Appointments
Tom Dack is to lead Huge Paper Inc.’s expansion into southwestern Ontario, which is to service the area from Kitchener west along the highway 401 corridor to Windsor, and north to Sarnia.

“Growing demand from that part of the province warrants a Huge presence on the ground to provide our digital printing products locally and deliver our legendary customer service,” said Jeff Tapping, President of Huge.

Based in Bayfield, Ontario, Dack has more than 30 years of experience in printing industry, primarily in the province’s southwestern region.

Huge provides specialty substrate solutions for offset, digital and wide format printing. Products include papers, synthetics, and magnetics exclusively engineered for Xerox, Ricoh, HP Indigo and other digital presses.
The Supervisory Board of Koenig & Bauer AG has appointed Ralf Sammeck (age 54) and Christoph Müller (age 56) to the Executive Board with effect from 1 June 2017.

Ralf Sammeck currently leads Koenig & Bauer AG’s (KBA) Sheetfed division, while Christoph Müller leads the company’s Digital & Web division. Both group management members will represent their segments on the Executive Board.

With a goal of expanding new equipment sales, Sammeck has additionally taken over the coordination of global equipment sales. In order to push global service, Christoph Müller has also taken responsibility for coordinating services initiatives.

The planned increase in the revenue share generated by Services to 30 percent by 2021, according to the company, is set to achieve greater profit stability. The appointment of Sammeck and Müller to the Executive Board aims to support the implementation of the medium-term company targets announced on February 20, 2017.

By 2021, the target is to reach an annual organic growth rate of around four percent and an EBIT margin of between four percent and nine percen across the Group. Of the targeted €70 million increase in earnings, approximately €20 million in either case is to be generated through service growth and the optimization of the security printing business.   

In order to quickly optimize the security printing business, explains KBA, the Supervisory Board has delegated Dr. Andreas Pleßke, a member of the Supervisory Board, to the Executive Board for a period of one year from 1 June 2017. During the period of his delegation, he will not undertake any duties as a member of the Supervisory Board.
Xeikon, a division of Flint Group, has named Benoit Chatelard as President & CEO of Digital Solutions effective May 8 and will be proposed as CEO of Xeikon (to be confirmed at the shareholders meeting).

Chatelard’s digital production printing career began in 2002 when he led the IBM Printing Systems Division for France, Belgium and Luxembourg. He was then appointed Vice President & General Manager for the InfoPrint Solutions Company Joint Venture between Ricoh and IBM in 2007. Most recently, Chatelard was Vice President, Production Printing Business Group, for Ricoh Europe.

Chatelard replaces Wim Maes as President & CEO.

“I am looking forward to taking on this new role,” Chatelard says. “It is an exciting time in the industry, both for Xeikon and its customers. Under Wim’s leadership, the company was set on a solid path to the future, and I will be taking up the reins to continue his work, building even greater levels of customer intimacy, working to understand and address emerging customer needs in an ever-changing marketplace.”

Drytac, an international manufacturer of adhesive-coated products, has added a new Technical Sales Manager in Toronto and a new Territory Sales Manager for Western Canada.

The company appointed Payam Baroudi as Technical Sales Manager for its Canadian office. He is responsible for expanding Drytac’s custom and contract adhesive coating business in the packaging, construction, medical, automotive, label and industrial markets.

With manufacturing facilities in North America and Europe, Drytac specializes in adhesive coating, laminating, top coating, and converting of flexible substrates such as PVC, PET, paper (synthetic), fabric, and metallized film. Baroudi will be influential in promoting and selling Drytac’s offerings, which include ultra removable and re-positionable adhesives, easy-to-apply, bubble-free adhesives, ultra strong, high-tack adhesives, and patterned adhesive coatings.

Baroudi holds a Master’s degree in chemical engineering and previously worked for companies like BASF and Henkel, where he was involved in selling chemicals, additives, resins, fillers, pigments, sealants, inks, adhesives, and paints. Over the course of his career, he has worked in Iran, Turkey, Switzerland, and Germany. He now resides in Toronto, Ontario.

Drytac also announced that Peter Bourgeois has joined its Canadian team in the role of Territory Sales Manager, Western Canada. Bourgeois attended the University of King’s College and holds a degree in photography from Nova Scotia Community College. His primary focus will be expanding Drytac’s wide-format graphics business across Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.

“Peter has more than 20 years of experience in the wide-format graphic industry. His ability to establish profitable sales channels through effective strategies is why we feel he can bring value to the Drytac brand,” said Darren Speizer, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Drytac.

Prior to joining Drytac, Bourgeois worked as an account manager for Agfa, where he managed and sold its product portfolio through distribution partners and direct sales. Prior to that, he served as Western North American customer business manager for Unisource Canada.
John Corley becomes President of Xerox Canada Ltd., returning home after recently serving as President of the company’s global Channel Partner Operations and as Vice President for Xerox Corporation in the United States.

A 22-year Xerox veteran, Corley has held a variety of executive positions during his tenure with the imaging and systems giant. Prior to his most recent role running global channel operations, he was the Vice President of the Canadian Operations. After joining Xerox in 1994 as a Sales Representative in Toronto, he progressed quickly into senior roles in sales and marketing and was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2008.

“This is an exciting time for Xerox – a remarkable company that I’m privileged to have begun my career with and continue to grow with,” says Corley. “Over the years, Xerox has helped shape the way our clients connect, communicate and work and we continue to build upon a foundation of innovation to grow our leadership in the areas of office and graphic communications technology and document outsourcing services.”

Corley succeeds Al Varney who will take on a new role as president of Northern, Southern and Central European Operations.
Phil Hampson becomes the National Sales Manager, Canada, for the Graphic Systems Division of Fujifilm North America Corporation.

With over 20 years in the graphics industry, Hampson will oversee the sales of Fujifilm’s extensive portfolio of imaging and printing systems throughout all provinces in Canada, from the West Coast to the East Coast.

“As a former Inkjet Sales Manager, I’ve developed many outstanding relationships with our customers; I understand the needs of a print buyer,” said Hampson. “They want to turn jobs faster, and offer multi-channel campaigns with variable data. I am eager to continue sharing Fujifilm’s best-in-class products to my fellow Canadians.”  

Angus Pady has also joined Fujifilm Canada in the role of Professional Service Consultant serving the central Ontario region.
Agfa Graphics expanded its Canadian sales team with the addition of Rick Gargano, who joins the company as Account Manager servicing the Ontario province, and Gurshawn Hansi, who will serve as National Account Manager for Wide-Format Media and Applications.

Gargano is responsible for the entire Agfa Graphics commercial product portfolio. He has been in the graphic arts industry for 33 years, spending most of his time with Fujifilm Canada and McCutcheon Graphics in various roles. Gargano will report to Lawrence Robinson, the Business Manager for Central and Western Canada.

Hansi served as a Sales Representative for Transilwrap Co., a manufacturer and converter of printable plastic materials. He has a background in marketing, sales and account management. Hansi will report to Steve Fournier, Business Manager, Wide Format Media and Applications.

“Rick and Gurshawn bring a wealth of knowledge in technical sales and support to our growing commercial and wide format business in Canada,” said Ruben Silva, Managing Director of Agfa Inc. Canada. "The addition of Rick and Gurshawn will help our efforts to create more growth opportunities for customers and prospects."
Ted Markle becomes Chief Operating Officer of Annex Printing & Publishing, the parent company of PrintAction magazine operating under the company’s Annex Business Media arm, which is Canada’s largest business-to-business publishing group.

Markle began his role with Annex this week, after spending several months consulting for the company, reporting to President and CEO, Mike Fredericks. Markle will lead Annex’ executive team as the company aims to continue its past several years of expansion.

“We are fortunate to have an operator of Ted’s media experience join us,” said Fredericks. “Ted has also become very familiar with the Annex culture over the past year, and in fact has been involved in our Values Project. He understands what makes us unique, but also brings a valuable fresh look at our business and some high level printing experience as well.”

Markle spent the previous 17 years with TC Transcontinental, Canada’s largest printing and publishing operation generating more than $2 billion in annual revenues, including his most recent role as President of Transcontinental Media from 2013 to 2016 and before that as Senior VP, Content Solutions, for TC Media beginning in 2011.

Markle also gained extensive printing-industry experience with TC Transcontinental, including seven years in various executive roles, primarily helping to lead the company’s newspaper operations.

“I am excited to join Annex Business Media,” said Markle. “The values and the culture are a perfect fit. I look forward to contributing to this high-performance team as we continue to grow the business.”

Markle has a BA from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, and has completed Wharton's Executive Development Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Sean Springett becomes Chief Executive Officer of Manroland Sheetfed GmbH’s North American subsidiaries, based in Chicago, IL, and Vaughan, Ontario. Springett, age 42, joined Manroland Sheetfed in 2008 and most recently served as its VP of Sales & Marketing. His appointment follows the October 19 passing of Manroland Sheetfed’s Mike Mugavaro, who led the press maker’s North American operation since 2012.

“As Vice President Sales and Marketing for the USA and Canada for the last four years, with a career in the industry spanning more than twenty years, Sean has held progressively senior leadership positions,” said Rafael Penuela-Torres, CEO of Manroland Sheetfed GmbH. “He is the natural choice to head up our North American operations.”

Manroland Sheetfed GmbH of Germany, founded in 1871, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sheetfed offset printing presses. Today, the company has subsidiaries in over 40 countries, with its North American operation being a key component of the press maker’s global footprint. Manroland Sheetfed GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of the privately owned UK engineering group, Langley Holdings plc.

“Manroland Sheetfed is one of those rare companies to have truly revolutionized the offset market through technology, and I couldn’t be more honoured to have been chosen to lead the company in the USA and Canada,” said Springett.

Gina Gigliozzi, Director of Sales Administration for Manroland Sheetfed said, “Having worked with him for more than eight years, I feel sure that Sean is the right leader at the right time for Manroland Sheetfed."
The Digital Imaging Association announced its new Officers and Directors for 2017 during its annual holiday lunch, held at The Boulevard Club in Toronto, featuring a keynote from Frank Romano, Professor Emeritus at the Rochester Institute of Technology, called Digital Printing, From Good Enough to Nanography.

Officers of the Digital Imaging Association’s (DIA) upcoming year include President: George Sittlinger of Maracle Press in Oshawa, ON; First Vice-President Paul Tarvydas of Tsus4 Inc. in Toronto, ON; and 2nd Vice-President: Jason Hamilton of TiGroup, also in Toronto.

Mark Norlock of KBA Canada Inc. will serve as the DIA’s Secretary/Treasurer for the 2017 year, while the remaining officers include Past President Dino Sinnathurai of Kitchener’s Cober and Association Manager Marg Macleod of Friesens.

DIA Directors for 2017 include Ray Fagan of Heidelberg Canada, Steve Fournier of Agfa Canada, Ryan Harper of Xerox Canada, Andrea Leven-Marcon of Spicers Canada, Stephen Longmire of PrintAction, Paul McCarthy of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Canada, Mike Millard of Ellis Packaging, Randall Stevenson, Larry Stewart of KBR and Bob Weller. Karl Schmed is the Director Emeritus of the Digital Imaging Association.
At its most recent directors meeting, Pesda welcomed two new directors to its board for the 2016/2017 year. Brad King, Vice President of Graphic Communications for Xerox Canada, and Janet Carmichael, Segment Manager of Wide Format Media at Cansel, both bring years of industry experience to the association of suppliers that provide technologies and services to Canada’s printing and imaging industries.

In February 2016, King was appointed to his current VP position with Xerox Canada to lead the company’s newly redesigned national graphic communications organization. Working with Xerox Canada for more than a decade, King previously served as the company’s VP of Central Operations, responsible for sales and marketing of Xerox’s portfolio of office and graphic communications products to clients in the Greater Toronto Area and southwestern Ontario. (A Q&A with King can be found in PrintAction’s March 2016 issue).

Carmichael began her printing-industry career in 1992 as a Market Applications Manager with Bowne, before working with Unisource for 12 years, followed by Perennial Inc. and Proveer/Grimco. At the start of 2015, she joined Cansel as the national organization began to ramp up its wide-format imaging interests. Cansel provides software, hardware and services provider to engineering, surveying, construction, architecture, government and printing industries.

Pesda was formed in 1975 by six suppliers to the graphic communications industry with the goal of being a national resource for technology and service providers, while also fostering the development of Canada’s printing industry. There are currently 16 Pesda member companies, including: Ariva, ACCO/GBC Canada, Atlas Graphics Supply, Canon Canada, Cansel, Fujifilm Canada, Graphic Printing Roller, HP Canada, Heidelberg Canada, huber group, Konica Minolta, Manroland Canada, Spicers Canada, Unigraph International, Veritiv and Xerox Canada.
Pierre-Elliott Levasseur becomes President of La Presse following Guy Crevier’s decision to step away from day-to-day operations of the Montreal-based news organization. Levasseur has played a key role in the company's affairs since 2006 and was serving as Chief Operating Officer.

Crevier, who presided over La Presse's shift to digital, becomes Vice-Chairman of the Board, La Presse (Gesca), and will stay on as Publisher.

“A year ago, Guy Crevier told me that he wished to step back from operations once La Presse's transition toward a new digital model was complete," said Desmarais, President and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Power Corporation. "The move from print to digital weekday editions is also now a reality. Pierre-Elliott Levasseur is the natural choice to succeed Guy as President. He has played a frontline role in the company for several years, and brings in-depth media industry knowledge to the table. I know that, with his keen business sense and leadership, Pierre-Elliott will be an exceptional President of La Presse."

Levasseur has held various senior management functions with the company in recent years. As its Executive Vice-President, his duties included managing La Presse's digital operations and overseeing all facets of the development and implementation of La Presse+.

He is currently responsible for the areas of revenue, finance, sales, and the technology subsidiary Nuglif. He has contributed to every major project developed at La Presse since his arrival, according to the company. With an MBA from Harvard Business School, Levasseur is regarded as a finance specialist and helped guide the diversification of the company's activities through acquisitions as well as equity interests and sales of assets. From 1995 to 2006, he worked for Power Corporation of Canada and Power Financial Corporation, where he was Treasurer from 2001 to 2006.
John Johnstone becomes Senior Account Executive for Ontario for Canon Canada’s Professional Printing Solutions Group. He will help Canon Canada grow its market share in both the commercial printing segment and transaction printing space.

Johnstone joined the company in mid-November with more than 20 years of graphic communications experience, including a focus on the implementation of e-commerce, marketing, and content management strategies.
Former Heidelberg Canada executive Ken Freek has joined Webcom Inc. of Markham, Ontario, actually returning to the company he worked with for through different periods of his distinguished printing career. He began his return with Webcom in November as a Senior Project Manager.

Freek most recently served as Vice President of Product Management at Heidelberg Canada, a position he held for more than five years, responsible for the sales support, pricing, promotion and distribution of Heidelberg’s equipment and supply products through a team of product managers.

He joined Heidelberg Canada in mid-2001 as a digital products manager and progressed through the company as Director of Sales and Service Digital Products, Director of Logistics and Sales Manager of Heidelberg Direct before becoming Vice President of Product Management in 2009.

Freek worked first worked with Webcom from 1981 to 1987 as Plant Manager and rejoined the company as Manager of Digital Printing from 1993 to 2001. In between his two placements at Webcom, Freek also worked as a Plant Manager for John Deyell Company and T.H. Best Printing Company.
Printing Industries of America completed the election of its 2017 Officers and Board of Directors, who began to function on November 20 after a ceremony at the association’s meetings in Kansas City, Missouri. There are no Canadian printing industry executives on the board this year or serving as elected officers.

Curt Kreisler of Gold Star Printers in Miami, Florida, will serve as the PIA’s Chairman of the Board. He has been an active member of the print community serving PIA and his local trade association, Printing Association of Florida (PAF). Before becoming Chairman, Kreisler served as a member of the PIA Executive Committee, Chairman of the PIA Association Relations Committee, Chairman of PIA’s Show Committee, and as a member of the PIA Finance Committee. While serving his local affiliate, Kreisler was elected as Chairman of the Board twice. He is also Chairman of PAF’s Trade Show Council that oversees the management and running of the Graphics of the Americas trade show in Miami. His previous print industry service also includes serving as Chairman of the Board of the National Association of Quick Printers (NAQP), which recognized him as Printer of the Year in 2007.
 
The remaining elected PIA board members include:

First Vice Chairman
Bryan Hall, CEO of Graphic Visual Solutions Inc. in Greensboro, North Carolina
 
Second Vice Chairman/Association Relations Committee Chairman
Michael Wurst, CEO of Henry Wurst Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri
 
Secretary to the Board
Paul Cousineau, Vice President of Prepress and Continuous Improvement with Dow Jones & Company Inc. in Princeton, New Jersey

Treasurer
John E. LeCloux, Vice President of WS Packaging Group in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Past Chairman of the Board
Bradley Thompson II, CEO of Inland Press in Detroit, Michigan
 
Also joining the Board of Directors in 2017 are: Roger Chamberlain, the Cincinnati Insurance Company, representing Printing Industries of Ohio; Scott Vaughn, The Standard Group, representing the Graphic Arts Association; Pat McBride, Envision Printing LLC, representing Printing & Imaging Association of Georgia; Ryan Stevens, Replica Printing Services, representing PIA San Diego; Dawn Nye, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, representing the vendor community; and Tad Parker of PINE, representing the affiliate managers.

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