Appointments

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."






Charles Murray has been appointed President of Sun Chemical's North American Inks division, replacing Brian Leen, who is leaving the graphic-arts industry after an 18-year career at Sun Chemical. Leen led the company’s North American business since 2008.

With 27 years of printing-industry experience, Murray most recently worked as Managing Director and Corporate VP of Sun Chemical’s business in the UK, Ireland and Nordic markets, since 2004.
 
“Charles is very familiar with the issues and challenges currently impacting Sun Chemical’s customers in North America, because those same trends are facing our customers in Northern Europe,” said Rudi Lenz, President and CEO, Sun Chemical.
 
For five consecutive years, Murray appeared as one of PrintWeek’s “Power 100,” a list of the most powerful people in print in the United Kingdom. He ranked in position #33 on the list in 2010.
 
Prior to joining Sun Chemical in 1998, Murray ran multiple packaging print converters across Europe for Courtaulds Plc. He also worked as the managing director of a flexible packaging converter.

Murray became the youngest general manager in the history of Associated British Foods, where he worked after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business studies from the University of Edinburgh. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration.




Axel Kaufmann is to become the Chief Financial Officer of Koenig & Bauer AG effective October 1, 2010. At age 40 today, he previously served with Helsinki- and Munich-based Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), which was formed out a June 2006 merger. This created one of the world's largest telecommunications equipment suppliers, with Nokia Siemens Networks operating in approximately 200 countries worldwide, employing some 60,000 people.

In his most recent roll with NSN, Kaufmann was head of finance and control for almost three years with responsibility over several global NSN business units. Prior to the merger, he worked with Siemens operations in Germany and abroad for more than 10 years. This included positions as head of finance at a software business unit of Mobile Networks, head of business administration at the supply chain division for Siemens’ European plants, CFO at a shared services unit in the United States, and director of business development at Procurement and Logistics Services in Munich.

Kaufmann began his career as a trainee at Deutsche Bank, with secondments to New York and Toronto. This was followed by a BA in business administration at Würzburg University and a masters degree in international business at Paderborn University, where he also gained a PhD in banking and finance.





Ken Moodie, Karl Schumacher and Scott Tait, all formerly of Fujifilm Canada, have joined the Sign and Display Graphics division of Vaughan, Ontario-based PaperlinX Canada Ltd.

PaperlinX is recognized primarily as a paper merchant, but over the past couple of years the company, with its global headquarters in Australia, has been expanding to supply materials and services in growing sectors of the printing industry.

“PaperlinX Canada has built a strong foundation of business diversification as a key component to our strategic plan,” says Gord Saray, Director of Business Development for Eastern Canada. “The Sign and Display Graphics segment is a critical pillar in this foundation. Our team remains focused on providing value to our customers through viable equipment, media and consumable solutions.

Within the company's Canadian Sign and Display Graphics division, Moodie, Schumacher and Tait join existing team members Andrea Leven-Marcon and Sandra Ondas.



HP CEO Mark Hurd has resigned upon the revelation that he had an inappropriate relationship with a female contractor, plus manipulated expense reports to cover up the affair.

Hurd said: “As the investigation progressed, I realized there were instances in which I did not live up to the standards and principles of trust, respect and integrity that I have espoused at HP and which have guided me throughout my career. After a number of discussions with members of the board, I will move aside and the board will search for new leadership. This is a painful decision for me to make after five years at HP, but I believe it would be difficult for me to continue as an effective leader at HP and I believe this is the only decision the board and I could make at this time. I want to stress that this in no way reflects on the operating performance or financial integrity of HP.”

CFO Cathie Lesjak has been named interim CEO. She has been with the company for 24 years and will retain her duties as CFO during this interim period.

HP's stock price fell 7.6 percent on Friday at the news of the resignation.

Hurd has been CEO at HP since 2005 and also served as Chairman of the Board since 2006. His severance, according to the Wall Street Journal, will include cash and stock payments of up to US$35 million.


Dr. Hans-Bernhard Bolza-Schünemann, former longstanding President of KBA has died at the age of 84.

Born into a family of merchants who had been engaged in the printing and publishing trade in the city of Bremen for many generations, Bolza-Schünemann joined KBA as a design engineer after he gained a PhD in mechanical engineering at the Technical University in Stuttgart. That same year he joined Koenig & Bauer in Würzburg as a design engineer.

He was appointed as President of KBA in 1971, a post he would hold for 24 years. In 1995, at the age of 69, he joined KBA's supervisory board, where he served as Deputy Chairman until 2006.

Over 250 patents bear Bolza-Schünemann’s signature, and he played a decisive role in major technological advances. These included the development of a multicolour sheetfed gravure press, the Rembrandt MT III, in the 1950s, a high-speed letterpress machine, the Rotafolio, in the 1960s, the world’s widest newspaper press, the Jumbo-Courier, in the 1970s, and the first Rapida sheetfed offset press, also in the 1970s, whose 15,000sph output was way ahead of its time.

KBA describes Bolza-Schünemann as a visionary entrepreneur, indefatigable inventor, globally respected master of press engineering and a dedicated patron of the arts.


Presstek has announced it has named Joe Demharter, former President of Pitman, to lead the sales efforts of the company in the United States and Canada. Demharter will report to Jeff Jacobson, Presstek Chairman, President and CEO.

"Joe Demharter is one of the most respected leaders in the graphic arts industry," said Jacobson in a release. "During his eight years as President of Pitman, the largest distributor of pre-press equipment and supplies in North America, he led the company through a period of dramatic sales growth. During his 38 years in the graphic arts business, he has earned an enviable reputation for his industry knowledge, sales leadership and customer focus. We are excited that he has elected to join our management team and are confident that he will make a significant and positive impact."

Mark Levin, Presdient of the Americas Region, will be departing from Presstek to pursue other opportunities. "Mark Levin is a talented, hard working and widely respected executive, and we appreciate his contributions to Presstek over the past few years," said Jacobson.

Van Son Holland Ink Corp. of America, based in Islandia, New York, has promoted Joe Bendowski to the position of Cheif Executive Officer. 

Bendowski, who previously served as President of the North American division, maintains his seat on the board of directors for the worldwide operations Van Son Group of Companies. In his new role, he will also focus on potential expansion for the global organization.

Van Son has promoted John Sammis as President, assuming direct leadership of all company functions.

As well, former National Sales Manger John Bendowski becomes Vice President of Sales and Marketing, which is the position previously held by Sammis.


Dr. Martin Habekost, a professor with Ryerson University's Graphic Communications Management program, has been elected as one of the new board members for the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA). The association is dedicated to furthering print-technology research, with more than 300 individual members and 15 active student chapters worldwide.

Habekost will serve as TAGA's Vice President of Education until 2013, along with new board members Alexandra Pekarovicova from Western Michigan University and John Sweeney from FineEye Color Solutions. Continuing on with the board are: Don Duncan, Wikoff Color; Chuck Gehman, Mimeo.com; David Niles, Sappi Fine Paper; Wandee Poolpol, Eckart America; Hal Stratton, manroland; Liam O辿ara, Clemson University; and Yung-Cheng Hsieh of the National Taiwan University of the Arts

"I am impressed with the level of the presentation and the quality of research taking part in this industry," stated Habekost, in a press release. "I am particularly impressed by student publications being shown. The students are the future of our industry."

This year, Ryerson's student TAGA chapter captured the Helmut Kipphan Cup, for the second time in three years, based on the production of 100-plus-page research publication about emerging printing technologies. Habekost, along with Ryerson professor Jason Lisi, oversaw the efforts of Ryerson student chapter, also known as ryeTAGA.

Ken Kisner has been named President of INX Digital International Co., while also assuming the positions of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer. Kisner, 42, has more than 20 years expertise in the imaging market and is a member of NAPIM, the Specialty Graphics Imaging Association, Print Industry Networking Group, Digital Printing and Inkjet Printing Professionals.

"Ken, who most recently served as President of INX Digital Americas and has demonstrated tremendous leadership for a long time, is the right choice for President of our global resources and organization," stated Rick Clendenning, CEO of INX Digital, in a press release. "He understands the aspects of our business and did an excellent job in helping us bring together all of the companies that comprise INX Digital over the last couple of years."

INX Digital International and INX International Ink now represent the combined resources of their parent company, Sakata INX of Japan, and operate facilities in the United States, China and Europe. INX Digital International manufactures and distributes inkjet inks and toners for a variety of markets.

In the printing space, INX products are primarily used in applications for billboards, banners, vehicle and building wraps, and other forms of large-format output.

"This is an exciting time to be involved with digital printing, and we are well positioned to help drive new technologies into regional markets with our strategic manufacturing locations in the U.S., Czech Republic, China and India," stated Kisner.



Brenda Nault joins the management team of Rhino Print Solutions, as the commercial printing company's new Marketing Manager.

Led by David Allan, Rhino Print operates facilities in both Calgary and Vancouver, while Nault with be based out the company's Calgary location.

Before joining Rhino Print, Nault was the principal of a consulting company, called Generate Communications, focusing on corporate communications, public relations and marketing services. She specialized in helping companies improve their environmental and social-community image.

Prior to operating her consulting company, Nault worked as a marketing-communications manager with small- to mid‐sized companies.




Bryan Hall becomes a Display Graphics Sales Specialist for the Western region of Fujifilm Canada's Graphic Systems Division.

Hall has more than 20 years of printing-industry experience, including his work in the wide-format arena, which also involved ink and media sales. He joins Fujifilm after most recently working with Mondrian Hall.











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.
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