Former Hewlett-Packard printing leader Vyomesh Joshi becomes Chief Executive Officer of 3D-printing player 3D Systems based in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Joshi succeeds Interim-President and CEO Andy Johnson, who will continue in his role as 3D Systems' Executive VP and Chief Legal Officer.

Joshi worked with HP’s imaging and printing group for 32 years between 1980 and 2012. While leading HP's $26 billion printing business as an Executive VP, he was responsible for doubling the printing business operating profits during an 11-year period.

“I am incredibly excited about the future of 3D Systems. We have a tremendous opportunity to help customers take advantage of the era of manufacturing transformation, including mass customization,” said Joshi. “While the company has a strong history in place, it is clear that we need to develop new and innovative products with unprecedented quality and service levels to drive sustainable growth and profits.”

3D Systems provides 3D products and services, including 3D printers, print materials, on demand manufacturing services and digital design tools. 3D Systems' precision healthcare capabilities include simulation, Virtual Surgical Planning, and printing of medical and dental devices as well as patient-specific surgical instruments.
On April 28, Thayer Long is to become the new President of NPES, The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies, which oversees the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC) responsible for the annual Graph Expo trade show. Long succeeds Ralph Nappi who led NPES for the last 11 years and announced his retirement at the October 2015 Board of Directors Meeting.

“We are delighted that Thayer Long will be joining the Association to lead NPES and the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC). Thayer brings eight years of effective leadership experience that includes all aspects of association management including strategic plan development, trade show management, government affairs, education and foundation work. He will be a great asset to NPES as we navigate the future waters of our industry."

In addition to leading NPES and GASC, Long will also serve as president of the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF). He has nearly 20 years of association experience serving most recently as Executive VP and CEO of the Independent Electrical Contractors, and prior to that as President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Institute. Both organizations are headquartered in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

“Thayer is a good colleague whom I have known for five years; the industry is fortunate to have such a highly qualified professional joining our organization,” said Current NPES President Ralph Nappi. “Thayer possesses the skill set to take NPES, GASC and GAERF to new levels and will bring a high degree of creativity and enthusiasm to our industry.”
Brad King has been named Vice President of Xerox Canada’s newly redesigned national graphic communications organization. Prior to his new role, King was Xerox Canada’s Vice President of Central Operations, responsible for sales and marketing of Xerox’s portfolio of office and graphic communications products to clients in the Greater Toronto Area and southwestern Ontario.

King was a member of the 1992 Canadian Olympic team and competed in alpine skiing in Albertville, France.

“The printing industry continues to be a very competitive marketplace for our clients – it’s also a very exciting time as we develop new technology platforms that will help them produce relevant, profitable, quality and high value offerings for their own customers,” stated King, in a release about his new role. “As the industry continues its migration from offset to digital, we are well positioned with our leading high-end printing solutions – such as the Xerox Impika Evolution, a continuous-feed, inkjet digital press – to help our clients broaden their offerings, while increasing productivity, overall revenue and business growth. This is a strategic priority for us.”
Xerox explains the redesigned graphic communications operation will provide clients across Canada with access to specialized experts to help them better leverage the company’s production and digital printing technologies, application developments and workflow solutions.
Infigo Software Limited appointed Craig Hath as President of the company’s North American operations, to capitalize on the UK company’s expansion to the United States and Canada.

Hath, who sits on the board of directors of Dscoop, North America, joins the company after seven years as managing director at ZUZA Marketing Asset Management and has more than 30 years’ extensive experience in the print industry. While at ZUZA Marketing, Hath worked with Infigo’s Catfish software to replace a legacy system last August.

He co-chairs the Dscoop Conference Education committee, is a member of the organization’s conference committee and has served in several other volunteer roles for Dscoop. Based in Greater San Diego, he is responsible for finding new opportunities for Infigo’s Web-to-print products, including flagship storefront Catfish and cross media marketing tool Symphony, in the North American market.
Dr. Gerold Linzbach, at the beginning of 2016, returned to his duties as Chairman of the Management Board and Chief Human Resources Officer of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, as planned. Linzbach returns to the company after his recovery to oversee day-to-day business and take up his tasks and duties as normal.

“Over the past months, the management board has continued to press forward successfully with the company’s realignment. The company is well on track,” said Dr. Siegfried Jaschinski, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Heidelberg. “The supervisory board is extremely pleased that Mr. Linzbach has returned to join his colleagues on the management board as they take the next strategic steps.”

Linzbach was named Chief Executive Officer of Heidelberg in December 2012, replacing Bernhard Schreier. He holds a degree in chemistry and a Ph.D in chemical engineering from the University of Dortmund. In 1991, Linzbach was a member of Hoescht AG's corporate planning team and later took over leading the company's fibers operations (Trevira GmbH). In 1999, Linzbach played a leading role in founding Aventis and went on to become global CEO and President of the Celanese Acetate Group based in the United States until 2003. From 2003 to 2005, he was responsible for the textile fibers division INVISTA, also in the United States.

On March 1, 2005, Linzbach was appointed Chairman and CEO of Symrise AG in Holzminden, Germany. He successfully led it onto the stock market at the end of 2006 and onto the MDAX in March 2007. Dr. Linzbach left the company for personal reasons at the end of June 2009. He was subsequently appointed CEO and Member of the Management Board of D+S Europe and its successor companies in Hamburg.
David Wilkins joins Xeikon as Vice President Sales and Marketing, US and Canada. He most recently served as Vice President of JV Imaging Solutions, which distributes technologies for digital imaging, solvent processing, and photopolymer plates aimed at the web and mid web flexographic printing market.

Wilkins also previously worked as National Sales Manager for MacDermid Printing Solutions and District Manager/Vice President of Sales for The Pitman Company. He also worked in sales for printing and publishing markets for Intergraph Corporation and as Product Marketing Manager and National Sales Director for Gerber Scientific Instrument Company.

“We welcome Dave to our team and look forward to expanding the reach of our leading edge technology through his visionary market approach,” stated Xeikon CEO Wim Maes.
Karen Keller has joined PrintLink, a provider of executive search and professional placement for the printing and packaging industries, as an Executive Recruiter. PrintLink works with both industry suppliers and print service providers to acquire talent for senior and middle management positions, as well as highly skilled operators and technicians.

“Karen will be a valuable strategic career partner,” said Arnold Kahn, President of PrintLink. “She has a high level of professionalism, and is dedicated to building confidential trusting relationships necessary to match ideal candidates with high-level positions.”

Prior to joining PrintLink, Keller was an Account Manager with InfoTrends and she previously worked as Director of Business Development for Printing Industries of America. She has also served as VP of a placement company, and production manager for a southern California commercial printer focused on Fortune 100 clients. She is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University.

“PrintLink provides a perfect marriage with my print and placement background,” said Keller. “Print is in my DNA. I’ve worked with Fortune 500 companies, and grew up in a three-generation family printing business, so I understand the unique challenges each face as they develop effective teams in today’s business environment.”
Mary Ann Yule is to assume the role of Managing Director of HP Canada Co. on February 15, 2016, responsible for all aspects of HP operations in Canada. She succeeds Lloyd Bryant, who retired as President and CEO of HP Canada in December 2015 after a distinguished career with the company in a range of progressively senior sales, management and general management roles.

Yule joins HP Inc. from CDW Canada where most recently she was the Vice President and General Manager since 2008. In this role, she was responsible for driving business growth and national brand recognition. Prior to joining CDW Canada, Yule served in various senior management and key marketing positions at Toshiba of Canada and Tech Data Canada. She brings nearly 20 years of leadership experience in the Canadian technology sector.

"Mary Ann brings incredible passion and energy to our business," said Christoph Schell, President, Americas, HP Inc. "I am extremely excited to welcome her to HP and my direct staff. I have no doubt we will achieve new heights in Canadian markets under her leadership.”
A week after the news that Komcan will begin to represent Komori America in Quebec and Eastern Canada, adding to its existing Komori sales and service agreements in Ontario and Western Canada, the press distributer has made key hires and new service agreements for the region, as well as for its home base in Ontario.

Thierry Barbeau becomes Komcan’s Sales Manager, responsible for the complete product line sold by Komcan, for Eastern Canada. Thierry is an industry veteran who most recently sold Xeikon presses and technologies, and previously worked for both manroland and Heidelberg. “His knowledge and proven track record will be a true asset for us,” said Steve Ranson, President of Komcan.

For electrical and mechanical support, Komcan entered an agreement with Jean-Philippe Arsenault and Alain Page, both well known to current Komori users, to service and support Komori presses in Eastern Canada. For parts and service in Quebec, Marie-Hélène Tardif will be the local contact.

Komcan has also hired Daniela Mihalachi, who is bilingual in both English and French, to help lead its customer support efforts out of Georgetown, Ontario, where the company is headquartered. Mihalachi holds extensive customer service experience and a degree focused on Multimedia Studies from the University of Montreal, as well as a Bachelors degree in Electronic Engineering.
Presstek LLC has added two members to its North American Sales Team, including Donn Goldstick and Harry Manzi, which impacts the company’s Canadian sales regions.

Donn Goldstick joins Presstek as the new Digital Printing Systems Western Region Sales Manager, which includes responsibilities for the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Prior to joining Presstek, Goldstick held positions of Regional Vice President of Heidelberg and more recently Regional Sales Manager with Xerox and Ricoh, where he focused on the installations of toner technologies, while leveraging his lithographic press expertise.

“Having many years of experience with market leaders in both digital printing systems and offset,” said Goldstick, “it’s clear that Presstek DI presses are becoming a preferred solution over toner for a highly automated, reliable high performance system that not only provides a high return on investment, but has no click charges and prints at a low cost per page, especially on runs between 500 to 10,000.”

Steve Chmielewski, who formerly managed the Western Region for Presstek, transitions over to a newly created Central Region territory for the company, which includes responsibilities for the provinces of Ontario and Manitoba. Langford Meredith continues to focus on sales in Quebec for Presstek.

Harry Manzi becomes Presstek’s new Account Manager for Thermal Printing Plates. He previously held consultative sales and business development roles at Agfa Corporation, 3M and Kodak Polychrome Graphics. He will be responsible for business development, client retention and dealer relations for Presstek’s thermal plate products.

The Digital Imaging Association yesterday held its annual general meeting and holiday luncheon at The Boulevard Club in Toronto, attended by more than 100 industry professionals. The luncheon included an hour-long presentation by Jim Hamilton, Group Director with Infotrends, who discussed the direction of toner- and inkjet-based technologies.

The member-driven DIA organization, which also holds monthly seminars in the Greater Toronto Area, used the annual holiday event to introduce its Board of Directors for 2016, including:


President:  Dino Sinnathurai, Cober Evolving Solutions
1st Vice President:  George Sittlinger, Maracle Press
2nd Vice President:  Paul Tarvydas, Tsus4
Secretary/Treasurer:  Mark Norlock, KBA
Past President:  Paul McCarthy, Konica Minolta


Rebecca Buffi, Xerox
Ray Fagan, Heidelberg
Steve Falk, Prime Data
Steve Fournier, Agfa
Jason Hamilton, Ti Group
Andrea Leven Marcon, Spicers
Mike Millard, Ellis Packaging
Ed Rooney, Ti Group
Randall Stevenson
Larry Stewart, Graphic Whizard
Bob Weller

Director Emeritus:  Karl Schmed

Mohit Uberoi becomes President and Chief Executive Officer of Goss International Corporation. He most recently served as President and CEO of B&W MEGTEC.

Mohit joined MEGTEC in 1997 and led the business from 2003 to 2015. Goss explains he has significant experience overseeing the transformation of global industrial mid-market companies, with multiple product lines and global locations, with both private equity and public shareholders.

“As a long-standing industry professional, Mohit is ideally suited to join Goss as its leader,” said Sparsh Bhargava of American Industrial Partners, which controls Goss. “He has a strong appreciation for the strengths of the company, its employees, customers and products. With his printing industry background, Mohit has a deep understanding of the many challenges facing the broader industry. He is a transformational leader, with a proven track record of making businesses successful.”

Prior to MEGTEC, Mohit worked in research and new business development for W.R. Grace & Co., an industrial conglomerate. He earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, before moving to the United States to pursue his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arizona.

Mohit said, “I’m delighted to join Goss at such a pivotal time and look forward to working with American Industrial Partners, our management team, and employees to build a customer responsive, financially strong company with great products and services.”

Gunther Mertens succeeds Peter Wilkens as Agfa Graphics’ Regional President for North America effective immediately. He will also be a member of the Global Graphics Management Committee (GMC).  

Michael Ciaramella also joins Agfa Graphics as its Vice President of Sales for the United States. He previously served in management positions with HP, Eastman Kodak and Microsoft.

Mertens, who became an American citizen in 2011, joined Agfa in 1999 and has held various positions in M&A and Finance. Since 2006, he has been Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Agfa Graphics' subsidiaries in the United States and Canada.

“Gunther is a well-experienced senior executive with a proven track record in our company,” said Stefaan Vanhooren, Agfa Graphics' Global Corporate President. “He brings a broad business acumen and operations know-how, combined with a good understanding of the evolving needs of the North American printing industry."

Ralph Nappi, who served as President of NPES for 10 years, is leaving the organization within the next three months, until a new President is found. “After 10 years at the helm, it is time for NPES to find its next leader and for me to find my next passion,” said Nappi.

Besides serving as President of NPES, Nappi serves as President of the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC), which oversees the Graph Expo and Print tradeshows, and President of the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF). He will resign all three positions at the same time.

On October 29, 2015, during NPES Annual Conference in Palm Beach, Florida, the organization introduced its new Board of Directors, which includes the election of Malkon Baboyian to the position of NPES Chairman. Baboyian is Executive Vice President, Production Printing Solutions/Large Format Solutions, Canon Solutions America.

Three new directors were also elected to the NPES Board for a two-year term expiring at the 2018 Annual Meeting, including: Steve Mattingly, Senior Vice President, Southern Lithoplate; Steve Metcalf, President and CEO, Air Motion Systems; and Greg Salzman, President, Aleyant.

Other directors re-elected to the board include: Gavin Jordan-Smith, Vice President, Solutions and Production, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A.; Mark Kannenberg, President, RBP Chemical Technology; Eric Midlik, Executive Vice President, Global Sales, Prime UV Systems; Andy Rae, Senior Vice President Equipment, Heidelberg U.S.A.; Ron Rose, President, Nova Pressroom Products; and Gina Testa, Vice President, Marketing, Xerox Corporation.

Additionally, NPES board member newly elected to the Executive Committee and to serve as Treasurer was Mark Hischar, President & CEO, KBA-North America.
Darren Speizer becomes Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Drytac North America. He is responsible for developing and implementing strategic business initiatives in both the U.S. and Canada, overseeing the sales and marketing teams in both regions.

Earlier this year, Speizer joined Drytac as U.S. National Sales Manager to expand the distribution network and national accounts in the U.S. “Darren’s background in the sign and graphic industry is unparalleled and has served us well as we pursue distribution partners across North America,” said Marc Oosterhuis, President of the Drytac Group.

Drytac is an international manufacturer of adhesive-coated products, including graphic films, window films, double-sided tapes, self-adhesive print media, label stock, industrial adhesives, and heat-activated and pressure-sensitive laminates and mounting adhesives.

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