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.

Dr. Martin Habekost, a professor with Ryerson University's Graphic Communications Management program, has been elected as one of the new board members for the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA). The association is dedicated to furthering print-technology research, with more than 300 individual members and 15 active student chapters worldwide.

Habekost will serve as TAGA's Vice President of Education until 2013, along with new board members Alexandra Pekarovicova from Western Michigan University and John Sweeney from FineEye Color Solutions. Continuing on with the board are: Don Duncan, Wikoff Color; Chuck Gehman,; David Niles, Sappi Fine Paper; Wandee Poolpol, Eckart America; Hal Stratton, manroland; Liam O辿ara, Clemson University; and Yung-Cheng Hsieh of the National Taiwan University of the Arts

"I am impressed with the level of the presentation and the quality of research taking part in this industry," stated Habekost, in a press release. "I am particularly impressed by student publications being shown. The students are the future of our industry."

This year, Ryerson's student TAGA chapter captured the Helmut Kipphan Cup, for the second time in three years, based on the production of 100-plus-page research publication about emerging printing technologies. Habekost, along with Ryerson professor Jason Lisi, oversaw the efforts of Ryerson student chapter, also known as ryeTAGA.

Ken Kisner has been named President of INX Digital International Co., while also assuming the positions of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer. Kisner, 42, has more than 20 years expertise in the imaging market and is a member of NAPIM, the Specialty Graphics Imaging Association, Print Industry Networking Group, Digital Printing and Inkjet Printing Professionals.

"Ken, who most recently served as President of INX Digital Americas and has demonstrated tremendous leadership for a long time, is the right choice for President of our global resources and organization," stated Rick Clendenning, CEO of INX Digital, in a press release. "He understands the aspects of our business and did an excellent job in helping us bring together all of the companies that comprise INX Digital over the last couple of years."

INX Digital International and INX International Ink now represent the combined resources of their parent company, Sakata INX of Japan, and operate facilities in the United States, China and Europe. INX Digital International manufactures and distributes inkjet inks and toners for a variety of markets.

In the printing space, INX products are primarily used in applications for billboards, banners, vehicle and building wraps, and other forms of large-format output.

"This is an exciting time to be involved with digital printing, and we are well positioned to help drive new technologies into regional markets with our strategic manufacturing locations in the U.S., Czech Republic, China and India," stated Kisner.

Brenda Nault joins the management team of Rhino Print Solutions, as the commercial printing company's new Marketing Manager.

Led by David Allan, Rhino Print operates facilities in both Calgary and Vancouver, while Nault with be based out the company's Calgary location.

Before joining Rhino Print, Nault was the principal of a consulting company, called Generate Communications, focusing on corporate communications, public relations and marketing services. She specialized in helping companies improve their environmental and social-community image.

Prior to operating her consulting company, Nault worked as a marketing-communications manager with small- to mid‐sized companies.

Bryan Hall becomes a Display Graphics Sales Specialist for the Western region of Fujifilm Canada's Graphic Systems Division.

Hall has more than 20 years of printing-industry experience, including his work in the wide-format arena, which also involved ink and media sales. He joins Fujifilm after most recently working with Mondrian Hall.

Greg Friesser becomes the General Manager of Sakurai USA Inc., which also oversees the distribution of Sakurai printing presses in the Canadian market.

He has served as Director of Operations for Sakurai USA for the past two and a half years, while carrying over 36 years of printing industry experience.

Also, John Wokurka, a 12-year veteran of Sakurai USA, was promoted to Operations Manager with responsibility for logistics, spare parts, service and administrative support. Wokurka previously held the position of Spare Parts Manager.

Friesser and Wokurka will continue to be located in Sakurai’s North American headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois.

This August, Sakurai is celebrating its 65th year in business and 20th anniversary as a U.S. corporation with a summer Open House at its Illinois location.

Xerox Canada has appointed a new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1. Mandy Shapansky will succeed Kevin Warren in leading the Canadian operations after Warren leaves to head up Xerox's U.S. Solutions Group, based in Rochester.

Shapansky was most recently the Chief Financial Officer and Chief of Staff for Xerox Canada, a role she has held since 2002. She has been with Xerox since 1985. In her new role as President and CEO, Shapansky will lead Xerox's team of 3,600 employees which generates revenues of over $1.2 billion.

"Xerox Canada has an outstanding history of leadership. During his tenure, Kevin Warren was able to grow annual revenue during a very challenging economic period,” said Russell Peacock, President of Xerox North America. “Mandy's lateral thinking in the area of corporate finance has made Xerox Canada one of the top performing operations in the Xerox world. Her appointment to CEO will allow her to expand on this vision of growth.”

Shapansky holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics from the University of Waterloo and is a chartered accountant. She serves on the board of Altruvest Charitable Services and is a member of Financial Executives International Canada. She resides in Toronto with her husband and four children.

KBR Graphics, distributor of KBA presses, has expanded its sales force in Ontario with two new members. Aaron Hunter and Chris Gingras will serve as Account Managers for the region.

“We are pleased to welcome both Aaron and Chris to our company,” says Karl Belafi Jr., Vice President of KBR Graphics Canada. “These two additions to our sales force represent our continued commitment to our present and future clients in the province of Ontario. Since our company has posted strong double-digit growth and with KBA press sales of over $20 million in the last two years despite the economic climate, we feel it is imperative to bolster our sales and service capabilities.

Hunter and Gingras will manage the eastern and western Ontario regions respectively as well as co-manage the Greater Toronto Area. Hunter has more than 15 years of experience in the industry and was previously with Maratek Environmental and Presstek Canada. Gingras has 16 years of experience in the industry and started his career at Advance Printing in Paris Ontario as a press and bindery operator before moving on to Cober Printing of Kitchener. He then worked as a finishing technician and product demonstrator for Heidelberg.

KBR has spent the last 33 years selling and supporting the the printing industry. In addition to selling KBA presses, the company offers a range of graphic arts equipment from manufacturers such as MGI, Standard Horizon, Perfecta, Baum, Busch, Graphic Whizard and Challenge. KBR Graphics has locations in both Montreal and Toronto.

Industry veteran Lawrence Robinson joins Agfa Canada's Graphics division in the position of District Business Manager. He will oversee the sales management of Agfa's conventional printing technology, as well as the inkjet-based :Dotrix Modular web press.
"Lawrence is an experienced sales leader who also has a wealth of practical industry experience," stated Ruben Silva, Managing Director of Agfa Graphics, Canada. "His nearly 30 years of industry insight are valuable assets to Agfa, our customers and partners."
Robinson began his career with Web Offset Publications and eventually joined Thorn Press Ltd. He then moved to the vendor-side of the printing industry, working with Heidelberg Canada and most recently KBA North America, where he was Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
"I'm very excited to join the Agfa team. Agfa is an innovative company that has produced game-changing technology for the industry," stated Robinson.

Moya GreeneMoya Greene, CEO of Canada Post, has been hired to take on the challenge that is Royal Mail, the Crown corporation responsible for UK's postal services. She will be the first non-Briton and first woman to take on the post.

Greene has been CEO of Canada Post since 2005 and will take on her new post at Royal Mail in July. Her new role will have her overseeing the semi-privatization of the system, which has only seen a return to profitability in the last two years. The organization also has a massive pension shortfall as well as continuing labour conflicts leading to disruptive strikes last October.

Donald Brydon, Royal Mail Chairman, said: "I am delighted that Moya is joining Royal Mail. She will bring energy, clear thinking and a proven leadership track record - as well as hugely relevant experience - to the business at an important moment in its evolution. I look forward to working closely with Moya as we tackle the challenges ahead and continue to focus on satisfying our customers and maintaining the six-days-a-week Universal Service."

Greene is also serves on the Board of Directors at Tim Horton's and previously held executive roles at CIBC, TD and Bombardier. Her time at Canada Post has seen the Crown corporation boost profits through cost cutting, despite facing declining revenues. Her tenure at Canada Post also saw an increase in workplace grievances of nearly 60 percent.

Jennifer Sotto-Siquioco has been appointed by Hewlett-Packard Canada as the Vice President of Marketing for its Imaging and Printing Group.

She previously served as the General Manager of Hewlett-Packard Philippines Corp., based on her 20-year career in the IT sector in the Philippines and Asia Pacific region. Sotto-Siquioco has largely focused on various aspects of HP's Integrated Computer Systems in business management, channel marketing and sales development. In her new role, Sotto-Siquioco will lead the strategic planning, creative direction and campaign management of IPG's integrated marketing programs.

“Jennifer has the expertise and experience to direct and manage innovative marketing programs for our comprehensive portfolio of imaging and printing solutions,” said Lloyd Bryant, Vice President and General Manager, Imaging and Printing Group. “She has a deep understanding of enterprise, small business and consumer audiences, as well as the importance of channel relationships.”


Dennis Leggett becomes the Vice President of Sales at J. F. Moore Communications, a commercial printing company based in the Greater Toronto Area. Leggett is a 32-year veteran of the printing industry, after starting a career with his family’s prepress business, while working on a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Leggett eventually became Senior Vice President and partner of the business.

In the early 1990s, Leggett joined Transcontinental Printing in Montreal as VP of Retail Sales, for the company’s Acme Litho plant. In 1996, Leggett moved to Toronto and took on the role of VP of Retail Sales for Batten Graphics, a company that was acquired by Schawk in 1997. He worked with Schawk until his recent appointment at J. F. Moore.

“We are very excited about Dennis joining the J. F. Moore team,” stated Dean Baxendale, President and CEO of J. F. Moore. “His experience, knowledge and integrity fit well with J. F. Moore’s goals of becoming one of North America’s preeminent print and digital communications service providers.”

Shay Code becomes the Vice President and General Manager, Western Market Centre, for Xerox Canada. Prior to this appointment, he was VP of Business Development for Xerox Global Services in Canada. In his previous VP role, Code was responsible for the company’s largest outsourcing deals, most notably in the higher education market.

Code joined Xerox Canada in 1995 and has held a variety of leadership positions inside the Xerox Global Services division, including General Manager of Western Canada from 2005 to 2009. Prior to his tenure at Xerox, Code was VP of Sales for Documax Enterprises, the largest FileNet integrator in Canada.

“Western Canada has always been a source of consistent, steady growth for Xerox,” said Kevin Warren, President and CEO, Xerox Canada. “Shay’s breadth of experience, extensive knowledge of the marketplace and history of successful relationship building in this region make him an ideal leader for this important geographical division of our business.”

In his new role, Code, who is based in Calgary, is responsible for leading the organization’s sales activities throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories. He is responsible for overall strategic direction, sales coverage, marketing and customer support programs.

Code holds a business degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

Anne Mulcahy, current Chairman of Xerox Corporation, and the company's leader throughout most of the first decade of this century, announced today that she intends to retire, effective May 20.

"Leaving Xerox is not easy, but the time is right," said Mulcahy. "This decision is made infinitely easier by the knowledge that I turn the company over to a gifted leader at a point when our strategy is sound, our financial position is strong, and our opportunities for growth are considerable."

Mulcahy was Chief Executive Officer of Xerox from August 2001 to May 2009. She also took on the Chairman position in January 2002. Urusla Burns, who took over her role as CEO last year, will also succeed Mulcahy in the position of Chairman.

"A remarkable leader who inspires follower-ship, Anne was instrumental in re-creating our company at a time when we needed it most," said Burns. "She prioritized investments in innovation, shifted our strategy to become more focused on services, and significantly improved our financial health. As a result, we have a strong foundation from which to build an even stronger company. I am grateful for Anne's extraordinary contributions, humbled by her confidence in my leadership, and committed to honoring her impressive legacy."

Peter Galanis becomes the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard Canada, as Paul Tsaparis, who has led HP Canada since 1998, takes on a new VP role in the United States.
While most of his expertise resides on the information-technology-side of HP’s business, much like the Canadian division’s previous CEO (Paul Tsaparis), Galanis is to be responsible for all aspects of HP operations in Canada, including the Graphic Solutions Business division, which looks after the commercial printing sector in the country.
Galanis previously served as Director of Global Accounts for HP's Manufacturing & Distribution Industries business in the central region. He brings more than 18 years of IT industry and enterprise experience to his new role. He joined HP in 2006, after serving in various sales, channel and marketing positions at EMC, Xerox and Sun Microsystems.
Paul Tsaparis, who has led HP Canada for the past 12 years, becomes VP of Technology Support for HP Enterprise Business in the Americas region.

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