Wendy Cebula, the Chief Operating Officer of VistaPrint, announced she intends to step down from the role in order to spend more time with her family. She will remain with the company in a part-time role within Vistaprint's human resources department.

Cebula has held the role of COO since November 2010. Previous to that, she was in charge of VistaPrint's North American operations.

"I hope to do this for a while," Cebula told the Boston Business Journal. "Some day I can see myself going back to an operations role at VistaPrint or potentially somewhere else."

Cebula has been with VistaPrint since 2000 and oversaw the company's period of rapid growth to become a major Web-to-print vendor. The company has a large manufacturing facility in Windsor, Ontario, but is headquartered in the Netherlands.

Jon Zink becomes the Eastern Regional Sales Manager for Xitron, which develops software for prepress workflows, including products like Navigator Workflow Server, Navigator Direct-to-Film, Navigator Direct-to-Plate, Navigator GPS, Navigator Elite and KeySetter Connect.

“With opportunities in packaging, screen printing, and high-speed digital output, this is a very exciting time to join the organization,” said Zink.

In his new position, Zink will support Xitron’s dealer network in the Eastern United States, as well as the Canadian provinces of Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island. This will include responsibility for developing education, training, and sales assistance programs for Xitron’s dealer network. 

Zink’s prepress expertise is based on previous positions with companies like Kodak, Fujifilm and Xerox. “Jon possesses a unique combination of technology and sales experience,” stated Mark Eisenschenk, Xitron's President and CEO. “His comprehensive understanding of workflow and colour management makes him a welcome addition to our team.”

Thierry Barbeau becomes Presstek’s Print Solutions Sales Manager for Quebec and the Maritimes region. He brings 28 years of printing-industry experience, having most recently worked with manroland Canada, where he sold offset presses into the commercial printing and packaging sectors.

"I am excited that Thierry has elected to join the Presstek team," said Todd Phillips, Presstek's Director of Canada Sales. "He has strong customer relationships within the region and the right skills to grow Presstek's presence.”

Prior to joining manroland in 2002, Barbeau previously worked at Xerox and at Heidelberg Canada as a District Sales Manager.

"I am eager to introduce Presstek solutions to printing companies throughout Eastern Canada," said Barbeau. “I have always admired Presstek's DI technology and believe it is an ideal fit for today's market dynamics.”

Goss International today announced the immediate appointment of Richard Nichols as CEO, replacing Jochen Meissner who has led the press maker since 2008.

Nichols does not have a printing-industry background, having spent the past few years within the executive structures of Terex-Demag Gmbh & Co., which is a large global construction and mining group.

Nichols served as President of the Terex Cranes division from January 2008 to January 2011. He also served as the President of Terex Material Processing and Mining of Terex Corp. from January 2004 to January 2008.

Jochen Meissner had worked at Goss for the past decade, including his four years as CEO. Meissner led the company during its acquisition by the large Chinese conglomerate Shanghai Electric Group. In June 2010, Shanghai Electric took full ownership of Goss, after becoming its largest shareholder one year earlier.

Shanghai Electric, holding more than 40,000 employees and 60 primary manufacturing sites within its group, also owns the Akiyama sheetfed press manufacturing entity.

Within the press release about Nichol’s appointment, Shanghai Electric stated it “believes that the impact of financial crisis will subside and the development of the world economy will bring new opportunities" and that it  "has confidence in Goss and the printing industry and expects Goss to be an even stronger industry leader in the future.”

Toronto-based North Plains, which purchased California-based Xinet in April 2012, added five executives to its management team. The company is also installing a new Office of the CTO to spearhead product development for both its TeleScope and Xinet product lines.

North Plains Systems Holdings has appointed Mohan Taylor as a Principle Consultant to join its new Office of the CTO, which already includes Steve Sauder, CTO, and Scott Seebass, VP of Engineering.

“The formation of the Office of the CTO will enable North Plains to develop truly innovative solutions for enterprises to effectively manage the entire lifecycle of their creative assets in today’s fast-paced, rich media world,” said James Christopher, President and CEO of North Plains.

The company also appointed the following four executives: Anthony Nehme becomes VP of Finance and Administration; Michael Stamler becomes VP of Global Customer Services; Eric Courville becomes Director of Marketing and Alliances; and Theresa Edwards becomes HR Director.

Allegra network, franchisor of brands such as Allegra, American Speedy Printing, Insty-Prints, and Signs Now has appointed Bob Milroy as President of the company's Print/Marketing Division and Ray Palmer as President of the Sign Division.

Milroy, former President of Alexander Marketing, joined the Allegra Network executive team in 2009 as Chief Marketing Officer. 

“Bob has been instrumental in spearheading the training, sales support, internal marketing resources and supplier partnerships that are enabling our franchise members to make the transition to offering broader-based marketing services,” said CEO Mike Marcantonio. “He has made a significant impact in a short amount of time, and his wealth of knowledge and experience will continue to drive new opportunities for our franchise system.”

Most recently president of Columbia, Md.-based Signs By Tomorrow (SBT), Ray Palmer has also assumed the leadership role for Signs Now to become president of the Allegra Network Sign Division. Members of Allegra Network’s investment group, Palmer and SBT Vice President of Operations Andrew Akers, assumed controlling interest in SBT earlier this year. According to the company, Palmer’s appointment as President of Allegra Network’s Sign Division was made as part of a strategic decision to provide executive oversight for both brands, which share very similar business models, though they will remain separate companies with separate support staffs and programs.

“Ray’s industry insights as a multi-unit franchise owner and proven record in the Signs by Tomorrow franchise system will be assets to Signs Now,” said Marcantonio. “During his tenure at the helm of the SBT network, it has enjoyed nearly two years of solid sales growth, a testament to his leadership skills and business acumen.”

The Allegra Network has over 450 locations throughout North America and ranks within the top 200 franchise companies in the world. It was founded in 1976.

KBA Canada has hired industry veteran Mark Norlock to become its Regional Sales Manager, covering the provinces of Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

“I am proud to join KBA in this new capacity and serve the printing industry in Canada where I plan to grow KBA’s installed base and increase market share in Canada,” said Norlock. “KBA has a long tradition of introducing the most productive and innovative printing presses in the industry for both sheetfed and web printing."

Norlock was most recently part of Kodak's inkjet printing solutions sales unit and prior to that served as sales manager for manroland Canada. He also served in other notable graphic arts companies such as Xerox, Scitex, Indigo Canada and Linotype-Hell Canada.

“We welcome Mark to the KBA family,” said Soren Larsen, Senior Vice President of Sales of KBA North America. “His skills, knowledge and strong work ethic will help KBA Canada to continue the positive trend it has shown in recent years and expand our sales in Canada.”

Transcontinental announced the departure of its TC Media President Natalie Larivière. François Olivier, President and Chief Executive Officer of Transcontinental Inc., will take over as the interim head of TC Media on June 29, 2012.

Larivière was named President of the company's Media Sector on August 7, 2006. She previously held the position of CEO of Quebecor Media's Book Publishing Group.

"It has been a privilege to work with experts and seasoned professionals who are creative, passionate about media and marketing, and eager to provide top-of-the-line communication products," said Larivière. "I thank them for their support over the past six years. Together we have made a vital contribution to the growth and success of TC Media, and I am very proud of this. I am leaving a fine organization and have many good memories. It is now time for me to turn to other career challenges."

"Over the past six years, Natalie has piloted numerous projects that have enhanced the TC Media offering by creating magazines, integrating digital platforms, producing TV content and developing interactive marketing solutions for advertisers and consumers," said François Olivier. "Natalie leaves us with a solid team with whom we will continue to pursue our growth. On behalf of the other members of senior management, I thank her for her support and wish her every success in her future endeavours."

Alan Hall becomes the Regional Sales Director for Unisource Canada’s Printing Paper Business Unit in Western Canada. He is to specifically focus on Unisource’s activities in the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. 

“Al Hall, who will be based in Calgary, is a well-respected, familiar figure in the Western Canada paper market,” said Tom Deighton, who was recently appointed as Vice President of Sales for Unisource’s Printing Paper Strategic Business Unit.

Hall joins Unisource with more than 32 years of industry experience, at both the distribution and mill levels. His appointment comes less than four weeks after Unisource announced the opening of a new 118,000-square-foot facility in Edmonton.

“This new warehouse and office facility positions Unisource Canada to better service our customers’ needs in the Alberta market with access to the best products from leading manufacturers,” said Dan Barbagallo, President of Unisource Canada.

The new Edmonton facility is to replace a 25,000-square-foot building that for the past 10 years received most of its inventory from Unisource’s 250,000-square-foot warehouse based in Calgary.

Martin Brodigan becomes Chairman and CEO of Ricoh Americas, after spending the past couple of years overseeing the company’s sales and service channels in the United States, Canada and Latin America.

Based in West Caldwell, New Jersey, Ricoh Americas is part of Tokyo’s massive Ricoh Group, which operates in more than 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2012, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,903 billion yen (approximately $23 billion).

Brodigan succeeds Kevin Togashi, who is taking on a new role within Ricoh Group in Japan. “Martin is a talented leader with a broad base of sales, operations and financial experience to lead Ricoh Americas Corporation going forward,” stated Togashi. “His unwavering commitment to our customers, dealers and our employees, along with his knowledge of the industry and emerging market trends, will be a great asset.”

Brodigan has spent the past 20 years of his career at Ricoh. Most recently, he served as Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer for Ricoh Americas, from where he oversaw North and Latin American sales and service channels. He has also served as Chief Financial Officer for Ricoh Americas for two years since 2010, while acting as President and CEO of Ricoh’s United States operations from 2007 to 2010. Brodigan has also held assignments in Europe and Canada, and led Ricoh’s global services business.

“I am both honoured and excited to lead Ricoh Americas Corporation,” stated Brodigan. “Today, Ricoh has one of the industry’s broadest portfolios of products and services, a team of talented and experienced employees and a strong network of dealers. We have a compelling vision for the future and will continue to transform our business model to provide our customers with the integrated services, expertise and technology they need to help manage information and workflow throughout their organizations.”

Ricoh describes itself as a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services.

Carey Smith becomes Vice President and General Manager for Rhino Print Solutions’ facility in Calgary, Alberta. His experience within the manufacturing sector is based on previous roles with General Electric, Nedco and, more recently, as VP and GM for Calgary-based Bedford Industries.

“Carey is a hands-on manager with a broad knowledge base and great customer skills,” said David Allan, CEO of Rhino Print. “His willingness to collaborate with clients while maximizing operational efficiency will be a great asset to us.”

Based in Vancouver, BC, Rhino Print runs 12-, 8-, 6- and 5-colour offset presses across its manufacturing platform, as well as various toner and wide-format systems, and a large in-house bindery.

“I am very excited to join the Rhino team,” said Carey. “Their reputation in the commercial print industry is second to none, and their cross-platform expertise in colour management is both innovative and indicative of their unrivaled customer focus.”

Industry veteran Michael Mugavero, who established close ties to Canada’s printing community over his 42-year career, becomes Managing Director and CEO for manroland sheetfed GmbH's Canadian and United States operations.

In February 2012, manroland sheetfed GmbH was created by U.K.-based Langley Holdings, a privately owned British engineering group, which purchased the sheetfed operations – including the Offenbach manufacturing facility and international marketing organization (present in over 40 countries) – of manroland AG.

“We were driven to simplify,” stated Mugavero on news of his appointment. “By flattening our organization we dramatically improved internal efficiencies; thereby creating a new leaner, more responsive and empowered market facing organization to ensure our customers receive world-class products and services, with customer satisfaction as the key metric. In light of the economic challenges the market has faced in recent times, we believe a more engaged consultative approach will translate into helping customers make better strategic investment decisions and achieving better bottom-line results.”

The Executive Management Team for manroland sheetfed in North America is rounded out by Jon Surch, VP of Sheetfed Service Operations, responsible for all PRINTVALUE functions, parts, service, printcom and machine retrofits. Mugavero, meanwhile, has also accepted a position on the manroland Inc. Board of Directors.

“Michael had spent 22 years in the printing industry prior to joining manroland in 1992 and brings not only an understanding but an empathy for the challenges printers face,” says Gina Gigliozzi, Manager of Sales and Office Administration, for manroland’s Canadian operation based in Vaughan, Ontario.

“Over the years, Michael has always been very supportive of the Canadian Graphics community,” continues Gigliozzi. “He understands and appreciates the various nuances of doing business in Canada. We believe, under Michael's leadership, both our customers and manroland will exceed business objectives and expectations.”

Mugavero began his graphic communications career in 1970, working part-time for a commercial printer while attending college. Fifteen years later, he was named President of the company, where he stayed for two and a half years, before taking an ownership position with a trade shop.

Three years later, in 1992, after the trade shop was purchased, Mugavero joined German press maker manroland as one of its North American sales representatives. By 1999, he was named the first regional General Manager of manroland Inc., responsible for the Northeast United States and Canada. He eventually worked for another press manufacturer for three years, before rejoining manroland in 2007. Until today’s appointment, Mugavero had been serving as manroland’s Vice President of Sales, Canada and Eastern United States.

Within North America, manroland sheetfed GmbH will work closely with manroland web systems GmbH, also purchased in February by L. Possehl & Co. In March, Possehl appointed Roland Ortbach to lead a new North American sales entity called manroland web systems Inc.

Like Mugavero, Ortbach has close ties to Canadian printing, having started his management career as Director of Operations with manroland in Canada in 1991. Ortbach joined Sears (part of the Miller Company in Canada) as a salesman in 1984.

Tom Deighton becomes Vice President of Unisource Canada’s Printing Paper Strategic Business Unit. He joined Unisource Canada in 1991 and has since held various sales management roles within the company’s printing paper, national accounts and facility supply segments.

In 2010, Deighton left his position as General Sales Manager in the prairies and re-located to Toronto to work as Unisource Canada’s Director of Sales Effectiveness. In mid-2011, he was appointed Vice President of Sales Operations, responsible for customer service and merchandising.

“Tom Deighton is well known in the paper industry throughout Canada and I look forward to working with him as we implement our business strategies,” said Dan Barbagallo, President of Unisource Canada. “He brings a wealth of experience and the leadership skills necessary to drive strong sustainable growth in the printing papers category.”

Jim Sause takes on a critical new sales role following his promotion to Executive Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for Agfa Graphics North America, based in Elmwood Park, New Jersey. He previously served as Executive VP of Business Development and Marketing for the company.

Before joining Agfa Graphics, Sause was President of U.S. distribution giant Pitman Company, which Agfa purchased in mid-2010.

He began his career with Pitman in 1991 and held various positions within the company including Operations Manager-New York District, Regional Operations Manager-NE and Executive Vice-President. 

Sause earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from St. John's University and was a member of the Pitman Board of Directors for more than three years.

Denver-based Newspapers & Technology, a monthly trade magazine for the newspaper industry, published excerpts from a leaked manroland memo to employees notifying them about the departure of Vince Lapinski, CEO of manroland North America.

Executives at the North American operation were unable to comment on the sudden decision, which comes a few weeks after manroland emerged from administration. The German press maker’s sheetfed business was purchased by Langley Holdings plc, while the web press business was bought by L. Possehl & Co.

Lapinski joined manroland 22 years ago and was named as CEO of manroland North America in January 2007.

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