Appointments
Mary Ann Yule is to assume the role of Managing Director of HP Canada Co. on February 15, 2016, responsible for all aspects of HP operations in Canada. She succeeds Lloyd Bryant, who retired as President and CEO of HP Canada in December 2015 after a distinguished career with the company in a range of progressively senior sales, management and general management roles.

Yule joins HP Inc. from CDW Canada where most recently she was the Vice President and General Manager since 2008. In this role, she was responsible for driving business growth and national brand recognition. Prior to joining CDW Canada, Yule served in various senior management and key marketing positions at Toshiba of Canada and Tech Data Canada. She brings nearly 20 years of leadership experience in the Canadian technology sector.

"Mary Ann brings incredible passion and energy to our business," said Christoph Schell, President, Americas, HP Inc. "I am extremely excited to welcome her to HP and my direct staff. I have no doubt we will achieve new heights in Canadian markets under her leadership.”
A week after the news that Komcan will begin to represent Komori America in Quebec and Eastern Canada, adding to its existing Komori sales and service agreements in Ontario and Western Canada, the press distributer has made key hires and new service agreements for the region, as well as for its home base in Ontario.

Thierry Barbeau becomes Komcan’s Sales Manager, responsible for the complete product line sold by Komcan, for Eastern Canada. Thierry is an industry veteran who most recently sold Xeikon presses and technologies, and previously worked for both manroland and Heidelberg. “His knowledge and proven track record will be a true asset for us,” said Steve Ranson, President of Komcan.

For electrical and mechanical support, Komcan entered an agreement with Jean-Philippe Arsenault and Alain Page, both well known to current Komori users, to service and support Komori presses in Eastern Canada. For parts and service in Quebec, Marie-Hélène Tardif will be the local contact.

Komcan has also hired Daniela Mihalachi, who is bilingual in both English and French, to help lead its customer support efforts out of Georgetown, Ontario, where the company is headquartered. Mihalachi holds extensive customer service experience and a degree focused on Multimedia Studies from the University of Montreal, as well as a Bachelors degree in Electronic Engineering.
Presstek LLC has added two members to its North American Sales Team, including Donn Goldstick and Harry Manzi, which impacts the company’s Canadian sales regions.

Donn Goldstick joins Presstek as the new Digital Printing Systems Western Region Sales Manager, which includes responsibilities for the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Prior to joining Presstek, Goldstick held positions of Regional Vice President of Heidelberg and more recently Regional Sales Manager with Xerox and Ricoh, where he focused on the installations of toner technologies, while leveraging his lithographic press expertise.

“Having many years of experience with market leaders in both digital printing systems and offset,” said Goldstick, “it’s clear that Presstek DI presses are becoming a preferred solution over toner for a highly automated, reliable high performance system that not only provides a high return on investment, but has no click charges and prints at a low cost per page, especially on runs between 500 to 10,000.”

Steve Chmielewski, who formerly managed the Western Region for Presstek, transitions over to a newly created Central Region territory for the company, which includes responsibilities for the provinces of Ontario and Manitoba. Langford Meredith continues to focus on sales in Quebec for Presstek.

Harry Manzi becomes Presstek’s new Account Manager for Thermal Printing Plates. He previously held consultative sales and business development roles at Agfa Corporation, 3M and Kodak Polychrome Graphics. He will be responsible for business development, client retention and dealer relations for Presstek’s thermal plate products.

The Digital Imaging Association yesterday held its annual general meeting and holiday luncheon at The Boulevard Club in Toronto, attended by more than 100 industry professionals. The luncheon included an hour-long presentation by Jim Hamilton, Group Director with Infotrends, who discussed the direction of toner- and inkjet-based technologies.

The member-driven DIA organization, which also holds monthly seminars in the Greater Toronto Area, used the annual holiday event to introduce its Board of Directors for 2016, including:



OFFICERS

President:  Dino Sinnathurai, Cober Evolving Solutions
1st Vice President:  George Sittlinger, Maracle Press
2nd Vice President:  Paul Tarvydas, Tsus4
Secretary/Treasurer:  Mark Norlock, KBA
Past President:  Paul McCarthy, Konica Minolta

DIRECTORS

Rebecca Buffi, Xerox
Ray Fagan, Heidelberg
Steve Falk, Prime Data
Steve Fournier, Agfa
Jason Hamilton, Ti Group
Andrea Leven Marcon, Spicers
Mike Millard, Ellis Packaging
Ed Rooney, Ti Group
Randall Stevenson
Larry Stewart, Graphic Whizard
Bob Weller

Director Emeritus:  Karl Schmed

Mohit Uberoi becomes President and Chief Executive Officer of Goss International Corporation. He most recently served as President and CEO of B&W MEGTEC.

Mohit joined MEGTEC in 1997 and led the business from 2003 to 2015. Goss explains he has significant experience overseeing the transformation of global industrial mid-market companies, with multiple product lines and global locations, with both private equity and public shareholders.

“As a long-standing industry professional, Mohit is ideally suited to join Goss as its leader,” said Sparsh Bhargava of American Industrial Partners, which controls Goss. “He has a strong appreciation for the strengths of the company, its employees, customers and products. With his printing industry background, Mohit has a deep understanding of the many challenges facing the broader industry. He is a transformational leader, with a proven track record of making businesses successful.”

Prior to MEGTEC, Mohit worked in research and new business development for W.R. Grace & Co., an industrial conglomerate. He earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, before moving to the United States to pursue his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arizona.

Mohit said, “I’m delighted to join Goss at such a pivotal time and look forward to working with American Industrial Partners, our management team, and employees to build a customer responsive, financially strong company with great products and services.”

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.”

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