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Thunderbird PressAfter 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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