Appointments
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.”
Peter Bourgeois joins Agfa Canada as an Account Manager covering the Western region from Manitoba to British Columbia, focusing on the company’s complete product portfolio.

Prior to Agfa, Bourgeois was Customer Business Manager at Unisource in Calgary. He also previously worked for Ernest Green & Son and Mondrian-Hall Inc.

“Peter has more than 15 years of experience in the graphics industry and has extensive knowledge of the sign and display market,” said Lawrence Robinson, Business Manager, Western Canada, Agfa. “We are reinforcing our strategic coverage of western Canada with a knowledgeable and skilled professional.”

Don Stitt becomes the Canadian Sales Manager for Baumer hhs, which is part of a global manufacturer of industrial gluing systems, headquartered in Germany, as well as quality-assurance and camera-verification technologies.

Stitt is responsible for sales in Canada and the Upper Northeastern United States. He is to focus on both the corrugated and folding-carton industries.

“I am very excited to be back with Baumer hhs,” said Stitt, “and look forward to being a part of their continued and growing success in both the U.S. and Canada.”

The Supervisory Board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG today elected Dr. Siegfried Jaschinski as its new chairman. He succeeds Robert Koehler, who passed away on May 17, 2015.

Jaschinski will be taking over as Chairman for the remainder of the term of office until the company’s Annual General Meeting in 2018.

At age 60, Jaschinski has been a member of the Supervisory Board at Heidelberg since April 3, 2007. He is a partner and member of the Management Board of Augur Capital AG. Prior to this, he was a partner at MainFirst Bank AG and from 2005 till 2009 Chairman of the Management Board of Landesbank Baden-Württemberg.

“The Supervisory Board is committed to successfully continuing the realignment of Heidelberg initiated by Robert J. Koehler together with the Management Board and placing Heidelberg on a sustainably profitable footing,” said Jaschinski.

Gord Saray becomes Sales Director for Cober Evolving Solutions, widely recognized as one of Canada’s leading printing and communications companies, based in Kitchener, Ontario.

With more than 20 years of experience in graphic arts, Saray, who is bilingual, will be responsible for the leadership of the Cober sales team and developing new business opportunities.

Saray has worked in various capacities with technology suppliers in the paper, wide format and graphic arts sectors, including senior management roles with both Domtar and PaperlinX. On the printing side, he has also prevoiously served as Director of Sales with The DATA Group of Companies.

“We are thrilled to welcome Gord to our team” said Todd Cober, Vice President of Cober. “As Cober grows, so does the talent of which it attracts. Gord brings an incredible amount of knowledge and expertise to the management team.”
 
Cober is headquartered in a 120,000-square-foot facility in Kitchener, in addition to its recently purchased facility in Barrie, Ontario. Together the two locations hold more than 160 employees.

“I’m extremely excited to be joining Cober during this energizing new phase. Cober has taken the lead in becoming the innovative, source for creative, design, digital and print solutions in our industry,” said Saray. “With Cober’s incredible resources at hand, this new venture gives our clients the ability to be able to do so much more.”

Paul Smith, Vice President of the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC), based in Mississauga, Ontario, has been named Chair of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (CPEIA).

Smith joined Xerox in 1995 and currently leads XRCC, which is responsible for the corporation's advanced materials research and development. The research centre also conducts R&D in support of commercial clients in the areas of advanced and specialty materials. Smith is a named inventor on 73 U.S. patents and has 16 publications.

“Printable and organic electronics is an industry where the dream of what is possible is rapidly becoming reality as more products and applications come to market from the large industry players,” said Smith. “This association is the right move at the right time for Canada to organize itself and take advantage of this opportunity. Printable and organic electronics is applicable to a whole range of areas where Canada is strong and strategically well-positioned, such as automotive, aerospace, packaging and advanced manufacturing.”

Peter Kallai subsequently was named President and CEO of the CPEIA. Other board members include: Michael Tischler, CTO, Cooledge Lighting and Robin Jeffries, President, Tangio Printed Electronics. CPEIA’s Board of Advisors include Thomas Ducellier, Executive Director, PE Flagship Program, National Research Council of Canada; André Dion, GM, Printability and Graphic Communications Institute; and Mario Leclerc, Professor of Chemistry, Université Laval.

Alex Stepanian becomes Regional Sales Director, a newly created position, for KBA North America. Stepanian, whose sales career spans more than 34 years in the printing industry, joins KBA after serving as a district sales manager with three other printing press manufacturers.

Stepanian graduated from Baruch College in New York City with a bachelor's degree in business, specializing in marketing management.

“Alex is a talented and seasoned sales professional with a very strong track record for delivering superb customer results,” said Soren Larsen, Senior VP of Sheetfed Sales at KBA North America. “He will be an excellent addition to our leadership team providing inspiration and ongoing contributions.

KBA North America, located in Dallas, Texas, is a member of the KBA Group. Established almost 200 years ago in Wuerzburg, Germany, Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) is the oldest and second largest press manufacturer worldwide.

Drytac, an international manufacturer of adhesive-coated products, added two industry veterans to its U.S. and Canadian sales teams. Paul Barker is to fill the newly created position of Custom Coatings Account Manager, Outside Sales, for Drytac Canada.

Barker, who has more than 28 years of outside sales experience in the plastics, printing and packaging markets, has spent the past 10 years in the printed pressure sensitive label market. Prior to that, he gained experience in the Injection and Blow Moulding industry with Reliance Products in Winnipeg and spent another 14 years in plastics conversion and polypropylene manufacturing with Transilwrap Canada and AET Films U.S., respectively. He will be responsible for growing Drytac Canada’s custom coating business in the Industrial, Packaging, Automotive, Label, and Building material markets.

Brad Haupt will serve as Midwest Regional Sales Manager for Drytac Corp. in the United States. Haupt, who joins Drytac from GBC, has a sales career that spans more than 30 years in print finishing equipment and supplies. For approximately 20 years, he focused on the wide-format market and was selected to start a new Digital Print Finishing division as part of the GBC sales management team.
Ian Lifshitz, Asia Pulp & Paper’s Director of Sustainability for the Americas, has been named Co-Chair of the Paper, Pulp and Forestry (PPF) Sector Working Group for The Sustainability Consortium.

The PPF Sector Working Group is composed of industry experts, non-profit organizations and academic/research institutions. Lifshitz will co-lead the working group as it examines sustainability issues – environmental, social, and economic – for several forestry products, including lumber, engineered wood products, books, facial tissue and greeting cards.

“It’s a great honor to be appointed Co-Chair of this valuable working group for The Sustainability Consortium,” said Lifshitz. “APP was one of the first major pulp and paper companies to implement a comprehensive Zero Deforestation supply chain policy and so we are uniquely positioned to provide insights in this area.”

With products distributed in more than 120 countries, APP has an annual combined pulp, paper, packaging product and converting capacity of over 19 million tons.

The Sustainability Consortium, jointly administered by Arizona State University and the University of Arkansas, is comprised of more than 100 members, including manufacturers, retailers, NGOs, civil society and corporations that work collaboratively on supply networks. It also has operations at Wageningen UR in the Netherlands and Nanjing University in China.
John Alden becomes Vice President of Sales for Toronto-based Avanti Computer Systems, which in late-2013 launched new Management Information System architecture under the Avanti Slingshot brand.

Alden joins Avanti after 17 years at Xerox, where he led regional sales of the company’s production presses, including the flagship iGen line, and Xerox FreeFlow software.

“I’ve been working with the Avanti team for years thanks to Avanti’s tight integration with Xerox’s FreeFlow digital workflow collection,” said Alden. “I’m excited to now be leading the sales team and working with our partners to drive Avanti Slingshot’s market growth.”
Allan Brown becomes General Manager of Eastman Kodak’s Unified Workflow Solutions (UWS) business, which includes Prinergy technology.

Brown most recently served as Vice President and General Manager of HP’s integrated workflow software unit. “Allan brings 25 years of experience in the print industry including software engineering and executive positions at Hewlett Packard and Xerox,” said Eric-Yves Mahe, Kodak’s President of Software and Solutions. “Allan’s extensive software experience in product development and operational excellence will be a great asset as we continue to strengthen our software business.”
 
Brown holds an M.B.A. from the University of Rochester, an M.S. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Tuskegee University.
Tony Denison has taken over the day-to-day leadership of Simpson Print of Bloomingdale, Ontario, after assuming the role of President on March 2, 2015.

Simpson Print is a unique 50,000-square-foot facility providing clients with screen, UV-offset and digital printing services. The company’s products range from decals and large-format display signage for retailers, to books, posters, brochures and stationery. By integrating screen, lithographic and digital technologies, Simpson describes itself as specializing in “hi-tech/hi-touch” projects to produce print work for a sensory experience.

“Simpson has always been a great company,” said Denison. “We are going to take it to new levels as the printing business evolves and creates exciting new opportunities.”

Martin Johanns remains owner and Chair of Simpson Print, the company he bought in 1987. Johanns explained that he expected Denison would some day lead the company when Simpson acquired Denison Print of Breslau, Ontario, in January 2014. Denison’s 27-year career in the printing industry began when he opened a quick-printing shop in nearby Kitchener.

“Tony’s enthusiastic leadership suits the way Simpson does business, which is to deliver outstanding work on time, even with the most challenging jobs,” said Johanns. “I am confident he will continue to bring innovation into the company, and build on the relationships we have established with clients across North America.”

Read Victoria Gaitskell’s cover story on Simpson Print, called Flying Colours, in the April 2013 issue of PrintAction.
Eric Wiesner in April is to assume the role of Vice President and General Manager for HP’s Inkjet High-Speed Production Solutions (IHPS) division, succeeding Aurelio Maruggi, who led much of the market development of the successful Inkjet Web Press platform.

At drupa 2008, HP introduced its first Inkjet Web Press, which since expanded into a portfolio of 10 presses across five web-width platforms. HP recently reported that its T200, T300 and T400 series customers have printed more than 90 billion A4 equivalent pages since 2009.

After serving eight years as the lead of HP’s IHPS division, Maruggi is to become Vice President and General Manager of HP’s new Office and Versatility division, which encompasses the entire scope of HP’s office and home inkjet business, including the company’s page-wide-array technology.

Wiesner started with HP in 1984 in the San Francisco Bay area. In various R&D and manufacturing management roles, Wiesner brought multiple inkjet products to market in the office, large-format graphics and web-press spaces. As director of R&D for Media Supplies and Solutions, his team developed media coatings and vertical software solutions for HP Wall Art, Greeting and Gift Cards, and Ink Content Value Packs.

Wiesner later became Director of R&D for Printing & Technology Platforms, focused on developing ink chemistry, materials and software solutions for HP Printing and Personal Systems’ 2D and 3D printing business units.
Rick Littrell becomes Vice President, Direct Hires and TechCreative Talent, for Semper International, which is a North American placement firm specializing in skilled help for companies involved in marketing, graphic design, programming and printing.

With more than 30 years of experience working with emerging technologies, business development opportunities and start-up organizations, Littrell has been primarily focused in the printing industry. He is known for his innovative marketing programs in terms of developing strategy, creation, launch and support.

Littrell began his career in applications engineering and product management roles for printing-industry suppliers like Agfa, Information International and Scitex. He is a serial entrepreneur as founder of a regional digital services company called Graphics Xpress, an integrated marketing company called Magicomm LLC, and an international consulting and marketing-services firm called Littrell Associates. He has also worked with communications service providers like General Motors Photographic, Magna Graphic and, more recently, Winbrook Inc.

Littrell has also served as Vice President of Communications and, most recently, as President of the Boston chapter of the American Marketing Association. He has been active in volunteer roles as Vice President, Board of Directors, of the ARC of Greater Haverhill & Newburyport, the world's largest community-based organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, while also chairing the Personnel Committee for the town of Groveland, MA.

“I look forward to working with my friends and colleagues, helping them grow professionally, while assisting companies build an internal talent base that will propel them into a bright future,” said Littrell. “At this stage in my career, it is my way of paying it forward.”

Littrell will be responsible for managing direct-hire services for both Semper's traditional print and graphic arts areas, as well as Semper’s recently introduced TechCreatives initiative that focuses on the intersection of creativity and technology. Littrell was a consultant in the development of Semper’s TechCreative strategic planning.

Bryan Hall becomes Vice President, Western Canada, for Treck Hall Wide Format. He has spent more than 20 years in the wide-format sector. This includes time spent with Treck Hall Limited, Mondrian Hall and most recently Fujifilm.

Treck Hall, with warehousing in Toronto and Vancouver, distributes wide-format product brands like Ritrama, Kodak, Epson and Magic. This includes supplies for printing processes like UV, Solvent, Latex and aqueous inkjet systems.

Bryan Hall will be responsible for growing Treck Hall’s Wide format media business in Western Canada.

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