Kenneth Freek has been appointed to the position of Vice President of Product Management for Heidelberg Canada, based in Mississauga, Ontario. In addition to the distribution of production equipment, such as sheetfed presses, CTP devices and post-press technologies, Heidelberg Canada is also heavily involved in the sale and service of pressroom consumables.
“Ken’s extensive experience in the printing industry and proven tenure with Heidelberg will position him well to promote and support our products in the Canadian market,” said Richard Armstrong, President of Heidelberg Canada.
With the company for eight years, Freek previously served as Sales Manager for Heidelberg Direct in Canada. He now replaces Jean-Francois Colpron, who recently moved to the company’s U.S. operations in Kennesaw, Georgia, where he serves as VP, Prinect and Consumables Product Management. Armstrong stated, “JF successfully established Heidelberg Canada as a key player in prepress and consumables. His vast experience will be invaluable to Heidelberg USA as they grow their presence in the U.S. Consumables market.”
Worldcolor has appointed three people to its senior management team. John V. Howard, Jr. will become the company's Chief Legal Officer; Robert L. Sell as Chief Information Officer; and Ben Schwartz as Executive Vice President, Human Resources.
“John, Bob, and Ben are highly talented individuals in their respective fields who have world-class experience in our industry and others,” said Mark Angelson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Worldcolor. “I have had the pleasure of working with John and Bob in the past and I am confident they will complement and strengthen the Worldcolor management team. In the last two years, Ben has been instrumental in retaining and developing our people during an especially challenging time for our company and our industry. I look forward to working with these three leaders and the rest of our team as we move forward towards our goal of making Worldcolor the pre-eminent company in its industry.”
John V. Howard has over 22 years of experience working with global technology, manufacturing and media businesses. Howard held a number of senior positions at Vertis, Inc., including Chief Legal Officer and Secretary and Senior Vice President and General Manager Digital Solutions Group. He also has served as Global Intellectual Property Counsel at Andersen Worldwide and Senior Counsel at Quark, Inc.
Robert L. Sell has experience in design, development, operations, maintenance and integration of systems and enabling technologies across multiple business locations and industries. He has served as the Chief Information Officer for several international companies including, Moore Corporation, Moore Wallace, Coors Brewing Company, Brunswick Corporation, Eaton Corporation and Affinion Group.
Ben Schwartz joined Worldcolor in 2007 and had previously served as Vice President Corporate Human Resources and Global Rewards at Molson Coors Brewing Company and Corporate Vice President Human Resources Molson Inc. and Molson Coors Brewing Company.
Jean-Francois Colpron will depart from his role as Vice President of Product Management and Marketing for Heidelberg Canada to take on the role in Heidelberg USA’s Product Management team as Vice President, Prinect and Consumables Product Management.
“Jean-Francois has successfully established Heidelberg Canada as a key player in prepress and consumables,” said Richard Armstrong, President of Heidelberg Canada. “His experience will be invaluable in helping to expand the product portfolio in the USA.”
Jean-Francois Colpron has more than 22 years of management experience in the graphic arts industry, nine of which were spent at Heidelberg Canada. Colpron also previously served as Western Canada Business Manager at Fuji Graphic Systems Canada and Western Canada Sales Manager at McCutcheon Graphics.
Stefanie Stroh from Hochschule der Medien (HdM) — Stuttgart Media University — has joined Ryerson University's Graphic Communications Management Program for a one year term.
Stroh holds a MS in packaging design and an MA in European media. She specializes in prepress and colour management in packaging applications. She will instruct students on applications such as EngView, EskoArtwork products and GMG FlexoProof.
She will be filling in for professor Chris Kular, who is on a one year sabbatical in Europe, teaching workflow automation at HdM.
Andrew P. Hines becomes interim Chief Financial Officer for Montréal-based World Color Press Inc. Hines has held senior finance positions with several major corporations like RJR Nabisco, OMC, Adidas, F.W. Woolworth & Co. and C.P. Kelco. RJR Nabisco was purchased by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR).
Former KKR partner, Mark Angelson, the current Chairman and CEO of World Color, said, "I am very pleased that Andy has agreed to join World Color as CFO on an interim basis. I have worked with him in the past, and he will stay with us as long as we need him. His extensive experience across many industries with large and small companies will be a great asset to World Color and our finance team.”
Hines' office will be located at World Color's corporate headquarters in Montréal. Since 2000, Hines has been managing partner of Hines & Associates, which is described as a “restructuring and financial management advisory firm.” Hines, a former United States Marine, began his career in public accounting with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He graduated from St. John’s University.
At PRINT 09 in Chicago, KBR Graphics Ltd. introduced its expanded sales team with the addition of press-sales veterans Lawrence Robinson and Martin Lapointe. Based in Montreal, KBR is a national distributor for KBA presses, among other printing technologies.
Based in Dallas Texas, KBA North America named KBR Graphics as its exclusive Canadian sheetfed press distributor, excluding British Columbia, in April 2009. The agreement, involving KBA press brands like Rapida and Genius, as well as responsibilities for parts and service, continued a 5-year relationship between the two companies. At the time of the new KBR-KBA agreement, KBR Graphics announced it would absorb existing staff from KBA’s Canadian division, as the press manufacturer moved into its recently opened Dallas headquarters.
As a result, KBR’s new Executive Director of Sales, Lawrence Robinson, has been involved with KBA presses in the Ontario market since he joined KBA in mid-2007, where he ascended to the position of VP of Sales for Canada. Lapointe, who becomes Directeur de comptes for KBR Graphics, has also been selling presses for several years, primarily focusing on the commercial printing sectors of Quebec and Canada’s Eastern provinces.
Founded in 1977 by Karl Belafi Sr., KBR Graphics in addition to its press assets also focuses on the sale and service of post-press technologies. Also at PRINT 09, KBA North America named Mark Hischar as its new President and CEO, effective October 1, 2009.
“I am honored to begin my new post at KBA North America at a time when the company is poised to enter a new growth phase,” says Hischar. “With its corporate workforce all under its new headquarters in Dallas and with its long term strategic vision in place, KBA continues to partner with its customers and offer the widest and most diverse portfolio of printing presses, and highest level of customer support and technology development. I look forward to leading the company ahead as a top-performing customer-oriented manufacturer in both sheetfed and webfed presses.”
Prior to joining KBA North America, Hischar was the president, CEO, and board member of W+D Machinery Company, an Overland Park, KS wholly-owned subsidiary of a German manufacturer of envelope manufacturing machines. His experience also includes a post as president and CEO of Royse Manufacturing Company, a manufacturer of auxiliary equipment for offset printing presses as well as an executive at Matthews International Corporation, a manufacturer of prepress services and printing plates for the flexographic printing industry. Hischar holds an MBA from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science degree in management from Pennsylvania State University where he graduated with cum laude honors.
Jacques Mallette is resigning as CEO of World Color a week after the company’s CFO, Jeremy Roberts, announced he will step aside. The Montreal-based company is to be led by former R.R. Donnelley CEO, Mark Angelson, who was appointed as Chairman of World Color in June 2009.
Mallette and Roberts played a major role in steering World Color’s previous entity, Quebecor World, through a year and a half of bankruptcy protection, which ended in late July 2009. Mallette, who served as the CFO of Quebecor for many years, was named the company’s CEO in 2007 after Pierre Péledeau stepped aside to lead Quebecor Media and that organization’s parent company, Quebecor Inc., which no longer has financial or structural ties to World Color.
A month before Quebecor World’s emergence from bankruptcy protection, before taking on the World Color name, the company revamped its board and named Mark Angelson as non-executive Chairman. Angelson was CEO of R.R. Donnelley (RRD) between 2004 and 2007, after growing that Chicago-based company into the world’s largest commercial printer through a series of mergers and acquisitions, including the January 2003, US$1.3 billion combination of Moore Corporation Limited and Wallace Computer Services. That move was orchestrated between Angelson, heading up Wallace at the time, and Robert Burton, who led Moore. This Moore Wallace entity was then merged with RRD later the same year – November. Burton was also heavily involved in the formation of Quebecor World when he helped to steer the 1999 merger between his California-based World Color organization and Quebecor’s printing division. Burton currently serves as the CEO and Chairman of Cenveo Inc.
RRD had presented a bid to purchase Quebecor World on May 13, 2009, but withdrew the offer in matter of weeks. The new board, with Angelson as its head, was then appointed June 23, 2009. “My first priority will be working with our sales force to further strengthen our customer base. I will simultaneously lead an assessment of our operations and management and make recommendations to the board with a view to optimizing our business in the current challenging economic environment,” said Angelson, in a statement concerning his new appointment. “I intend, together with our talented employees, to move World Color forward with a new sense of urgency.”
World Color Press (formerly Quebecor World) CFO Jeremy Roberts has resigned from his position, the company has announced. Roberts has served Quebecor World for the past 12 years, including leading the company out of bankruptcy this year. Roberts will be taking the role of Senior Vice President of Finance at George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited.
"[Roberts] has made important contributions, especially during our critical restructuring process, but also in assembling a strong finance team that will enable us to succeed going forward. I join the rest of our management team in wishing Jeremy the very best in his future endeavours," said Jacques Mallette, President and CEO, in a statement.
Prior to joining Quebecor World, Roberts was Assistant Treasurer at Bell Canada, where he spent 10 years in corporate finance and treasury. His resignation is effective October 5.
After spending the past decade working with a variety of companies, Colleen Brown returns to Thunderbird Press, based in Richmond, British Columbia, which lies just outside of the Vancouver metropolitan area.
She actually began her printing career with Thunderbird, which is an FSC-certified company now celebrating its 42nd year in business. In June 2008, Thunderbird expanded its operations by purchasing Broadway Printers, which at the time was a 97-year-old company.
Brown becomes the Account Manager for a new interior-of-BC sales presence, servicing the Okanagan Valley, being established by Thunderbird Press. She has more than 20 years of sales and production experience in the printing industry.
Former Corel CEO David Dobson has been appointed Executive Vice President and President of Pitney Bowes Management Services, which focuses on the production of outsourced mail and document management services to large corporations, law firms, universities and government agencies. Dobson will also lead the development and deployment of an Enterprise Sales and Solutions Group for Pitney Bowes.
Dobson joined Pitney Bowes in 2008 as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer. In the past year, he has led the development of the corporation's overall growth strategy with a particular focus on launching new business opportunities. Before joining Pitney Bowes, Dobson was CEO of Ottawa-based Corel Corporation and also spent 19 years at IBM, where he ascended to the position of General Manager and President of IBM Printing Systems Division.
Holger Garbrecht, KBA North America CEO and President, on August 31 is stepping down from his current position in the United States and returning to Germany. KBA states a new CEO will be announced in the next several weeks.
After living in the U.S. for two years, Garbrecht states he is leaving KBA for family reasons. “For the past two years, I have had the privilege of leading one of the most dynamic printing press manufacturers in North America,” said Garbrecht. “It has been a rewarding period of my life to meet the KBA North American customers, see firsthand their great American spirit and entrepreneurship, and become an integral part of their business as our products have helped them to grow and prosper."
Garbrecht recently completed KBA's move into a new Dallas headquarters, leaving Vermont, which integrates the company's previously separated web and sheetfed divisions. After years of executive experience at Heidelberg, Garbrecht joined KBA in October 2007 as President and CEO of the North American division.
Bruce Robertson will lead the efforts by AbitibiBowater to emerge out of bankruptcy protection, after April 2009 filings in both Canada and the United Sates. Robertson, operating under the official title of Chief Restructuring Officer, most recently served as Senior Managing Partner at Brookfield Asset Management Inc., where he managed over US$7 billion in North American distressed private equity, bridge lending, and real estate finance strategies.
"We are pleased to have Bruce Robertson on board and to share his expertise in corporate finance and restructurings," stated AbitibiBowater CEO David Paterson.
On June 17, AbitibiBowater received approval for an amendment and restating of its existing accounts receivable securitization program for the Company's Abitibi-Consolidated subsidiary. Citibank and Barclays Capital Inc. were announced as joint lead arrangers for the amended US$270-million program, which provided the company with the liquidity necessary to continue operations.
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