Scott Bloxham becomes Regional Sales Manager Canada for ink manufacturer Flint Group, which created the position to better serve the Canadian printing market.

Based in Luxembourg, Flint Group is the result of the late-2005 merger between XSYS Print Solutions and Flint Ink Corporation. The parent company generated revenues of € 2.2 billion (US$2.9 billion) in 2010 and employs around 7,300 people, worldwide.

Bloxham is to primarily focus on the flexographic printing market, into which Flint sells its line of nyloflex photopolymer plates, rotec sleeves and adapters. Bloxham has nearly 20 years of flexography experience based on his previous positions as a press operator, CSR and technical sales representative.

“The addition of Scott to our team in Canada further strengthens and renews our efforts to develop Flint Group's business in this major market,” said Jim Rogers, Vice President and General Manager, Flint Group Flexographic Products, North America.

Tony Karg, Director of Business Development and Marketing at Fujifilm Canada Graphic Systems, this week began a 2-month assignment at Fujifilm’s corporate office in Tokyo. The company would not release any details about Karg’s assignment in Japan, but he is expected to return for a second Tokyo stint at the end of 2011.

Prior to his current position, Karg served as Product Marketing Manager with the Graphics Systems division of Fujfilm Canada, as well as its Product Manager for the division’s Digital Workflow operations. In addition to working at the Tokyo head office, Karg will also access the recently developed Fujifilm Advanced Research Laboratories (FARL).

Measuring 56,000 square metres and employing around 600 people, FARL was opened in 2006 to investigate Fujifilm’s interests in organic synthesis, thin multi-layer coatings, precision micro-machining, lens design, lasers, printing, and image processing. FARL is divided into four interconnected laboratories, including the Advanced Marking Research Laboratory that focuses on printing technology.

While Karg is away on assignment, Brian Ellis has been chosen to look after Fujfilm Canada’s marketing duties for the Graphic Systems division. Ellis previously served as Director of Marketing for Heidelberg Canada.

Robert Beaudoin becomes the Western Canada Sales Manager for NuStream Graphic Inc. His appointment signals a national expansion for the Montreal-based technology distributor, which focuses on offset-, wide-format- and flexography-based production, as well as finishing and software technologies.

NuStream Graphic is represented in Quebec by Sales Manager Steve Daigle and in Ontario by Sales Manager Jonathan Rogers.

Beaudoin is a 25-year veteran of the Canadian printing industry. He most recently served as a Regional Manager for Ernest Green and Son Ltd. Beaudoin has also held various technical support and account management positions with Graphic Resources, Heidelberg Canada and Fujifilm Canada.

Agfa has named Brian Paradis to become Business Manager for Central (Ontario) and Western Region Sales. Paradis had been Agfa Canada's Western Region Business Manager for the last 7 years, and prior to that spent 17 years in the commercial printing industry in Canada. This expanded role now includes oversight of both the Ontario and Western Canadian market for Agfa Canada's graphics and inkjet sales team.

"Agfa is coming off a good year in 2010 despite a down market; in large part due to our continued success with chem-free and low-chem plate technologies," says Paradis. "When I consider that, as well as the fact that our Canadian made Jeti Wide Format Inkjet manufacturing facility in Toronto is now fully ramped up, I'm really looking forward to working with our customer base and sales team in Ontario this year." 

Brian Ellis has been hired by Mississauga-based Fujifilm Canada in a consulting role as Marketing Manager for the company’s Graphic Systems division.

Formerly the Director of Marketing for Heidelberg Canada, Ellis is to focus on market intelligence and customer relationship management for Fujifilm Canada. In addition to its Mississauga headquarters, Fujifilm Canada has regional offices in Montreal and Vancouver.

“Our customers benefit from our proven technologies, supplies and services, but now we are in a position to further enhance our clients’ overall experience with us with a higher focus on their individual needs,” said Stefan Biasi, VP of Fujifilm Canada’s Graphic Systems division.

In August 2010, manroland reached an agreement to represent and distribute printing equipment manufactured by Tensor Group, including the company’s T-400BE, T-460, T-400 and T-1400 single-wide presses and H-50, H-50 HD and T-1 folders.

manroland has now appointed two printing industry veterans, Keith Kandrashoff and Thierry Barbeau, to look after the sale of these systems across Canada.

Kandrashoff, who has worked in the industry for over 30 years, joined manroland in 1993 as a Regional Sales Manager. He will now represent the Tensor Group web products for most of Ontario (excluding the Ottawa Region) and all provinces west of Ontario.

Barbeau has been in the Canadian graphic arts industry since 1982 and joined manroland in 2002, as the Regional Sales Manager in Quebec and Eastern Canada.  He will look after Tensor product sales in the Ottawa region of Ontario, Quebec and Eastern Canada.

manroland represents Tensor Group’s web-offset printing equipment in 21 countries around the world. According to the company, more than 2,600 units (approximately 190 press lines) have been installed in 43 countries since Tensor’s inception in 1993.

Rudi Lenz, current CEO and President of Sun Chemical Corp., takes on more responsibilities following his appointment to become an Executive Officer of DIC Corporation. He moves in to the role at DIC, which is the parent company of Sun Chemical, beginning April 1, 2011.

DIC describes itself as the world's largest producer of printing inks and pigments, while also providing materials to packaging, publication, coatings, plastics, cosmetics, and other industrial markets. With annual sales of more than US$3.5 billion, Sun Chemical has over 9,500 employees around the world.
“Mr. Lenz assumed the role as CEO and President at Sun Chemical during very challenging times in the industry, globally,” said Kazuo Sugie, CEO and President of DIC. “He has done an outstanding job in this role despite these uncertainties. He will assume responsibilities for the DIC Group’s overall operations in the United States and Europe as an Executive Officer of DIC.”

A native of Germany, Lenz began his career in accounting and tax with the German Internal Revenue Service in 1976. In 1980, he joined Garrett Corp. as an accounting manager in Frankfurt. He was promoted to controller and then promoted through a series of financial and accounting positions, ultimately leading the financial and administrative functions as CFO of Garrett GmbH.

Following the acquisitions that formed AlliedSignal Corporation, Lenz became CFO for AlliedSignal Germany’s aerospace, automotive, specialty chemicals, plastics, and engineered materials businesses. He then was promoted as VP of Finance, Aerospace Services, AlliedSignal, in Phoenix, Arizona.
In 1997, Lenz joined Fairchild Dornier Corp. as Executive VP and CFO. He was promoted to CEO of Fairchild Aircraft in January 2001 and resigned in February 2002 to join Sun Chemical.

Deepak Chopra, President and CEO of Pitney Bowes Canada and Latin American, is to assume leadership of Canada Post for a 5-year term beginning on February 1.

Chopra succeeds Moya Greene, who left Canada Post in July 2010 to lead the Royal Mail in the United Kingdom – the first female CEO of the organization. Greene had been in charge at Canada Post since May 2005. Her major challenge is to meet government plans to partly privatize the Royal Mail.

In his various roles with Pitney Bowes, Chopra has more than 15 years of global experience as a postal industry executive.

He also served as President of Pitney Bowes’ Asia Pacific and Middle East region. Earlier, he was responsible for finance and operations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Pitney Bowes is a $6-billion mailing and communications company with more than 2-million customers worldwide.

As President and CEO of Canada Post, Chopra will sit on the Board of Directors of Canada Post Corp., while also chairing the Strategy and Priorities Meeting, which manages the strategies and priorities for Canada Post and The Canada Post Group of Companies.

Three weeks after naming Richard Garneau as President and CEO, AbitibiBowater yesterday introduced its new executive team. The Montreal-based newsprint giant emerged from bankruptcy protection in mid-December 2010, in both the United States and Canada.

“The executive team we have put in place represents an excellent blend of proven experience and fresh thinking. I look forward to working with the team to further improve AbitibiBowater's operational efficiencies and financial flexibility, while offering a broad mix of quality products to our customers globally,” stated Garneau. “We believe that with the support of all company employees, we can deliver on our commitment to further reduce costs and enhance our competitiveness.”

In addition to Garneau, AbitibiBowater's executive team will now include Alain Boivin, who becomes Senior VP, Pulp and Paper Operations. Boivin most recently served as VP of Mill Operations, Central Region, at Smurfit-Stone Container. He will assume his new responsibilities at AbitibiBowater on March 7, 2011.

The remaining executive-team members have been promoted within AbitibiBowater or maintain their current positions with the company, including: David Spraley, Senior VP, Pulp and Paper Manufacturing, Engineering and Quality; Alain Grandmont, who becomes Senior VP, Human Resources and Public Affairs; William Harvey, Senior VP and Chief Financial Officer; John Lafave, Senior VP, Pulp and Paper Sales and Marketing; Yves Laflamme, Senior VP, Wood Products, Global Supply Chain and Information Technology; and Jacques Vachon, Senior VP and Chief Legal Officer.

Antoine Fady on January 1 assumed his new roll as Chief Executive Office of Flint Group, which is one of the world’s largest privately owned ink suppliers to the printing and packaging sectors.

While tracing it roots back to 1773 in the United Kingdom, Flint Group’s current organization was established in 2005 after the union of XSYS Print Solutions and Flint Ink Corporation. XSYS was the result of a 2004 merger between ANI and BASF Printing Systems. Flint Group now employs around 7,300 people worldwide and in 2009 generated revenues of US$ 2.9 billion.

Fady most recently served as GM of Akzo Nobel Decorative Paints-Europe and previously held the CEO position with ICI Packaging & Coatings. He is to succeed Charles Knott, who oversaw the 2007 acquisition of Day International. Knott is to continue on with Flint as Chairman.

Following Fady’s appointment, Mario Busshoff was promoted as President of Flint Group’s Flexographic Products division, which places him on the company’s Executive Management Team, directly reporting to Fady.

Carol McLeod becomes a Placement Specialist for PrintLink Canada, which focuses on human resources within the North American printing industry. 

After running his own printing company for 25 years, PrintLink’s current President, Arnold Kahn, founded the company in 1994 to focus specifically on personnel placement within the North American printing industry. PrintLink USA is headquartered in Rochester, New York, while PrintLink Canada is based in Oakville, Ontario, and led by Managing Director, Myrna Penny.

McLeod has been involved with the Canadian printing community for several years, including her previous positions with Heidelberg Canada, Linotype-Hell and The Printing House.

On the first day of 2011, Nikos Kallas is to become President of Vancouver-based Metropolitan Fine Printers, one of the world’s most-visible commercial printing companies based on years of award-winning production.

Earlier this year, Met Printers received its 29th Benny Award in the annual Premier Print Awards program, recognized as one of the leading printing-quality competitions in the world. This award extended Met Printer’s position as the most-successful Canadian company in the program’s history.

Kallas, who graduated from The University of Western with a Bachelor degree in Economics, has served as the company's Business Development Manager since 2006. He also sits on the boards of BCIT’s Graphic Communications Technology program and CANstruction Vancouver, which is a food-drive initiative started by his family. (Since 2003, CANstruction has collected 956,505 cans of food for the Greater Vancouver Foodbank.)

Met Printers was founded in 1977 by Nikos’ father, George Kallas, who will assume the role of Chairman on January 1, 2011. 

Met’s management board will also include Paul Riches, General Manager; Vice President of Manufacturing, Mike Winteringham; Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Bob Faulkner; and Senior Account Representative Scott Gray, who takes on a new position as Director of Brand.

“It is a great pleasure to turn over the daily reins of the company to such a talented group,” said George Kallas. “This new injection of energy and expertise will serve us well as we take Met in new and expanded directions.“

Metropolitan Fine Printers Inc. has hired Travis Evans, Greg Iftody and Luciano Bruschetta, who together account for more than 60 years of printing-industry experience.

Both Evans and Iftody become Account Executives with the commercial printer based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Evans will look after the lower mainland of Vancouver, while Iftody is to focus on the company’s Alberta operations.

Luciano Bruschetta becomes Senior Production Planner for Metropolitan, which, having won the most Benny Awards among all Canadian firms, is recognized as one of the world’s highest-quality commercial printers.

“We are very excited to have Travis, Gregg and Luciano join our team,” said Paul Riches, General Manager. “Their experience will greatly benefit Metropolitan’s dynamic growth plans for the years to come.”

Lawrence RobinsonLawrence Robinson has been promoted to the top Canadian post for Agfa Graphics, following the appointment of Ruben Silva as VP of Sales and Service for the company's North American operations.

Robinson joined Agfa Canada in mid-2010 as a District Business Manager, responsible for sales management of Agfa's prepress solutions and the :Dotrix Modular inkjet press.

He began his career with Pickering-based Web Offset Publications before joining nearby Thorn Press Ltd., a commercial printer subsequently purchased by St. Joseph Printing.

After leaving Thorn, Robinson was involved with various research-and-development projects with companies like Rock-Tenn, RR Donnelley and Smurfit-Stone. Robinson also held management positions with Heidelberg Canada and KBA North America, where he served as VP of Sales and Marketing.

"Lawrence is a seasoned leader with many years of hands-on industry experience," said Silva. "I am confident Lawrence will be able to effectively manage the Canadian sales force and expand Agfa's presence in Canada."

Mark NorlockIndustry-veteran Mark Norlock becomes Sales Specialist, Inkjet Printing Solutions, for the Canadian region of Eastman Kodak's Graphic Communications Group.

Among other responsibilities, Norlock is to focus on selling Kodak's Prosper 5000XL system, which was unveiled in May 2010 at the Ipex trade show in Birmingham, United Kingdom. The 5000XL is designed for colour reproduction, while the Prosper 1000 model is monochrome. Both machines are rated for a top speed of 650 feet per minue.

Before joining Kodak, Norlock previously worked in Canada with major technology providers like manroland, Xerox and Scitex.

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