Kenneth Garner on January 12, 2014, is to become the CEO of the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL), which earlier this year had merged with two other prominent printing associations. He succeeds Joseph Truncale, who spent 30 years with the NAPL, is set to become CEO of the Public Relations Society of America in New York City.

Earlier this year, the NAPL merged with the Association of Marketing Service Providers and National Association of Quick Printers to create what the new partners refer to AMSP/NAPL/NAQP.

“While we are sad to see Joe go, we are delighted for him and know he will do well in his new organization,” said Tom Duchene, Chairman of AMSP/NAPL/NAQP. “I speak for the entire Board of Trustees in offering my thanks for his dedicated leadership over the last 12 years.” Duchene continued to express confidence for the group’s incoming CEO, stating Garner “takes the helm at this most important time in the history of our combined association.”

Garner became CEO of the Association of Marketing Service Providers (AMSP) in late 2008, leading AMSP through a significant rebrand from its former name of Mailing and Fulfillment Service Association (MFSA). A statement from the newly merged association states it is embarking on a similar path.

“As former President and CEO of AMSP, a former chairman of NAPL, and former president of a major printing and mailing company, Ken is uniquely positioned to lead our association as we continue to bring together our resources in the service of all our members,” said Duchene.

Garner was previously President of United Litho, a Virginian heatset web magazine printing company, where also served as VP of Operations and VP of Sales and Marketing. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service – for which he once testified at a Congressional hearing.

He has served as Chairman of the Board for the NAPL, as well as the Graphic Arts Education & Research Foundation, Printing Industries of America’s Executive Development Program, and the Environmental Conservation Board. Garner is a member of the Walter E. Soderstrom Society.

“We are well along on the process of developing a new name and identity that will build on the important legacy of each of the three associations while moving the combined organization in a bold new direction,” said Garner. “I have known Joe for more than 20 years and he set a high standard for executive performance…”

Truncale first joined the NAPL in December 1984 as Director of Member Relations. He became NAPL Executive VP in 1991, and President and CEO in 2002.

Agfa Graphics has added two managers to its Canadian group based out of Mississauga, Ontario, which is one of the parent company's three primary inkjet systems manufacturing facilities.

Agfa Graphics Canada in March unveiled a revamped demonstration centre in its 160,000-square-foot Mississauga plant, which includes the company’s recently released Jeti Titan S and HS systems.

Steve Fournier, formerly Business Development Manager at Unisource, joins Agfa Graphics as National Business Manager, Media and Applications. Fournier, who is rejoining Agfa after 10 years, brings experience in both the sign and display sector and commercial printing.

Charbel Najem joins Agfa Graphics as an Account Manager. Charbel previously served as Business Development Manager at Access Imaging, a distributor of large-format systems and related technologies. He also worked at Hewlett Packard Canada as Partner Business Manager.

"Steve and Charbel are great additions to the Agfa team and we are very excited to have them on board as part of our growing inkjet business in Canada,” said Ruben Silva, Managing Director of Agfa Graphics Canada.

Esko yesterday announced two executive appointments with Udo Panenka becoming Senior Vice President Sales and Jon Giardina joining the company as Vice President Americas. Both previously held executive roles at businesses owned by Danaher, Esko’s parent company.

In his new role as Senior Vice President, Panenka has responsibility for the global Esko sales, service and marketing organization. He replaces Christian Korte, who is leaving Esko. Prior to joining Esko, Panenka was Vice President and General Manager for Kollmorgen’s Industrial Automation Business for Europe and India.

Since joining Danaher in 2008, Panenka has held a number of other executive positions within the company. Prior to Danaher, he 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.

As Vice President Americas, Giardina will lead the Esko organizations in North and Latin America. Most recently Giardina was Vice President and General Manager for Danaher’s Dynapar and West/PMA businesses. He joined Danaher in 2006 and has filled sales, marketing and general management roles over the past eight years.

Giardina has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, as well as a MA degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Giardina replaces Tony Wiley, who previously managed Esko’s business in the Americas.

Color-Logic of West Chester, Ohio, has appointed Parker MacDonald as its sales representative for Eastern Canada, including Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.

Color-Logic is the developer of the Process Metallic Color System, which is developed for brand managers, product managers, corporations and advertising agencies. The technology, which applies decorative effects into branded products and associated collateral, is compatible with offset, inkjet, flexography, toner, screen-printing, and gravure processes.
“Parker MacDonald brings Color-Logic extensive experience in the Canadian graphic arts market, with previous positions at Agfa and Ernest Green & Sons serving the offset, flexographic, wide format, and sign industries,” stated Mark Geeves, Color-Logic Sales and Marketing Director.

In related news, Color-Logic has now certified the Xeikon X-800 Digital Front End for use with Color-Logic files. “Color-Logic technicians have tested the Xeikon X-800 Version 3.5 DFE on the Xeikon 3000 Series presses for compatibility with Color-logic files,” stated Geeves. “Xeikon users can be assured that Xeikon printers with this configuration will accurately process Color-Logic files and produce striking images on metallic foils and similar substrates, and eliminate having to create white ink masks, and take advantage of variable text in metallic.”

Anderson & Vreeland Inc. of Bryan, Ohio, has shifted key management, including the appointment of two Executive Vice Presidents and Howard Vreeland becoming Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, which also affects Anderson & Vreeland Distribution, Nova Polymers and The Provident Group.

Darin Lyon is one of two managers to take on the newly created position of Executive Vice President. In his role, Lyon is responsible for sales, marketing, customer service, national accounts, technical support, sales and manufacturing of AVantage liquid photopolymers, and research/development functions of the businesses. He previously served as Vice President and General Manager for Anderson & Vreeland since 2008.

Drew Elisius has also been appointed to the new position of Executive Vice President of Anderson & Vreeland. He is responsible for operating functions of the businesses, including Nova Polymers, The Provident Group, A&V Engineering, purchasing, product and raw material procurement, and warehouse/distribution. In addition, AV Canada and AV Mexico will report to Elisius, who formerly served as Vice President of Operations for Anderson & Vreeland.

Both Lyon and Elisius will report to Howard Vreeland, who now serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Anderson & Vreeland. He replaces former President and CEO, Thomas Gavin.

“This reorganization is a natural transition, expanding the roles of executive management to position A&V for continued growth and expansion,” stated Howard Vreeland. “It also recognizes key individuals that have contributed to the company’s growth in recent years.”

Patrick McCarthy and Todd Blumsack are to jointly lead Xeikon North America, a division of the Belgium-based press maker, following the resignation of Michael Ring.

Departing as Xeikon North America's President, Ring joined the company in 2007. He will no longer be involved in day-to-day operations, but Ring is to continue to provide transitional support for the remainder of 2014.

“Both Patrick and Todd are longtime industry veterans and have been with our company for the last several years,” stated Wim Maes, CEO of Xeikon. “We are confident they will bolster Xeikon's market position in North America and strengthen the group with their able leadership.”

In his role as Vice President of Operations, McCarthy will lead the service and operations groups in North America. He will oversee finance, HR, IT and shipping/logistics functions of the business. McCarthy has been with Xeikon since the early 2000s.

Blumsack becomes Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Xeikon North America, which primarily places its toner presses in the label and packaging segments, as well as with document and commercial printing operations. Blumsack has been with Xeikon since 2008. He previously served as Director of Marketing for Weyerhaeuser Company and built sales and marketing programs as Director of Marketing, Commercial Printing, for Eastman Kodak Company.

Mike Wildbore becomes Vice President of Sales for Drytac Canada, which in late June relocated its headquarters to Brampton, Ontario.

As Vice President of Sales, Wildbore will lead the Canadian sales team and generate new business for Drytac’s adhesive coating and converting operations. He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Graphic Communications Management from Ryerson University and has more than 14 years of experience in the graphic arts industry.

“Mike is well known and respected in the industry,” stated Marc Oosterhuis, President of the Drytac Group. “His experience in a variety of closely related markets and his understanding of multiple sales channels will be a huge asset in helping Drytac become the leading company for custom/OEM adhesive-coated products in Canada.”

Prior to joining Drytac, Wildbore most recently served as National Equipment Manager for Ernest Green & Son Ltd., helping the organization to develop national marketing and sales strategies focused on the wide-format market. Wildbore also previously worked with Canada Fibers Ltd. and Partner Graphics Support.

Xerox appointed John Kennedy as Chief Marketing Officer and a Vice President of the corporation, effective July 28, 2014.
Kennedy, 50, joins Xerox from IBM, where he was Vice President, Global Business Services, responsible for marketing for the company’s business services division.
“John brings a global view and a proven track record of success changing brand perception and driving strategic business results through integrated marketing and communications,” stated Hervé Tessler, Senior VP and President of Corporate Operations, Xerox. “He is a natural choice to lead our efforts in the digital age and to strengthen and broaden the Xerox brand around the world.”
Before joining IBM in 1996, Kennedy worked with Procter & Gamble and began his career with NationsBank (now Bank of America).

“Xerox holds a unique place in the market as it transforms to a services-led, technology-driven company committed to helping clients focus on their core business,” stated Kennedy, who received his MBA from Harvard University, and bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Eric Bell is preparing to retire from Canada's graphic arts industry on July 31, 2014, after a 44-year career. He has helped drive companies like Norman Wade, Royal Sovereign and Sydney Stone.

Bell began his graphic arts career in 1970 with Norman Wade Company, working his way up from the factory floor to the position of Vice President of Marketing. In 2003, Bell was hired to build Royal Sovereign from the ground up in Canada. As the first employee of the company, he was responsible for establishing a reseller network and building the Royal Sovereign brand.

After a 10-year tenure with Royal Sovereign Canada, Bell joined Sydney Stone as Business Development Manager in January 2013, tasked with evaluating and implementing a strategy to grow the supplies side of the business. During his tenure at Sydney Stone, Bell launched many new and innovative supplies and the company's Partner Points Program to provide rewards with the purchase of supplies, small equipment and service programs via the Sydney Stone Web portal,

“Eric Bell has been instrumental in the development and execution of our supplies market strategy. Sydney Stone now offers market leading supply products, at fantastic prices and availability,” stated Sydney Stone’s co-owner Michael Steele. “Dylan [Westgate] and myself are very appreciative of his contribution over the past year and a half and offer Eric the most heartfelt congratulations on a successful career and all the best in this next phase of his life.”

Brian Ellis on July 1 is set to become the Executive Director of the Canadian Printing Industries Association (CPIA), a national organization focused on the advancement of the prepress, press and bindery sectors.

Since mid-2010, Ellis has served as President of his own communications business called Lucidity Marketing Inc. in Toronto, Ontario. During this time, he spent several months in a contract marketing position with Fujifilm Canada’s Graphics Systems Division.

Ellis previously spent 15 years with Heidelberg Canada Graphic Equipment Limited, which included close to seven years as a Product Manager for the press maker’s Printmaster product line. In August 2002, he became Marketing Manager for Heidelberg Canada and in August 2003 was named Director of Marketing for the German press maker’s Canadian operation. He held this position until mid-2010.

In May 2014, the CPIA launched what it describes as a national recruitment campaign with a new membership value proposition. The campaign is set up to allow industry members to join the CPIA with either monthly or annual payments, which includes support for Federal legislation lobbying and print advocacy initiatives.

Lee Short becomes Vice President of Sales for K-North Services, which is the dealer for Komori printing presses in Ontario and Western Canada.

Short will be in charge of the complete product line that K-North Services sells, including Komori presses, Brausse converting equipment and Kuda paper cutters. He will also spearhead the sale of Axis Management Information System (MIS) software.

Prior to joining K-North Services, Short served as VP of PDQ North America, which develops the Axis MIS and PDQ estimating software. Last fall at Print 13 in Chicago, Komori demonstrated the use of Axis-PDQ software through its Komori K-Station press console. K-North Services is now the exclusive sales agent for Axis MIS.

With installations in Canada and the United States, Axis MIS is designed to connect a range of printing-business activities from quoting and planning to costing and invoicing. Axis MIS links to printing presses (both conventional and toner) to provide real-time data, while also helping to manage production processes like bindery, display graphics and mail.

“[Axis MIS] system is now a proven product since being introduced at Print 13 last year in Chicago, with installs across North America,” stated Steve Ranson, President of K-North Services. “In addition, having Lee Short join us will help increase our coverage across Canada for our complete product line.”

Based in Georgetown, Ontario, K-North Services provides equipment sales of both new and used presses, while also providing service and parts. In November 2013, K-North Services reached an agreement to distribute Brausse technology, which primarily falls into three categories, including: die-cutting and creasing, foil stamping, and folder/gluers.

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."

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