Appointments

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.


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 CafePress.com. (CafePress.com 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.

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