Jeff Ekstein, owner and CEO of Willow Printing Group in Concord, Ontario, will continue to play a significant role on the 2013 Board of Directors for Printing Industries of America (PIA), which claims to be the world’s largest graphic arts trade association.

In 2013, Ekstein is to serve as the PIA’s First Vice Chairman. He previously served as the association's Second Vice Chairman, as an Executive Committee Member, a Premier Print Awards judge, and from 2009 to 2011 as the PIA's Education Committee Chairman.

Ekstein is also the current co-chair of Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council (CPISC), and has been a director of the Canadian Printing Industries Association (CPIA) for several years.

Timothy Burton of Burton & Mayer Inc. in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, is to serve as the PIA’s 2013 Chairman of the Board. He previously served as the association’s First Vice Chairman, working with the Association Relations Committee, Investment Committee, and Finance Committee.

The remaining 2013 PIA board appointments include: David Olberding of Phototype in Cincinnati, as Second Vice Chairman; Bradley Thompson of Inland Press in Detroit as Secretary to the Board; Michael Wurst of Henry Wurst Inc. in Kansas City as Treasurer; and Laura Lawton-Forsyth of Lawton Printing as Immediate Past Chair.

The National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL) appointed Nigel Worme as its new Chairman following the resignation of Darren Loken. Worme is the Chief Executive Officer of COT Holdings Ltd. based in Christ Church, Barbados.

The NAPL also appointed Niels Winther, Managing Partner and Chairman at Think Patented, as Association Vice Chairman, while Bill Gavigan, CFO at PDQ Print Center, joins the association’s Executive Committee as Secretary/Treasurer.

“We know that NAPL is in very good hands under Nigel’s stewardship,” said Joseph Truncale, Chief Executive Officer of the NAPL. “He has been actively involved in its leadership as Secretary/Treasurer and worked closely with Darren [Loken] throughout the past year as Vice Chairman."

Loken, who had served as NAPL Chairman since September 2011, made a career change and is no longer actively involved in the graphic communications industry. He previously served as President and CEO of Telepress in Kent, Washington.

Printing industry veteran Roxanna Downing becomes an Account Representative for Hemlock’s sales team in the United States. Specifically, Downing, who has spent more than 20 years focusing on both packaging and general commercial printing, will represent Hemlock in the states of Washington and Oregon.

Based in Burnaby, British Columbia, for over 40 years, Hemlock Printers has historically generated substantial business in the United States, including offices in Seattle and San Francisco. The company is certified as a C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) importer into the U.S. and a FAST (Free and Secure Trade) approved highway carrier.

In July 2012, Hemlock also added Evelyn Edwardson as a new Account Representative for its Canadian sales team. Edwardson also has more than 20 years of experience in the print marketplace, focusing on Vancouver.

One of the largest privately owned printing operations in the Pacific Northwest, Hemlock is recognized as one of Canada’s most innovative and progressive printing operations. The company’s Burnaby operation now runs 100 percent carbon neutral.

Michael Barker has been elected to the role of Chairman for PaperlinX Limited of Australia. The move comes less than a week after the resignations of Harry Boon and non-executive directors Lyndsey Cattermole and Anthony Clarke.

In conjunction with his new appointment, Barker issued the following statement outlining his planned approach with PaperlinX, which has spent the past year working through significant operational and financial restructuring.

“As the newly elected Chairman, I am committed to working with the other directors and management to build rapidly and efficiently on the restructuring and diversification plans already announced and restore value to shareholders,” stated Barker. “We are very conscious of the interests of the hybrid holders and other stakeholders, and plan to return the company to profitability.

“The industries in which we operate have been facing challenging times, particularly in Europe, and major efforts are being devoted to our European operations to bring their results in line with the better performing operations in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Canada,” continued Barker. “We have a significant presence in many of the countries in which we operate, and we intend to leverage on our global position in coming months.

“As a new Director and Chairman, I am impressed with and encouraged by the quality and enthusiasm of PaperlinX’s Management team,” continued Barker. “I am pleased to be associated with the company and look forward to building its future. I intend to keep our shareholders and the general market regularly informed of our progress.”

In late August, PaperlinX Limited reported its year-end results, which included a statutory loss of $266.7 million (after tax) for its most recent year, compared to a loss of $108 million for the prior year. The company states this is largely because of the board’s decision to write-off all remaining goodwill on its European operations.

Significant changes continued at PaperlinX Limited of Australia last week as three key executives and board members resigned. The resigning board members include Harry Boon, Chairman and Non-Executive Director; Lyndsey Cattermole, Non-Executive Director; and Anthony Clarke, Non-Executive Director.

The company plans to make new appointments to the board prior to the effective date of these resignations, September 28, 2012.

These board changes come after a busy six months for PaperlinX Limited, which has sold operating units in the United States and Italy, while also reaching agreements to sell its operations in Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia to the Heinzel Group for €19.6 million.

In late August, PaperlinX Limited reported its year-end results, which included a statutory loss of $266.7 million (after tax) for its most recent year, compared to a loss of $108 million for the prior year. The company states this is largely because of the board’s decision to write-off all remaining goodwill on its European operations.

Rebecca Rodgers and Wendy MacMillan, two EDP document specialists based in Canada, have met the requirements of Xplor International for instructors within the organization’s Continuing Education program – acadami.

As a result of earning this instructor-focused EDP Certification, both Rodgers and MacMillan will begin conducting Transaction Document Specialist School classes in Canada. They will also develop employer-customized versions of the school. Graduates of these schools meet the Education Credit requirements for the Electronic Document Associate (EDA) level in the Xplor Electronic Document Professional (EDP) program.

Wendy MacMillan has been engaged in the transaction document sector for over 25 years, focusing on technical, operational and managerial issues. During this time, she managed the Xplor Canada region. Rebecca Rodgers has been active in transaction mail production for over 20 years, primarily providing consulting services to large Canadian mailers, mail service providers and postal authorities.

To date, close to 200 industry specialists have earned their EDA certification through Xplor International’s acadami program.

Sean Springett, a veteran of offset press technologies, becomes Canadian Sales Manager for manroland Canada Inc. He rejoins manroland after a four-year hiatus, in which he founded and operated his own carbon-fiber business.

“Having successfully operated his own enterprise, Sean brings an entrepreneurial perspective, a thorough understanding of capital equipment sales and industrial plant operation to every customer interaction,” said Michael Mugavero, Managing Director of manroland Inc., who oversees the press maker’s North American operations.

Gina Gigliozzi, manroland Canada’s Manager of Sales Administration, stated, “Albeit Sean has been away from manroland for a few years, he has maintained many solid relationships throughout the Canadian printing industry. In our view, Sean is uniquely qualified to engage the Canadian market in a consultative sales approach.”

“I look forward to the opportunity manroland Sheetfed has afforded me to reintroduce myself to the Canadian printing industry and help manroland customers achieve distinction amongst their competitors and prosper in a tough economic climate,” said Springett.

manroland sheetfed GmbH, established by British industrialist Tony Langley and Langley Holdings plc. in February 2012, with the acquisition of the sheetfed division from insolvent manroland AG, employs around 1,000 people at its headquarters in Offenbach, Germany, and over 2,000 people worldwide, in over 40 subsidiaries.

Antonio Perez, Chairman and CEO of Eastman Kodak Company, yesterday announced a series of organizational changes, including the introduction of new leadership for Kodak’s three primary businesses.

Most prominently, Chief Financial Officer Antoinette McCorvey and Chief Operating Officer Philip Faraci are leaving Kodak, which has been operating in the United States under bankruptcy protection since January 2012.

Rebecca Roof, a managing director of AlixPartners (Kodak’s restructuring advisory firm) becomes Interim Chief Financial Officer of Eastman Kodak to assist in the pursuit of emerging from chapter 11 before the end of 2013.

Kodak also announced plans to layoff an additional 1,000 employees by the end of 2012. The company has reduced its workforce by approximately 2,700 employees worldwide since the beginning of 2012.

“This business structure puts the right people in the right positions to accomplish the key tasks that will help Kodak successfully emerge,” stated Perez.

In addition to Roof’s appointment, Kodak’s new management structure includes Douglas Edwards, who leads Kodak’s Digital Printing and Enterprise unit, and Brad Kruchten, who leads Graphics, Entertainment and Commercial Films unit. Both of these units fit into Kodak’s Commercial, Packaging & Functional Printing Solutions and Enterprise Services business.

Laura Quatela, Kodak’s President, assumes the additional role of President, Personalized Imaging, which is a key asset that Kodak is trying to sell. Dolores Kruchten becomes become President of Document Imaging, which is also up for sale.

Moving forward, Kodak will now report three business segments, including: Digital Printing and Enterprise; Graphics, Entertainment and Commercial Films; and the new segment led by Laura Quatela that includes the two businesses for sale, Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging.

Patrick Bolan, President and CEO of Avanti Computer Systems Ltd. in Toronto, has been appointed to the CIP4 Advisory Board.

Best known for its development of the Job Definition Format (JDF) manufacturing protocol, CIP4 is an organization comprised of print vendors from all ends of the workflow spectrum, consultants, and printers who are focused on process automation. As part of its JDF development, CIP4 tests product interoperability in pre-press, press and post-press.

“Automation has become a critical component of printing and JDF continues to evolve to encompass advances in digital printing, post-press automation, wide-format printing and packaging. MIS systems such as Avanti’s have become the hub of automated printing operations and it is important that CIP4 keep up with the industry and MIS systems,” said CIP4 Executive Director James Harvey. “That’s why Mr. Bolan’s commitment to continue on the CIP4 Advisory Board is important; he brings with him an understanding of what printers need today and in the future.”

Bolan is a representative of the full level class of CIP4 membership, which is comprised mainly of systems and software vendors. He is responsible for Avanti’s corporate strategy and business development.

“Avanti continues to invest in JDF integration and automation, as we add more Web-to-print, pre-press, press and post-press vendors and technologies to our growing roster of integrations,” said Bolan. “Avanti customers are seeing a rapid return on their investments in automation projects as they reduce the turnaround time and eliminate touch-points on the job as it makes its way through production.

Hadi Mahabadi, former Director of the Xerox Research Centre of Canada in Mississauga, Ontario, becomes a member of the Order of Canada for his innovations in polymer science and commitment to promoting scientific development in Canada.

Mahabadi became the Director of the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) in 2004, leading what is arguably the country’s top materials R&D facility until his retirement in September 2011.

Just prior to his stepping down, XRCC in April 2011 reached a massive milestone by developing its 1,500th United States patent. Mahabadi himself generated 86 materials-science patents for Xerox over his 30-plus-year career at the company.

Soon after his retirement from Xerox, Mahabadi founded CanWin Consulting Inc. to provide a range of research services for the development and commercialization of Canadian technology. He is currently President and CEO of CanWin.

Mahabadi has always been very active in promoting scientific development in the country. He continues to sit on numerous boards and committees with organizations like Ontario Centre of Excellence, McMaster Innovation Park, HY-Power Nano, Board of Governance at Ontario College of Arts and Design, Plastic Electronics, Faculty of Applied Sciences at Simon Fraser University, and McGill University.

Established in 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Canada is seen as one of the country’s highest civilian honours. The designation recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to Canada.

Globe Printers of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, has purchased a new Heidelberg Suprasetter 75, equipped with multiple in-line punches and a dual-cassette loader.

Established in 1972, Globe Printers has locations in Abbotsford, British Columbia, and Saskatoon. In addition to its offset production and a range of finishing services, the company also generates print with a toner-based Konica Minolta bizhub PRO, as well as Canon and HP Designjet large-format systems. 

Globe Printers’ new CTP system will run Heidelberg's Saphira thermal plates, which can be pre-punched and of various size. The Suprasetter 75 also provides automatic slip-sheet removal.

Minuteman of Pickering, Ontario, has installed a DigiXpress system into its franchise location, owned by Ash Khan. Purchased through Pressdown Services (PDS), DigiXpress is described as an envelope feeding system, but it works with a range of applications and substrates like post cards, labels, banners and card stock up to 14 points.

The DigiXpress feeds sizes from 3 x 5 inches up to 12 x 18 inches. In addition to duplex printing, DigiXpress also features scan, fax and email capabilities.

In a single pass, DigiXpress can produce around 50 full-colour, personalized envelopes per minute, or up to 36 full-colour 11 x 8.5-inch pages per minute (40 ppm in monochrome). The system has a print resolution of 1,200 x 600 dpi and a monthly duty cycle of 150,000 impressions.

Marc Fortier becomes President of RP Graphics Group, which is a diverse commercial printing operation – with litho, toner, and inkjet production – located in Mississauga, Ontario. The 34-year-old operation is also highly focused on providing variable-data printing, mailing and bindery services, as well as a range of digital marketing.

“Marc’s operational and marketing expertise is specifically focused on print production, database marketing and direct marketing,” said George Mazzaferro, owner of RP Graphics Group. “These represent key growth segments for our company and we look forward to working with Marc on developing new opportunities in these areas.”

Mazzaferro, as a result of Fortier’s appointment, is moving to the position of Chief Executive Officer at RP Graphics. “Mr. Fortier’s appointment will help our company focus on strategic growth as we work to establish ourselves as a full-service provider in the quickly evolving communications industry,” added Mazzaferro.

Fortier has held several high-profile positions within the Canadian printing industry, including time spent as President of TI Group; Executive VP of Business Development and Digital Services at PLM Group; and GM and Director of Sales and Marketing at Transcontinental Yorkville Printing.

“I am thrilled with the opportunity of working with George to lead RP Graphics to the next level,” said Fortier. “This is a solid company with a broad range of services and an excellent toolkit. George has done a great job staying ahead of the technology curve by consistently integrating new equipment and services.”

At the beginning of 2012, RP Graphics installed a new 40-inch Komori GL-640 press with a H-UV drying system. Among a range of equipment, the company also runs a 6-colour Komori LSX29, two iGen4 presses, and two Inca Sypder 320s for large-format work.

Kaz Yamamura becomes the new President of Fujifilm Holdings America Corp., as well as CEO of Fujifilm North America, while Go Miyazaki will now oversee Canadian operations after his promotion to President and COO of Fujifilm North America.

In his new role, Yamamura will also serve as the new Chairman of Fujifilm North America, overseeing the management of 11 Fujifilm companies that operate in the United States. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and Corporate Vice President for Fujifilm Corporation based in Tokyo.

As President and COO of Fujifilm North America, Miyazaki will be responsible for management of the company’s photo imaging, electronic imaging, graphic systems, optical devices and motion picture business, as well as operations for Fujifilm in Canada. Miyazaki previously served as the company’s North American President of the Imaging and Electronic Imaging Divisions.

“Fujifilm is a global brand and business leader known for its commitment to innovation and excellence, and I am honored to serve in this new role,” said Kaz Yamamura. “As Fujifilm continues to diversify its businesses in North America, we remain dedicated to our strong business relationships, and to delivering the highest quality goods and services to our consumers and customers.”

Yamamura has served for more than 36 years at Fujifilm. Prior to his new appointment, Yamamura held several positions, including Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Finance and Accounting Division, and General Manager, Business Strategy Department, Corporate Planning Division, for Fujifilm Holdings Corporation in Japan. He also served as CFO for Fujifilm Europe GmbH.

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG has announced Bernhard Schreier will be stepping down as CEO effective September. He will be replaced by Dr. Gerold Linzbach, who was just unanimously appointed to the role by the company's Supervisory Board.

Schreier will stay on with the company until the end of the year to aid the leadership transition.

Schreier has led Heidelberg through arguably the most tumultuous period of the company's 162-year history. He took on the CEO position 13 years ago, but has spent 37 years with the company.

"I would like to thank Bernhard Schreier for his achievements as Heidelberg CEO," said Robert J. Koehler, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. "He has truly made his mark on the company and has succeeded in guiding it through two major global economic crises and structural upheaval in the printing industry. Particularly in very difficult recent times, he has helped transform Heidelberg from a traditional press manufacturer into a solution and service provider in the print media industry."

Dr. Gerold Linzbach holds a degree in chemistry and a Ph.D in chemical engineering from the University of Dortmund. In 1991 he was a member of Hoescht AG's corporate planning team and later took over leading the company's fibers operations (Trevira GmbH). In 1999, Dr. Linzbach played a leading role in founding Aventis and went on to become global CEO and President of the Celanese Acetate Group based in the United States until 2003. From 2003 to 2005, he was responsible for the textile fibers division INVISTA, also in the United States.

On March 1, 2005, Dr. Linzbach was appointed Chairman and CEO of Symrise AG in Holzminden, Germany. He successfully led it onto the stock market at the end of 2006 and onto the MDAX in March 2007. Dr. Linzbach left the company for personal reasons at the end of June 2009. He was subsequently appointed CEO and Member of the Management Board of D+S Europe and its successor companies in Hamburg.

"In Dr. Gerold Linzbach, we are delighted to have found a successor with international experience to press ahead with the company's strategic reorientation and ensure its return to profitability," added Koehler. "Dr. Linzbach has many years of management and capital market expertise, which will help pave the way for a successful future at Heidelberg."

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