Ruben Silva becomes VP of Sales & Service for Agfa Graphics North America. He served as the company's Managing Director for Canada over the past couple of years, after joining Agfa in March 2006.

Silva has more than 20 years of experience in the printing industry. Prior to joining Agfa, he held both technical and sales management positions at Presstek Canada, AB Dick, Itek Graphics and Gestetner. In his new roll, among other duties, Silva will help to oversee Agfa's integration of New Jersey-based Pitman, which it purchased in October 2010. After the acquisition, Pitman had around 500 employees and 16 locations in the United States.

"Ruben has an impressive background in developing new opportunities for sales growth in many areas of the professional graphic communications industry, as well as a deep understanding of the elements that drive the print business. He is a valued member of the team," said Peter Wilkens, President, Agfa Graphics, North America.

Mario Pallotta has been promoted to General Manager, Canada, for OKI Data Americas, assuming responsibility for the company's Canadian sales organization and ultimately for all of OKI's operations in the country. 

Pallotta joined OKI in 2005 as Territory Sales Manager, Canada, before a 2009 promotion in which he was named National Sales Director, Canada.

“Mario’s knowledge of the Canadian market is invaluable, which he utilizes to build and maintain strategic relationships and drive sales,” said Scott Becker, VP of OKI Data. “This promotion reflects his persistence for success and overall dedication to the growth of this business.”

Prior to joining OKI, Pallotta spent 14 years with AT&T, where moved from being a sales executive to hold a management position as Regional Sales Director. He also spent three years with Motorola and and two years with Pitney Bowes as an account representative.

OKI Data Americas is headquartered in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, and is a subsidiary of OKI Data Corporation of Japan.

The Board of Directors of HP has announced Mark Hurd's replacement as President and CEO. Léo Apotheker, who previously served as CEO of SAP, has been named to the role and will also join HP's Board of Directors.

Apotheker spent over 20 years at SAP, the world's largest business software company based in Walldorf, Germany. He was responsible for transforming the company's R&D and technology platforms, which resulted in 18 consecutive quarters of double-digit software revenue growth between 2004 and 2009.

"Léo is a strategic thinker with a passion for technology, wide-reaching global experience and proven operational discipline – exactly what we were looking for in a CEO," said Robert Ryan, lead independent director of the Board. "After more than two decades in the industry, he has a strong track record of driving technological innovation, building customer relationships and developing world-class teams."

"HP has a powerful mix of businesses, products and services, one of the most innovative cultures in the industry, and an accomplished management team who have played a critical role in its success," said Apotheker in a press release. "I am deeply honored to be joining the more than 300,000 dedicated HP employees."

Apotheker continued, "Given HP's diversified products and services, its financial strength, and its leadership position across markets, no other company is as well positioned to drive – and profit from – the revolutionary changes under way in the marketplace. As we move forward, HP will continue to be a valued partner with our customers as well as a fierce competitor. I look forward to working with the outstanding people at HP to write the next chapter in the company's long and proud history."

Apotheker replaces Cathie Lesjak, who served as interim CEO after Mark Hurd's controversial departure in August. Lesjak will continue as HP's CFO, a position she has held since 2007.

Recognized as one of Canada's leading commercial printing companies, Hemlock Printers Ltd. of Burnaby, BC, has appointed Doug Climie as Vice President of Sales & Marketing.

Climie brings a range of industry experience to the position, having spent time in sectors such as publishing, printing, manufacturing, distribution and media. He will now lead the local and national sales development for Hemlock, which produces some of the world's highest-quality and most environmentally sound printing, as recognized through perennial wins in global printing competitions like the Premier Print Awards and Sappi Printer of the Year.

With Climie's appointment, Dirk Ottevangers takes on a new role at Hemlock as the Director of Business Development and Major Accounts. Ottevangers has spent the past 28 years with Hemlock.

With both offset- and toner-focused divisions run out of its Burnaby location, Hemlock also has sales offices in Victoria, Seattle, San Francisco and Monterey.

Printing industry veteran Tom Lang has been named manroland's Regional Sales Manager for Western Canada, covering sheetfed-sales territory from Toronto to Vancouver. 

“Tom’s wealth of industry and customer experience makes him uniquely qualified to engage the manroland consultative sales philosophy,” said Michael Mugavero, Vice President of Sales, Canada. “The ability to identify production needs and integrating investments into a client’s business planning will be one of his many strengths.”

Lang, who is responsible for manroland Canada's sheetfed press sales in the western region, gained years of technological knowledge while working most recently with Muller Martini Canada. Previously, he also developed printing-specific expertise as a member of Montreal-based Transcontinental Printing.

In a continuing effort to provide the Canadian market with a strong and reliable partner in sales and service, manroland has appointed Tom Lang to the position of Regional Sales Manager, Sheetfed and Webfed for Western Canada. Tom is responsible in sales and representing manroland Canada for the sheetfed market. 

Lang graduated from Ryerson University's Graphic Communications Management program with a Bachelors of Technology degree.

John Zenner becomes manroland Inc.'s Director of Customer Satisfaction, which the press maker describes as a new position to "ensure that customers receive world-class products, service, supplies, upgrades with customer satisfaction as the key metric."

"Coming out of this recession, printing equipment buyers are increasingly interested in complete system solutions, instead of individual components. It is really no different when you buy a printing press in order to grow your business, you ultimately partner with a press manufacturer, and you want to feel cared for as an individual customer and not just part of the market," stated manroland CEO, Vince Lapinski, in a press release. "Printers need total care providers, and manroland has everything in place to do just that."

Zenner is responsible for establishing and monitoring internal customer programs at manroland, based largely on its PRINTVALUE program. He will also support manroland Inc.'s recently implemented "full line sales approach" that allows the company's sales teams to handle both sheetfed and commercial web press product lines, as well as the PRINTVALUE program.

Inca Digital, a manufacturer of large-format printing technology, has appointed Dr. Nigel Sherman as its first Business Development Manager. Sherman is a chartered physicist who gained printing-industry experience working with Videojet on new product developments, while also spending time with an optical switch company.

In its 10-year history, Inca, which is now part of the Dainippon Screen Group, has been a leading developer of flatbed inkjet machines, which includes products like the Onset, Onset S20 and Spyder.

"[Sherman] has the right mix of skills and experience to spearhead the company's commercial expansion into new areas," stated Dr. Linda Bell, CEO of Inca Digital. "The sophistication and capabilities of inkjet technology have evolved very quickly and with him on board we are in a strong position to evaluate and take advantage of these new opportunities to further grow the business."

Inca recently produced the "Why Not Inkjet Guide" to illustrate the capabilities of inkjet technology. To download a copy, visit

Michel Beauchamp becomes Presstek's Sales Manager, Digital Print Solutions, for Quebec and the Maritimes.

"Michel brings with him more than two decades of sales and sales management experience in the graphic arts industry,” stated Todd Phillips, Sales Director of Presstek’s Northern Region.

Prior to joining Presstek, Beauchamp held various sales and business-development positions in Quebec and Ontario with Kodak, including Kodak Polychrome Graphics and Anitec. He most recently served as an Account Sales Manager for Kodak GCG.

“The move to Presstek is an exciting opportunity for me,” stated Beauchamp, in a press release about his appointment. “I am delighted to be bringing Presstek’s outstanding product offerings to companies I know well in Quebec, as well as getting to know the needs of and opportunities in the Maritimes graphic arts community."

Charles Murray has been appointed President of Sun Chemical's North American Inks division, replacing Brian Leen, who is leaving the graphic-arts industry after an 18-year career at Sun Chemical. Leen led the company’s North American business since 2008.

With 27 years of printing-industry experience, Murray most recently worked as Managing Director and Corporate VP of Sun Chemical’s business in the UK, Ireland and Nordic markets, since 2004.
“Charles is very familiar with the issues and challenges currently impacting Sun Chemical’s customers in North America, because those same trends are facing our customers in Northern Europe,” said Rudi Lenz, President and CEO, Sun Chemical.
For five consecutive years, Murray appeared as one of PrintWeek’s “Power 100,” a list of the most powerful people in print in the United Kingdom. He ranked in position #33 on the list in 2010.
Prior to joining Sun Chemical in 1998, Murray ran multiple packaging print converters across Europe for Courtaulds Plc. He also worked as the managing director of a flexible packaging converter.

Murray became the youngest general manager in the history of Associated British Foods, where he worked after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business studies from the University of Edinburgh. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration.

Axel Kaufmann is to become the Chief Financial Officer of Koenig & Bauer AG effective October 1, 2010. At age 40 today, he previously served with Helsinki- and Munich-based Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), which was formed out a June 2006 merger. This created one of the world's largest telecommunications equipment suppliers, with Nokia Siemens Networks operating in approximately 200 countries worldwide, employing some 60,000 people.

In his most recent roll with NSN, Kaufmann was head of finance and control for almost three years with responsibility over several global NSN business units. Prior to the merger, he worked with Siemens operations in Germany and abroad for more than 10 years. This included positions as head of finance at a software business unit of Mobile Networks, head of business administration at the supply chain division for Siemens’ European plants, CFO at a shared services unit in the United States, and director of business development at Procurement and Logistics Services in Munich.

Kaufmann began his career as a trainee at Deutsche Bank, with secondments to New York and Toronto. This was followed by a BA in business administration at Würzburg University and a masters degree in international business at Paderborn University, where he also gained a PhD in banking and finance.

Ken Moodie, Karl Schumacher and Scott Tait, all formerly of Fujifilm Canada, have joined the Sign and Display Graphics division of Vaughan, Ontario-based PaperlinX Canada Ltd.

PaperlinX is recognized primarily as a paper merchant, but over the past couple of years the company, with its global headquarters in Australia, has been expanding to supply materials and services in growing sectors of the printing industry.

“PaperlinX Canada has built a strong foundation of business diversification as a key component to our strategic plan,” says Gord Saray, Director of Business Development for Eastern Canada. “The Sign and Display Graphics segment is a critical pillar in this foundation. Our team remains focused on providing value to our customers through viable equipment, media and consumable solutions.

Within the company's Canadian Sign and Display Graphics division, Moodie, Schumacher and Tait join existing team members Andrea Leven-Marcon and Sandra Ondas.

HP CEO Mark Hurd has resigned upon the revelation that he had an inappropriate relationship with a female contractor, plus manipulated expense reports to cover up the affair.

Hurd said: “As the investigation progressed, I realized there were instances in which I did not live up to the standards and principles of trust, respect and integrity that I have espoused at HP and which have guided me throughout my career. After a number of discussions with members of the board, I will move aside and the board will search for new leadership. This is a painful decision for me to make after five years at HP, but I believe it would be difficult for me to continue as an effective leader at HP and I believe this is the only decision the board and I could make at this time. I want to stress that this in no way reflects on the operating performance or financial integrity of HP.”

CFO Cathie Lesjak has been named interim CEO. She has been with the company for 24 years and will retain her duties as CFO during this interim period.

HP's stock price fell 7.6 percent on Friday at the news of the resignation.

Hurd has been CEO at HP since 2005 and also served as Chairman of the Board since 2006. His severance, according to the Wall Street Journal, will include cash and stock payments of up to US$35 million.

Dr. Hans-Bernhard Bolza-Schünemann, former longstanding President of KBA has died at the age of 84.

Born into a family of merchants who had been engaged in the printing and publishing trade in the city of Bremen for many generations, Bolza-Schünemann joined KBA as a design engineer after he gained a PhD in mechanical engineering at the Technical University in Stuttgart. That same year he joined Koenig & Bauer in Würzburg as a design engineer.

He was appointed as President of KBA in 1971, a post he would hold for 24 years. In 1995, at the age of 69, he joined KBA's supervisory board, where he served as Deputy Chairman until 2006.

Over 250 patents bear Bolza-Schünemann’s signature, and he played a decisive role in major technological advances. These included the development of a multicolour sheetfed gravure press, the Rembrandt MT III, in the 1950s, a high-speed letterpress machine, the Rotafolio, in the 1960s, the world’s widest newspaper press, the Jumbo-Courier, in the 1970s, and the first Rapida sheetfed offset press, also in the 1970s, whose 15,000sph output was way ahead of its time.

KBA describes Bolza-Schünemann as a visionary entrepreneur, indefatigable inventor, globally respected master of press engineering and a dedicated patron of the arts.

Presstek has announced it has named Joe Demharter, former President of Pitman, to lead the sales efforts of the company in the United States and Canada. Demharter will report to Jeff Jacobson, Presstek Chairman, President and CEO.

"Joe Demharter is one of the most respected leaders in the graphic arts industry," said Jacobson in a release. "During his eight years as President of Pitman, the largest distributor of pre-press equipment and supplies in North America, he led the company through a period of dramatic sales growth. During his 38 years in the graphic arts business, he has earned an enviable reputation for his industry knowledge, sales leadership and customer focus. We are excited that he has elected to join our management team and are confident that he will make a significant and positive impact."

Mark Levin, Presdient of the Americas Region, will be departing from Presstek to pursue other opportunities. "Mark Levin is a talented, hard working and widely respected executive, and we appreciate his contributions to Presstek over the past few years," said Jacobson.

Van Son Holland Ink Corp. of America, based in Islandia, New York, has promoted Joe Bendowski to the position of Cheif Executive Officer. 

Bendowski, who previously served as President of the North American division, maintains his seat on the board of directors for the worldwide operations Van Son Group of Companies. In his new role, he will also focus on potential expansion for the global organization.

Van Son has promoted John Sammis as President, assuming direct leadership of all company functions.

As well, former National Sales Manger John Bendowski becomes Vice President of Sales and Marketing, which is the position previously held by Sammis.

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