“Xeikon was the first digital press manufacturer to bring full colour digital print to the market in the early 90s and Filip joined shortly after,” said Xeikon CEO Wim Maes. “He has watched and played an instrumental role in the phenomenal growth of the digital print market. It has now reached mainstream status due to the migration of many applications from conventional technologies to digital, as well as the broad array of new applications it has enabled.”
Xeikon states Weymans, while working in the labels and packaging market, played a major role in establishing Xeikon as the “undisputed number two in the industry for digital solutions in this space.”
“Now that we are part of the Flint Group, we will be able to even further develop the marketing department with a strong focus on our positioning and roadmap for the future,” said Weymans.
Xeikon also manufactures basysPrint computer-to-conventional plate (CtCP) systems for the commercial offset printing market. For the flexographic market, Xeikon provides digital platemaking systems under the ThermoFlexX brand name.
Ted O’Connor has been named senior VP and GM, Mohawk Envelope and Converting. He previously served as Senior VP, Sales, responsible for the sales of fine paper across North America.
Melissa Stevens has been promoted to Senior VP, Sales, for premium paper across North America. She previously served as VP, Sales.
Beth Reardon has been promoted to Sales Director, East, overseeing business development efforts and field sales activities in the Midwest, Mid Atlantic and Northeast regions of the United States.
Nancy Dutch has been promoted to Sales Director, West, overseeing business development efforts and field sales activities in the West and South Central regions of the United States.
Becky Thomas has been promoted to national accounts manager, New England, overseeing business development efforts for Mohawk’s core paper, social stationery and packaging businesses.
Mohawk is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated business based in Cohoes, New York, with global sales and operations located throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
“All of us at Roland have great confidence in Andrew’s knowledge across our multiple industries and business operations, as well as his excellent leadership abilities,” said David Goward, CEO of Roland DGA and Executive Vice President, Director of Roland DG. “With his guidance, we expect Roland DGA to experience continued growth and success in the years to come.”
Before joining Roland in 2008, Oransky served as Sales Director, Specialty Paper, for
M-real where he worked with OEMs like HP and Xerox. He also previously served as Product Manager and Sales Manager, Supplies, for Encad.
Prior to joining Heidelberg, Bohan served for 11 years as Vice President, Technology and Research, at Printing Industries of America, the world’s largest graphic arts trade association.
“Heidelberg has unique, proven solutions with Prinect providing the framework for process automation and fact-based decision making,” said Bohan. “As we move forward, I am excited about the new developments and continual improvement as we implement company-wide solutions that will impact the commercial positioning of our customers.”
Prinect is Heidelberg’s front-to-back business process system, designed to streamline everything from receipt of customer file and the presetting of equipment through to full production data analysis for whether cost rates are correct and maintained. Prinect, Heidelberg explains, brings analysis full circle by minimizing touch points and automating processes.
“With print becoming increasingly industrialized, printers are taking production, business analytics and decision making to the next level,” said Bohan. “To achieve such levels of output, you need a fully connected and integrated manufacturing workflow, with software being the foundation and core of a successful business operation.”
Varone had been leading the sales organization of GMG Americas in addition to undertaking general management responsibilities. With his new position, Varone will yield his day-to-day sales activities to Monteiro and concentrate solely on general management and strategic initiatives, overseeing all corporate departments.
“GMG Americas has seen growth not only in revenues, but also in the product portfolio we all manage at GMG that is targeted to a wider swath of graphics, printing and packaging companies,” said Ian Scott, Managing Director, GmbH & Co. KG. "This presents exceptional opportunity for us, but also requires more, directed attention towards strategic planning.”
Monteiro previously served as Business Director, Latin America, GMG Americas, and has been an executive with the company for nearly 10 years. He has been responsible for building and managing distribution channels for GMG colour management software throughout Central and South America. Monteiro is now responsible for increasing GMG's coverage not only in Latin America, but in the rest of North America, including all regions of Canada.
Verso, headquartered in Memphis as a producer of printing and specialty papers and pulp, completed a US$1.4 billion acquisition of NewPage Holdings back in January 2015. Completion of the deal came after NewPage divested itself of two mills, which were taken over by Catalyst Paper of Richmond, British Columbia.
Verso’s purchase of NewPage brought the company approximately US$3.5 billion in annual sales and around 5,800 employees in eight mills across six American states.
Verso's board of directors has begun the search for a new CEO and, after Paterson’s departure, plans to establish an Office of the Chief Executive to lead the management of the company until a new CEO comes on board.
“I am deeply honored to have had the opportunity to lead Verso over the last four years, and I am extremely proud of what our team has accomplished together in the face of significant challenges,” Paterson said. “Now that Verso has completed its restructuring and is positioned for a more financially stable and sustainable future, I retire with the confidence that our senior leadership team, along with the board of directors, will take full advantage of every opportunity to make Verso a resounding success.”
The Office of the Chief Executive (OCE) will consist of the following four executive officers of Verso: Allen J. Campbell, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Michael A. Weinhold, Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Product Development; Peter H. Kesser, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary; and Adam St. John, the newly elected Senior Vice President of Manufacturing.
St. John is a 24-year paper industry veteran who has worked at Verso for the past 10 years, most recently serving as Regional Vice President of Manufacturing with responsibility for the company's largest paper mills.
“With Stephen’s expertise, we will take Avanti Slingshot to the next level for our customers,” said Patrick Bolan, President and CEO, Avanti. “His impressive résumé demonstrates a wealth of experience spanning the full product management lifecycle – from build through launch.”
Feldman has more than 25 years of product management experience. He previously served as Director of Product Management for Unify (formerly Siemens), leading the team responsible for their global contact centre business. He managed 350 channel partners for IT consulting and managed services provider Acrodex, including HP and Cisco.
At Microsoft Canada, he developed marketing programs to streamline customer deployment of Microsoft Office. Feldman also has served in marketing roles with Platform Computing, Hummingbird, Cybermation, ATI Technologies and Toshiba.
The MBO America, based in Marlton, New Jersey, is one of five global locations for the finishing technology developer and also its top location in terms of generating revenues.
MBO describes Martin’s key strengths as including revenue growth, cost reduction, strategic planning, Marketing and C-level sales strategies. Martin currently serves as Chairman, Board of Directors, for the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphic at Clemson University.
"I'm honoured to be promoted to President of Mutoh America Inc.,” said Phipps on news of his appointment. “We have been growing our product range and increasing market share every year, and I'm excited to be able to continue building the business in my new capacity.”
Phipps has worked for Mutoh America since 2004 and most recently served as Vice President and General Manager of Mutoh America. In his new role, Phipps will be working closer with Mutoh Japan on new products and the future direction of the company.
Bennett will be responsible for managing and executing all sales, marketing and customer support activities for Advanced Vision Technology (AVT) in the Americas. He will also join AVT’s corporate management group and will report directly to CEO Jaron Lotan.
Prior to joining AVT, Bennett served as Sales Director of Packaging, North America for HP Inc., where he helped lead HP’s entry into the flexible packaging and folding carton markets. Prior to that, he spent 17 years with Heidelberg as a salesperson, regional manager and, ultimately, vice president.
Candace Derksen of Pembina Valley also reports Chad Friesen will assume the role of President and Chief Operating Officer of Friesens Corporation while retaining his current role as General Manager of Yearbook Division.
Read Derksen’s full report for Pembina Valley.
Days after announcing Ashok Vemuri is to become CEO of Conduent, which is the new name of the soon-to-be-formed Xerox Business Process Outsourcing company, following the previously announced corporate split, Jeff Jacobson is to become CEO of Xerox Corporation following completion of the separation.
It was previously known that the new Xerox Document Technology company, as opposed to the Business Process Outsourcing company, would retain the current Xerox brand and profile. On January 29, 2016, Xerox announced its plans to separate into two independent, publicly traded companies and the company is on track to complete the separation by the end of 2016.
Jacobson currently serves as President of Xerox Technology and will continue in his current role until the separation is complete. “During his four years at Xerox, Jeff has driven significant productivity and cost efficiency efforts while maintaining our commitment to innovation, quality and leading technology,” said Ursula Burns, current CEO and Chair of Xerox. “With his previous public-company CEO experience and his track record and achievements at Xerox, the Board and I are confident he is the best person to lead Xerox forward.”
Jacobson joined Xerox in 2012 as President of Global Graphic Communications Operations. He became President of the Xerox Technology business in 2014 with responsibility for worldwide strategy, sales channel operations, marketing, technical services and customer support, product development, manufacturing and distribution. Prior to Xerox, he served as the President, CEO and Chairman of Presstek.
“I am honored by the board’s decision to appoint me to lead one of the world’s most iconic companies and confident that we will build a bright future for Xerox on the foundation of disciplined management, operational excellence and customer focus that is in place today,” said Jacobson.
The new Xerox entity accounted for US$11 billion in 2015 revenue, while Conduent would have generated US$7 billion – 90% of which is annuity based.
Prior to joining Agfa, Aubre held several key sales positions for various companies in the printing industry, including Canon Océ’s Professional Printing Solutions Group, Nustream Graphic and Xeikon.
“Alexis' expertise in the wide-format and digital printing sectors will allow us to continue improving on our leadership position in the Canadian inkjet equipment sales market,” said Jean Tardif, District Business Manager, Eastern Canada."
Agfa states it is ranked number one in the Canadian market in thermal, no-bake, chemistry-free and low-chemistry plates and CTP installations. In addition to its line of Duratex medias and distribution of Esko finishing products, Agfa’s Jeti inkjet printing systems are manufactured in its Mississauga facility.
Vinson has more than 25 years of experience in printing and packaging industries, dominated by a long tenure at Cenveo where he most recently served as President of the company’s commercial print, global packaging and envelope operations.
He also previously held the position of General Manager, Sheetfed Operations Central Region, for MAN Roland Inc., and served as Senior Vice President, Technical Publications Group at Moore Wallace North America. Vinson began his printing career as Vice President of Sales for Quebecor World.
“Harry’s diverse experience will play a key role as Komori moves toward its goal of evolving from a specialist printing press manufacturer to a print engineering service provider,” said Kosh Miyao, President and COO of Komori America. “His demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work successfully in all levels of the organization make him a great asset to Komori America Corporation.”
“We are pleased to welcome Karen Heumann to our Supervisory Board as an experienced entrepreneur,” said Dr. Siegfried Jaschinski, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Heidelberg. “Her wide-ranging expertise in brands and advertising and her experience in the printing industry will be of huge value to us during the ongoing realignment of Heidelberg.”
Heumann is a founder of thjnk AG, an agency group that specializes in marketing communications, where she has been Spokesperson of the Management Board since 2012. She previously spent close to 20 years in leading roles at international advertising agencies and is noted as having substantial experience in the work carried out by supervisory boards.
In other news, Heidelberg on March 31 announced it is receiving a €100 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support its research and development activities. Heidelberg states the funds will be directed toward digitization, software integration and expansion of its digital printing portfolio.
To help finance the R&D program, the EIB is providing Heidelberg with a development loan that can be drawn down in tranches, each with a seven-year term. Heidelberg explains this is the first time a large German company has benefited from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), which is the centrepiece of the Investment Plan for Europe.
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