Dennis Leggett becomes the Vice President of Sales at J. F. Moore Communications, a commercial printing company based in the Greater Toronto Area. Leggett is a 32-year veteran of the printing industry, after starting a career with his family’s prepress business, while working on a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Leggett eventually became Senior Vice President and partner of the business.

In the early 1990s, Leggett joined Transcontinental Printing in Montreal as VP of Retail Sales, for the company’s Acme Litho plant. In 1996, Leggett moved to Toronto and took on the role of VP of Retail Sales for Batten Graphics, a company that was acquired by Schawk in 1997. He worked with Schawk until his recent appointment at J. F. Moore.

“We are very excited about Dennis joining the J. F. Moore team,” stated Dean Baxendale, President and CEO of J. F. Moore. “His experience, knowledge and integrity fit well with J. F. Moore’s goals of becoming one of North America’s preeminent print and digital communications service providers.”

Shay Code becomes the Vice President and General Manager, Western Market Centre, for Xerox Canada. Prior to this appointment, he was VP of Business Development for Xerox Global Services in Canada. In his previous VP role, Code was responsible for the company’s largest outsourcing deals, most notably in the higher education market.

Code joined Xerox Canada in 1995 and has held a variety of leadership positions inside the Xerox Global Services division, including General Manager of Western Canada from 2005 to 2009. Prior to his tenure at Xerox, Code was VP of Sales for Documax Enterprises, the largest FileNet integrator in Canada.

“Western Canada has always been a source of consistent, steady growth for Xerox,” said Kevin Warren, President and CEO, Xerox Canada. “Shay’s breadth of experience, extensive knowledge of the marketplace and history of successful relationship building in this region make him an ideal leader for this important geographical division of our business.”

In his new role, Code, who is based in Calgary, is responsible for leading the organization’s sales activities throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories. He is responsible for overall strategic direction, sales coverage, marketing and customer support programs.

Code holds a business degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

Anne Mulcahy, current Chairman of Xerox Corporation, and the company's leader throughout most of the first decade of this century, announced today that she intends to retire, effective May 20.

"Leaving Xerox is not easy, but the time is right," said Mulcahy. "This decision is made infinitely easier by the knowledge that I turn the company over to a gifted leader at a point when our strategy is sound, our financial position is strong, and our opportunities for growth are considerable."

Mulcahy was Chief Executive Officer of Xerox from August 2001 to May 2009. She also took on the Chairman position in January 2002. Urusla Burns, who took over her role as CEO last year, will also succeed Mulcahy in the position of Chairman.

"A remarkable leader who inspires follower-ship, Anne was instrumental in re-creating our company at a time when we needed it most," said Burns. "She prioritized investments in innovation, shifted our strategy to become more focused on services, and significantly improved our financial health. As a result, we have a strong foundation from which to build an even stronger company. I am grateful for Anne's extraordinary contributions, humbled by her confidence in my leadership, and committed to honoring her impressive legacy."

Peter Galanis becomes the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard Canada, as Paul Tsaparis, who has led HP Canada since 1998, takes on a new VP role in the United States.
While most of his expertise resides on the information-technology-side of HP’s business, much like the Canadian division’s previous CEO (Paul Tsaparis), Galanis is to be responsible for all aspects of HP operations in Canada, including the Graphic Solutions Business division, which looks after the commercial printing sector in the country.
Galanis previously served as Director of Global Accounts for HP's Manufacturing & Distribution Industries business in the central region. He brings more than 18 years of IT industry and enterprise experience to his new role. He joined HP in 2006, after serving in various sales, channel and marketing positions at EMC, Xerox and Sun Microsystems.
Paul Tsaparis, who has led HP Canada for the past 12 years, becomes VP of Technology Support for HP Enterprise Business in the Americas region.

Andrea and Scott Pelly, with a combined 40 years of printing-industry experience, have joined the sales staff of Rhino Print Solutions. Prior to joining Rhino at the beginning of March 2010, both Scott and Andrea Pelly worked with Vancouver-based Generation Printing.

“I have a passion for selling print. It’s a beautiful way to communicate a message to others around us,” stated Andrea Pelly, in a press release about the appointment. 

Rhino Print, led by CEO David Allan, is recognized as one of Canada’s leading, quality-focused offset printing companies. Headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, the company has manufacturing operations in Vancouver and Calgary, with a sales presence in Seattle and San Francisco. Rhino runs 12-, 8-, 6- and 5-colour offset presses, while also holding an assortment of bindery equipment.

This June, Bruce Murray, the former owner of Advocate Printing & Publishing, who passed away in 2004, is being recognized for his provincial contributions with an induction into Nova Scotia's Business Hall of Fame.

In a recent Pictou Advocate article about Murray’s Hall of Fame induction, journalist Carol Dunn described his rise in Nova Scotia’s business community, writing, “Bruce Murray was born in 1941 in Pictou and began working as a paperboy for The Pictou Advocate when he was six years old. At the time, his father, George C. Murray, owned the newspaper and his mother, Nonie, was a weekly columnist. He worked at many different jobs, including janitor, printer’s devil, press operator, advertising manager and president.”

After his father’s death in 1962, Bruce Murray became a part owner of Advocate and began to steer the publishing company deeper into commercial printing. Today, the company is led by Bruce’s son, Sean Murray, and employs close to 500 people in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

Jill Murray, Director of Corporate Communications for Advocate, reflects on her father’s achievements, in the Pictou Advocate article, saying, “My father touched many lives through his drive to build a small town print shop into an industry leader. He was often described as humble, quiet and determined with a passion for seeing those around him succeed. Whether you needed the benefit of his strong hands, his sharp mind or warm heart, he was there. He was a man of action and clear vision."

This year's induction dinner for the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame is being held on June 10 at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax. Since 1993, the Hall of Fame event has raised nearly $1.75 million for Junior Achievement in Nova Scotia.

Read the Pictou Advocate article about Mr. Murray’s Hall of Fame induction.

Dennis Skulsky, Chief Executive Officer of the CanWest newspaper group, the largest chain of newspapers in Canada, has announced he will be stepping down from his job to spend more time with his family and pursue other opportunities closer to his home province of British Columbia.

Skulsky will be leaving the company effective April 30, but will remain an advisor to the company. Skulsky previously managed Canwest’s B.C. newspaper and television operations. A seasoned media executive with more than 30 years in the industry, Skulsky has held numerous senior management roles in Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver.

In other CanWest news, the company announced it has initiated the second phase of its court-appointed sale process. The Ontario Superior Court extended the restructuring deadline in early February until April 14. Phase 2 will include management presentations, site visits and further due diligence following which interested parties will be asked to submit binding transaction proposals.

The Graphic Systems Division of Fujifilm Canada has hired three new Field Service Technicians, Pierre Beausoleil, Pierre Gagnon and Aadil Rabadi, as well as a new Forecasting & Planning Assistant, Roberto Jiang.

Pierre Beausoleil is to focus on the Quebec region as a Fujifilm Field Service Technician. Bringing 30 years of printing experience to the position, Beausoleil most recently worked within his family-owned printing business and specializes in the area of CTP-based production.

Pierre Gagnon, meanwhile, will focus on providing technical support for Fujifilm customers in the Montreal area. He specializes in the arena of wide-format inkjet technology and has 12 years of printing experience.  Prior to joining Fujifilm, Gagnon worked with Mondrian-Hall.

Aadil Rabadi, with 10 years of printing experience, is to provide technical support in wide-format inkjet technology for the Greater Toronto Area. Rabadi also previously worked with Mondrian-Hall.

Roberto Jiang becomes a Forecasting & Planning Assistant for Fujifilm Canada’s Graphic Systems Division. He is a 2009 graduate from Ryerson University’s Graphic Communications Management program, and previously worked with Webcom as a Purchasing Agent.

The newly formed Fujifilm North America, created through the merger of Fujifilm U.S.A. and Fujifilm Graphic Systems U.S.A. on January 1st, now has a new President and CEO to lead it. Ryutaro Hosoda has been tasked to lead the division, which will include Fujifilm Canada as a subsidiary as of April 1.

In his new role, Hosoda will oversee five Fujifilm operating divisions: imaging products, selling consumer and commercial photographic products and services including film, one-time-use cameras, online photo services and fulfillment, digital printing equipment and services; consumer digital cameras; motion picture films; graphic systems products and services supplying the printing industry; and the Canadian division.

Hosoda joined Fujifilm in Japan in 1977 and during his career has held various senior level marketing and operation positions around the world. In 2008, he was appointed President of Fujifilm Holdings America Corporation and President and CEO of Fujifilm U.S.A. Hosoda was also named as Corporate Vice President of Fujifilm Corporation in 2009.

Industry veteran Stewart Curry becomes a CTP plate specialist for the Canadian sales team of Presstek Inc.

Before joining Presstek, Curry worked as an account executive with Konica Minolta Business Solutions. He also spent time with Heidelberg Canada, focusing on sales of prepress and consumables products.

“We are delighted to have a sales professional with the experience and background Stewart brings to the table,” stated Todd Phillips, Sales Director for Presstek’s Northern Region. “His extensive product knowledge in all areas of the printing industry and his proven sales expertise will add a new dynamic to our presence in Canada, especially as it relates to the ability to attract new customers to our line of digital plates.”

The Board of Directors at Agfa-Gevaert has named Christian Reinaudo to succeed Jo Cornu at the post of CEO. Cornu announced his intention to leave the post after April 27, 2010.

Julien De Wilde, Chairman of the Board of Directors, said, "Jo Cornu has taken the position of CEO on December 1, 2007 under very difficult circumstances. He has lead Agfa-Gevaert through the economic crisis and has put the company back on track. Agfa-Gevaert now has a strong management team, a clear strategy, a better cost structure and a significantly lower level of debt."

Cornu will continue to have a role at Agfa by joining its Board of Directors after leaving the CEO post.

Reinaudo, 55, is currently the President of Agfa-Gevaert's health care division. He joined the company in late 2008 from his long-time involvement at Alcatel. Christian Reinaudo occupied a number of important positions in the Alcatel Group, such as President of the Optics Business Group, President of Alcatel in Asia Pacific and President of Alcatel for Northern andEastern Europe. He is is a graduate from the "Ecole de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de Paris "and holds a doctorate from the University of Paris.

Soren Larsen becomes Senior Vice President of Sales for KBA North America’s sheetfed presses. Based at KBA’s Dallas head office, Larsen has 32 years of printing-industry experience in various roles, from sales management to marketing.

“KBA continues to be a leader in the North American sheetfed market,” stated Larsen, in a press release. “KBA is established as the patent leader among printing press manufacturers worldwide for its innovative print technology. Plus, KBA continues to maintain its reputation as the leader in large-format and packaging presses.”

Larsen is now part of KBA North America’s executive management team, reporting directly to the company’s President and CEO, Mark Hischar, who was appointed to his post last year.

“Soren is an excellent addition to our executive management team,” stated Hischar. “In his previous positions, he has demonstrated continual leadership abilities, proven sales performances, and knowledge of the North American sheetfed market, which make him the perfect candidate for the job.”

Dave Moreland has been named President of Manugraph DGM Inc., a position formerly held by Brian LaBine who stepped down from the post but remains as a member of the company’s board of directors.

Based in Elizabethville, Pennsylvania, Manugraph DGM is a wholly owned subsidiary of Manugraph India Ltd., manufacturing a line of single-width offset presses – Cityline Express, 430, 430MAX, Hiline Express, Advantage II 440, and Frontline – and complementing folders.

Ron Ehrhardt takes on the post of Vice President of International Sales and Marketing for Manugraph DGM, while Rodney Fenstermacher becomes Vice President of Manufacturing.

The company has also announced it will be closing its West Coast parts facility, with all activities will be consolidated back to the Parts Division in Pennsylvania. Parts sales hours will now be extended to compensate for the 3-hour time difference for West Coast customers. Ed Heim has been promoted to Director of Parts Sales and will manage all aftermarket parts sales activities for the company.

DGM was founded in 1973 by Fred Lunt as a re-manufacturer of Goss equipment and its main manufacturing facility in Elizabethville was opened in 1980.

NewPage Corp. today announced that Richard Willett, Jr., President and CEO, resigned on January 18, 2010. His duties will be taken over by Mark Suwyn, who is the company’s Executive Chairman and former CEO – until a replacement is named.

“After considerable personal reflection on my longer term career interests, I have made the difficult decision to leave NewPage to pursue opportunities in other industries,” stated Willett, who is to stay on as a consultant until March 31, 2010. NewPage claims it is the largest coated-paper manufacturer in North America, based on production capacity, with US$4.4 billion in net sales for the year ended December 31, 2008.

“While there is never a perfect time for a transition, Rick and I, along with the Board of Directors, have mutually agreed on this timing and feel that NewPage is well positioned for the future now that the acquisition of Stora Enso North America has been successfully integrated,” stated Suwyn. “Rick has made enormous contributions to NewPage over the past four years and we all wish him well in the future.”

Avanti John O’Donnell

John O’Donnell in late December was named as the Southeast Regional Account Manager in the United States for Toronto-based Avanti Computer Systems. O’Donnell, who is based in Atlanta, has 23 years of experience in the printing industry. He most recently worked with Heidelberg in the United States, over the past 10 years, focusing on sales and product support.

Also late last month, Avanti, which develops business management software specifically for the printing industry, celebrated its 25th year in operation. Now with over 400 installations across North America, Avanti’s founder, Dr. Richard Wallin, began engineering software shortly after the arrival of the personal computer and Microsoft’s DOS operating system.

AvantiThe original version of Avanti’s software ran on a PC with two 5 1/4-inch floppy drives. One floppy held the full application, while the second floppy stored the data – with a capacity of 360K.

Avanti’s ownership team (pictured L-R): Stephen McWilliam, Patrick Bolan, and Peter Funnell.

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