Appointments

Three weeks after naming Richard Garneau as President and CEO, AbitibiBowater yesterday introduced its new executive team. The Montreal-based newsprint giant emerged from bankruptcy protection in mid-December 2010, in both the United States and Canada.


“The executive team we have put in place represents an excellent blend of proven experience and fresh thinking. I look forward to working with the team to further improve AbitibiBowater's operational efficiencies and financial flexibility, while offering a broad mix of quality products to our customers globally,” stated Garneau. “We believe that with the support of all company employees, we can deliver on our commitment to further reduce costs and enhance our competitiveness.”

In addition to Garneau, AbitibiBowater's executive team will now include Alain Boivin, who becomes Senior VP, Pulp and Paper Operations. Boivin most recently served as VP of Mill Operations, Central Region, at Smurfit-Stone Container. He will assume his new responsibilities at AbitibiBowater on March 7, 2011.

The remaining executive-team members have been promoted within AbitibiBowater or maintain their current positions with the company, including: David Spraley, Senior VP, Pulp and Paper Manufacturing, Engineering and Quality; Alain Grandmont, who becomes Senior VP, Human Resources and Public Affairs; William Harvey, Senior VP and Chief Financial Officer; John Lafave, Senior VP, Pulp and Paper Sales and Marketing; Yves Laflamme, Senior VP, Wood Products, Global Supply Chain and Information Technology; and Jacques Vachon, Senior VP and Chief Legal Officer.



Antoine Fady on January 1 assumed his new roll as Chief Executive Office of Flint Group, which is one of the world’s largest privately owned ink suppliers to the printing and packaging sectors.

While tracing it roots back to 1773 in the United Kingdom, Flint Group’s current organization was established in 2005 after the union of XSYS Print Solutions and Flint Ink Corporation. XSYS was the result of a 2004 merger between ANI and BASF Printing Systems. Flint Group now employs around 7,300 people worldwide and in 2009 generated revenues of US$ 2.9 billion.



Fady most recently served as GM of Akzo Nobel Decorative Paints-Europe and previously held the CEO position with ICI Packaging & Coatings. He is to succeed Charles Knott, who oversaw the 2007 acquisition of Day International. Knott is to continue on with Flint as Chairman.



Following Fady’s appointment, Mario Busshoff was promoted as President of Flint Group’s Flexographic Products division, which places him on the company’s Executive Management Team, directly reporting to Fady.




Carol McLeod becomes a Placement Specialist for PrintLink Canada, which focuses on human resources within the North American printing industry. 


After running his own printing company for 25 years, PrintLink’s current President, Arnold Kahn, founded the company in 1994 to focus specifically on personnel placement within the North American printing industry. PrintLink USA is headquartered in Rochester, New York, while PrintLink Canada is based in Oakville, Ontario, and led by Managing Director, Myrna Penny.



McLeod has been involved with the Canadian printing community for several years, including her previous positions with Heidelberg Canada, Linotype-Hell and The Printing House.




On the first day of 2011, Nikos Kallas is to become President of Vancouver-based Metropolitan Fine Printers, one of the world’s most-visible commercial printing companies based on years of award-winning production.

Earlier this year, Met Printers received its 29th Benny Award in the annual Premier Print Awards program, recognized as one of the leading printing-quality competitions in the world. This award extended Met Printer’s position as the most-successful Canadian company in the program’s history.

Kallas, who graduated from The University of Western with a Bachelor degree in Economics, has served as the company's Business Development Manager since 2006. He also sits on the boards of BCIT’s Graphic Communications Technology program and CANstruction Vancouver, which is a food-drive initiative started by his family. (Since 2003, CANstruction has collected 956,505 cans of food for the Greater Vancouver Foodbank.)


Met Printers was founded in 1977 by Nikos’ father, George Kallas, who will assume the role of Chairman on January 1, 2011. 

Met’s management board will also include Paul Riches, General Manager; Vice President of Manufacturing, Mike Winteringham; Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Bob Faulkner; and Senior Account Representative Scott Gray, who takes on a new position as Director of Brand.

“It is a great pleasure to turn over the daily reins of the company to such a talented group,” said George Kallas. “This new injection of energy and expertise will serve us well as we take Met in new and expanded directions.“



Metropolitan Fine Printers Inc. has hired Travis Evans, Greg Iftody and Luciano Bruschetta, who together account for more than 60 years of printing-industry experience.

Both Evans and Iftody become Account Executives with the commercial printer based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Evans will look after the lower mainland of Vancouver, while Iftody is to focus on the company’s Alberta operations.

Luciano Bruschetta becomes Senior Production Planner for Metropolitan, which, having won the most Benny Awards among all Canadian firms, is recognized as one of the world’s highest-quality commercial printers.


“We are very excited to have Travis, Gregg and Luciano join our team,” said Paul Riches, General Manager. “Their experience will greatly benefit Metropolitan’s dynamic growth plans for the years to come.”



Lawrence RobinsonLawrence Robinson has been promoted to the top Canadian post for Agfa Graphics, following the appointment of Ruben Silva as VP of Sales and Service for the company's North American operations.

Robinson joined Agfa Canada in mid-2010 as a District Business Manager, responsible for sales management of Agfa's prepress solutions and the :Dotrix Modular inkjet press.

He began his career with Pickering-based Web Offset Publications before joining nearby Thorn Press Ltd., a commercial printer subsequently purchased by St. Joseph Printing.

After leaving Thorn, Robinson was involved with various research-and-development projects with companies like Rock-Tenn, RR Donnelley and Smurfit-Stone. Robinson also held management positions with Heidelberg Canada and KBA North America, where he served as VP of Sales and Marketing.

"Lawrence is a seasoned leader with many years of hands-on industry experience," said Silva. "I am confident Lawrence will be able to effectively manage the Canadian sales force and expand Agfa's presence in Canada."



Mark NorlockIndustry-veteran Mark Norlock becomes Sales Specialist, Inkjet Printing Solutions, for the Canadian region of Eastman Kodak's Graphic Communications Group.

Among other responsibilities, Norlock is to focus on selling Kodak's Prosper 5000XL system, which was unveiled in May 2010 at the Ipex trade show in Birmingham, United Kingdom. The 5000XL is designed for colour reproduction, while the Prosper 1000 model is monochrome. Both machines are rated for a top speed of 650 feet per minue.

Before joining Kodak, Norlock previously worked in Canada with major technology providers like manroland, Xerox and Scitex.

Ruben Silva becomes VP of Sales & Service for Agfa Graphics North America. He served as the company's Managing Director for Canada over the past couple of years, after joining Agfa in March 2006.

Silva has more than 20 years of experience in the printing industry. Prior to joining Agfa, he held both technical and sales management positions at Presstek Canada, AB Dick, Itek Graphics and Gestetner. In his new roll, among other duties, Silva will help to oversee Agfa's integration of New Jersey-based Pitman, which it purchased in October 2010. After the acquisition, Pitman had around 500 employees and 16 locations in the United States.

"Ruben has an impressive background in developing new opportunities for sales growth in many areas of the professional graphic communications industry, as well as a deep understanding of the elements that drive the print business. He is a valued member of the team," said Peter Wilkens, President, Agfa Graphics, North America.



Mario Pallotta has been promoted to General Manager, Canada, for OKI Data Americas, assuming responsibility for the company's Canadian sales organization and ultimately for all of OKI's operations in the country. 

Pallotta joined OKI in 2005 as Territory Sales Manager, Canada, before a 2009 promotion in which he was named National Sales Director, Canada.

“Mario’s knowledge of the Canadian market is invaluable, which he utilizes to build and maintain strategic relationships and drive sales,” said Scott Becker, VP of OKI Data. “This promotion reflects his persistence for success and overall dedication to the growth of this business.”

Prior to joining OKI, Pallotta spent 14 years with AT&T, where moved from being a sales executive to hold a management position as Regional Sales Director. He also spent three years with Motorola and and two years with Pitney Bowes as an account representative.

OKI Data Americas is headquartered in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, and is a subsidiary of OKI Data Corporation of Japan.



The Board of Directors of HP has announced Mark Hurd's replacement as President and CEO. Léo Apotheker, who previously served as CEO of SAP, has been named to the role and will also join HP's Board of Directors.

Apotheker spent over 20 years at SAP, the world's largest business software company based in Walldorf, Germany. He was responsible for transforming the company's R&D and technology platforms, which resulted in 18 consecutive quarters of double-digit software revenue growth between 2004 and 2009.

"Léo is a strategic thinker with a passion for technology, wide-reaching global experience and proven operational discipline – exactly what we were looking for in a CEO," said Robert Ryan, lead independent director of the Board. "After more than two decades in the industry, he has a strong track record of driving technological innovation, building customer relationships and developing world-class teams."

"HP has a powerful mix of businesses, products and services, one of the most innovative cultures in the industry, and an accomplished management team who have played a critical role in its success," said Apotheker in a press release. "I am deeply honored to be joining the more than 300,000 dedicated HP employees."

Apotheker continued, "Given HP's diversified products and services, its financial strength, and its leadership position across markets, no other company is as well positioned to drive – and profit from – the revolutionary changes under way in the marketplace. As we move forward, HP will continue to be a valued partner with our customers as well as a fierce competitor. I look forward to working with the outstanding people at HP to write the next chapter in the company's long and proud history."

Apotheker replaces Cathie Lesjak, who served as interim CEO after Mark Hurd's controversial departure in August. Lesjak will continue as HP's CFO, a position she has held since 2007.

Recognized as one of Canada's leading commercial printing companies, Hemlock Printers Ltd. of Burnaby, BC, has appointed Doug Climie as Vice President of Sales & Marketing.

Climie brings a range of industry experience to the position, having spent time in sectors such as publishing, printing, manufacturing, distribution and media. He will now lead the local and national sales development for Hemlock, which produces some of the world's highest-quality and most environmentally sound printing, as recognized through perennial wins in global printing competitions like the Premier Print Awards and Sappi Printer of the Year.

With Climie's appointment, Dirk Ottevangers takes on a new role at Hemlock as the Director of Business Development and Major Accounts. Ottevangers has spent the past 28 years with Hemlock.

With both offset- and toner-focused divisions run out of its Burnaby location, Hemlock also has sales offices in Victoria, Seattle, San Francisco and Monterey.

Printing industry veteran Tom Lang has been named manroland's Regional Sales Manager for Western Canada, covering sheetfed-sales territory from Toronto to Vancouver. 

“Tom’s wealth of industry and customer experience makes him uniquely qualified to engage the manroland consultative sales philosophy,” said Michael Mugavero, Vice President of Sales, Canada. “The ability to identify production needs and integrating investments into a client’s business planning will be one of his many strengths.”

Lang, who is responsible for manroland Canada's sheetfed press sales in the western region, gained years of technological knowledge while working most recently with Muller Martini Canada. Previously, he also developed printing-specific expertise as a member of Montreal-based Transcontinental Printing.

In a continuing effort to provide the Canadian market with a strong and reliable partner in sales and service, manroland has appointed Tom Lang to the position of Regional Sales Manager, Sheetfed and Webfed for Western Canada. Tom is responsible in sales and representing manroland Canada for the sheetfed market. 

Lang graduated from Ryerson University's Graphic Communications Management program with a Bachelors of Technology degree.

John Zenner becomes manroland Inc.'s Director of Customer Satisfaction, which the press maker describes as a new position to "ensure that customers receive world-class products, service, supplies, upgrades with customer satisfaction as the key metric."

"Coming out of this recession, printing equipment buyers are increasingly interested in complete system solutions, instead of individual components. It is really no different when you buy a printing press in order to grow your business, you ultimately partner with a press manufacturer, and you want to feel cared for as an individual customer and not just part of the market," stated manroland CEO, Vince Lapinski, in a press release. "Printers need total care providers, and manroland has everything in place to do just that."

Zenner is responsible for establishing and monitoring internal customer programs at manroland, based largely on its PRINTVALUE program. He will also support manroland Inc.'s recently implemented "full line sales approach" that allows the company's sales teams to handle both sheetfed and commercial web press product lines, as well as the PRINTVALUE program.



Inca Digital, a manufacturer of large-format printing technology, has appointed Dr. Nigel Sherman as its first Business Development Manager. Sherman is a chartered physicist who gained printing-industry experience working with Videojet on new product developments, while also spending time with an optical switch company.

In its 10-year history, Inca, which is now part of the Dainippon Screen Group, has been a leading developer of flatbed inkjet machines, which includes products like the Onset, Onset S20 and Spyder.

"[Sherman] has the right mix of skills and experience to spearhead the company's commercial expansion into new areas," stated Dr. Linda Bell, CEO of Inca Digital. "The sophistication and capabilities of inkjet technology have evolved very quickly and with him on board we are in a strong position to evaluate and take advantage of these new opportunities to further grow the business."

Inca recently produced the "Why Not Inkjet Guide" to illustrate the capabilities of inkjet technology. To download a copy, visit whynotinkjet.com



Michel Beauchamp becomes Presstek's Sales Manager, Digital Print Solutions, for Quebec and the Maritimes.

"Michel brings with him more than two decades of sales and sales management experience in the graphic arts industry,” stated Todd Phillips, Sales Director of Presstek’s Northern Region.

Prior to joining Presstek, Beauchamp held various sales and business-development positions in Quebec and Ontario with Kodak, including Kodak Polychrome Graphics and Anitec. He most recently served as an Account Sales Manager for Kodak GCG.

“The move to Presstek is an exciting opportunity for me,” stated Beauchamp, in a press release about his appointment. “I am delighted to be bringing Presstek’s outstanding product offerings to companies I know well in Quebec, as well as getting to know the needs of and opportunities in the Maritimes graphic arts community."





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