Laver, a board member of Brampton Engineering, who served as Interim CEO over the past year during the company’s leadership search.

Founded in 1973 as a die maker, Brampton Engineering today describes itself as a world leader in the design and engineering of multilayer blown film co-extrusion equipment. In addition to developing monolayer and 3-layer lines for specialized film production, the Greater Toronto Area company also supplies its Aquafrost technology for high barrier applications in the food and medical packaging industries.

“I am excited to join Brampton Engineering at this time in its history,” stated Hughes. “As a leader in the multi-layer barrier blown film market, the company is seeing growth in sales to both existing and new customers. The company is well positioned to support its customers in the expanding food, medical and industrial packaging industries globally.”

Most recently, Hughes was the Director of Global Packaging with Swiss finishing-equipment supplier Muller Martini, a position he took on in January 2013 after spending the previous decade as President of Muller Martini Canada. Hughes also spent 16 years with Husky Injection Molding where he was responsible for a number of businesses, including four years of leading Husky’s Advanced Manufacturing Center.

“We are very pleased to have attracted Gary to Brampton Engineering,” stated David Sutin, Chairman of Brampton Engineering. “He brings to the company superior leadership skills and the right mix of experience for our customers to be confident in BE’s continued ability to deliver market leading, innovative, and quality products to the market.”

Jeff Ekstein, President and CEO of Willow Printing Group in Concord, Ontario, has been elected as the 2014 Chairman of the Board for Printing Industries of America, one of the world’s most-powerful printing associations.

Ekstein has been an Officer on the Printing Industries of America’s (PIA) Board and a member of its Executive Committee since 2011. He currently serves as a Premier Print Awards judge, has served as the Education Committee Chairman from 2009 to 2011, and is a current Finance Committee member.

In addition to his involvement in the PIA, Ekstein has served as Co-chair of the Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council (CPISC), OPIA Government Affairs Committee Chair, and as a long-time Director of Canadian Printing Industries Association (CPIA). He is a recipient of the CPIA Distinguished Service Award.

Ekstein is a third-generation printer currently leading Willow Printing, which was established more than 60 years ago in today's Greater Toronto Area. Willow was started by his grandfather and great uncle, Ralph and Ludwig Ekstein. The founding brothers were soon joined in the family business by Jeff’s father, Lew, who remains as Chairman of Willow. Jeff joined Willow in 1983 after graduating from York University.

The installation ceremony for the PIA new board took place on November 17, 2013, at the association’s Fall administrative meetings in Chicago. The other members for PIA’s 2014 board include: First Vice Chairman David Olberding of Phototype in Cincinnati; Second Vice Chairman Bradley Thompson II of Inland Press in Detroit; Secretary to the Board Curt Kreisler of Gold Star Printers in Miami Beach; Treasurer Michael Wurst of Henry Wurst Inc. in Kansas City; and Immediate Past Chair Timothy Burton of Burton & Mayer Inc. in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

Also joining the Board of Directors in 2014 are: Chip Smith of Marshall and Bruce Company, representing Printing Industry Association of the South; Chris Feryn, Premier Press of Portland, representing PPI Association; and David Radziej, Printing Industry Midwest, representing the affiliate managers.

HP Canada has named veteran executive Lloyd Bryant to take over as Managing Director from Peter Galanis, a role Galanis has held for over three years. The role will be added to Bryant’s current responsibilities as the General Manager of the company’s Printing and Personal Systems (PPS) group.

Bryant previously led HP’s printing group before taking over PPS division when the unit was formed last year. He is also very involved with the company’s environmental programs and was named as part of the Clean 16, a program which honours outstanding contributors to sustainable development and clean capitalism in Canada, in both 2012 and 2013.

Galanis will be heading to a new position in HP’s Enterprise Group at the Americas level. Galanis took over for Paul Tsaparis in March 2010 after Tsaparis departed as President and CEO of HP Canada.

Leslie Stern, Chief Executive Officer of Bell and Howell, based in Durham, North Carolina, is stepping down from her post for personal reasons.

Bell and Howell’s Board of Directors has appointed one of its members, Kamal Advani of controlling shareholder Versa Capital Management, to serve as Interim CEO until a permanent successor is found, a process targeted for conclusion by year-end. Advani has nearly 30 years of finance and operating experience in a variety of industries.  

“I’m proud of what the team has accomplished to reestablish the Bell and Howell brand and its reputation for innovative products,” stated Stern. “Thanks to our loyal customers, our dedicated workforce, and our industry leading solutions, we are well positioned for continued growth, so after two years of commuting to Durham from my home in New York, I need to spend more time with my family.”

Bell and Howell was founded in 1907 by two projectionists, who initially focused on the development of motion-picture equipment. Eventually the company moved into producing document processing equipment and in 2003 merged with Böwe Systec Inc. It was known as Böwe Bell & Howell until 2011, when Versa Capital Management bought the company and returned it to its original name.

“The company has made substantial progress since our 2011 acquisition in large measure due to Les’s efforts working with the management team and all Bell and Howell employees worldwide,” stated Gregory Segall, Chairman of Bell and Howell and CEO of Versa Capital.

Eastman Kodak has named a new Chairman to replace the outgoing Antonio Perez: James V. Continenza will take over the position effectively immediately. Perez will remain on the Eastman Kodak board of directors.

“Kodak is a company poised for growth. I look forward to providing leadership as the company realizes its potential as a technology company focused on the packaging, graphic communications, and functional printing markets,” said Continenza.

“Jim has played a leadership role in helping newly restructured companies drive innovation and growth,” said Perez. “Jim shares a deep commitment to fostering the success of our customers in both our emerging and established businesses. I look forward to working with Jim and the entire Board in anticipating and meeting our customers’ needs with breakthrough products and services.”

Continenza has been a Kodak director since April this year. He also serves on the board of Tembec Corp. He was previously a director for Hawkeye Renewables, Anchor Glass Container Corp., Rath-Gibson, Inc., Rural Cellular Corp. U.S. Mobility Inc. Maxim Crane Works, Inc., Arch Wireless Inc. and Microcell Telecommunications Inc.

Bob Lang has joined Unisource Canada’s Paper division as Corporate Account Manager.

“Bob brings a tremendous amount of experience to the Unisource Canada Paper team and we look forward to his contribution towards the growth of our Canadian business,” said Tom Deighton, Vice-President - Paper for Unisource Canada.

Lang has over 30 years of experience in the printing industry. Most recently he was part of PaperlinX as Director of International Sales. He holds an Economics and Commerce degree from the University of Toronto.

Paul Filippelli becomes Drytac Canada’s National Sales Manager, which is the company’s second management hire over the past couple of weeks since purchasing Multi-Tac Inc. at the beginning of July 2013.

Previously employed with Multi-Tac as Vice President of Sales, Filippelli’s expertise is in industrial and specialty label coatings, as well as custom and contract coating for the graphic and sign industry. Drytac is an international manufacturer of adhesive-coated products, including graphic films, window films, double-sided tapes, self-adhesive print media, label stock, industrial adhesives, and heat-activated and pressure-sensitive laminates and mounting adhesives.

“By bringing Paul onboard, we will be able to nurture existing Multi-Tac customer relationships and solidify Drytac as a reputable supplier of custom coating solutions,” stated Richard Kelley, Drytac’s Chairman & CEO.

Back on August 19, Drytac Canada named Paul Vanderweide as Operations Manager for the company’s facilities in Concord and Brampton, Ontario. He previously served as President of Macula Technik Inc., a Canadian service provider of large-format-imaging equipment. In his new role, Vanderweide is responsible for the coating, converting and distribution of all Drytac products at the company’s two Canadian locations.

Ward Spencer becomes President of C.J. Digital, a division of the C.J. Group of Companies based in Toronto, Ontario, led by Jay Mandarino, President and CEO of C.J. Graphics.

Spencer brings more than 35 years of communications experience to the post, based on various roles in digital programming, sales, marketing and management. He previously served as President of Central Reproductions Ltd.

Rosa Garito is continue in her role as General Manager of C.J. Digital, a position she has held for the past five years, overseeing daily operations. Spencer is to focus on directing the operation’s sales force and its integration with the 14 companies currently under the C.J. Group umbrella.

Paul Vanderweide becomes Operations Manager for Drytac Canada with facilities in Concord and Brampton, Ontario. He previously served as President of Macula Technik Inc., a Canadian service provider of large-format-imaging equipment, where he established and managed a technical support team.

In his new role, Vanderweide is responsible for the coating, converting and distribution of all Drytac products at the company’s two Canadian locations. Drytac is an international manufacturer of adhesive-coated products, including graphic films, window films, double-sided tapes, self-adhesive print media, label stock, industrial adhesives, and heat-activated and pressure-sensitive laminates and mounting adhesives.

With Drytac’s recent acquisition of Toronto-based adhesive coating company Multi-Tac Inc., Vanderweide will liaise with customers and suppliers throughout North America and Europe.

“Thanks to the Multi-Tac acquisition, we are better equipped to provide custom coating solutions to our North American customers. The possibilities are truly endless,” stated Richard Kelley, Drytac Chairman and CEO. “With the addition of Paul Vanderweide, we can strengthen existing Multi-Tac and Drytac customer and supplier relationships to ensure we’re considered a valuable partner.”

In submitting files for its pending move out Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, which began back in January 2012, Kodak detailed its executive management plans. Placement of the management team is subject to certain conditions, including confirmation of Kodak’s of Plan of Reorganization and Kodak’s emergence from Chapter 11. The confirmation hearing on the Plan of Reorganization is currently scheduled for August 20, 2013, with emergence expected during the third quarter.

Chief Executive Officer Antonio Perez is to remain at the helm of Kodak’s post-emergence executive leadership for up to one year or until the new Board of Directors elects his successor, whichever is sooner. Perez also committed to serve the reorganized company for up to three years following the Kodak’s pending emergence from Chapter 11.

Douglas Edwards is to remain in his role as Kodak’s President of Digital Printing and Enterprise, which includes looking after technology platforms like Stream and Prosper, SQUAREspot, and Flexcel.

Brad Kruchten is to continue to serve as President of Graphics, Entertainment & Commercial Films, which includes Prepress, Entertainment Imaging, Commercial Film and Global Consumables Manufacturing. Kruchten has held this position since 2011, overseeing technologies like Prinergy and digital plates.

Terry Taber is to continue in his current post as Chief Technical Officer, a position he has held since 2009. Eric Samuels is to serve as Controller and Patrick Sheller is to serve as Kodak’s General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Administrative Officer, positions he has held since 2012.

Jim Mesterharm is to continue as Chief Restructuring Officer and Becky Roof will continue as Interim Chief Financial Officer, under the company's agreement with AlixPartners. The duration of the company's agreement with AlixPartners will be determined by the post-emergence board.

Also continuing in their roles as General Managers of Kodak’s regional operations are Philip Cullimore, Europe, Middle East and Africa; Lois Lebegue, Asia Pacific; John O’Grady, U.S. and Canada; and Gustavo Oviedo, Latin America and Emerging Geographies.

German press maker KBA announced industry veteran Ralf Sammeck is taking on additional responsibilities as the lead of sheetfed offset press engineering at the company’s plant in Radebeul.

Fifty-year-old Sammeck also currently serves as Executive Vice-President for Sales, Marketing and Service at KBA’s sheetfed production facility in Radebeul, Germany. His new duties were previously the responsibility of KBA Group President Claus Bolza-Schünemann, who is to focus more on coordinating strategic technological investment at the company’s various plants.

KBA’s Executive Vice-President Michael Kummert remains head of sheetfed and web press production and assembly. Executive Vice-President Christoph Müller continues to lead KBA’s web-offset interests at the company’s main site in Würzburg, Germany.

Bob Kirk becomes the new Administrator of the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund (CPISTF) program. Kirk currently serves as General Manager of the Printing Equipment and Supply Dealers' Association (PESDA).

Prior to joining the PESDA organization, Kirk developed a long management career with Kodak Canada. In new his administration role, Kirk will report to CPISTF’s Board of Trustees, which is directly responsible for awarding scholarships. 

The most-recent CPISTF board, which awarded $75,000 in scholarship funding to 57 Canadian students back in September 2012, included: Warren Wilkins (Past Chairman); Wayne Burroughs (Treasurer); Richard Armstrong, Heidelberg Canada; Jeff Taylor, Hemlock Printers; Michael Hill; Mary Black, Mary Black Recruiting; Bruce Bond; Bob Cockerill, Schawk Canada; Tom Blockberger; Sean Murray, Advocate Printing and Publishing Co.; Ron Schroder, Canadian Flexographic Training Committee; and Willy Wilkins.

CPISTF, founded in 1971, is designed to provide financial assistance to promising students enrolled in approved graphic arts management or technical education programs.

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André Gagnier brings three decades of printing experience to Pazazz as its Sales & Operations Specialist, which includes responsibility for looking after a sales team within the Montreal-based company.

Gagnier joining Pazazz marks the second significant hire by President Warren Werbitt in the past two weeks. In early June, Denis Beauchamp was brought in as General Manager to oversee all manufacturing for the company, from prepress to finishing, including personnel.

Beauchamp, who previously served as Director of Production at a division of Transcontinental, brings 36 years of experience to his new position. Gagnier, who started out as an estimator, has developed a 34-year career in printing.

“Pazazz is at a pivotal point in its growth as the industry goes through change, and I want to take part in this success,” stated Gagnier. “What excites me most is working with multiple platforms and services that no other company has to offer under one roof.” 

Founded in 1992, Pazazz services include UV and conventional offset printing up to 56-inch format and toner production. In addition to its commercial printing activities, Pazazz – a certified G7 Master Printer – also has a strong presence in the label, packaging and large-format sectors.

Gord Griffiths becomes Chief Operating Officer of The Lowe-Martin Group, one of Canada’s largest private printing operations based in Ottawa and with a large production facility in Toronto.

A veteran manager of North America’s printing industry, Griffiths has held prominent leadership roles with Cenveo (Mailwell), as President and COO; Grafikom, as Interim Chief Executive Officer; Quebecor Printing and St. Joseph Printing. More recently, he has been providing consultative business services as a principal of Gordon Group Enterprises and BRS Jump.

Griffiths will report directly to Lowe-Martin’s CEO Ward Griffin, who last April moved to acquire Dollco Integrated Print Solutions, a large-scale publication and product marketing company also based in Ottawa. The acquisition combined two of Canada’s most historic and largest privately owned printers – with Lowe-Martin being founded in 1908 and Dollco in 1918 – into a $100 million operation.

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