Victoria Gaitskell becomes Managing Director for PrintLink’s Canadian office located in Oakville, Ontario. Established in 1994, PrintLink, headquartered in Rochester, is a placement agency specializing in the printing industry.
A longtime and current columnist for PrintAction magazine, Gaitskell had previously worked with PrintLink just over four years ago. “Victoria's knowledge of recruiting and business strategy will build on PrintLink's two decades of partnering with printing companies to help them hire qualified staff. Her return ensures a seamless transition," stated Arnold Kahn, President of PrintLink.
Gaitskell is replacing Carol McLeod, who previously worked with Heidelberg Canada and plans to retire at the end of March.
Heidelberg announced significant executive changes over two days, beginning with the departure of Executive Management Board member Marcel Kiessling, who is to be succeeded by Harald Weimer. Juergen Grimm was then introduced as President of Heidelberg Americas to fill Weimer’s vacated spot.
Kiessling, who has been with the German press maker since 1989, oversaw sales and service for Heidelberg and will depart on March 31, 2013. Prior to his appointment to the Executive Management Board in 2010, Kiessling was responsible for Heidelberg's business in the Americas from 2004 until 2010.
Weimer (age 49) is to become a regular member of the Executive Management Board on April 1, 2014. His responsibilities will comprise the Business Areas Services and Parts, as well as Consumables and Remarketed Equipment. Weimer’s responsibilities also include the management of the global marketing and sales organization for Heidelberg. Weimer, who was educated as an engineer, has worked at Heidelberg for more than 15 years.
The Executive Management Board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG will consist of four individuals as of April 1, including: Chairman Dr. Gerold Linzbach (58), Dirk Kaliebe (47), Stephan Plenz (48), and Weimer.
Juergen Grimm is to succeed outgoing Harald Weimer as President of Heidelberg Americas, effective April 1. Grimm most recently led the worldwide Business Area Sheetfed for Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. In his new role, he will have responsibility for Heidelberg USA, Heidelberg Canada, Heidelberg Mexico and Heidelberg Brazil.
“Harald has done a superlative job guiding the sales and service activities in the U.S. market,” stated Grimm. “I look forward to working with the tireless and talented team at Heidelberg USA to sustain operational excellence, develop our long-term profit potential, and provide the world-class equipment and services our customers have come to expect.”
Grimm (44) began his career with Heidelberg in 1995, progressing from service projects to product and marketing management for the Speedmaster line (1996-1999), to head of Marketing Communications for Sheetfed and Head of Product Management for Prinect and Peripheral systems (2000-2004). From 2004-2007, he served as head of Sales and Marketing for Heidelberg Postpress Deutschland GmbH, becoming a member of the Board of Directors of Heidelberg Graphic Equipment Shanghai in 2008.
From 2007-2010, Grimm served as head of Product Management for HDM before assuming responsibility for Heidelberg’s Sheetfed Business worldwide, the position he currently holds. Grimm received a Master of Business and Engineering (MBE) at Technical University in Darmstadt, Germany, in 1994.
Jeffrey Clarke joins Eastman Kodak Company as its elected Chief Executive Officer and member of its Board of Directors. Most recently a Managing Partner in a private investment firm, Clarke brings a wealth of experience in managing the supply and capitalization of communications technologies.
“Jeff is the right person to lead Kodak forward. His combination of strengths and experience in technology, transformation, finance, operations, and international business is precisely what we set out to find in the next leader of Kodak,” stated James Continenza, Chairman of the Board, Eastman Kodak. “His past leadership positions have included businesses selling hardware, software and services, and printing – with B2B customers as well as consumers… We feel extremely confident about Kodak’s prospects with Jeff at the helm.”
Prior to joining Kodak, Clarke (52) was a Managing Partner of Augusta Columbia Capital (ACC), a private investment firm focused on middle market technology and technology-enabled businesses that he co-founded in 2012. Prior to ACC, Clarke was the Chairman of Travelport Inc., a private travel technology firm, where he served as CEO from 2006 to 2011, after leading its sale from Cendant Corporation to the Blackstone Group for $4.3 billion in 2006. During his tenure, Travelport launched an IPO for its Orbitz business.
Clarke was the Chief Operating Officer of CA Inc., an enterprise software company, from 2004 to 2006, where he was responsible for sales, services, distribution, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, information technology, corporate strategy and planning.
Clarke was an Executive Vice President at Hewlett-Packard from 2002 to 2003. As EVP of Global Operations, he was responsible for HP’s worldwide supply chain, manufacturing, procurement and Internet operations. He was instrumental in HP’s merger integration with Compaq Computer. Prior to HP, Clarke was the Chief Financial Officer of Compaq Computer, which he joined in 1998 following the merger of Compaq with Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). At DEC from 1985 to 1998, he served in management roles relating to international operations, finance and manufacturing.
“I have enormous respect for the people of Kodak, and I am excited to join them in moving the company forward to new successes,” stated Clarke. “This enterprise has some extraordinary opportunities, especially those presented by the company’s proprietary technology in commercial printing, packaging and functional printing… My first priority is to spend my time listening to Kodak’s employees, customers, partners and other stakeholders as part of a detailed evaluation of our operations, market opportunities and approach for success.”
Clarke will continue to serve as Chairman of Orbitz Worldwide, a global online travel agency since 2007. He will also continue to serve on the boards of directors of Red Hat, Inc., an enterprise software company, and Compuware Corporation, an enterprise software company. Clarke earned an MBA from Northeastern University, where he serves as a Trustee. He holds a B.A. in Economics from SUNY Geneseo. He grew up in Hamilton, New York.
Tony Karg, Senior Director of Corporate Communications & Marketing for Fujifilm Canada, is leaving the company on March 31, 2014, after more than 20 years.
Unable to share much information at this time, Karg did say he plans on staying within the graphics industry in a strategic planning role, whether that is related directly to marketing or business development.
Karg began his career at Fuji Graphic Systems Canada in 1993 as an applications specialist. He had spent the previous two years as a production coordinator for Ainsworth Printing in Kitchener, Ontario. Karg remained as an applications specialist at Fujifilm until April 2000, when he became Product Manager, Digital Workflow Solutions.
In late 2003, Karg was named Product Marketing Manager for Fuji Graphic Systems Canada Inc., overseeing the marketing of all products sold by the company until early 2005, when he became Director of Business Development & Marketing for just over a year. He received a promotion to a Senior Director role in April 2006 and remained in the position until early 2013. During this time, begininng in 2011, Karg spent nearly year in Tokyo as the only non-Japanese member of the core planning team behind Fujifilm’s trade show booth for the quadrennial drupa 2012 exhibition in Duesseldorf, Germany.
In April 2013, Karg was to his current position at Fujifilm Canada, which he will hold until leaving the company on March 31.
Goss International has appointed Mike D’Angelo, an executive with more than 30 years of experience in the printing and packaging industries, to the newly created position of Managing Director for the Americas.
D’Angelo will lead the Goss sales, service and support organization involved with packaging and newspaper printing operations throughout North America and Latin America. With his industry-specific experience, Goss stated he is to also play an important role as the company expands its portfolio and presence in the packaging and converting sector.
D’Angelo has held sales and executive positions since 1982 with Bobst, one of the world’s largest suppliers of press and auxiliary equipment for packaging and converting. He most recently led the business unit responsible for web-fed products and was a member of the company’s executive committee in North America.
Rick Nichols, Goss president and CEO, states D’Angelo’s appointment fits the transformation of the company’s organizational structure, which is now based on four regional centres responsible for sales, service and support for the Americas, Europe, China and Asia. “Our support network already differentiates Goss in the Americas, and Mike’s background puts him in a unique position to help us further strengthen and coordinate that network,” stated Nichols.
D’Angelo is a graduate of Villanova University in Pennsylvania. He has served on the board of directors of the Flexible Packaging Association and the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation. He is also a member or former member of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry, the Paperboard Packaging Council, the Flexographic Technical Association and the Gravure Association of America.
Tony Pileggi, with more than 20 years of experience in the flexography market, becomes a Technical Sales Representative for Anderson & Vreeland Canada.
Pileggi has served in various roles within the flexography marketplace, including his experience as a technical sales representative and territory management at Williamson Printing Materials. In his new role, he will focus efforts within Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area for Anderson & Vreeland, which was founded in 1961 and has remained focused on supplying technologies for the flexography sector, with a particular emphasis on flexo platemaking equipment and materials.
Pileggi will work close with Sean Sawa, who was appointed as a Regional Manager for Anderson & Vreeland Canada, back in April 2013. Sawa himself holds close to 20 years of technical sales experience in the flexo, print and packaging industries. “Tony’s extensive knowledge and flexo experience, in tandem with A&V’s leading product lines and technologies, will make for a dynamic relationship with large benefits for our Ontario/GTA customers,” stated Sawa.
A graduate of Packaging Design at Humber College in Toronto, Pileggi has substantial prepress and plate processing experience in the wide web and corrugated markets, as well as steel rule die experience.
Romy Hahn becomes the Director of Sales and Marketing for Annan & Sons of Toronto. Founded more than 35 years ago, Annan & Sons is a sheetfed printing operations running several half-size and full-size Heidelberg presses.
The company also employs a full prepress department and full bindery department, including cutters, folder and stitchers, as well as two automatic shrinkwrap lines.
Hahn is a graduate of Ryerson University in Toronto. She has been with Annan & Sons for more than 10 years, serving in various sales, marketing and production positions.
Tom Edwards, former owner of Spinnaker Graphic Inc. located in Mississauga, Ontario, has joined Specialties Graphic Finishers in Toronto as Vice President of Sales.
Edwards holds extensive experience in offset printing, print management and bindery finishing. “His contagious laughter, can-do attitude and enthusiasm has already made good things happen for us,” stated Norm Beange, owner of Specialties Graphic Finishers, who has known Edwards for 35 years through the printing industry.
Specialties Graphic Finishers is recognized as one of North America’s leading finishing houses. The company’s facility in Scarborough, Ontario, also houses its unique Anstey Book Binding operation, which was formed in 1882.
Taizaburo (Ted) Egawa becomes President and CEO of Canon Canada, as the Japanese-based imaging giant announces 11 senior executive appointments and promotions across its North American operations.
Egawa, a 31-year veteran with Canon, began his career with the International Business Management department where he was responsible for office equipment sales for corporate clients. He has worked in several Canon global regions, including Japan and the United States. He also spent a year with Canon Canada’s Camera and Video Division between 1984 and 1985.
"Ted will be a great addition to Canada's leadership team," stated Joe Adachi, President and CEO of Canon U.S.A., who is also the Chairman of Canon Canada. "He played an integral role in strengthening Canon USA's Imaging Technologies and Communications Group business and expanded our company's reach into new domains."
Most recently, Egawa was VP and GM of Strategy Planning & Administration for the Imaging Technologies and Communications Group (ITCG) at Canon U.S.A., spending close to 16 years with this region where he was responsible for the strategic direction and business operations for Canon's digital photographic and imaging solutions products.
Egawa succeeds Kazuto Ogawa, who led Canon Canada for the past six years and now takes on an executive position with Canon China and the Canon Asia Group. Moving outside of North America, Ogawa is not considered among Canon’s 11 new executive appointments, which, in addition to Egawa, includes:
Yuichi Ishizuka, Executive VP and GM of Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., has been appointed to Senior Executive Officer of Canon Inc., Japan and will continue to hold his responsibilities at Canon U.S.A.
Tsuneo Imai has been promoted to VP and GM, Healthcare Solutions Division, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A.
Dennis Amorosano has been promoted to VP, Business Imaging Solutions Group Marketing Division, Canon U.S.A., and has also been appointed to the Americas Board of Groups Managers, Canon U.S.A.
Charles Womack has been promoted to VP and GM, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
Hiroyuki Haraguchi has been promoted to VP, Industrial Products Division, Canon U.S.A.
Brian Strangways has been promoted to VP, Virtual Imaging, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A.
Tetsuhiro Minamide has been appointed to VP and GM, Canon Information and Imaging Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A.
Kenji Kobayashi has been appointed President, Canon Latin America, Inc. and to the Americas Board of Groups Managers, Canon U.S.A.
Fernando Moreno has been promoted to VP, Canon Chile, and has also been appointed to the Americas Board of Group Members, Canon U.S.A.
Jun Otsuka has been appointed to President and GM, Canon Chile, and will continue to hold his present position as President and CEO, Canon Brazil, Inc.
“I am proud to announce 11 well-deserved appointments and promotions for the New Year,” stated Adachi, president and chief executive officer, Canon U.S.A. “The value these executives bring to Canon is paramount and their proven leadership skills, dedication and perseverance will help us take our company to the next level of achievement.”
Printing industry veterans Matt Adler and John Kulak have joined Goss International’s packaging team, which the company describes as an example of its continuing transformation and diversification into new markets.
Goss International’s interest in the packaging market primarily revolves around its Sunday Vpak web offset press platform. This includes the Sunday Vpak 500 and Vpak 3000 web offset press models for folding carton, flexible packaging, pre-print and label applications are available in web widths from 20.5 to 75 inches (520 to 1905 mm) and print at speeds of up to 1,500 feet (457 metres) per minute.
“We are diversifying our product portfolio to drive revenues in new, neighbouring markets where our expertise delivers differentiating advantages,” stated Jacques Navarre, VP of Sales and Marketing. “Matt and John know the industry and can support our vision of enabling packaging producers to achieve lower costs, higher print quality, more precise colour consistency, and faster turnaround times with Sunday Vpak web offset technology.”
Matt Adler joins Goss as Director of Sales for packaging products in the Americas. He will also assist in managing the Goss sales and support network in the region. Adler was most recently a national account manager for packaging and label producer Printpack in Atlanta, Georgia. From 1991 to 2007, he held executive and management positions with the Fort Dearborn Company in Illinois, one of the largest label producers in the United States.
John Kulak becomes Manager of the recently opened 7,000-square-foot Goss Packaging Technology Center, a demonstration, test and educational facility at Goss headquarters in Durham, New Hampshire. He has close to 30 years of experience in the implementation, management and optimization of printing technology. Kulak also spent time as a production coordinator for newspaper publisher USA Today and a senior technical associate for print production at The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
Kevin Wilken becomes President and Chief Executive Officer of Mark Andy Inc. of St. Louis, Missouri. He has been with the flexography press maker since 2008 in various engineering and operations roles.
Wilken served as Chief Operating Officer of Mark Andy for the past two years. During this period, he was responsible for launching products, planning continuous improvement for the company, and leading Mark Andy’s digital initiatives. Prior to Mark Andy, he worked for Brady Corporation in engineering and program management roles.
“We have worked diligently to develop market-leading products and services with five technical innovation awards in the last four years, [built] an un-matched service infrastructure and offering, a new consumables and supplies business, and a great pipeline of new products such as the Versa Max, ProLED, and Mark Andy Digital Series,” stated Wilken.
Mark Andy has also appointed Joe Calmese to a new position within the company as Director of Flexo Consumables, with the company’s Print Products division, where he will work directly with label printers, converters and other flexographic print businesses.
“I am excited to work with Mark Andy Print Products in pursuit of our mission to optimize converter profitability and to be a total solutions provider to in-line flexo label and packaging printers,” stated Joe Demharter, VP of MAPP Consumables business. “Joe Calmese is the right combination of visionary and leader.”
Walter Hartmann becomes the head of sheetfed marketing for at Koenig & Bauer’s (KBA) primary sheetfed press manufacturing plant in Radebeul, Germany.
Hartmann, age 51, takes over for Jürgen Veil, age 50, who, after 15 years in the sheetfed marketing role, sought out a new position with KBA as key account manager for packaging back in September 2013.
After completing an apprenticeship with an offset printing company, before undergoing advanced training as print technician, Hartmann held various positions in sales at Köselbuch in Kempten. He then spent 11 years as works manager, responsible for all of the technical departments (prepress, printing plant and bindery), at AZ Druck und Datentechnik. This book and commercial printing company has over 200 employees at its facilities in Berlin and Kempten, Germany.
While at AZ Druck, Hartmann helped drive one of the world’s first installations of a KBA Rapida 105, which was an eight-colour press featuring DriveTronic SPC direct drives at the plate cylinders.
Tony Wiley becomes President of Esko North America succeeding Mark Quinlan, who is leaving the company. He is to oversee all of Esko’s sales and support in both Canada and the United States and will report directly to Christian Korte, Esko CCO.
Esko divides its North American structure into Eastern, Central and Western regions in the United States, as well as a group in Canada. Each regional team includes account managers for packaging, wide format and commercial printing, who are then supported by application specialists and sales support assistants.
In conjunction with this organizational change, Esko is forming an autonomous business organization in Latin America, driven by Esko Vice President, Latin America, Ernande Ramos, who will also report to Korte.
Steve Bennett replaces Wiley as Vice President, US Central Region Sales. Bennett recently held the role of Vice President, Digital Finishing Business, and had been Vice President, New Business Development.
Wiley joined Esko in 1999 and led the company’s North American Customer Service organization for 10 years. He most recently served as Vice President, US Central Region Sales, for the past five years.
“North America is a very important, growing global region for Esko, with many customers who are pioneers in our industry,” stated Korte. “We continue to focus on and invest resources to this area – the selection of a strong leader was critical for us. With his proven success in both service and sales, Tony has an extensive knowledge of Esko products and our customers’ needs.”
Chris Connor has been appointed to the newly created position of Managing Director, Graphic Communications, for Xerox Canada.
Connor joined Xerox in 1980 and spent most of his career there in various sales and marketing management roles, focused on production-strength printing.
With more than 25 years of experience, he has helped Xerox launch many of its new technologies, such as the iGen platform, for adoption in Canada's commercial printing community. Connor most recently served as Director of High-End Solutions for Xerox Canada.
“Chris’s primary goal will be to focus on helping our graphic communications customers grow their business,” stated John Corley, Senior VP and GM of Xerox Canada. “Chris’s breadth of experience, his access to and relationships with the broader Xerox Corporation and deep industry knowledge, will serve him and the market well.”
Connor is a member of the Digital Imaging Association, the Canadian Marketing Association and the Canadian Packaging Association, and is a Computer Science Graduate from the Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.
Electronics For Imaging of Freemont, California, has appointed David Reeder as Chief Financial Officer. Reeder most recently served as the head of finance for Cisco's Enterprise Networking Group.
In addition, Marc Olin, currently Senior Vice-President and General Manager of EFI’s Productivity Software Group, has been named to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer.
“Following a comprehensive search, I am very pleased to welcome David Reeder to EFI's executive team," said Guy Gecht, EFI's Chief Executive Officer. “David was our clear first choice with his extensive background in both finance and operations at Cisco, Broadcom, and Texas Instruments which make him a tremendous asset to EFI's diverse business.”
Gecht continues to explain that Reeder’s experience with global business will be a key asset within the current focus to expand EFI’s geographic footprint, which Gecht describes as a key element of EFI’s growth strategy.
“EFI has done a terrific job developing a unique portfolio of innovative products and executing on its global growth strategy," said Reeder. "I believe the company has just begun to realize its opportunity. I am very excited to join this talented team and committed to executing on the opportunity as we grow EFI to its $1 billion revenue target – and beyond.”
As VP of Finance for Cisco's System's $16 billion Enterprise Networking Division, Reeder was responsible for all financial aspects of Cisco's largest business group. Prior to that role, he served at Broadcom Corporation as Vice President & Managing Director, Asian Operations, after serving as Controller for Broadcom’s U.S. Manufacturing and Operations. Reeder holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arkansas.
Marc Olin, who has served as the Company's Interim Chief Financial Officer since September 2013, has been appointed to the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer. A search is underway to fill Marc Olin's previous position as General Manager, Productivity Software Business.
Olin joined EFI in 2003 when the company acquired PrintCafe, where he was CEO and Co-founder. The acquisition launched EFI's entry into the commercial print software market, with Olin helping to grow the business from annual revenues of $35 million to over $110 million.
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