Appointments

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.


Tom Edwards, former owner of Spinnaker Graphic Inc. located in Mississauga, Ontario, has joined Specialties Graphic Finishers in Toronto as Vice President of Sales. 



Edwards holds extensive experience in offset printing, print management and bindery finishing. “His contagious laughter, can-do attitude and enthusiasm has already made good things happen for us,” stated Norm Beange, owner of Specialties Graphic Finishers, who has known Edwards for 35 years through the printing industry.

Specialties Graphic Finishers is recognized as one of North America’s leading finishing houses. The company’s facility in Scarborough, Ontario, also houses its unique Anstey Book Binding operation, which was formed in 1882.

Taizaburo (Ted) Egawa becomes President and CEO of Canon Canada, as the Japanese-based imaging giant announces 11 senior executive appointments and promotions across its North American operations.

Egawa, a 31-year veteran with Canon, began his career with the International Business Management department where he was responsible for office equipment sales for corporate clients. He has worked in several Canon global regions, including Japan and the United States. He also spent a year with Canon Canada’s Camera and Video Division between 1984 and 1985.

"Ted will be a great addition to Canada's leadership team," stated Joe Adachi, President and CEO of Canon U.S.A., who is also the Chairman of Canon Canada. "He played an integral role in strengthening Canon USA's Imaging Technologies and Communications Group business and expanded our company's reach into new domains."

Most recently, Egawa was VP and GM of Strategy Planning & Administration for the Imaging Technologies and Communications Group (ITCG) at Canon U.S.A., spending close to 16 years with this region where he was responsible for the strategic direction and business operations for Canon's digital photographic and imaging solutions products.


Egawa succeeds Kazuto Ogawa, who led Canon Canada for the past six years and now takes on an executive position with Canon China and the Canon Asia Group. Moving outside of North America, Ogawa is not considered among Canon’s 11 new executive appointments, which, in addition to Egawa, includes:

Yuichi Ishizuka, Executive VP and GM of Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., has been appointed to Senior Executive Officer of Canon Inc., Japan and will continue to hold his responsibilities at Canon U.S.A.


Tsuneo Imai has been promoted to VP and GM, Healthcare Solutions Division, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A.


Dennis Amorosano has been promoted to VP, Business Imaging Solutions Group Marketing Division, Canon U.S.A., and has also been appointed to the Americas Board of Groups Managers, Canon U.S.A.


Charles Womack has been promoted to VP and GM, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.

Hiroyuki Haraguchi has been promoted to VP, Industrial Products Division, Canon U.S.A.


Brian Strangways has been promoted to VP, Virtual Imaging, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A.

Tetsuhiro Minamide has been appointed to VP and GM, Canon Information and Imaging Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A.


Kenji Kobayashi has been appointed President, Canon Latin America, Inc. and to the Americas Board of Groups Managers, Canon U.S.A.


Fernando Moreno has been promoted to VP, Canon Chile, and has also been appointed to the Americas Board of Group Members, Canon U.S.A.


Jun Otsuka has been appointed to President and GM, Canon Chile, and will continue to hold his present position as President and CEO, Canon Brazil, Inc.

“I am proud to announce 11 well-deserved appointments and promotions for the New Year,” stated Adachi, president and chief executive officer, Canon U.S.A. “The value these executives bring to Canon is paramount and their proven leadership skills, dedication and perseverance will help us take our company to the next level of achievement.”


Printing industry veterans Matt Adler and John Kulak have joined Goss International’s packaging team, which the company describes as an example of its continuing transformation and diversification into new markets.

Goss International’s interest in the packaging market primarily revolves around its Sunday Vpak web offset press platform. This includes the Sunday Vpak 500 and Vpak 3000 web offset press models for folding carton, flexible packaging, pre-print and label applications are available in web widths from 20.5 to 75 inches (520 to 1905 mm) and print at speeds of up to 1,500 feet (457 metres) per minute.


“We are diversifying our product portfolio to drive revenues in new, neighbouring markets where our expertise delivers differentiating advantages,” stated Jacques Navarre, VP of Sales and Marketing. “Matt and John know the industry and can support our vision of enabling packaging producers to achieve lower costs, higher print quality, more precise colour consistency, and faster turnaround times with Sunday Vpak web offset technology.”


Matt Adler joins Goss as Director of Sales for packaging products in the Americas. He will also assist in managing the Goss sales and support network in the region. Adler was most recently a national account manager for packaging and label producer Printpack in Atlanta, Georgia. From 1991 to 2007, he held executive and management positions with the Fort Dearborn Company in Illinois, one of the largest label producers in the United States.

John Kulak becomes Manager of the recently opened 7,000-square-foot Goss Packaging Technology Center, a demonstration, test and educational facility at Goss headquarters in Durham, New Hampshire. He has close to 30 years of experience in the implementation, management and optimization of printing technology. Kulak also spent time as a production coordinator for newspaper publisher USA Today and a senior technical associate for print production at The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).


Kevin Wilken becomes President and Chief Executive Officer of Mark Andy Inc. of St. Louis, Missouri. He has been with the flexography press maker since 2008 in various engineering and operations roles.



Wilken served as Chief Operating Officer of Mark Andy for the past two years. During this period, he was responsible for launching products, planning continuous improvement for the company, and leading Mark Andy’s digital initiatives. Prior to Mark Andy, he worked for Brady Corporation in engineering and program management roles.

“We have worked diligently to develop market-leading products and services with five technical innovation awards in the last four years, [built] an un-matched service infrastructure and offering, a new consumables and supplies business, and a great pipeline of new products such as the Versa Max, ProLED, and Mark Andy Digital Series,” stated Wilken.



Mark Andy has also appointed Joe Calmese to a new position within the company as Director of Flexo Consumables, with the company’s Print Products division, where he will work directly with label printers, converters and other flexographic print businesses.



“I am excited to work with Mark Andy Print Products in pursuit of our mission to optimize converter profitability and to be a total solutions provider to in-line flexo label and packaging printers,” stated Joe Demharter, VP of MAPP Consumables business. “Joe Calmese is the right combination of visionary and leader.”



Walter Hartmann becomes the head of sheetfed marketing for at Koenig & Bauer’s (KBA) primary sheetfed press manufacturing plant in Radebeul, Germany.

Hartmann, age 51, takes over for Jürgen Veil, age 50, who, after 15 years in the sheetfed marketing role, sought out a new position with KBA as key account manager for packaging back in September 2013.

After completing an apprenticeship with an offset printing company, before undergoing advanced training as print technician, Hartmann held various positions in sales at Köselbuch in Kempten. He then spent 11 years as works manager, responsible for all of the technical departments (prepress, printing plant and bindery), at AZ Druck und Datentechnik. This book and commercial printing company has over 200 employees at its facilities in Berlin and Kempten, Germany.


While at AZ Druck, Hartmann helped drive one of the world’s first installations of a KBA Rapida 105, which was an eight-colour press featuring DriveTronic SPC direct drives at the plate cylinders.



Tony Wiley becomes President of Esko North America succeeding Mark Quinlan, who is leaving the company. He is to oversee all of Esko’s sales and support in both Canada and the United States and will report directly to Christian Korte, Esko CCO.


Esko divides its North American structure into Eastern, Central and Western regions in the United States, as well as a group in Canada. Each regional team includes account managers for packaging, wide format and commercial printing, who are then supported by application specialists and sales support assistants.

In conjunction with this organizational change, Esko is forming an autonomous business organization in Latin America, driven by Esko Vice President, Latin America, Ernande Ramos, who will also report to Korte.


Steve Bennett replaces Wiley as Vice President, US Central Region Sales. Bennett recently held the role of Vice President, Digital Finishing Business, and had been Vice President, New Business Development.


Wiley joined Esko in 1999 and led the company’s North American Customer Service organization for 10 years. He most recently served as Vice President, US Central Region Sales, for the past five years.

“North America is a very important, growing global region for Esko, with many customers who are pioneers in our industry,” stated Korte. “We continue to focus on and invest resources to this area – the selection of a strong leader was critical for us. With his proven success in both service and sales, Tony has an extensive knowledge of Esko products and our customers’ needs.”

Chris Connor has been appointed to the newly created position of Managing Director, Graphic Communications, for Xerox Canada. 



Connor joined Xerox in 1980 and spent most of his career there in various sales and marketing management roles, focused on production-strength printing.

With more than 25 years of experience, he has helped Xerox launch many of its new technologies, such as the iGen platform, for adoption in Canada's commercial printing community. Connor most recently served as Director of High-End Solutions for Xerox Canada.

“Chris’s primary goal will be to focus on helping our graphic communications customers grow their business,” stated John Corley, Senior VP and GM of Xerox Canada. “Chris’s breadth of experience, his access to and relationships with the broader Xerox Corporation and deep industry knowledge, will serve him and the market well.”

Connor is a member of the Digital Imaging Association, the Canadian Marketing Association and the Canadian Packaging Association, and is a Computer Science Graduate from the Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

Electronics For Imaging of Freemont, California, has appointed David Reeder as Chief Financial Officer. Reeder most recently served as the head of finance for Cisco's Enterprise Networking Group. 

In addition, Marc Olin, currently Senior Vice-President and General Manager of EFI’s Productivity Software Group, has been named to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer.

“Following a comprehensive search, I am very pleased to welcome David Reeder to EFI's executive team," said Guy Gecht, EFI's Chief Executive Officer. “David was our clear first choice with his extensive background in both finance and operations at Cisco, Broadcom, and Texas Instruments which make him a tremendous asset to EFI's diverse business.”



Gecht continues to explain that Reeder’s experience with global business will be a key asset within the current focus to expand EFI’s geographic footprint, which Gecht describes as a key element of EFI’s growth strategy.


“EFI has done a terrific job developing a unique portfolio of innovative products and executing on its global growth strategy," said Reeder. "I believe the company has just begun to realize its opportunity. I am very excited to join this talented team and committed to executing on the opportunity as we grow EFI to its $1 billion revenue target – and beyond.”

 
As VP of Finance for Cisco's System's $16 billion Enterprise Networking Division, Reeder was responsible for all financial aspects of Cisco's largest business group. Prior to that role, he served at Broadcom Corporation as Vice President & Managing Director, Asian Operations, after serving as Controller for Broadcom’s U.S. Manufacturing and Operations. Reeder holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arkansas.

Marc Olin, who has served as the Company's Interim Chief Financial Officer since September 2013, has been appointed to the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer. A search is underway to fill Marc Olin's previous position as General Manager, Productivity Software Business.
 
Olin joined EFI in 2003 when the company acquired PrintCafe, where he was CEO and Co-founder. The acquisition launched EFI's entry into the commercial print software market, with Olin helping to grow the business from annual revenues of $35 million to over $110 million.

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.
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