Appointments

Anderson & Vreeland Inc. of Bryan, Ohio, has shifted key management, including the appointment of two Executive Vice Presidents and Howard Vreeland becoming Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, which also affects Anderson & Vreeland Distribution, Nova Polymers and The Provident Group.

Darin Lyon is one of two managers to take on the newly created position of Executive Vice President. In his role, Lyon is responsible for sales, marketing, customer service, national accounts, technical support, sales and manufacturing of AVantage liquid photopolymers, and research/development functions of the businesses. He previously served as Vice President and General Manager for Anderson & Vreeland since 2008.

Drew Elisius has also been appointed to the new position of Executive Vice President of Anderson & Vreeland. He is responsible for operating functions of the businesses, including Nova Polymers, The Provident Group, A&V Engineering, purchasing, product and raw material procurement, and warehouse/distribution. In addition, AV Canada and AV Mexico will report to Elisius, who formerly served as Vice President of Operations for Anderson & Vreeland.

Both Lyon and Elisius will report to Howard Vreeland, who now serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Anderson & Vreeland. He replaces former President and CEO, Thomas Gavin.

“This reorganization is a natural transition, expanding the roles of executive management to position A&V for continued growth and expansion,” stated Howard Vreeland. “It also recognizes key individuals that have contributed to the company’s growth in recent years.”

Patrick McCarthy and Todd Blumsack are to jointly lead Xeikon North America, a division of the Belgium-based press maker, following the resignation of Michael Ring.

Departing as Xeikon North America's President, Ring joined the company in 2007. He will no longer be involved in day-to-day operations, but Ring is to continue to provide transitional support for the remainder of 2014.

“Both Patrick and Todd are longtime industry veterans and have been with our company for the last several years,” stated Wim Maes, CEO of Xeikon. “We are confident they will bolster Xeikon's market position in North America and strengthen the group with their able leadership.”

In his role as Vice President of Operations, McCarthy will lead the service and operations groups in North America. He will oversee finance, HR, IT and shipping/logistics functions of the business. McCarthy has been with Xeikon since the early 2000s.

Blumsack becomes Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Xeikon North America, which primarily places its toner presses in the label and packaging segments, as well as with document and commercial printing operations. Blumsack has been with Xeikon since 2008. He previously served as Director of Marketing for Weyerhaeuser Company and built sales and marketing programs as Director of Marketing, Commercial Printing, for Eastman Kodak Company.



Mike Wildbore becomes Vice President of Sales for Drytac Canada, which in late June relocated its headquarters to Brampton, Ontario.

As Vice President of Sales, Wildbore will lead the Canadian sales team and generate new business for Drytac’s adhesive coating and converting operations. He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Graphic Communications Management from Ryerson University and has more than 14 years of experience in the graphic arts industry.

“Mike is well known and respected in the industry,” stated Marc Oosterhuis, President of the Drytac Group. “His experience in a variety of closely related markets and his understanding of multiple sales channels will be a huge asset in helping Drytac become the leading company for custom/OEM adhesive-coated products in Canada.”

Prior to joining Drytac, Wildbore most recently served as National Equipment Manager for Ernest Green & Son Ltd., helping the organization to develop national marketing and sales strategies focused on the wide-format market. Wildbore also previously worked with Canada Fibers Ltd. and Partner Graphics Support.


Xerox appointed John Kennedy as Chief Marketing Officer and a Vice President of the corporation, effective July 28, 2014.
 
Kennedy, 50, joins Xerox from IBM, where he was Vice President, Global Business Services, responsible for marketing for the company’s business services division.
 
“John brings a global view and a proven track record of success changing brand perception and driving strategic business results through integrated marketing and communications,” stated Hervé Tessler, Senior VP and President of Corporate Operations, Xerox. “He is a natural choice to lead our efforts in the digital age and to strengthen and broaden the Xerox brand around the world.”
 
Before joining IBM in 1996, Kennedy worked with Procter & Gamble and began his career with NationsBank (now Bank of America).

“Xerox holds a unique place in the market as it transforms to a services-led, technology-driven company committed to helping clients focus on their core business,” stated Kennedy, who received his MBA from Harvard University, and bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Eric Bell is preparing to retire from Canada's graphic arts industry on July 31, 2014, after a 44-year career. He has helped drive companies like Norman Wade, Royal Sovereign and Sydney Stone.

Bell began his graphic arts career in 1970 with Norman Wade Company, working his way up from the factory floor to the position of Vice President of Marketing. In 2003, Bell was hired to build Royal Sovereign from the ground up in Canada. As the first employee of the company, he was responsible for establishing a reseller network and building the Royal Sovereign brand.

After a 10-year tenure with Royal Sovereign Canada, Bell joined Sydney Stone as Business Development Manager in January 2013, tasked with evaluating and implementing a strategy to grow the supplies side of the business. During his tenure at Sydney Stone, Bell launched many new and innovative supplies and the company's Partner Points Program to provide rewards with the purchase of supplies, small equipment and service programs via the Sydney Stone Web portal, Printfinishing.com.

“Eric Bell has been instrumental in the development and execution of our supplies market strategy. Sydney Stone now offers market leading supply products, at fantastic prices and availability,” stated Sydney Stone’s co-owner Michael Steele. “Dylan [Westgate] and myself are very appreciative of his contribution over the past year and a half and offer Eric the most heartfelt congratulations on a successful career and all the best in this next phase of his life.”

Brian Ellis on July 1 is set to become the Executive Director of the Canadian Printing Industries Association (CPIA), a national organization focused on the advancement of the prepress, press and bindery sectors.

Since mid-2010, Ellis has served as President of his own communications business called Lucidity Marketing Inc. in Toronto, Ontario. During this time, he spent several months in a contract marketing position with Fujifilm Canada’s Graphics Systems Division.

Ellis previously spent 15 years with Heidelberg Canada Graphic Equipment Limited, which included close to seven years as a Product Manager for the press maker’s Printmaster product line. In August 2002, he became Marketing Manager for Heidelberg Canada and in August 2003 was named Director of Marketing for the German press maker’s Canadian operation. He held this position until mid-2010.

In May 2014, the CPIA launched what it describes as a national recruitment campaign with a new membership value proposition. The campaign is set up to allow industry members to join the CPIA with either monthly or annual payments, which includes support for Federal legislation lobbying and print advocacy initiatives.

Lee Short becomes Vice President of Sales for K-North Services, which is the dealer for Komori printing presses in Ontario and Western Canada.

Short will be in charge of the complete product line that K-North Services sells, including Komori presses, Brausse converting equipment and Kuda paper cutters. He will also spearhead the sale of Axis Management Information System (MIS) software.

Prior to joining K-North Services, Short served as VP of PDQ North America, which develops the Axis MIS and PDQ estimating software. Last fall at Print 13 in Chicago, Komori demonstrated the use of Axis-PDQ software through its Komori K-Station press console. K-North Services is now the exclusive sales agent for Axis MIS.

With installations in Canada and the United States, Axis MIS is designed to connect a range of printing-business activities from quoting and planning to costing and invoicing. Axis MIS links to printing presses (both conventional and toner) to provide real-time data, while also helping to manage production processes like bindery, display graphics and mail.

“[Axis MIS] system is now a proven product since being introduced at Print 13 last year in Chicago, with installs across North America,” stated Steve Ranson, President of K-North Services. “In addition, having Lee Short join us will help increase our coverage across Canada for our complete product line.”

Based in Georgetown, Ontario, K-North Services provides equipment sales of both new and used presses, while also providing service and parts. In November 2013, K-North Services reached an agreement to distribute Brausse technology, which primarily falls into three categories, including: die-cutting and creasing, foil stamping, and folder/gluers.


Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney is set to become Chairman of Quebecor Inc. in what business analysts describe as a move to provide stability for the media and telecom giant after the departure of Chief Executive Pierre Karl Péladeau.

In early March 2014, Péladeau announced his resignation from Quebecor to pursue politics as a provincial candidate for the Parti Quebecois. Péladeau took over the reins at Quebecor shortly after the 1997 death of his father, Pierre Péladeau. At the time of his March resignation, PK Péladeau promised to place his Quebecor financial interests in a blind trust or under a blind management agreement if he was elected to Québec’s National Assembly on April 7. Péladeau subsequently won a seat in the riding of Saint-Jérôme, Quebec.

Quebecor also recently suffered the departure of CEO Robert Depatie, the former Videotron executive who steered Quebecor into the wireless arena, because of health reasons. Quebecor has an inhereant interest in expanding its wireless play beyond the borders of Quebec.


With the Parti Quebecois’ political interests in pursing the potential for Quebec to separate from the rest of Canada, business analysts suggest the pending appointment of Mulroney as Quebecor’s Chairman provides more nationalistic sentiment among shareholders. By winning his Saint-Jérôme seat, Péladeau is now considered as a PQ leadership contender after its former leader, Pauline Marois, resigned when the Liberal party handily won Quebec’s April 7 provincial election.

“I do think that it does calm the waters because of who Brian Mulroney is,” said Karl Moore, a professor at McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management, when speaking with The Canadian Press about the potential unease if PK Péladeau helps lead Parti Quebecois’ pursuit of Quebec sovereignty.

Mulroney is currently Vice Chairman of Quebecor’s board. He is expected to be elected as Chairman on June 19 when the Montreal company holds its annual general meeting.

Stefan Orbach, age 50, becomes the new CIO at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG to oversee the German press maker’s Information Technology infrastructure, succeeding the departing Uwe Herold.

Orbach began his career in 1992 as a project manager at Alcatel SEL AG in Stuttgart, Germany. In 1999, after working as a consultant, he was put in charge of process optimization and application engineering for branches of Deutsche Post AG.

In mid-2000, Orbach joined IBM Global Business Services where he was responsible for IT service and consulting for consumer goods customers in Western and Eastern Europe. In 2007, he was given overall responsibility for the company's ERP (enterprise resource planning) system operations that catered to larger medium-sized businesses in Germany.

Orback has served as the head of IT at Carl Zeiss AG in Oberkochen, Germany, since 2008. In his role there as CIO, he has been in charge of global IT, process management, in-house consulting, and the group management system.

At Heidelberg, Orbach will be responsible for global IT operations and some 300 employees. His future tasks will include overseeing ongoing optimization in IT and business process structures based on the company’s new business alignment.

Orbach completed his studies in geophysics in Hamburg, Germany, and Sydney, Australia.

Tony Karg becomes Director, Channel and Field Marketing, for Ricoh Canada. He had spent the past 21 years with Fujifilm Canada, including several senior marketing roles.

With Ricoh, Karg will provide
support to the operation's direct and dealer channels around promotions, tradeshow events and channel marketing initiatives.

Karg left Fujifilm Canada on March 31, 2014, after more than two decades with the company, beginning in 1993 as an applications specialist. In April 2000, he became Product Manager, Digital Workflow Solutions, for Fujifilm. In late 2003, Karg was named Product Marketing Manager for Fuji Graphic Systems Canada, overseeing the marketing of all products sold by the company until early 2005, when he became Director of Business Development & Marketing.

He took on a Senior Director role with Fujifilm in April 2006 and remained in the position until early 2013. During this time, beginning in 2011, Karg spent nearly a year in Tokyo as a member of the planning team behind Fujifilm’s trade show presence for the quadrennial drupa 2012 exhibition in Duesseldorf, Germany.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh is one of the world’s largest imaging companies with more than 108,000 employees and 223 companies (as of March 31, 2014) around the globe.

Robert Hayashi becomes the Director of Sales and Marketing for Toronto’s Webcom Inc., which specializes in the production of books. He is to lead the transformation of Webcom’s book publishing programs.

Over the past few years, Webcom has invested approximately $27 million in new printing technology, centred on HP’s inkjet web presses and associated finishing requirements. Webcom’s inkjet infrastructure is branded through its BookFWD program, which was launched in 2010 and ties directly to HP T300 and T360 inkjet presses.

“There is remarkable opportunity for customers today to transform how they approach the manufacturing of their product,” stated Hayashi, who is to also oversee Webcom’s customer service division.

Hayashi previously served as the first President and CEO of eBound Canada, a not-for-profit organization focused on advancing digital engagement in the publishing industry. Hayashi also previously held the position of VP of Publishing at Indigo Books & Music.

“This is a significant hiring as we look towards the future of book manufacturing,” stated Webcom CEO Mike Collinge. “As our company continues to make large-scale investments in new and progressive printing technologies, we depend on the experience, vision and ability of our leadership team to address the challenges in our industry and provide profit-enhancing solutions for our North American publishers."

Eric-Yves Mahe joins Eastman Kodak Company as Senior Vice President and Director of Sales Strategy and Operations. He has also been elected as a corporate officer of Kodak, sitting on the company’s Executive Council.

In this newly created role, Mahe, 51, is responsible for formulating a strategy to drive and measure sales of Kodak’s portfolio of hardware, consumables, software and services. Mahe is to also advise Kodak’s senior management team on software, OEM partnerships and the sale of complex solutions.

“With more than 25 years’ experience in technology, software and services, Eric has an outstanding track record of building successful teams, leveraging direct and indirect sales models, delivering strong business results and winning market share,” stated Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke, who took over leadership of the company in March 2014.

Prior to joining Kodak, Mahe was based in Singapore with Pitney Bowes Inc., most recently as President, Global Growth Markets, with responsibility for the company’s operations in Latin America, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa and emerging markets. Mahe managed this business from inception in 2012, steering it to become Pitney Bowes’ best performing operation worldwide. He joined Pitney Bowes in 2007 as President, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa.  

Mahe previously served as Vice President and General Manager of Asia North for Computer Associates Inc., with responsibility for business operations and enterprise sales in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. He also has held sales management positions with Sun Microsystems, where he focused on OEM partnerships with Siemens Nixdorf, and Xerox.
 

Mahe earned his M.B.A. in Marketing and International Trade from Ecole Superieure de Commerce et d’Administration des Enterprises (ESCAE) in Bretagne, France, in 1986.

Dr. Andreas Plesske on May 1 is to become a member of Koenig & Bauer’s (KBA) management board to oversee the German press maker’s restructuring efforts.

Plesske will lead what KBA refers to as its Fit@All program, which was approved in December 2013 to realign one of the world’s largest press manufacturers. This effort involves a series of measures, including the elimination of anywhere from 1,100 to 1,500 jobs, aimed at strengthening the profitability and competitiveness of the company.

At the time of its December 2013 restructuring announcement, KBA stated the world market for sheetfed presses has been halved over the recent years, and the market for web presses has contracted by around 70 percent.

Noted as both a lawyer and economist, Plesske has extensive experience in management and restructuring as CEO and CRO at German and international companies of varying sizes and from different industries. This includes companies similar to KBA active in machinery and plant engineering. Plesske’s initial term of office is set to expire on October 31, 2015, with an option to extend this by a further six months.

Michael Garcia becomes President of Domtar Pulp and Paper, beginning on May 1, 2014, where he will oversee the operations of North America's largest producer of uncoated freesheet paper and top-three market pulp producers.

The company has a network of 13 mills in the United States and Canada. Garcia joins Domtar from his role as CEO of Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium Co. in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

“With over 20 years of international management experience in paper and steel and aluminum manufacturing and marketing on three continents, Michael brings a wealth of strategic and operational expertise to this key position at the helm of our core business,” stated John Williams, Domtar President and CEO. “Bringing together management responsibility for both the manufacture and marketing of our diverse mix of pulp and paper products under a single executive is consistent with our establishment of a two-division structure for Domtar.”

Domtar established a Personal Care division in 2011 to advance the company's growth strategy in absorbent hygiene products. In 2013, Domtar had sales of US$5.4 billion from some 50 countries. The company employs approximately 10,000 people.

Garcia holds an MBA from Harvard University's Graduate School of Business Administration and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.

Sven Michael becomes CEO of KBA-MePrint AG, a recently established subsidiary of German press maker Koenig & Bauer, which focuses on developing offset systems for waterless UV printing on film, smart cards, data storage devices and other materials.

Michael (45), who succeeds the departing Axel Thien, plans to place more emphasis on digital and hybrid printing technologies for packaging and new application fields. Michael joined the parent company, Koenig & Bauer, as a project manager for its digital printing segment in 2012.

Prior to moving to KBA, the electrical engineering graduate and business economist in electronic development first worked as a controller at a prominent German bank before spending 12 years at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, which included six years as head of business operations and consumables for the Linoprint division.

KBA-MePrint AG is based in Veitshöchheim, Germany, near Würzburg, and shares the same facilities of KBA-Metronic, which produces digital and analogue coding and marking systems for the industry. KBA-MePrint continues to be led by Oliver Volland and German Stuis.

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