Appointments
Mark McCaw becomes Senior Digital Substrate Specialist for Huge Paper’s Dry Ink Performance division. He brings more than 20 years of experience from his time in sales and operations roles with Xerox. In his new role, McCaw will focus on Huge’s growing catalogue of digital substrates.
 
“Mark is a natural fit for the Huge technical support team; he is customer focused, well organized and hardworking,” said Jeff Tapping, Huge Paper’s President. “Mark’s depth of knowledge with Xerox digital presses will greatly assist our customer base and allow us to capitalize on the recent business developments that have evolved between GPA and the Canadian Xerox iGen and ColorPress divisions.”
 
Huge provides a range of specialty substrate solutions for litho, digital and wide format printing, including papers, synthetics, and magnetics exclusively engineered for HP Indigo and other high performance digital and wide format presses.
Richard Dreshfield is joining KBA North America as Senior Vice President of Sheetfed Sales, beginning on January 1, 2018. He will be based in Dallas at the company’s headquarters and oversee its entire North American sheetfed sales team, reporting to Mark Hischar, President and CEO of KBA North America.

Dreshfield has been involved in the printing industry for more than three decades in various sales and marketing management positions. In his most recent role, he served as VP of Sales and Marketing with Clearwater Paper Corporation, a firm with more than 3,300 employees in the United States.

“Rich is a results driven leader who’s success in developing strong relationships with C-level contacts in key accounts as well as his ability to lead sales teams will serve our customers well as we continue our high growth trajectory for all market segments in North America,” said Hischar. “He will shine a spotlight on our new press technology and rapid developments for our North American sheetfed customers and play a key role in maintaining our high level of customer satisfaction.”

He had been with Clearwater for more than 33 years, developing skills around leadership, key account management, long term customer retention, brand management, new product development, and strategic planning and market development. KBA explains he is very well known by folding carton printers, who are a key customer group for Koenig & Bauer.

“I'm excited about this new opportunity to join the market leader that provides the industry with innovative technology for the graphic arts marketplace and look forward to leading our dedicated sheetfed sales team, which I believe is the benchmark in the industry,” said Dreshfield.

Dreshfield, a native of the San Francisco Bay area, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Communications Management from California Polytechnic State University and an MBA from DePaul University in Chicago.
The Digital Imaging Association on December 6 held its annual Holiday Luncheon at The Boulevard Club on Toronto’s lakeshore. The event featured a keynote address from Scott Stratten, named as one of the Top 5 Social Media Influencers in the world by Forbes.com.

Stratten, President of Un-Marketing and author of five best-selling books, spoke about The Age Of Disruption: Everything Has Changed and Nothing Is Different. He discussed how the business climate is changing at an unprecedented rate, with new strategies and technologies changing the landscape on a seemingly endless trajectory.

Earlier in the day, the Digital Imaging Association (DIA) confirmed its executive board for the year ahead, which includes:

President
Jason Hamilton, Hughes Decorr

First Vice President
Paul Tarvydas, Tsus4

Second Vice President
Larry Stewart, KBR Graphics

Secretary/Treasurer
Mark Norlock

Past President
George Sittlinger, Maracle Press

Directors
Jim Dickson, Xerox Canada
Ray Fagan, Heidelberg Canada
Andrea Leven Marcon, Spicers Canada
Stephen Longmire, PrintAction
Paul McCarthy, HP Canada
Mike Millard, Ellis Packaging
Ed Rooney, R.R. Donnelley
Dino Sinnathurai, Cober Evolving Solutions
Randall Stevenson
Bob Weller

Director Emeritus
Karl Schmed, Global Colour
Zund America, the North American distributor of the Zünd’s cutter and software portfolio, has appointed Heather Roden to the newly created role of Strategic Account Manager, Graphics & Packaging.

Based out of the greater Chicago area, Roden comes to Zund America with extensive experience in the print industry, having held a variety of positions in prepress management, art direction, publishing and in-house marketing.

Most recently, she served as Product Marketing Manager for Fujifilm Graphic Systems Division’s wide-format device portfolio. She is a member of Girls Who Print, former award winner of Graphic Design USA American Inhouse Design and Mature Media, and has spoken for SGIA at Graphics Canada.
 
“We look forward to having Heather coordinate our efforts interdepartmentally in graphics and packaging and manage the special support systems required for large, nationwide accounts,” said John Cote, Zund America’s National Sales Manager.
Paul McCarthy becomes Indigo Country Manager for HP Canada. The transition comes after he spent more than 18 years with Konica Minolta Business Solutions (KMBS) Canada.

McCarthy recently held the position of Director of Print Production for KMBS, for more than three years, after holding various senior sales management roles with the company. Before joining KMBS, he spent two years with Pitney Bowes.

McCarthy currently serves on the board of the Digital Imaging Association.
Lalita Zapata becomes iC3D Business Development Director, USA and Canada, for Creative Edge Software, which focuses on the development of packaging design software. She will be focused on rolling out recent iC3D product developments to clients like packaging designers, branding agencies, and similar firms that provide packaging production services.

Zapata’s appointment coincides with what the company describes as the most significant iC3D version release in more than a year, which includes capabilities previously only available from specialist 3D design software.
 
“We’re delighted to be welcoming Lalita to the team, especially at such a key stage in the iC3D story,” said Creative Edge Software CEO Nick Gilmore. “With version 5.0 we’re now at stage when even the most hard-bitten cynics are forced to admit that iC3D can accurately replicate, and even replace, physical mockups and studio photography. These capabilities open up a whole new world of opportunity that plays directly to Lalita’s strengths and experience.”
 
With a degree in International Business and Marketing from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Zapata is a Bolivian national who has made the creative industries her area of expertise, specializing in photographic services.

Following previous roles in marketing, business development and brand control, Zapata spent nine years managing the staging and production of high-quality photographic shoots for premium food brands and other consumer goods. Working with many household brand names, she carried responsibility for the execution of brand-critical photography for clients including PEPSICO, 3M, Post, General Mills and KraftHeinz.
 
“I feel very excited to be taking on this role just as iC3D has reached a level of sophistication that makes it unmatched in the world of packaging design software,” said Zapata. “To be able, quickly and easily, to create any shape, simulate the physical behavior of packages, and visually enhance their aesthetics to suit different environments, all with total photorealism, is unique from a single software application.”
Larry Oberly is joining franchiser SpeedPro Imaging as President and CEO, taking his new position on November 6, 2017, which has around 130 franchise locations across North America focusing on large-format printing. This includes more than 35 locations in Canada.

Oberly is currently VP of Global Development at RE/MAX LLC where he has COO-level accountability for global development, field services, technology and training for over 3,800 offices and 50,000 agents.

“Larry is a proven leader with 25 years of experience in franchising, both as a multi-unit franchisee and as an executive in a franchisor,” said Chris Sugahara, SpeedPro’s Chairman. “He is a relationship, team and culture builder with demonstrated success in growing revenue for franchisees along with the franchisor.”
Klaus Schmidt, after more than 28 years as Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications at Koenig & Bauer AG, headquartered in Wurzburg, Germany, is retiring from the company at the end of October. At that time, he will pass his duties to Dagmar Ringel, who was most recently Director of Public Relations for technology group ZEISS.

As longstanding director, Schmidt represented the managerial staff on the supervisory board of Koenig & Bauer AG from 1993 to 2016. He also served on behalf of the parent company on the supervisory and advisory boards of numerous German and international subsidiaries.

Over the course of almost three decades, Koenig & Bauer explains Schmidt helped to shape the public and market image of the group, both in the press and at countless trade fairs and branch meetings.

Ringel will draw on more than 20 years of experience in corporate and marketing communications in internationally focused companies like HP and ZEISS.
Mark Hischar, President and CEO of Dallas, Texas-based Koenig & Bauer North America, becomes the Chairman of NPES, The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies. The group helps organize the annual Graph Expo fall tradeshow in Chicago.

Three new directors have also been elected to the NPES Board for a three-year term expiring in 2020, including: Kelly Mandarano, Director, WW Marketing & Communications and VP, Print Systems Division, Eastman Kodak Company; Doug Schardt, Director of Product Management, Komori USA; and Kevin Abergel, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, MGI. Brent Moncrief, VP, Strategic Marketing & Brand Management, Fujifilm North America, was also named a new director of the NPES board for a two-year term.

Fred DeBolt, ‎Vice President Marketing Excellence, North American Operation, Xerox, and Felix Mueller, ‎Senior Vice President Equipment,‎ Heidelberg USA, have also joined the NPES board for a one-year term.

Other directors re-elected to the Board with terms expiring in 2018 are: Mal Baboyian, EVP, Canon Solutions America (Immediate Past President); D.J. Burgess, President & CEO, Burgess Industries; Marc Olin, CFO, EFI; Ronald Rose, President, Nova Pressroom Products; and Nick Bruno, President, Harris & Bruno International.

NPES board member newly elected to the NPES Executive Committee to serve as Treasurer is Deirdre Ryder, CEO & President, VITS International.
Mimaki USA, a manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, has appointed Naoya Kawagoshi to the position of President, effective immediately. He was previously Vice President, Sales for Mimaki USA covering the United States and Canada.

Kawagoshi came to Mimaki USA in 2012 from Mimaki Engineering (Nagano), where he was the Director of the Japan Sales Promotion department responsible for all sales promotion and marketing activity in Japan. Prior to that, he held progressive sales and management positions at the Mimaki Fukuoka and Tokyo branch offices. He holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Doshisha University.

Kawagoshi remains a member of the Mimaki USA Business Planning Division and retains his office in the company’s Western Region facility, located just outside of Los Angeles.

Yasuhiro Haba who previously served as President of Mimaki USA returns to Japan to lead new sales initiatives for the Americas, Asia/Oceana, and China.
KBA has appointed Aleks Lajtman as its new Regional Sales Manager for the press maker’s sheetfed division. He will be managing Canada’s six eastern provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador. He will be based in Ontario and will report to Alex Stepanian, KBA’s Sales Director.

“We welcome Aleks to the KBA family and are extremely excited that he will be an integral part of our sales team in Canada,” said Stepanian. “There are tremendous opportunities for our customers in eastern Canada and with Aleks’ vast experience, we look forward to serving these commercial and packaging markets.”

Lajtman is a seasoned print industry manager who previously spent more than 18 years with Heidelberg Canada in various roles. This included positions as press demonstrator, showroom manager, product manager and most recently as account manager.

“I am excited to use my in-depth knowledge of the Canadian printing industry and business development background to form one-on-one partnerships with KBA’s Canadian customers and find solutions with KBA’s excellent sheetfed press line for their printing production,” said Lajtman. “Throughout my career I have always personally demonstrated a customer-centric attitude and this is complimented perfectly with KBA’s core philosophy.”

Lajtman is a graduate of George Brown College in Toronto with a degree in printing technology.
Hide Tsukada becomes President and CEO of Mitsubishi Imaging Inc., a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Paper Mills. Prior to his role as Executive Vice President of Mitsubishi Imaging, Inc. he served as Group Leader, Mitsubishi Paper Mills Digital Imaging Sales.

In addition to the appointment of Tsukada, Mitsubishi Imaging announces the formation of two new business divisions to best align with corporate strategies and new product development.

Jillian Acord has been appointed as Senior Vice President, Operations and Corporate Planning, which include Corporate Communications and Public Relations. Acord has held several leadership roles at Mitsubishi Imaging that include responsibility for business performance in Marketing, Operations, General Administration, Human Resources and Information Technologies.

Chris Hung will be Vice President, Sales and Product Planning across all product lines. Hung has a long leadership tenor with Mitsubishi Imaging and has been instrumental in bringing new innovative products to market and forging long standing strategic business partnerships with industry leaders.
Peter and Parry Nitchos, on Monday, June 26, both joined Toronto-based C.J. Graphics Inc., a member of The C.J. Group of Companies, led by President and CEO Jay Mandarino.

With more than 40 years of sales leadership and expertise in the printing industry, Peter Nitchos will take over as Director of Sales for C.J. Graphics Inc., as well as its 30 divisions under the C.J. Group umbrella. Parry Nitchos is joining C.J. Graphics as a Senior Account Manager.

“It is great to have Peter now part of our amazing team,” said Mandarino, noting C.J. Graphics has often competed in the Toronto region against the company’s new Director of Sales.

In July, C.J. Graphics is scheduled to move into its massive new facility in Mississauga.
The Toronto Global Mayors’ and Chairs’ Strategy Council announced a team of passionate and prominent business leaders from across the Toronto Region to serve as the Toronto Global Board of Directors.  The Board will provide both strategic oversight to the management of Toronto Global, steering the agency’s efforts to enhance the reputation of the Toronto Region as a premiere global business destination.

Ted Egawa, Director President and Chief Executive Officer, Canon Canada, is one of five new business leaders to join the Board, which itself is comprised of 14 people from both business and community operations.

Launched in February 2017, Toronto Global is the product of all three levels of government coming together with a shared vision: to create an engine of growth for the Toronto Region by leveraging the multi-sector strengths of Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton and the municipalities of Halton, York and Durham.

It marks the first time municipalities in the Toronto Region have come together to promote themselves to international investors as one region, under on Board, with one brand, and its work will help the region remain competitive on a global scale.

In addition to Egawa, the other new members of the board include: Mark Cohon, Executive Chairman, Georgian Bay Spirit Co and Chair of the Juno Awards; Janet Ecker, Vice-Chair President and Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance; Geneviève Bonin, Director Partner, Management Consulting, PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada; and Lisa de Wilde, Director Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Educational Communications Authority (TVO).

“We’ve recruited an all-star team of influencers and ambassadors to introduce the world to the investment opportunities in the Toronto Region, and to the benefits of working with our incredible range of talent and businesses,” said Mark Cohon, Chair of the Board of Toronto Global. “I know I’m not alone when I say we can’t wait to hit the ground running, and look forward to working with my fellow Board Members to show the world what we all know to be true – this is where they want to be.”

Cohon, Chair of the Board, is best known for his recent eight-year stewardship as CFL Commissioner. Vice-Chair of the Board Janet Ecker was named a Member to the Order of Canada in 2016 for her leadership in the financial industry.

 “We have a very strong leadership foundation in place and we couldn’t be more pleased with these appointments,” said John Tory, Mayor of Toronto. “Each of these individuals’ professional experience and passionate commitment to business in the Toronto Region will bring insightful perspectives to our Board.”
Presstek LLC has appointed Yuval Dubois as Chief Executive Officer. Since joining Presstek in 2013, Dubois spearheaded what the company describes as several critical initiatives in the commercial, newspaper, label and narrow web printing market segments.

Dubois played a pivotal role in the launch of the Zahara waterless plate product, leveraging his knowledge in computer-to-plate and DI plate technologies. “It’s an exciting time to be at Presstek. I look forward to working with our talented team to continue to advance Presstek across multiple market segments within the printing industry,” saod Dubois. “We have a lot of opportunity to reach new customers, while helping our large customer base grow their businesses.”

Before joining Presstek, Dubois held various management roles at VIM Technologies, which was acquired by Presstek in 2013. Dubois replaces John Becker, the interim CEO who stepped in after the sudden passing of Presstek’s former CEO Sparsh Bhargava in October 2016. Becker is a General Partner at American Industrial Partners, an investment company that acquired Presstek in 2012.

Presstek’s core product portfolio includes: 4- to 6-colour DI digital offset presses; thermal, violet, and inkjet computer-to-plate systems; and printing plates for DI presses and CTP applications (waterless, thermal, violet and inkjet).

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