Appointments
Pierre-Elliott Levasseur becomes President of La Presse following Guy Crevier’s decision to step away from day-to-day operations of the Montreal-based news organization. Levasseur has played a key role in the company's affairs since 2006 and was serving as Chief Operating Officer.

Crevier, who presided over La Presse's shift to digital, becomes Vice-Chairman of the Board, La Presse (Gesca), and will stay on as Publisher.

“A year ago, Guy Crevier told me that he wished to step back from operations once La Presse's transition toward a new digital model was complete," said Desmarais, President and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Power Corporation. "The move from print to digital weekday editions is also now a reality. Pierre-Elliott Levasseur is the natural choice to succeed Guy as President. He has played a frontline role in the company for several years, and brings in-depth media industry knowledge to the table. I know that, with his keen business sense and leadership, Pierre-Elliott will be an exceptional President of La Presse."

Levasseur has held various senior management functions with the company in recent years. As its Executive Vice-President, his duties included managing La Presse's digital operations and overseeing all facets of the development and implementation of La Presse+.

He is currently responsible for the areas of revenue, finance, sales, and the technology subsidiary Nuglif. He has contributed to every major project developed at La Presse since his arrival, according to the company. With an MBA from Harvard Business School, Levasseur is regarded as a finance specialist and helped guide the diversification of the company's activities through acquisitions as well as equity interests and sales of assets. From 1995 to 2006, he worked for Power Corporation of Canada and Power Financial Corporation, where he was Treasurer from 2001 to 2006.
John Johnstone becomes Senior Account Executive for Ontario for Canon Canada’s Professional Printing Solutions Group. He will help Canon Canada grow its market share in both the commercial printing segment and transaction printing space.

Johnstone joined the company in mid-November with more than 20 years of graphic communications experience, including a focus on the implementation of e-commerce, marketing, and content management strategies.
Former Heidelberg Canada executive Ken Freek has joined Webcom Inc. of Markham, Ontario, actually returning to the company he worked with for through different periods of his distinguished printing career. He began his return with Webcom in November as a Senior Project Manager.

Freek most recently served as Vice President of Product Management at Heidelberg Canada, a position he held for more than five years, responsible for the sales support, pricing, promotion and distribution of Heidelberg’s equipment and supply products through a team of product managers.

He joined Heidelberg Canada in mid-2001 as a digital products manager and progressed through the company as Director of Sales and Service Digital Products, Director of Logistics and Sales Manager of Heidelberg Direct before becoming Vice President of Product Management in 2009.

Freek worked first worked with Webcom from 1981 to 1987 as Plant Manager and rejoined the company as Manager of Digital Printing from 1993 to 2001. In between his two placements at Webcom, Freek also worked as a Plant Manager for John Deyell Company and T.H. Best Printing Company.
Printing Industries of America completed the election of its 2017 Officers and Board of Directors, who began to function on November 20 after a ceremony at the association’s meetings in Kansas City, Missouri. There are no Canadian printing industry executives on the board this year or serving as elected officers.

Curt Kreisler of Gold Star Printers in Miami, Florida, will serve as the PIA’s Chairman of the Board. He has been an active member of the print community serving PIA and his local trade association, Printing Association of Florida (PAF). Before becoming Chairman, Kreisler served as a member of the PIA Executive Committee, Chairman of the PIA Association Relations Committee, Chairman of PIA’s Show Committee, and as a member of the PIA Finance Committee. While serving his local affiliate, Kreisler was elected as Chairman of the Board twice. He is also Chairman of PAF’s Trade Show Council that oversees the management and running of the Graphics of the Americas trade show in Miami. His previous print industry service also includes serving as Chairman of the Board of the National Association of Quick Printers (NAQP), which recognized him as Printer of the Year in 2007.
 
The remaining elected PIA board members include:

First Vice Chairman
Bryan Hall, CEO of Graphic Visual Solutions Inc. in Greensboro, North Carolina
 
Second Vice Chairman/Association Relations Committee Chairman
Michael Wurst, CEO of Henry Wurst Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri
 
Secretary to the Board
Paul Cousineau, Vice President of Prepress and Continuous Improvement with Dow Jones & Company Inc. in Princeton, New Jersey

Treasurer
John E. LeCloux, Vice President of WS Packaging Group in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Past Chairman of the Board
Bradley Thompson II, CEO of Inland Press in Detroit, Michigan
 
Also joining the Board of Directors in 2017 are: Roger Chamberlain, the Cincinnati Insurance Company, representing Printing Industries of Ohio; Scott Vaughn, The Standard Group, representing the Graphic Arts Association; Pat McBride, Envision Printing LLC, representing Printing & Imaging Association of Georgia; Ryan Stevens, Replica Printing Services, representing PIA San Diego; Dawn Nye, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, representing the vendor community; and Tad Parker of PINE, representing the affiliate managers.
Rainer Hundsdörfer is to become the new Chief Executive Officer of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG on November 14, succeeding the departing Gerold Linzbach, which was previously announced a few weeks ago.

Management board member Harald Weimer, responsible for Heidelberg Services, will be stepping down at his own request as of November 13, 2016, and will supervise a transition to March 31, 2017. With Weimer’s pending departure, Ulrich Hermann is to become a regular member of the company’s management board. Stephan Plenz’s management board contract has been extended, as scheduled, for a further three years.

“We sincerely thank Gerold Linzbach for successfully turning around the company. Heidelberg is well on track,” said Siegfried Jaschinski, Chairman of the Heidelberg Supervisory Board. “We are delighted to have gained an internationally experienced leadership personality in Rainer Hundsdörfer to drive forward the reorientation of the company. Hundsdörfer has acquired many years of specialist expertise with global technology leaders that will help pave the way forward to a successful digital future at Heidelberg.”

Hundsdörfer has managed a number of leading industrial technology companies, most recently as chairman of the board of management of ebm-papst, described as a world-leading manufacturer of fans and motors. Prior to this, he was Chairman of the Industry Division and member of the executive board at Schaeffler. After graduating in business engineering, Hundsdörfer started work for Trumpf in Ditzingen and performed various managerial roles abroad. After this, he was appointed CEO of Weinig AG, a machines and systems manufacturer for timber processing based in Tauberbischofsheim in Baden-Württemberg.

“Heidelberg is moving toward customer-focused technology and services in what is a changed market environment,” notes Hundsdörfer. “We now need to make solid use of the opportunities digitization presents for profitable growth.”

Ulrich Hermann, who becomes a member of Heidelberg’s management board effective November 14, was most recently CEO of Wolters Kluwer Germany and regional managing director of Wolters Kluwer Central Europe. Prior to this, he was member of the management board of Süddeutscher Verlag Hüthig Fachinformation. After graduating in mechanical engineering, he gained his doctorate in business economics in St. Gallen in 1996. He launched his business career in 1997 with a number of managerial positions at Bertelsmann AG.

“Dr. Hermann has been successful in realigning conventional business models throughout his career. Heidelberg will benefit from his experience in the future,” explains Jaschinski.
manroland Sheetfed U.S. & Canada has appointed Douglas Bradley as Vice President of Service. With more than 25 years of experience working for capital equipment companies in a professional services capacity, Bradley will be responsible for the company’s North American Service and Parts departments including customer service, technical and business support, logistics, project management, and business development for the company’s PrintServices division.

Bradley is familiar with manroland Sheetfed having served as Vice-President of Service with the Web Division for over nine years. There, he worked directly with the current management and personnel of manroland Sheetfed at all levels in the organization.

“Douglas’ experience in overseeing service organizations in providing wide business solutions that drive process efficiency, improved revenue performance and cost savings is of significant value to manroland Sheetfed and the right fit for our organization,” said Michael Mugavero, CEO & Managing Director of manroland Sheetfed, U.S. & Canada. “He will help enable steady growth and continue with our long-standing history of professional service excellence.”
Craig Hath has been appointed to the newly created position of Dscoop Global Director, Partner Programs. Founded in 2005, Dscoop is an independent community of HP graphic arts business owners and technical professionals who use HP Indigo, Scitex, Latex and PWP equipment. The organization currently has more than 8,000 members worldwide.

“Craig joins the organization with a wealth of business and industry knowledge and experience and is someone that can build relationships, as he has done throughout his career,” said John Rogers, cofounder of Canada’s Dots & Pixel’s and current  Global Executive Director of Dscoop.

The appointment comes with the introduction of Dscoop’s Global Partner Program, which is described as a year-round initiative offering annual benefits to engage the global community, facilitating relationships between partners and Dscoop members in a variety of face-to-face, print and online forums. The next Dscoop event is scheduled to take place March 1 to 4, 2017, in Phoenix, AZ.

"This is a very unique opportunity that I'm delighted to have been chosen for. I've been able to see firsthand the powerful impact of Dscoop on both the business of our member companies and our partners," said Hath.
Jean-Francois Labonté has been appointed as Territory Sales Manager, Eastern Canada, Channel & Custom Sales, for Drytac Canada, a manufacturer of adhesive-coated products. He holds a degree in administration from Cégep Beauce-Appalaches and has more than 10 years of experience in business development.

In his new role, Labonté will be responsible for driving sales through multiple market channels via established and newly developed partnerships. His primary focus will be expanding Drytac’s wide-format graphics and custom coating business across New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec.

“Jean-Francois will be a tremendous asset to Drytac Canada,” said Darren Speizer, Drytac Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “He brings considerable knowledge and technical expertise related to digital large format implementation.”

Prior to joining Drytac, Labonté served as business development director with LVP, a large format print provider serving the graphic communications market. While there, he developed client portfolios and strategic sales and marketing plans to advance business initiatives.
Filip Weymans has been named Vice President of Marketing for Xeikon, a division of Flint Group, primarily focused on developing web-fed toner presses that use LED-array-based electrophotography. Having been with Xeikon for 18 years, Weymans previously served as the company’s Director Segment Marketing Labels & Packaging.

“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.
Mohawk, North America’s largest privately owned manufacturer of fine papers, envelopes and specialty substrates for commercial printing, has made a range of organizational changes and promotions.

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.
Andrew Oransky becomes President of Roland DGA, headquartered in Irvine, California, which primarily supplies wide-format imaging systems. Oransky previously served as Roland DGA’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and prior to that was Director of Marketing and Product Management.
 
“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.
Dr. Mark Bohan becomes Director of Prinect and CTP for Heidelberg USA, which he joined last November as a business consultant. In his new role, Bohan will report directly to Andy Rae, Senior Vice President of Equipment and Marketing.

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.”
Joe Varone and Paulo Monteiro have been promoted to serve as President and Vice President of Sales, respectively, at GMG Americas, subsidiary of Germany-based colour-management-systems developer GMG.

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.
David Paterson will retire as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Verso Corporation effective as of August 31, 2016, as the paper giant continues its search for a new leader. With Paterson’s pending departure, Adam St. John has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Robert Amen is to become Chairman of the Board.

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.
Stephen Feldman joins Avanti Computer Systems, a Toronto-based developer of Print Management Information Systems, as Director of Product Management. He is responsible for providing product management leadership for the Avanti Slingshot Print MIS platform and brings with him an extensive business development background from both software and hardware industries.
 
“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.

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