Dennis Skulsky, Chief Executive Officer of the CanWest newspaper group, the largest chain of newspapers in Canada, has announced he will be stepping down from his job to spend more time with his family and pursue other opportunities closer to his home province of British Columbia.
Skulsky will be leaving the company effective April 30, but will remain an advisor to the company. Skulsky previously managed Canwest’s B.C. newspaper and television operations. A seasoned media executive with more than 30 years in the industry, Skulsky has held numerous senior management roles in Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver.
In other CanWest news, the company announced it has initiated the second phase of its court-appointed sale process. The Ontario Superior Court extended the restructuring deadline in early February until April 14. Phase 2 will include management presentations, site visits and further due diligence following which interested parties will be asked to submit binding transaction proposals.
The Graphic Systems Division of Fujifilm Canada has hired three new Field Service Technicians, Pierre Beausoleil, Pierre Gagnon and Aadil Rabadi, as well as a new Forecasting & Planning Assistant, Roberto Jiang.
Pierre Beausoleil is to focus on the Quebec region as a Fujifilm Field Service Technician. Bringing 30 years of printing experience to the position, Beausoleil most recently worked within his family-owned printing business and specializes in the area of CTP-based production.
Pierre Gagnon, meanwhile, will focus on providing technical support for Fujifilm customers in the Montreal area. He specializes in the arena of wide-format inkjet technology and has 12 years of printing experience. Prior to joining Fujifilm, Gagnon worked with Mondrian-Hall.
Aadil Rabadi, with 10 years of printing experience, is to provide technical support in wide-format inkjet technology for the Greater Toronto Area. Rabadi also previously worked with Mondrian-Hall.
Roberto Jiang becomes a Forecasting & Planning Assistant for Fujifilm Canada’s Graphic Systems Division. He is a 2009 graduate from Ryerson University’s Graphic Communications Management program, and previously worked with Webcom as a Purchasing Agent.
The newly formed Fujifilm North America, created through the merger of Fujifilm U.S.A. and Fujifilm Graphic Systems U.S.A. on January 1st, now has a new President and CEO to lead it. Ryutaro Hosoda has been tasked to lead the division, which will include Fujifilm Canada as a subsidiary as of April 1.
In his new role, Hosoda will oversee five Fujifilm operating divisions: imaging products, selling consumer and commercial photographic products and services including film, one-time-use cameras, online photo services and fulfillment, digital printing equipment and services; consumer digital cameras; motion picture films; graphic systems products and services supplying the printing industry; and the Canadian division.
Hosoda joined Fujifilm in Japan in 1977 and during his career has held various senior level marketing and operation positions around the world. In 2008, he was appointed President of Fujifilm Holdings America Corporation and President and CEO of Fujifilm U.S.A. Hosoda was also named as Corporate Vice President of Fujifilm Corporation in 2009.
Industry veteran Stewart Curry becomes a CTP plate specialist for the Canadian sales team of Presstek Inc.
Before joining Presstek, Curry worked as an account executive with Konica Minolta Business Solutions. He also spent time with Heidelberg Canada, focusing on sales of prepress and consumables products.
“We are delighted to have a sales professional with the experience and background Stewart brings to the table,” stated Todd Phillips, Sales Director for Presstek’s Northern Region. “His extensive product knowledge in all areas of the printing industry and his proven sales expertise will add a new dynamic to our presence in Canada, especially as it relates to the ability to attract new customers to our line of digital plates.”
The Board of Directors at Agfa-Gevaert has named Christian Reinaudo to succeed Jo Cornu at the post of CEO. Cornu announced his intention to leave the post after April 27, 2010.
Julien De Wilde, Chairman of the Board of Directors, said, "Jo Cornu has taken the position of CEO on December 1, 2007 under very difficult circumstances. He has lead Agfa-Gevaert through the economic crisis and has put the company back on track. Agfa-Gevaert now has a strong management team, a clear strategy, a better cost structure and a significantly lower level of debt."
Cornu will continue to have a role at Agfa by joining its Board of Directors after leaving the CEO post.
Reinaudo, 55, is currently the President of Agfa-Gevaert's health care division. He joined the company in late 2008 from his long-time involvement at Alcatel. Christian Reinaudo occupied a number of important positions in the Alcatel Group, such as President of the Optics Business Group, President of Alcatel in Asia Pacific and President of Alcatel for Northern andEastern Europe. He is is a graduate from the "Ecole de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de Paris "and holds a doctorate from the University of Paris.
Soren Larsen becomes Senior Vice President of Sales for KBA North America’s sheetfed presses. Based at KBA’s Dallas head office, Larsen has 32 years of printing-industry experience in various roles, from sales management to marketing.
“KBA continues to be a leader in the North American sheetfed market,” stated Larsen, in a press release. “KBA is established as the patent leader among printing press manufacturers worldwide for its innovative print technology. Plus, KBA continues to maintain its reputation as the leader in large-format and packaging presses.”
Larsen is now part of KBA North America’s executive management team, reporting directly to the company’s President and CEO, Mark Hischar, who was appointed to his post last year.
“Soren is an excellent addition to our executive management team,” stated Hischar. “In his previous positions, he has demonstrated continual leadership abilities, proven sales performances, and knowledge of the North American sheetfed market, which make him the perfect candidate for the job.”
Dave Moreland has been named President of Manugraph DGM Inc., a position formerly held by Brian LaBine who stepped down from the post but remains as a member of the company’s board of directors.
Based in Elizabethville, Pennsylvania, Manugraph DGM is a wholly owned subsidiary of Manugraph India Ltd., manufacturing a line of single-width offset presses – Cityline Express, 430, 430MAX, Hiline Express, Advantage II 440, and Frontline – and complementing folders.
Ron Ehrhardt takes on the post of Vice President of International Sales and Marketing for Manugraph DGM, while Rodney Fenstermacher becomes Vice President of Manufacturing.
The company has also announced it will be closing its West Coast parts facility, with all activities will be consolidated back to the Parts Division in Pennsylvania. Parts sales hours will now be extended to compensate for the 3-hour time difference for West Coast customers. Ed Heim has been promoted to Director of Parts Sales and will manage all aftermarket parts sales activities for the company.
DGM was founded in 1973 by Fred Lunt as a re-manufacturer of Goss equipment and its main manufacturing facility in Elizabethville was opened in 1980.
NewPage Corp. today announced that Richard Willett, Jr., President and CEO, resigned on January 18, 2010. His duties will be taken over by Mark Suwyn, who is the company’s Executive Chairman and former CEO – until a replacement is named.
“After considerable personal reflection on my longer term career interests, I have made the difficult decision to leave NewPage to pursue opportunities in other industries,” stated Willett, who is to stay on as a consultant until March 31, 2010. NewPage claims it is the largest coated-paper manufacturer in North America, based on production capacity, with US$4.4 billion in net sales for the year ended December 31, 2008.
“While there is never a perfect time for a transition, Rick and I, along with the Board of Directors, have mutually agreed on this timing and feel that NewPage is well positioned for the future now that the acquisition of Stora Enso North America has been successfully integrated,” stated Suwyn. “Rick has made enormous contributions to NewPage over the past four years and we all wish him well in the future.”
John O’Donnell in late December was named as the Southeast Regional Account Manager in the United States for Toronto-based Avanti Computer Systems. O’Donnell, who is based in Atlanta, has 23 years of experience in the printing industry. He most recently worked with Heidelberg in the United States, over the past 10 years, focusing on sales and product support.
Also late last month, Avanti, which develops business management software specifically for the printing industry, celebrated its 25th year in operation. Now with over 400 installations across North America, Avanti’s founder, Dr. Richard Wallin, began engineering software shortly after the arrival of the personal computer and Microsoft’s DOS operating system.
The original version of Avanti’s software ran on a PC with two 5 1/4-inch floppy drives. One floppy held the full application, while the second floppy stored the data – with a capacity of 360K.
Avanti’s ownership team (pictured L-R): Stephen McWilliam, Patrick Bolan, and Peter Funnell.
Russell Hunt becomes the Regional Business Manager for Kodak’s Business Solutions and Services operations in both Canada and the United States (US&C).
Kodak also named Tony Barbeau as General Manager of its Document Imaging business, which falls into the Business Solutions and Services Group. Barbeau is to lead all aspects of the Document Imaging business worldwide, including product and solutions development, marketing and overall business development.
Hunt, meanwhile, is specifically to lead marketing, sales and business development programs in the US&C, which, according to a company statement, includes the promotion of Kodak and Bowe Bell + Howell scanners. His duties also focus on developing channel partners.
Dr. Abhay Sharma suddenly resigned as the Chair of Ryerson’s Graphic Communications Management program last week, as Canada’s only degree-level printing program begins to search for a new leader for the next school year.
Neither Sharma nor Daniel Doz, Dean of the university’s Faculty of Communication & Design, into which the Graphic Communications Management (GCM) program fits, would comment on the reasoning behind the resignation. Sharma is staying on with the program for the foreseeable future, as a full-time faculty memeber, but he will concentrate on teaching and meeting his research obligations.
Doz, who soon plans to name an interim Chair to oversee the program for the remainder of this school year, stated it was Sharma’s decision to step down as Chair. Sharma joined the GCM program at the beginning of its 2005 school year, for a 5-year term.
From his work with the International Color Consortium, as well as time spent with Kodak and Fujifilm in his native United Kingdom, Sharma is recognized as one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of colour imaging. He received his BS in Imaging Sciences from the University of Westminster, London, and a PhD in Physics from King’s College, University of London.
Donald Gustafson is the new President of Connecticut-based Baldwin Graphic Systems, which manufactures printing-press accessories and controls. From 2001 to 2009, Gustafson was President of the Tensor Group, which also makes press-related systems.
Prior to joining Tensor, he spent 17 years with press maker Goss International in various sales positions. While at Goss, Gustafson ascended to the position of VP of Sales for the Americas, from 1998 to 2001. Now at Baldwin, Gustafson will direct the marketing, sales and service responsibilities for the Americas marketplace – at the company’s sales offices in Illinois.
Baldwin, more specifically, develops press-related technologies like cleaning systems and related consumables, spray-dampening systems, fountain solution, cooling, pumping, total fountain solution management systems, IR drying systems, press protection systems, and inline gluing systems.
Len April becomes the President of Montreal’s Pazazz printing company. From the early 1980s, April claims to have been a pioneer of service-based printing in the use of toner devices – primarily Xerox.
He has been on Xplor International’s Board of Directors and co-founded the Imaging Network Group, serving for a time as the latter group’s President.
"I am thrilled to bring Len in at this stage to lead and manage all Pazazz companies,” said CEO Warren Werbitt – referring to Pazazz Printing, Pazazz Digital, Pazazz Labels and Pazazz Digital Large Format. Pazazz was founded by Werbitt in 1992.
Vince De Franco has joined Toronto-based Prime Imaging as a Senior Account Executive. He has more than 13 years of experience in the commercial printing industry, including senior sales and marketing management roles at St. Joseph Print Group and Eclipse Imaging, as well as his most recent role with Elevator. De Franco also served as Editor of PrintAction from 1996 to 2001.
Prime Imaging focuses on the production of large-format print, in applications like indoor and outdoor banners, posters, mounted displays, construction hoarding, vehicle graphics, and trade-show exhibits. The company, which recently celebrated its 25-year anniversary, also produces more general commercial printing work. Prime Imaging is an FSC-certified company.
Mark Rafacz becomes the Vice President of Integrated Print Solutions and Director of Business Development for Toronto-based J.F. Moore Communications. He will work closely with Frank Pantaleo, founder and Vice President of Sales, to support the company’s Account Management team.
Rafacz, a Chartered Management Accountant, has more than 13 years of related business and finance experience in the printing and communications sectors, including time spent with Moore Corp., Grafikom, Xerox and Pitney Bowes.
J. F. Moore is one of Canada’s largest commercial printing operations, running offset-, inkjet-, and toner-based output. The company, which recently became certified by IDEAlliance as a G7 Master Printer, operates three 40-inch Heidelberg sheetfed presses, from a 4-colour up to a 10-colour perfector.
Under the leadership of President and CEO, Dean Baxendale, J.F. Moore is also concentrating its growth into direct-mail production, backed by the recent installation of a Xerox iGen3 press, as well as a 7-station Bowe Bell and Howell mail inserter.
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