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.

TC Transcontinental Inc., during its annual shareholders’ meeting in Montreal, paid tribute to its patriarch and co-founder, Rémi Marcoux, who, as previously announced, is now succeeded by his daughter, Isabelle Marcoux, as the new Chair of the Board.

“My dream was to found a company that was built on my values and that would last for a long time. Every day I have had the great pleasure of realizing this dream,” stated Rémi Marcoux, during his address to the shareholders. He founded the company in 1976, with business partners Claude Dubois and André Kingsley. “In addition to enjoying seeing Transcontinental grow, I also have a great feeling of pride. We are members of the select group that has been in business for 35 years or more, and this is a wonderful achievement.

“It shows our ability to weather storms and change,” Marcoux continued. “We had to adapt, anticipate trends, transform ourselves and take calculated risks. In this period when the print, media and marketing communications industries are in a state of transformation, I am certain that Transcontinental will continue to find excellent opportunities for growth.” Marcoux will remain a director on the Board.

Isabelle Marcoux, Transcontinental’s Vice President of Corporate Development, has been Vice Chair of the Board since 2008. She spoke to shareholders about her father’s legacy: “Rémi is giving us a company with assets which place it in an excellent position for the future: sustained growth, loyal and satisfied customers, a strong corporate culture based on the values of innovation, respect, performance and teamwork, a low debt level, a commitment to sustainable and responsible development and excellent corporate governance.”

Addressing the shareholders about the current state of Transcontinental, François Olivier, President and CEO, said, “I would describe 2011 as a year of major change at Transcontinental. We have redefined the basis of our future development. Whether this involved modernizing our values, positioning and our new branding; or setting up programs to promote innovation; or markedly improving the performance of our print network; or announcing the acquisition of Quad/Graphics Canada; or amalgamating our Media and Interactive sectors, we have had a single aim throughout: to serve our customers better.”

Olivier noted how TC Transcontinental Printing has seen more than $700 million in capital investments in recent years, particularly in a new hybrid press platform. The company also expects to generate an additional $40 million in operating income in the next 12 to 24 months specifically from the acquisition of Quad/Graphics Canada. Digital and interactive marketing operations account for about 10 percent of TC Transcontinental’s consolidated revenues, or close to $200 million.

On February 21, Transcontinental announced that it has put in place a new $400 million five-year unsecured revolving credit facility that expires in February 2017. “We are very pleased that our financial partners continue to demonstrate their confidence in our company, strategy and prospects,” stated Nelson Gentiletti, Chief Financial and Development Officer. “This agreement provides us with the flexibility we need to pursue our strategic plan and also recognizes our disciplined approach to financial management, including our strong balance sheet with a net debt to EBITDA ratio of 1.4x, our cash flow generating ability and our investment grade credit rating.” 

Two months after filing for bankruptcy protection, manroland continues to make strides in its restructuring, which included splitting the company in two along web press and sheetfed press manufacturing lines. 

L. Possehl & Co., the investors who took control of manroland’s Offenbach facility to restructure the operation as manroland web systems GmbH, has introduced a new management team, including:

Uwe Lüders
L. Possehl & Co. mbH, Lübeck, Managing Director

Uwe Lüders, born in 1952, has been Chairman of the Board of Possehl group since April 2004. In his last position before Possehl, Lüders was Chairman of the Board of Buderus AG in Wetzlar. He transitionally takes over the management of manroland web systems GmbH.

Peter Kuisle
manroland web systems GmbH, Sales, Service, and Marketing

Peter Kuisle, born in 1960, has been VP Sales Web Printing Systems and Product Marketing for many years. He is responsible for the worldwide sales activities of newspaper printing systems and commercial presses. In addition to the sales division, Kuisle leads the service and marketing divisions of manroland web systems GmbH.

Franz Gumpp
manroland web systems GmbH, Purchasing and Production 

Franz Gumpp, born in 1966, previously led the inner assembly and technical services departments at manroland’s Augsburg production site and in his last position was responsible for the junction of the inner assembly of web press components in the production business unit. Within manroland web systems GmbH, Gumpp is responsible for the purchasing and production divisions.

Dieter Betzmeier
manroland web systems GmbH, Order processing and Technology

Dieter Betzmeier, born in 1960, was lecturer for machine elements at the IHK Augsburg (chamber for trade and commerce) as well as Project Manager and engineer in the newspaper press division for many years. Betzmeier also previously served as Project Leader for News International, which produces one million newspapers per hour. He takes over the technology and order processing divisions at manroland web systems GmbH.

Dr. Daniel Raffler
manroland web systems GmbH, Human Resources and Company Development

Dr. Daniel Raffler, born in 1975, has been responsible for corporate strategy, strategy development, and Mergers & Acquisitions. He was Managing Director of manroland Poland Sp. z o.o. and in charge of the commercial controlling of the national manroland companies in USA, Central and Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Japan, and Korea. Raffler takes over the human resources and company development divisions of manroland web systems GmbH.

Dirk Rauh
manroland web systems GmbH, Commercial divisions

Dirk Rauh, born in 1970, was Commercial Director of the Plauen works and later took over the management of the controlling division of the web press business unit for the Augsburg and Plauen sites. He takes over the commercial management of manroland web systems GmbH.

Jeff Jacobson, recently Chairman and CEO of Presstek, has left his position to head up Xerox Global Graphic Communications.

Jacobson served as Presstek's President and CEO since 2007 and also became Chairman in 2009. He was responsible for guiding Presstek through the recent global financial crisis, as well as through the release of the company's flagship 75DI press. He will be replaced by Stanley Freimuth, who will take over effective next Monday.

"I am thrilled to be joining Presstek," said Freimuth in a statement. "I want to thank Jeff Jacobson who has done an outstanding job of steering the company through the most difficult waters in the memory of our industry and emerging still on course and once again picking up steam. I look forward to working with the amazing team at Presstek as together we help our customers succeed by bringing them the best digital solutions in the marketplace."

Presstek CFO, Jeff Cook, also departed Presstek, taking up the position of Chief Financial Officer at Schweitzer-Mauduit International (SWM), a specialty paper manufacturer which deals with applications such as cigarette paper and hemp straw.

Jacobson's new role at Xerox will have him lead the company's worldwide strategy, operations, product development, marketing, sales and support of Xerox' production systems.

Jacobson, prior to joining Presstek, also led Eastman Kodak's Graphic Communications Group. He also served as President of Kodak Polychrome Graphics, a joint venture between Sun Chemical and Kodak.

Kevin Edwards becomes a Field Service Technician for the Display Graphics sector of Fujifilm Canada. Edwards, who received a formal education in Electromechanical Engineering, developed his inkjet-oriented service experience while working at Toronto-based Gandi Innovations, which was purchased by Agfa in late-2009.

Based in Mississauga, Ontario, Fujifilm Canada and its Graphic Systems division, has regional offices in Montreal and Vancouver.

Michael Kummert, on April 1, 2012, is to become Executive Vice President of Production for German press maker Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA). He is to takeover production responsibilities from company President and CEO, Claus Bolza-Schünemann, at KBA’s primary sheetfed and web press factories in Radebeul and Würzburg.

Kummert (49) will also be responsible for continuing the integration of KBA’s other domestic and foreign production plants in the recently expanded internal group supply network. After its realignment over the past couple of years, KBA explains the move is the result of the supervisory board’s objective to expand the management board with a production expert in order to boost efficiency, cut costs and target new fields of activity.

Kummert was recruited from global roller-bearing manufacturer SKF in Schweinfurt, which he joined in 1990 after taking an engineering degree at the technical university in Karlsruhe, Germany, majoring in production technology. With SKF, he reorganized manufacturing processes and the restructuring of production plants in various capacities. His last appointment with SKF was as head of a new business unit for large and taper roller bearings with a workforce of around 1,000.

Pressdown Services Inc., a Scarborough, Ontario, distributor of offset and toner printing technologies, appointed Brett Kisiloski as Sales Manager, responsible for all sales across Canada.

Pressdown Services (PDS) focuses its distribution on both new and used equipment, as well as parts supply. The company carries computer-to-plate technology, such as the Inkjet-based PlateWriter 2000 system, rollers for most offset press models, and a range of consumables products like blankets, ink, and fountain solution.

The company also distributes two versions of the DigiXpress Digital Envelope Press, which feeds envelopes sizes of up to 12 x 18 inches, and provides full-colour, variable-data production in one pass.

Standard Finishing Systems announced what it describes as four key management changes, along with one staffing addition, as the Andover, Massachusetts, company begins the New Year.

Mark Hunt has been named to the new position of Director, Strategic Alliances, to work with Standard’s sales team in developing relationships with technology partners, suppliers, and key customers. He has held several positions at Standard since joining the company in 1991.

Don Dubuque, who joined Standard in 1998 as Product Manager, assumes full responsibility for the marketing team in his new capacity as Senior Marketing Manager. 

Paul Steinke, who has over 30 years of postpress experience, moves his focus from regional sales to become Standard’s new National Account Manager, providing individualized sales attention to key accounts. In this capacity, he joins the company’s existing National Account Manager, Bruce Beiderman.

Dan Desmond has been promoted to Business Manager, VIVA Inspection and KAS Mailing Systems. Since joining Standard in 1991, he has held management positions in service, sales and marketing.

Jack Mathews joins Standard Finishing as Business Manager, Office Production Systems, to focus on the company’s reprographic and entry-level finishing systems portfolio through dealer channels. He most recently worked as a sales manager for Baumfolder, and has over 20 years of graphic arts industry experience.

Muller Martini Canada celebrated the retirement of industry stalwart Cyndie Crysler, who spent 25 years with the technology company and was a tremendous contributor to the Canadian printing community.

“The people in the printing industry are simply the best. They have made my career an absolute joy,” says Crysler. “I have been very fortunate to have had a career I loved for many years.”

Prior to Muller Martini, Crysler worked for a small advertising firm before starting up her own agency to specialize in the development of business-to-business campaigns. Her agency worked with several significant companies like Heidelberg Canada, Canadian Fine Color, Compugraphics and Muller Martini.

Crysler continued to focus on brand develop for her first eight years with Muller Martini Canada, but in 1994, based on her burgeoning post-press expertise, she began to sell finishing technology in the Toronto area. Her success in Canada’s toughest printing market was soon expanded to customers in Ottawa, the Maritime Provinces and then, over the past few years, British Columbia and Alberta.

Terry Brown has been hired by Canadian Printing Equipment to serve as a Field Technician to support technology installations in the province of Ontario and across Eastern Canada. 

For a number of years, Brown had been working with Winnipeg-based Canadian Printing Equipment (CPE) on Ryobi press installations across Canada. Now a full-time employee of CPE, he will continue to focus on Ryobi installations, which CPE distributes, while also increasing the company’s presence in Eastern Ontario.

“We are excited to have Terry as part of our team and be to able to offer his services to eastern Canadian printers,” said Ken McCallum, President of CPE. “Bringing the same level of professional installations, maintenance and emergency service is important for us to support Eastern Canada along with our strong footprint in Western Canada.”

St. Louis-based flexo press manufacturer Mark Andy has named PJ Desai as its new CEO, replacing Paul Brauss, who is retiring from the company after 12 years.

Desai formerly spent several years at chemical giant Monsanto, managing business groups before taking on the positions of CFO, President and CEO. He has a chemical engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Brauss, who retired effective January 1, arrived at Mark Andy in 1998 and took over as CEO in 2003. He retains his position as an executive member of the board. 

“Paul has put us on the path for growth and robust profitability for the current and next generation of products from Mark Andy and Rotoflex,” said Kevin Wilken, COO of Mark Andy. “He has provided the leadership necessary to thrive in changing times.”

Over the span of just a few days in mid-December, three directors on Eastman Kodak’s board resigned their posts, including the December 21 departures of Adam Clammer and Herald Chen.

A day after the resignations of Clammer and Chen, who both joined the board in 2009 to represent New York private equity firm KKR & Co, Kodak appointed its general counsel, Laura Quatela, as President to serve alongside existing President, Philip Faraci. Patrick Sheller, the company’s Secretary, Chief Compliance Officer and Deputy General Counsel succeeds Quatela as General Counsel.

Seven days after the appointment of Quatela as President, a third Kodak board member, Laura Tyson, also resigned her post. Since releasing its 2011 third quarter results, Kodak has been attempting to sell pieces of its patents portfolio.

Océ, part of the Canon Group, has appointed Patrick Chapuis as the President and CEO of Océ North America effective January 1. Chapuis succeeds Joseph Skrzypczak who will retire in 2012. Chapuis is currently the President of Wide Format Printing Systems for Océ North America, a role he has held for the past eight years.

Rokus van Iperen, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Océ N.V., said, “Patrick Chapuis is well qualified to lead Océ North America, the largest operating company of the worldwide Océ Group. He has decades of experience in both wide- and narrow-format printing in North America and Europe, and has consistently delivered outstanding results. I am confident that under his leadership Océ North America will continue to prosper."

In his new role, Chapuis will oversee North American sales, marketing, service, operations, finance and support functions. Océ North America is comprised of the Document Printing Systems division, which serves the office, education and government markets; the Production Printing Systems division, which serves the transaction and graphic arts markets; and the Wide Format Printing Systems division, which serves the architectural, engineering, construction and display graphics markets.

After announcing intentions to enter the Canadian market in early 2011, 4over Inc. states it will begin producing work out of a Mississauga facility on December 5, after the hiring Tom Hogan as Plant Manager several weeks ago.

A graduate of the engineering program at Niagara College, Hogan previously held senior production roles in various printing-industry sectors, including the newspaper sector, plastic-card manufacturing, sheetfed offset and bindery.

Hogan played a key role in the printing of The Globe and Mail newspaper with outsourcing production to Interweb Ontario. He was also involved with the start-up and development of Transcontinental Metropolitain, which produces La Presse newspaper in Montreal.

Describing itself as North America’s largest trade printer, 4over lists 440,000 square feet of office and production space in eight American states. The company describes its Mississauga facility as a 40,000-square-foot space. A 4over spokesperson announced plans to begin live production at the Mississauga plant this coming Monday, December 5.

With its pending start-up in Canada, 4over exhibited at the recent Graphics Canada trade show held in Mississauga. “The reception we received was fantastic,” said Zarik Megerdichian, CEO of 4over. “Bringing the same levels of quality and service we provide in the U.S. to our Canadian customers has been one of our top priorities for some time, and this reception proved it was the right choice.”

Steve McCartney becomes an Account Manager for the graphic arts division of Fujifilm Canada’s Central Region. Fujifilm Canada is based in Mississauga Ontario, with regional offices in Montreal and Vancouver.

McCartney has more than 18 years of sales and management experience in the graphic communications industry. He once held an ownership position in a Canadian commercial printing company.

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