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.”

Avanti John O’Donnell

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.

AvantiThe 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
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.

SharmaDr. 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 GustafsonDonald 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 AprilLen 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
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.

Ken FreekKenneth Freek has been appointed to the position of Vice President of Product Management for Heidelberg Canada, based in Mississauga, Ontario. In addition to the distribution of production equipment, such as sheetfed presses, CTP devices and post-press technologies, Heidelberg Canada is also heavily involved in the sale and service of pressroom consumables.

“Ken’s extensive experience in the printing industry and proven tenure with Heidelberg will position him well to promote and support our products in the Canadian market,” said Richard Armstrong, President of Heidelberg Canada.

With the company for eight years, Freek previously served as Sales Manager for Heidelberg Direct in Canada. He now replaces Jean-Francois Colpron, who recently moved to the company’s U.S. operations in Kennesaw, Georgia, where he serves as VP, Prinect and Consumables Product Management. Armstrong stated, “JF successfully established Heidelberg Canada as a key player in prepress and consumables. His vast experience will be invaluable to Heidelberg USA as they grow their presence in the U.S. Consumables market.”

Worldcolor has appointed three people to its senior management team. John V. Howard, Jr. will become the company's Chief Legal Officer; Robert L. Sell as Chief Information Officer; and Ben Schwartz as Executive Vice President, Human Resources.

“John, Bob, and Ben are highly talented individuals in their respective fields who have world-class experience in our industry and others,” said Mark Angelson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Worldcolor. “I have had the pleasure of working with John and Bob in the past and I am confident they will complement and strengthen the Worldcolor management team. In the last two years, Ben has been instrumental in retaining and developing our people during an especially challenging time for our company and our industry. I look forward to working with these three leaders and the rest of our team as we move forward towards our goal of making Worldcolor the pre-eminent company in its industry.”

John V. Howard has over 22 years of experience working with global technology, manufacturing and media businesses. Howard held a number of senior positions at Vertis, Inc., including Chief Legal Officer and Secretary and Senior Vice President and General Manager Digital Solutions Group. He also has served as Global Intellectual Property Counsel at Andersen Worldwide and Senior Counsel at Quark, Inc.

Robert L. Sell has experience in design, development, operations, maintenance and integration of systems and enabling technologies across multiple business locations and industries. He has served as the Chief Information Officer for several international companies including, Moore Corporation, Moore Wallace, Coors Brewing Company, Brunswick Corporation, Eaton Corporation and Affinion Group.

Ben Schwartz joined Worldcolor in 2007 and had previously served as Vice President Corporate Human Resources and Global Rewards at Molson Coors Brewing Company and Corporate Vice President Human Resources Molson Inc. and Molson Coors Brewing Company.


Jean-Francois Colpron will depart from his role as Vice President of Product Management and Marketing for Heidelberg Canada to take on the role in Heidelberg USA’s Product Management team as Vice President, Prinect and Consumables Product Management.

“Jean-Francois has successfully established Heidelberg Canada as a key player in prepress and consumables,” said Richard Armstrong, President of Heidelberg Canada. “His experience will be invaluable in helping to expand the product portfolio in the USA.”
Jean-Francois Colpron has more than 22 years of management experience in the graphic arts industry, nine of which were spent at Heidelberg Canada. Colpron also previously served as Western Canada Business Manager at Fuji Graphic Systems Canada and Western Canada Sales Manager at McCutcheon Graphics.

Stefanie Stroh from Hochschule der Medien (HdM) — Stuttgart Media University — has joined Ryerson University's Graphic Communications Management Program for a one year term.

Stroh holds a MS in packaging design and an MA in European media. She specializes in prepress and colour management in packaging applications. She will instruct students on applications such as EngView, EskoArtwork products and GMG FlexoProof.

She will be filling in for professor Chris Kular, who is on a one year sabbatical in Europe, teaching workflow automation at HdM.

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