Greg Friesser becomes the General Manager of Sakurai USA Inc., which also oversees the distribution of Sakurai printing presses in the Canadian market.
He has served as Director of Operations for Sakurai USA for the past two and a half years, while carrying over 36 years of printing industry experience.
Also, John Wokurka, a 12-year veteran of Sakurai USA, was promoted to Operations Manager with responsibility for logistics, spare parts, service and administrative support. Wokurka previously held the position of Spare Parts Manager.
Friesser and Wokurka will continue to be located in Sakurai’s North American headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois.
This August, Sakurai is celebrating its 65th year in business and 20th anniversary as a U.S. corporation with a summer Open House at its Illinois location.
Xerox Canada has appointed a new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1. Mandy Shapansky will succeed Kevin Warren in leading the Canadian operations after Warren leaves to head up Xerox's U.S. Solutions Group, based in Rochester.
Shapansky was most recently the Chief Financial Officer and Chief of Staff for Xerox Canada, a role she has held since 2002. She has been with Xerox since 1985. In her new role as President and CEO, Shapansky will lead Xerox's team of 3,600 employees which generates revenues of over $1.2 billion.
"Xerox Canada has an outstanding history of leadership. During his tenure, Kevin Warren was able to grow annual revenue during a very challenging economic period,” said Russell Peacock, President of Xerox North America. “Mandy's lateral thinking in the area of corporate finance has made Xerox Canada one of the top performing operations in the Xerox world. Her appointment to CEO will allow her to expand on this vision of growth.”
Shapansky holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics from the University of Waterloo and is a chartered accountant. She serves on the board of Altruvest Charitable Services and is a member of Financial Executives International Canada. She resides in Toronto with her husband and four children.
KBR Graphics, distributor of KBA presses, has expanded its sales force in Ontario with two new members. Aaron Hunter and Chris Gingras will serve as Account Managers for the region.
“We are pleased to welcome both Aaron and Chris to our company,” says Karl Belafi Jr., Vice President of KBR Graphics Canada. “These two additions to our sales force represent our continued commitment to our present and future clients in the province of Ontario. Since our company has posted strong double-digit growth and with KBA press sales of over $20 million in the last two years despite the economic climate, we feel it is imperative to bolster our sales and service capabilities.
Hunter and Gingras will manage the eastern and western Ontario regions respectively as well as co-manage the Greater Toronto Area. Hunter has more than 15 years of experience in the industry and was previously with Maratek Environmental and Presstek Canada. Gingras has 16 years of experience in the industry and started his career at Advance Printing in Paris Ontario as a press and bindery operator before moving on to Cober Printing of Kitchener. He then worked as a finishing technician and product demonstrator for Heidelberg.
KBR has spent the last 33 years selling and supporting the the printing industry. In addition to selling KBA presses, the company offers a range of graphic arts equipment from manufacturers such as MGI, Standard Horizon, Perfecta, Baum, Busch, Graphic Whizard and Challenge. KBR Graphics has locations in both Montreal and Toronto.
Industry veteran Lawrence Robinson joins Agfa Canada's Graphics division in the position of District Business Manager. He will oversee the sales management of Agfa's conventional printing technology, as well as the inkjet-based :Dotrix Modular web press.
"Lawrence is an experienced sales leader who also has a wealth of practical industry experience," stated Ruben Silva, Managing Director of Agfa Graphics, Canada. "His nearly 30 years of industry insight are valuable assets to Agfa, our customers and partners."
Robinson began his career with Web Offset Publications and eventually joined Thorn Press Ltd. He then moved to the vendor-side of the printing industry, working with Heidelberg Canada and most recently KBA North America, where he was Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
"I'm very excited to join the Agfa team. Agfa is an innovative company that has produced game-changing technology for the industry," stated Robinson.
Moya Greene, CEO of Canada Post, has been hired to take on the challenge that is Royal Mail, the Crown corporation responsible for UK's postal services. She will be the first non-Briton and first woman to take on the post.
Greene has been CEO of Canada Post since 2005 and will take on her new post at Royal Mail in July. Her new role will have her overseeing the semi-privatization of the system, which has only seen a return to profitability in the last two years. The organization also has a massive pension shortfall as well as continuing labour conflicts leading to disruptive strikes last October.
Donald Brydon, Royal Mail Chairman, said: "I am delighted that Moya is joining Royal Mail. She will bring energy, clear thinking and a proven leadership track record - as well as hugely relevant experience - to the business at an important moment in its evolution. I look forward to working closely with Moya as we tackle the challenges ahead and continue to focus on satisfying our customers and maintaining the six-days-a-week Universal Service."
Greene is also serves on the Board of Directors at Tim Horton's and previously held executive roles at CIBC, TD and Bombardier. Her time at Canada Post has seen the Crown corporation boost profits through cost cutting, despite facing declining revenues. Her tenure at Canada Post also saw an increase in workplace grievances of nearly 60 percent.
Jennifer Sotto-Siquioco has been appointed by Hewlett-Packard Canada as the Vice President of Marketing for its Imaging and Printing Group.
She previously served as the General Manager of Hewlett-Packard Philippines Corp., based on her 20-year career in the IT sector in the Philippines and Asia Pacific region. Sotto-Siquioco has largely focused on various aspects of HP's Integrated Computer Systems in business management, channel marketing and sales development. In her new role, Sotto-Siquioco will lead the strategic planning, creative direction and campaign management of IPG's integrated marketing programs.
“Jennifer has the expertise and experience to direct and manage innovative marketing programs for our comprehensive portfolio of imaging and printing solutions,” said Lloyd Bryant, Vice President and General Manager, Imaging and Printing Group. “She has a deep understanding of enterprise, small business and consumer audiences, as well as the importance of channel relationships.”
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."
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.
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