Christoph Gamper becomes Chief Executive Officer of Durst Phototechnik AG and all of its subsidiaries. He succeeds Dr. Richard Piock, who was in charge of the industrial inkjet maker for more than 20 years.

“We are very happy to have found a worthy successor to Dr. Richard Piock and his outstanding achievements,” said Christof Oberrauch, representative of Durst’s owner family and outgoing Chairman of the Board of Directors of Durst. “Under Dr. Piock, Durst managed the transition to a globally leading producer of industrial inkjet applications. It is now Christoph Gamper’s task to continue this development, to access new markets and to advance our internationalization.”

Since July 2011, Gamper, also named the company’s Executive Vice President, has been responsible for the industrial segments of Durst Phototechnik AG and the organization and development of the new textile division. Prior to his career at Durst, Gamper was European Managing Director and then VP of the colorimetry company Datacolor AG. In Zurich and New York, he was responsible for developing the company's European business activities, and later for the division's global expansion. He has also held managerial positions with kdg AG and Koch Media.

“I am very happy to be given the chance to incorporate my international experience here at Durst, and to advance the adaptation of high-end technologies in different industries,” said Gamper, who is described as a passionate photographer. “We have the technological know-how and the innovative drive, and we will continue to expand our presence in the international markets.”

Gamper was actually born in South Tyrol, Itally, close to where Durst Phototechnik AG is headquartered in Brixen. The company also operates Durst Phototechnik Digital Technology GmbH, its research and production facility in Lienz, Austria, and various sales and service offices in North and South America, Europe, Asia and India. Dr. Piock has joined the Board of Directors as President of Durst Phototechnik AG.

INX International Ink Co., based on the approval of its Board of Directors, has appointed three new Vice Presidents to its executive team, including Michael Brice, Bill Giczkowski and James Kochanny. Back in April, INX also promoted Rick Westrom and added Craig Reid to its leadership team.

Michael Brice is now VP of Offset Operations for the company’s facilities at Dunkirk, New York, and West Chicago, Illinois. He joined INX in November 2011 as Director of Business Development. Brice is a 28-year printing ink industry veteran.

Bill Giczkowski, who joined INX in 1998, becomes VP of Information Technology. He manages both the IT and Customer Service departments in Schaumburg, Illinois. James Kochanny, who is a 34-year veteran of the industry, is now VP of Liquid Operations for the facilities located Wisconsin and Illinois (Homewood and the Mason Avenue operation in Chicago).

“Mike, Bill and James have provided valuable contributions to our company and their promotions are well deserved,” said Rick Clendenning, President & CEO of INX International.

Rick Westrom, who has worked at INX International for 25 years and continues his role as Senior VP of Strategic Sourcing, has taken on the additional title as Research & Development Director. With his new role, Westrom takes over the company’s R&D facilities in West Chicago, Illinois.

“Rick has done a fantastic job for INX International throughout his career,” said Clendenning. “These two roles are very important and by having Rick handle the responsibilities of these positions, it creates a great deal of synergy in two important areas within our company.”

At the beginning of April, Craig Reid joined the leadership team at INX International as Director of Global Strategy, Digital. He is to focus on the growth strategy for the company’s digital division of current and emerging inkjet ink, colour and integration technologies. Reid worked for 25 years at DuPont in positions as Director of Marketing and Global Business Manager for DuPont’s Digital Printing Business Unit, as well as serving as Product Portfolio Manager and in various field technical and sales roles.

“Backed by the core chemistry science of parent company Sakata INX, the future of inkjet ink and integration technologies at INX is very strong,” said Reid. “Triangle and Prodigy are solid brands that have established reputations with their customers.”

INX International Ink Co. describes itself as the third largest producer of inks in North America with over 15 facilities in the U.S. and Canada. It is an entity owned by Sakata INX worldwide operations.

Ian Budge becomes an Account Manager with Toronto's Flash Reproductions, which has been at the forefront of the region’s printing community since 1969.

“For years Ian and I have held a mutual respect for the work each of us produce,” said Rich Pauptit, President of Flash. “I am excited to now be able to put our collective wits to good use executing even more complex projects. At Flash, quality is key – Ian’s sensibilities, knowledge and character can only add to our ability to achieve great results.”

Budge brings more than 30 years of experience to Flash and fits the company’s craftsmen approach to printing. Flash’s production breadth includes offset, screen, toner and letterpress processes, which are often combined and applied in high-quality projects along with foil stamping, embossing, laser etching, die-cutting, duplexing, among other specialty techniques.

Working closely with the design community, Budge has overseen the production of numerous award-winning projects. He – along with Pauptit – has been nominated as a top print rep in Ontario in Unisource’s CMYK Idol competition over the past three years.

“The experience Ian brings to the table is immense,” said David Gallant, Vice President of Flash, “adding even more depth to our considerable pool of talent which makes Flash stronger than ever.”

Steve Klaric becomes a Regional Sales Manager with KBR Graphics Canada. He is to focus on continuing the Montreal-based company’s long-established presence in the Ontario market.

Klaric holds close to 24 years of sales and product management experience with capital equipment for the printing sector. He most recently served with Heidelberg Canada as a Product Manager, Wide Format Inkjet. He is also knowledgeable about short-run finishing technologies after working with distributors in this sector.

“Steve’s strong knowledge of traditional print solutions and emerging digital technologies will serve as a foundation to help our customers position their businesses for future success,” said Karl Belafi Jr., Vice President of KBR Graphics.

Established in 1977 by Karl Belafi Sr., KBR Graphics has evolved from a single person service company to a major supplier of technologies and services for the Canadian printing industry. The organization sells parts, pressroom equipment, presses, and a range of finishing technologies.

Last week in Montreal, KBR Graphics highlighted this distribution portfolio range at the grafik’Art trade show, including its demonstration of the recently introduced MGI DP8700 XL, which is a XL format multi-substrate press, as well as finishing products from the likes of Graphic Whizard, Standard Horizon and Drylam.

Preston Herrin becomes Vice President of Sales and Marketing for California-based 4over Inc., which entered the Canadian market in April 2012 with a new operation in Mississauga, Ontario.

“4over has a reputation of deploying technologies that simplify the complex print supply chain,” stated Herrin, in a press release about his appointment. “It’s one of the company’s most unique attributes and I am confident that while working alongside this first-rate team, we can create a company that is unstoppable.”

Most recently, Herrin served as VP of Business Development at CafePress Inc., which sells unique products – from apparel and drinkware to posters and electronic accessories – around the world through ( reports to ship over 6-million products annually). Herrin’s primary project at CafePress was to lead its sales consolidation following an acquisition of EZPrints.

4over Inc., established in 2001, provides trade-printing services through its online property supported by what the company describes as 400,000 square feet of office and production space located in various North American cites.

Herrin graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management from Bob Jones University. He then went on to spend more than 20 years with Standard Register Company, where he was recognized as one of the youngest multi-million dollar producers in the company at age 25 and was also awarded 2000 Manager of the Year across the company’s Strategic Accounts organization.

Inca Digital of the United Kingdom has named Dr. John Mills as its new CEO, effective immediately.

Dr. Mills holds a PhD in Physics and has extensive experience in developing industrial technologies, especially in the fields of inkjet and plastic electronics. Mills was also previously Director of Development at Domino Printing Sciences and Vice President and COO of Plastic Logic. For the past four and a half years, he was CEO of DataLase.

“Inca Digital is a world-class company at the forefront of digital printing technology and I am very excited about working with such an experienced team to take the company to even greater success,” said Mills in a statement. “Inca changed how the industry produced wide-format print and we have the potential to develop game-changing digital print solutions that provide considerable production value and efficiency to new markets.”

Commenting on the appointment, Nigel Puttergill, Inca Chairman, said, “It’s a great pleasure to welcome John to Inca. He brings considerable strategic, operational and commercial expertise to the company and he will be instrumental in guiding and growing the business.”

Bill Baxter will remain on the Inca Board along with the other serving officers: Yoshinari Otani, Chief Operating Officer; Stephen Tunnicliffe Wilson, Director of R&D; Dominique Marciniak, Finance Director; and Nigel Puttergill, Chairman.

Sean Sawa becomes a Regional Manager for Anderson & Vreeland (A&V) Canada. He is to concentrate on providing technical sales and service support for customers throughout Ontario and Western Canada.

Sawa brings to his new position 18 years of technical sales experience in the flexo, print and packaging industries. He was formerly responsible for sales of print-related consumables and equipment at Williamson Printing Materials.

“Sean’s knowledge and experience, coupled with A&V’s best-in-class flexo solutions, are a winning combination and real benefit to our customers,” stated Drew Elisius, General Manager of A&V Canada.

Anderson & Vreeland 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.

Mario Plourde is to become President and Chief Executive Officer of Cascades, headquartered in Kingsey Falls, Quebec, on May 9 2013, succeeding the company’s long-time leader Alain Lemaire.

"Of course, I will continue to support Mario in his daily activities, and I also intend to remain involved with the company, returning to my original passion by putting my technical skills to use in the various groups," stated Lemaire, who is to continue as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Lemaire made the announcement flanked by his two brothers, Bernard and Laurent, who will also remain active with the company and serve on its board.

Plourde, who currently holds the position of Chief Operating Officer of Cascades, was actually targeted to become the company's next CEO almost two years ago, as part of a thorough leadership succession plan. 

"We had a plan, and we carried it out,” stated Alain Lemaire. “After nearly 10 years at the head of the company, my brothers and I feel it is time to pass on the torch and make room for the younger generation.”

Plourde arrived at Cascades in 1985 and occupied various positions including Controller, Plant Manager and General Manager. In 1997, he was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of the Specialty Products Group, and was President of this group from 2000 to 2010. He has been managing the entire company's operations since 2011, as Chief Operating Officer of Cascades, which includes three major divisions (Tissue Group, Containerboard Group and Specialty Products Group).

“I'd like to thank Bernard, Laurent and Alain for the trust they are placing in me,” stated Plourde. “It is a real honour to take over the reins of the company they have built with their own hands, and that has become one of the most admired businesses in the province. 

“I am looking forward to perpetuating the values of the company, and taking the torch they have carried for close to 50 years. I want Cascades employees to know that they can count on me to be there, and that I am fully committed and dedicated to the company. In these challenging economic times, it is more important than ever to remain unified, stay the course and build an increasingly efficient business.”

Pierre-Karl Péladeau, President and CEO of Quebecor Inc., has announced he will be stepping down from leading the company, a position he has held since April 1999.

Péladeau says he will be dedicating more time to his family and philanthropy. He will continue to serve as Vice Chairman as well as take on the role of Chairman of Quebecor Media. Current Quebecor Media Chairman Serge Gouin will be retiring from the position, one he has also held since the division's formation. Videotron CEO Robert Dépatie will take on his executive duties at Quebecor Inc.

“I am extremely proud of this huge vote of confidence from Pierre Karl, the directors of Quebecor and its partner, the Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec,” said Robert Dépatie. “I am grateful for the trust my management colleagues have placed in me over the past ten years and I wish to thank Pierre Karl for inspiring us to realize the vision we framed when Quebecor Media began. I also feel very privileged to be able to count on Pierre Karl’s presence, support and sound advice in my new position.”

In his 14 year history leading Quebecor, Péladeau has radically transformed the composition of the company, changing from a predominantly print-based company to one which has holdings in telecommunications. In 2008, Quebecor World, filed for bankruptcy protection, rebranded as Worldcolor before finally being purchased by Wisconsin-based Quad/Graphics in July 2010.

Today, Quebecor owns many media properties, including Sun Meida, TVA Group, Videotron, Canoe Inc. and Quebecor Media, as well as holding to major broadcasting power in the province of Quebec. The company was founded by Pierre-Karl’s father, Pierre in 1950.

Greg Running has been promoted to the position of Canadian National Sales Manager for Kodak, which the company describes as a move illustrating its commitment to the graphic arts market in Canada.

“Canada continues to be a significant market for Kodak with tremendous growth potential,” stated John O’Grady, Managing Director for the U.S. & Canada Region, and Vice President of Eastman Kodak Company. “Greg’s experience will provide a clear focus on the unique needs and requirements of the Canadian printing industry and unifies our sales team to effectively represent Kodak’s broad portfolio of digital printing products.”

Running has more than 20 years of experience in the graphic arts industry and most recently served as a Kodak Sales Specialist, selling workflow, prepress and digital printing solutions throughout Canada. He is to manage Kodak’s Canadian commercial sales team of regionally based account managers, sales specialists and technical project leads, working in both a direct and channel/dealer-based environment.

“Kodak is very focused on Canada as a key market and I look forward to the opportunity to lead our national and regional sales teams,” said Running, who will help reorganize Kodak’s presence in the country, which is to be categorized by East, Ontario, and West regions. Each region will be equipped with an account manager and sales specialist, supported by two national technical product leads.

“My entire career in printing sales has been devoted to the Canadian market,” continued Running, “and I’ll be able to apply that knowledge to ensure Kodak is focused on what our customers require to grow their business and be successful.”

Ferrostaal Equipment Solutions North America has named Lionel Byron as the new company President. He replaces former President John Torrey.

Byron previously served as CFO of Ferrostaal Equipment Solutions North America, a post he has held since the company began U.S. operations in October 2011. Before that he had been in the printing industry for 18 years. He holds a Bachelors of Commerce degree from the University of Port Elizabeth in South Africa and is a South African Chartered Accountant.

Ferrostaal in North America holds the master distributorship of Ryobi printing presses and Shanghai Electric’s Shen Wei Da postpress equipment. The company has a network of 20 dealers across the U.S. and Canada.

The company also announced it has reduced its Houston headquarters and sales staff last week to an appropriate size because of the ongoing recession in the North American printing industry. 

Edward (Ted) Markle becomes President of TC Media, which employs around 4,000 people and in 2012 generated $712 million in revenues for the Montreal-based TC Transcontinental Corporation, which remains as Canada's largest printer.

TC Media services include print and digital media, the production of magazines, newspapers, books and custom content, mass and personalized marketing, interactive and mobile applications, TV production and door-to-door distribution.

Markle joined Transcontinental in 1999 and since 2011 served as Senior Vice President, Content Solutions, for TC Media. He takes over the presidency of TC Media from François Olivier, who is President and CEO of TC Transcontinental.

"Ted Markle is the right leader to drive TC Media to new heights," said François Olivier. "A creative and seasoned manager who is great at bringing people together, Ted knows our organization inside out and is completely familiar with the issues in our fast-changing media industry.”

From 1999 to 2004, as VP of Planning, Production and Information technology, Markle led several key  development projects, set up the Shared Production Centre for magazines and oversaw the integration of a large number of acquisitions, including Telemedia's magazine publishing division. From 2004 to 2011, he piloted strategic partnerships with major publishers in North America that required the investment of more than $500 million.

Markle also led the development of a new Canada-wide hybrid printing platform for The Globe and Mail newspaper, and the outsourced printing of the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper in California.

In addition to TC Media, Transcontinental operates TC Transcontinental Printing, which is Canada’s largest print operation. The entire company has approximately 9,500 employees in Canada and the United States, and reported revenues of $2.1 billion in 2012.

Brad Noel, a 17-year veteran of the graphic arts industry, has joined Unisource in its Wide Format segment as Sales Manager.

“We are happy to have Brad Noel on our team. His experience and his passion for what he does make him great for this role,” said Angela Olsen, Director of Sales at Unisource Canada. “I look forward to working closely with Noel to further our presence in the Northern American market and reaching new levels of success.”

He will bring his experience to the Eastern Region of Canada. Noel most recently served at Proveer, where he was a top Canadian sales Executive.

Prime Imaging, celebrating its 30th year of business, hired Mari Elia as an Account Executive to boost its focus on large-format and commercial printing.

Based in Toronto, Prime Imaging’s owner and Managing Director, Scott Currie, describes Elia as “a perfect fit for our company culture.” With over a decade of professional experience within distribution, supply chain, manufacturing and retail industries, Elia is described by Currie as having a deep understanding of print project management. “Mari will be an excellent resource to all our clients, suppliers and partners,” he said.

Prime Imaging was established in 1983 to provide typesetting services to the Toronto graphic arts community. The company then added scanning and film output capabilities in the early 1990s and in 1996 purchased its first inkjet printer. After boosting its large-format capabilities with solvent equipment and flatbed systems, Prime Imaging in 2002 moved into its current 12,000-square-foot facility on Progress Avenue in Toronto’s east end.

“Part of being a success for 30 years is the ability to embrace change. Change for the sake of change is not enough,” said Curry. “Meaningful changes and progressively moving our organization forward has always been the key to Prime Imaging's success. Thank you to our clients and partners without whom we would not be able to celebrate this milestone.”

X-Rite Inc., the parent company of Pantone LLC and a global power in colour management technologies, is to be lead by Ron Voigt after Tom Vacchiano retires on March 1, 2013.

Vacchiano is to take on an advisory role after he officially retires to help with X-Rite’s leadership transition. Largely under Vacchiano’s leadership , X-Rite has become the world’s dominant player in colour imaging science and technology, first by acquiring Amazys, owners of Gretag–Macbeth, in 2006, and then Pantone Inc. in 2007.

X-Rite itself was purchased for approximately $625 million by Danaher Corporation in April 2012. Danaher is also the parent company of leading brands like Esko and Videojet. Today, Danaher employs over 59,000 associates working with customers in more than 125 countries. In 2011, the company generated $16.1 billion of revenue.

“Over the last several years, X-Rite and its subsidiary Pantone have become high performing businesses and global leaders in our industry,” said Vacchiano. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time as part of this team, and now is the right moment for me to pursue a new course and let X-Rite grow with new leadership.”

Voigt has held global leadership positions at Danaher and Delphi over his 25-year career. He most recently served as President of Commercial and Services Operations at Tektronix. Prior to that, Voigt was President of Kollmorgen. Before joining Danaher, he held a number of leadership positions at Delphi including divisional leader, vice president, business unit leader and managing director of European Operations.

Voigt earned a master’s degree from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University. He is based in Kentwood, Michigan.

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