Appointments
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.
Patrick Morrissey has been appointed to the position of Vice President, Americas Sales, for Electronics For Imaging (EFI). He is responsible for growing regional direct sales and enhancing channel partnerships across the company's Productivity Software, Industrial Inkjet and Fiery digital print production businesses.

“Patrick is a dynamic sales professional who is well respected by customers and has a strong track record of success in print software and workflow revenue growth with Creo and in inkjet revenue growth with EFI," said Frank Mallozzi, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, EFI, who notes Morrissey’s 30-plus year career.

Morrissey joined EFI in 2007 and most recently served as Senior Director of Worldwide Inkjet Sales. Morrissey received EFI's Elite Award every year since 2010 for exceeding his annual revenue goal. Prior to joining EFI, Morrissey was Vice President of Sales, North America, at Creo, a software and prepress technology provider that is now part of Kodak.
Drytac, an international manufacturer of adhesive-coated products based in Bristol, United Kingdom, named Hayden Kelley as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Kelley is a graduate of Halifax’ Dalhousie University with a BA in Economics and an MBA in International Business. His previous roles include Regional Sales Manager for Drytac’s Western United States territory and VP of Sales and Marketing for Drytac Canada.

 “I am honoured to lead Drytac into the next phase of innovation,” said Kelley. “Now more than ever, we are focused on building strong relationships with customers and partners across the globe. With a renewed commitment to forward-thinking corporate strategies that create tangible value, I believe we will see sustainable growth and profitability.”

Kelley, who currently serves and will retain his role as Managing Director of Drytac Europe, succeeds his father Richard Kelley, the company’s founding Chairman and former CEO. Richard Kelley will continue to serve as Chairman, leading the Board of Directors and providing counsel on corporate business strategies. Marc Oosterhuis will remain president of Drytac North America, overseeing strategic operations in the U.S. and Canada.
Michael Corbett becomes Director of Operations for Toronto-based book manufacturer Webcom Inc. As part of the executive leadership team, he will lead and manage the company’s manufacturing divisions.

“Our recent investment in the HP Indigo 10000, a game-changing 29-inch digital press, bridges the gap between traditional offset and digital print,” Mike Collinge, Webcom’s President and CEO. “Michael’s extensive experience in print manufacturing will be an asset in meeting our customer’s requirements for print quality, efficient workflows and reliability.”

Corbett’s immediate focus, according to Webcom, will be the installation of the HP Indigo 10000 press and its integration into the company’s printing workflow. His experience in the printing industry includes past leadership positions with companies like DATA Group of Companies, Symcor, Avant Imaging and Information Management, and TC Transcontinental.
Heidelberg Canada, following last month’s move to a new headquarters, has announced new leadership in its senior management team. Harold Hoff has been appointed to serve as Vice President, Sales & Service, while Jason Roth will continue his role as Vice President, Finance & Operations.

With 30 years of experience in Heidelberg’s service organization, Hoff will assume responsibilities of sales, service and customer relations. Roth, who began his career with Heidelberg in 1997, has served as Vice President, Finance & Operations for two years, and will continue his responsibilities of finance, operations, logistics and warehousing.

Both Hoff and Roth will lead the day-to-day operations of Heidelberg Canada and will report directly to Juergen Grimm, President of Heidelberg Americas. Grimm, based in Kennesaw, oversees operations in Canada, United States, Mexico and Brazil.

“As a sales and service unit of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Heidelberg Canada is the clear market leader in the Canadian print industry,” said Hoff. “With these new additions, the brand continues to show unparalleled support to its customers and the print industry at large.”

Last month, Heidelberg Canada relocated to its new headquarters at 5900 Keaton Crescent in Mississauga, Ont., which encompasses close to 50,000 square feet.
The Landa Group of Rehovot, Israel, appointed Yishai Amir as CEO of Landa Corporation. Benny Landa, founder of the Landa Group, continues as its active Chairman.

Amir, who also becomes Group Vice Chairman for Landa, has more than 20 years of experience in the printing industry. He held senior positions with HP, most recently serving as Vice President and General Manager, Graphics Solutions Business at Hewlett-Packard Americas.

Previously, Amir served as HP Vice President and General Manager, Indigo & Inkjet Solutions Business Americas, and Director, Worldwide Strategic Marketing, HP-Indigo. He began his career in the printing industry at Indigo, where he served in various positions including VP, Photo Business and Director, Product Marketing.
 
“By joining Landa I feel as if I am returning home. I started my career with Benny Landa 21 years ago at Indigo,” said Amir. “I greatly appreciate the incredible opportunity to again work with him and the rest of the Landa team. I look forward to helping grow the business and building one of the industry's great companies.”
Paul McCrossan has joined KBR Graphics as a Service Technician based out of the Greater Toronto Area. He is to primary focus on servicing KBR Graphics’ customer base in Ontario.

McCrossan brings more than 25 years of industry experience to KBR Graphics, including an extensive electronic and mechanical background. For the past seven years, he was a field engineer for a German press and bindery equipment manufacturer.

Established in 1977, KBR Graphics is based in Montreal and continues to hold a significant presence in Ontario. The distribution company provides a range of technologies and services for the Canadian printing industry, including parts, pressroom equipment, presses, and a range of finishing technologies.
Kathy Popovich becomes the North American Director of Dscoop, the Digital Solutions Cooperative focused on HP printing and imaging technologies. She will lead the organization’s North American operations and activities, including building Dscoop’s global partner program, while working with EMEA and APJ region directors to formalize its global initiatives.

Founded in 2005, Dscoop today describes itself as an independent community of HP technology users, thought leaders and technical professionals. An international organization, Dscoop serves members in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Japan. Popovich will report to Canadian digital printing pioneer John Rogers, who currently serves as the Global Executive Director of Dscoop and sits on the organization’s North America Board of Directors.

Popovich brings more than two decades of agency and corporate experience to her new role at Dscoop, which points to her focus on strategic planning, helping companies meet their business goals and objectives. Over the past decade she has held senior leadership and executive roles, blending strategy, creativity and collaboration across disciplines.

“I am pleased to welcome someone of Kathy’s business acumen and passion for innovation to Dscoop,” said Rogers. “Kathy’s broad experience, having worked with enterprise organizations and large brands as well as small businesses and startup brands, is an excellent fit to our future development needs.”

Popovich is a former member of Dscoop’s marketing committee, and as a colleague of Jay Dollries, Dscoop North American Board Chair while serving as the marketing and communications director of Innovative Labeling Solutions, a Dscoop member. Most recently, Popovich was the CMO for Prolanthropy, a management services firm providing turn-key foundation management services for professional athletes nationwide.

“I am excited to be joining Dscoop as the North America Regional Director and am looking forward to working with the board to lead the organization toward future growth,” said Popovich. “As Dscoop has just celebrated its 10th year in existence, our focus will be on creating a roadmap for the future success of this dynamic and ever-evolving user community.”

Selma Singh becomes Operations Manager for Grovetree Press, a trade lamination and coatings company in Toronto.

Singh, formerly with Coatings Canada, brings 16 years of experience and a wealth of knowledge in print finishing to Grovetree Press. She will be responsible for all operations, including customer service, with the company.

“Grovetree is planning on many new products and services in the coming year, and Selma will be an integral part of our growth and success,” said Mike Heggie, General Manager.

Grovetree runs eight lamination systems covering film (9 x 12 inch up to 30 x 40-inch format) and heat-seal applications (2 x 3-1/2 inches up to 55 x 78 inches), as well as a range of related finishing services like drilling, cornering, eyeletting, grometting, easeling, slot punching and handwork.
Lynn Worley joins Gandy Digital as National Sales Manager to develop the company’s wide-format-system footprint in North America. Worley spent the past 18 years at xpedx in a range of roles and recently as a Print Solutions Manager with Veritiv Corporation focusing on wide format technology.

“I am excited to start a new challenge with Gandy Digital and look forward to working with the team to further develop their already extensive digital printer products,” said Worley.

Gandy Digital is headquartered in the Greater Toronto Area and has more than 35 years experience developing and manufacturing inkjet-printing technologies. Its primary inkjet machines include the Pred8tor, Domin8tor and Gladi8tor, which are all designed and manufactured in a 40,000-square-foot Mississauga facility, while its software is engineered in the United States.

“We view his appointment as a sign of our commitment to being the leading company in our industry,” said Hary Gandy, President of Gandy Digital. “Our new innovations such as the SoftJet Direct to Fabric Printer and the introduction of our Sl8te LED Printers, as well as increasing demand from our customers led us to look for an addition to our team who will fit in with our ethos of innovation and exceptional service.”
Jay Lalonde becomes Canadian Territory Manager for Zund America Inc., a division of family run Zünd Systemtechnik AG of Switzerland, which develops cutting tables among a range of associated precision technologies.

Lalonde brings more than 25 years of printing industry experience, including seven years he recently spent with Fujifilm’s Canadian operation, where his responsibilities included product marketing management and product obsolescence. He also previously held positions with Boehmer Box, Beresford Box, Pfizer and Sunlife, involved in a range of roles from prepress to packaging design.

In his new role, Lalonde will focus on driving sales and increasing revenue by identifying new opportunities in Canada, as well as building on relationships with existing Canadian Zünd customers and resellers.
Abhay Parasnis becomes Chief Technology Officer of Adobe, as well as the California company’s Senior Vice President of platform technology and services. He is tasked with driving Adobe’s technology strategy, architecture and innovation roadmap for its cloud services, which includes its flagship Creative Cloud, Adobe Marketing Cloud, and most recently Adobe Document Cloud.

Parasnis was instrumental in building the early cloud-computing platforms at both Microsoft and Oracle. “Abhay brings a powerful combination of technical credentials and operational experience to this new CTO role,” said Shantanu Narayen, Adobe’s President and CEO. “Our cloud platforms are the foundation for our next phase of innovation and growth as a company, and Abhay is the ideal candidate to lead this initiative.”

Parasnis most recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer of venture-funded enterprise mobility player Kony. He previously held a senior management role with i2 Technologies, where he led the development of a Supply Chain Collaboration product line called Rhythm Collaboration Suite. At IBM, Parasnis contributed to the early Java platform including JavaBeans Extensions.

“Adobe has set the standard on how to successfully shift to a cloud-based business while delivering great innovation for customers,” said Parasnis. “Adobe’s cloud initiatives are dramatically re-shaping how content is created, measured and consumed, which is unique in the software world and a great technical challenge. I’m excited to dive in and make great things happen.”

Parasnis holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics and telecommunications from the College of Engineering Pune, and holds more than 20 patents spanning enterprise and consumer Internet technologies.
Steven Schnoll becomes CEO and President of SiHL Inc.’s United States operations in Fiskeville, Rhode Island. The company is part of SiHL Group, a global manufacturer of medias for inkjet and toner printing, with production facilities also in Germany, Italy, France and Switzerland. SiHL is controlled by parent company Diatec Holdings.

Schnoll, who assumed his new SiHL position back in May 2015, is to focus on the company’s expansion efforts. He has held key roles in five graphic media companies and with one software startup company. For the last 16 years, Schnoll has provided consulting services to a range of organizations in marketing and sales.

"I am honored to be a part of such an important company within the graphics industry. The SiHL Group produces some of the highest quality substrate materials found anywhere in the world for the growing digital print marketplace,” said Schnoll. “With many new product opportunities to be imminently released for our customers to grow their profitability, this is definitely an exciting time.”

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