Helene Blanchette, a prominent Canadian marketing executive, has joined Xerox as Vice President of Marketing for its Graphic Communications division on a worldwide basis. Blanchette is actually returning to Xerox where she worked in executive roles from 1997 to 2014 before taking on a consulting position with the marketing organization GlobalFluency, based in Palo Alto, California.

In 1997, Blanchette was named as the National Marketing Manager for Xerox Canada, where she helped drive that organization’s presence for 10 years. She then took on executive marketing roles for Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific based out of Singapore, looking after the APAC region. This included a position as the company’s International Go To Market Strategy Manager, from 2007 to 2010, and then as Head of the company’s 1:1 Experience Service, while at the same time serving as Senior Manager of Marketing Innovation.

From 2014 to 2016, Blanchette took on the role as Vice President and GM for the Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific’s Digital Marketing Centre of Excellence. She had two primary responsibilities in this role, including serving as the lead of its digital transformation around issues like structure, technology, team and implementation of a new regional digital marketing strategy. At the same time, Blanchette headed up the integration and business development support in Asia Pacific and China of Fuji Xerox business subsidiary FXDMS, a BPO service company (formally Salmat) from Australia, acquired in 2012.

Blanchette then joined GlobalFluency in 2016 as a Senior Management Consultant, a position she held until her new April 2018 posting with Xerox, which is currently waiting for the completion of its purchase by Fujifilm.
John O’Grady is to become President of Eastman Kodak’s Print Systems Division effective April 24, 2018. He currently serves as President of the Consumer and Film Division and is the former General Manager of Worldwide Sales for the Print Systems Division. 

Jason Lisi has been appointed as the next Chair of Ryerson University’s School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM), starting July 1, 2018. Ian Baitz, the outgoing Chair who began his tenure in 2009, will continue as a full-time professor in the GCM program.
Ondrej Kruk, who has helped lead Danaher’s Alltec operation for the past three years, has been appointed as President of X-Rite and Pantone, which are also owned by Danaher.
Ricoh has appointed Joji Tokunaga as its new President and Chief Executive Officer in the Americas. Glenn Laverty remains Senior Vice President of Ricoh Americas Marketing and President & CEO of Ricoh Canada Inc.
Supremex Inc. of Montreal has appointed Guy Prenevost as Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary effective April 16, 2018, while also nominating two new directors in Nicole Boivin and Steven Richardson. The directors are to be elected at the company’s upcoming Annual General Meeting to be held on May 9, 2018.

Supremex also announced that Stewart Emerson, President and CEO of Supremex, has informed the company’s Board of Directors of his intention to sell 210,000 common shares held since 2006 for estate planning purposes.

Prenevost has more than 20 years of diversified experience in finance, sales and operations. He was most recently CFO of Rolland Enterprises Inc. and previously held various finance positions at Cascades Inc.’s Tissue Paper Products Division, including Director of Administration and Finance from 2007 to 2016. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Cascades USA Inc. and Best Diamond Packaging, LLC.

Nicole Boivin, explains Supremex, is a strategic advisor to boards and executives dealing with disruption, emerging technologies, M&A and changes in strategy. From 1999 to 2014, she held various executive positions with Manulife as the Global Chief Branding and Communications Officer and the Senior VP, Human Resources and Communication for the Canadian Division.

Steven Richardson is a Corporate Director and former Chief Financial Officer and Director of the Hudson's Bay Company. He previously held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Wells Fargo Financial Canada and Chief Financial Officer and Director at Associates Financial Services of Canada and Beneficial Canada Inc.
Greg Running has joined the General Commercial Sales team of HP Canada. He is responsible for the full HP Indigo press line in Western Canada, as well as the HP PageWide web press solutions.

Running brings HP Canada more than 25 years of printing-industry experience, having most recently worked with Kodak Canada for the past 11 years, including almost six years as that company’s Canadian Sales Director.  

At Kodak Canada, Running was responsible for its digital printing and computer-to-plate equipment, printing plates, and workflow. Prior to that, he was the National Digital Print Specialist for Kodak’s NexPress and Digimaster digital presses.

“I am very excited to join the team at HP, the industry leader when it comes to digital printing,” said Running. “The extensive portfolio of equipment HP offers, with its unparalleled quality and market-leading productivity, is helping printers of all sizes and market segments to grow their businesses profitably, and I look forward to being a part of that. HP continues to re-invest and push the boundaries of what’s possible, leading to exciting new products and solutions.”
Heidelberg Canada expanded its national support team with a range of hires over the past few weeks, including Shane Thurston as a Press Mechanic to support customers in Western Canada. Thurston previously worked for Heidelberg and he is based in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Mark Norlock takes on the role of Production Specialist for Canon Canada Inc., headquartered in Brampton, Ontario.

Norlock brings Canon more than 30 years of experience within the Canadian printing industry. He most recently worked with KBA Canada Inc., as Regional Sales Manager, for just over five years.

Norlock’s printing career began with Linotype-Hell Canada before taking on a role with Indigo Canada to help that company launch its digital press technology in the country. He then spent six years with Scitex America before joining Xerox for four years.

Norlock moved into the world of offset press makers in 2003 as a Sales Manager with MAN Roland. He then worked for Kodak as a Sales Specialist in that company’s new Inkjet Printing Solutions division, before moving back into offset presses with KBA.

Norlock is also heavily involved with the Digital Imaging Association, serving as the organization’s Secretary/Treasurer.
Electronics For Imaging completed three additions to its Silicon Valley-based senior leadership team. Gene Zamiska, the former senior vice president of finance, corporate controller and chief accountant for Verifone, is joining EFI this month as its new chief accounting officer (CAO). Another veteran accounting executive, Mark Allred, has joined EFI as the company’s new vice president of corporate accounting. EFI has also hired Jill Norris, a long-time mobile industry tech leader, as its new chief information officer (CIO).

EFI explains Zamiska, who is a licensed CPA, comes to the CAO position with a long record of successful tech sector financial management and reporting. In the past two years in his executive role at Verifone, he led a team of more than 200 employees to direct the company’s reporting, SEC financial filings, accounting and Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 compliance. Prior to that position, Zamiska held senior finance positions at several tech companies, including serving as CAO for Juniper Networks. He also spent 18 years in finance and accounting roles at Hewlett Packard.

Allred is also a licensed CPA, previously worked at technology and manufacturing businesses in his native Oregon, including forestry, agriculture and construction equipment company Blount International, where he was vice president and corporate controller. Prior to that position, he was vice president of finance and corporate controller of microscope technology manufacturer FEI Co.

EFI explains Jill Norris is an IT, services and operations executive with extensive experience helping organizations make the most effective use of their technology. She most recently served as vice president of global IT services for semiconductor company Globalfoundries. Prior to that, Norris held engineering IT positions for Motorola and held CIO, Chief Service Officer and India expat positions for mobile start-up Good Technology. She also previously worked for Sprint as vice president of IT service delivery.
Pierre Marcoux becomes President of TC Transcontinental’s media sector, TC Media, with a range of brands for the business, finance and construction sectors, including an event-planning component. TC Media is the largest publisher of French-language educational resources in the country. The company, which began divesting its newspaper assets last year, describes these sectors as key to its strategic shift.

Marcoux’ objectives include further developing the sector’s specialty product and service offering; growing market share in educational book publishing; and evaluating targeted acquisition opportunities. He has been working in the family business for more than 15 years.

“I am especially proud to appoint Pierre Marcoux as President of TC Media,” said François Olivier, President and Chief Executive Officer of TC Transcontinental. “We have full confidence in Pierre as he assumes his mandate of executing the Media Sector's business development strategy in order to always better meet the needs of our customers and audiences. He has successfully climbed the ranks to be entrusted with this key role of responsibility, combining his talent as a senior-level manager, his inherent business sense, as well as his profound knowledge of publishing, journalism and multiplatform content.”

Marcoux joined TC Transcontinental in 2000 as a journalist, before taking on a role as Content Manager and Director of Business Development for business publications in the media sector. He then became Vice President of the Business Solutions Group. Five years later, he served as Senior Vice President of the Business and Consumer Solutions Group, a position he held for four years in Toronto, and was then appointed Senior Vice President, Business and Education.

Marcoux holds a bachelor's degree from Université de Sherbrooke and a Master’s in Media Management from Northwestern University. He also completed various training programs at Kellogg School of Management and Harvard Business School. As part of his community involvement, he supports organizations such as the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, On the Tip of the Toes Foundation and Centraide of Greater Montreal, and also serves as governor of the Fondation de recherche en administration (administration research foundation) of Université de Sherbrooke.

TC Media media brands include Les Affaires, Événements Les Affaires, Finance et Investissement, Investment Executive, Conseiller, Advisor's Edge, Avantages, Benefits Canada, and Constructo and Contech, as well as Chenelière Éducation, Les Éditions Transcontinental, Les Éditions Caractère and Groupe Modulo, grouped within TC Media Books.

TC Transcontinental has close to 6,500 employees in Canada and the United States, generating revenues of $2 billion in 2017.
Jürgen Gruber becomes Digital & Web Service National Sales Manager for KBA North America. In this newly created role, he will specifically oversee sales of the RotaJET digital printing press as well as sales and support for the web service group. Gruber will report to Jeff Dietz, VP of Web and Specialty Presses.
“We are excited to welcome Jürgen to the Koenig & Bauer team,” said Dietz. “He brings with him a wealth of industry experience that will make him a valued resource for both our customers and organization.”  
Gruber brings sales and engineering background to his new position. He most recently served with Fujifilm North America’s Graphic Systems Division, where he was since 2012, after working with NELA for the previous 12 years, including seven years as its Director of Sales. 

Gruber holds a Master Industrial Technology degree from the State College for Master Studies in Lahr, Germany, as well as a Technical Engineering degree from the College of Technical Engineering in Emmendingen, Germany.

KBA North America is based in Dallas, Texas, and a member of the Koenig & Bauer Group, which was established 200 years ago in Würzburg, Germany.
James Rowley has taken on the role of President of Glenmore Custom Print + Packaging, based in Vancouver, BC. He previously served as General Manager, from late 2012, helping to establish the family company as one of Western Canada’s premier printing operations.

Founded in 1981 by his father Glen, Glenmore now has more than 130 employees and is one of Canada’s most prominent independent custom print and folding carton manufacturers, while also venturing into roll label printing and continuing its high-end offset litho work. Rowley was named PrintAction’s Emerging Leader of the Year in 2017.
Nick Gaudry joins the management team at Huge Paper, one of Canada’s leading privately owned distributors of plastics and papers aimed at the digital printing market. The addition of Gaudry follows two key appointments last year by Huge as it continues an expansion into new territories and services.

In December 2017, Mark McCaw became Senior Digital Substrate Specialist for Huge Paper’s Dry Ink Performance division. In May 2017, Tom Dack was tapped to lead Huge’s expansion into southwestern Ontario, which is to service the area from Kitchener west along the highway 401 corridor to Windsor, and north to Sarnia.

Gaudry joins as Managing Partner for Huge’s newly created Ottawa East Region, which the company explains is based on a growing demand for digital printing products within region. This results in Huge’s investment to provide local delivery and support.

“I am incredibly pleased that Nick has accepted this important role within our organization,” said Jeff Tapping, founder and owner of Huge Paper. “I have a great deal of respect for what he has accomplished during his career in the graphic arts industry. I know Nick will be a tremendous asset to our organization and help guide it to new heights.”
Huge focuses on providing specialty substrates such as printable synthetics, magnetics, and papers exclusively engineered for HP Indigo, Xerox, and other high performance digital and wide-format presses.

“I am honoured and excited to be part of this respected organization,” said Gaudry. “There are tremendous opportunities for it to experience unprecedented growth. I know the passion Jeff has for this team and the company. I’m grateful for the confidence and trust he has placed in me. I can’t wait to get started.”
Gordon de Savoye joins Printer’s Parts & Equipment as its Ontario Region Sales Representative. Founded in 1973, Printer’s Parts & Equipment is one of Canada’s leading suppliers of graphic arts equipment, consumables and parts, representing brands like Xante, Ideal/MBM and Roland DG among others.

Gordon de Savoye’s sales career began in Ottawa, Ontario, representing Globe Envelopes, a major manufacturer of commercial envelopes. He was promoted to take on the market in Montreal, Quebec, before taking a position to represent CCL Labels, where he specialized in the pharmaceutical field. He has also gained commercial printing experience serving as a broker for several major corporations.

de Savoye obtained a CLU designation as a Chartered Life Underwriter with Sun Life of Canada, while also developing his marketing skills through a range of sales courses in Canada and the United States.

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