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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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