Heidelberg Canada expanded its national support team with a range of hires over the past few weeks, including Shane Thurston as a Press Mechanic to support customers in Western Canada. Thurston previously worked for Heidelberg and he is based in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Mark Norlock takes on the role of Production Specialist for Canon Canada Inc., headquartered in Brampton, Ontario.

Norlock brings Canon more than 30 years of experience within the Canadian printing industry. He most recently worked with KBA Canada Inc., as Regional Sales Manager, for just over five years.

Norlock’s printing career began with Linotype-Hell Canada before taking on a role with Indigo Canada to help that company launch its digital press technology in the country. He then spent six years with Scitex America before joining Xerox for four years.

Norlock moved into the world of offset press makers in 2003 as a Sales Manager with MAN Roland. He then worked for Kodak as a Sales Specialist in that company’s new Inkjet Printing Solutions division, before moving back into offset presses with KBA.

Norlock is also heavily involved with the Digital Imaging Association, serving as the organization’s Secretary/Treasurer.
Electronics For Imaging completed three additions to its Silicon Valley-based senior leadership team. Gene Zamiska, the former senior vice president of finance, corporate controller and chief accountant for Verifone, is joining EFI this month as its new chief accounting officer (CAO). Another veteran accounting executive, Mark Allred, has joined EFI as the company’s new vice president of corporate accounting. EFI has also hired Jill Norris, a long-time mobile industry tech leader, as its new chief information officer (CIO).

EFI explains Zamiska, who is a licensed CPA, comes to the CAO position with a long record of successful tech sector financial management and reporting. In the past two years in his executive role at Verifone, he led a team of more than 200 employees to direct the company’s reporting, SEC financial filings, accounting and Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 compliance. Prior to that position, Zamiska held senior finance positions at several tech companies, including serving as CAO for Juniper Networks. He also spent 18 years in finance and accounting roles at Hewlett Packard.

Allred is also a licensed CPA, previously worked at technology and manufacturing businesses in his native Oregon, including forestry, agriculture and construction equipment company Blount International, where he was vice president and corporate controller. Prior to that position, he was vice president of finance and corporate controller of microscope technology manufacturer FEI Co.

EFI explains Jill Norris is an IT, services and operations executive with extensive experience helping organizations make the most effective use of their technology. She most recently served as vice president of global IT services for semiconductor company Globalfoundries. Prior to that, Norris held engineering IT positions for Motorola and held CIO, Chief Service Officer and India expat positions for mobile start-up Good Technology. She also previously worked for Sprint as vice president of IT service delivery.
Pierre Marcoux becomes President of TC Transcontinental’s media sector, TC Media, with a range of brands for the business, finance and construction sectors, including an event-planning component. TC Media is the largest publisher of French-language educational resources in the country. The company, which began divesting its newspaper assets last year, describes these sectors as key to its strategic shift.

Marcoux’ objectives include further developing the sector’s specialty product and service offering; growing market share in educational book publishing; and evaluating targeted acquisition opportunities. He has been working in the family business for more than 15 years.

“I am especially proud to appoint Pierre Marcoux as President of TC Media,” said François Olivier, President and Chief Executive Officer of TC Transcontinental. “We have full confidence in Pierre as he assumes his mandate of executing the Media Sector's business development strategy in order to always better meet the needs of our customers and audiences. He has successfully climbed the ranks to be entrusted with this key role of responsibility, combining his talent as a senior-level manager, his inherent business sense, as well as his profound knowledge of publishing, journalism and multiplatform content.”

Marcoux joined TC Transcontinental in 2000 as a journalist, before taking on a role as Content Manager and Director of Business Development for business publications in the media sector. He then became Vice President of the Business Solutions Group. Five years later, he served as Senior Vice President of the Business and Consumer Solutions Group, a position he held for four years in Toronto, and was then appointed Senior Vice President, Business and Education.

Marcoux holds a bachelor's degree from Université de Sherbrooke and a Master’s in Media Management from Northwestern University. He also completed various training programs at Kellogg School of Management and Harvard Business School. As part of his community involvement, he supports organizations such as the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, On the Tip of the Toes Foundation and Centraide of Greater Montreal, and also serves as governor of the Fondation de recherche en administration (administration research foundation) of Université de Sherbrooke.

TC Media media brands include Les Affaires, Événements Les Affaires, Finance et Investissement, Investment Executive, Conseiller, Advisor's Edge, Avantages, Benefits Canada, and Constructo and Contech, as well as Chenelière Éducation, Les Éditions Transcontinental, Les Éditions Caractère and Groupe Modulo, grouped within TC Media Books.

TC Transcontinental has close to 6,500 employees in Canada and the United States, generating revenues of $2 billion in 2017.
Jürgen Gruber becomes Digital & Web Service National Sales Manager for KBA North America. In this newly created role, he will specifically oversee sales of the RotaJET digital printing press as well as sales and support for the web service group. Gruber will report to Jeff Dietz, VP of Web and Specialty Presses.
“We are excited to welcome Jürgen to the Koenig & Bauer team,” said Dietz. “He brings with him a wealth of industry experience that will make him a valued resource for both our customers and organization.”  
Gruber brings sales and engineering background to his new position. He most recently served with Fujifilm North America’s Graphic Systems Division, where he was since 2012, after working with NELA for the previous 12 years, including seven years as its Director of Sales. 

Gruber holds a Master Industrial Technology degree from the State College for Master Studies in Lahr, Germany, as well as a Technical Engineering degree from the College of Technical Engineering in Emmendingen, Germany.

KBA North America is based in Dallas, Texas, and a member of the Koenig & Bauer Group, which was established 200 years ago in Würzburg, Germany.
James Rowley has taken on the role of President of Glenmore Custom Print + Packaging, based in Vancouver, BC. He previously served as General Manager, from late 2012, helping to establish the family company as one of Western Canada’s premier printing operations.

Founded in 1981 by his father Glen, Glenmore now has more than 130 employees and is one of Canada’s most prominent independent custom print and folding carton manufacturers, while also venturing into roll label printing and continuing its high-end offset litho work. Rowley was named PrintAction’s Emerging Leader of the Year in 2017.
Nick Gaudry joins the management team at Huge Paper, one of Canada’s leading privately owned distributors of plastics and papers aimed at the digital printing market. The addition of Gaudry follows two key appointments last year by Huge as it continues an expansion into new territories and services.

In December 2017, Mark McCaw became Senior Digital Substrate Specialist for Huge Paper’s Dry Ink Performance division. In May 2017, Tom Dack was tapped to lead Huge’s expansion into southwestern Ontario, which is to service the area from Kitchener west along the highway 401 corridor to Windsor, and north to Sarnia.

Gaudry joins as Managing Partner for Huge’s newly created Ottawa East Region, which the company explains is based on a growing demand for digital printing products within region. This results in Huge’s investment to provide local delivery and support.

“I am incredibly pleased that Nick has accepted this important role within our organization,” said Jeff Tapping, founder and owner of Huge Paper. “I have a great deal of respect for what he has accomplished during his career in the graphic arts industry. I know Nick will be a tremendous asset to our organization and help guide it to new heights.”
Huge focuses on providing specialty substrates such as printable synthetics, magnetics, and papers exclusively engineered for HP Indigo, Xerox, and other high performance digital and wide-format presses.

“I am honoured and excited to be part of this respected organization,” said Gaudry. “There are tremendous opportunities for it to experience unprecedented growth. I know the passion Jeff has for this team and the company. I’m grateful for the confidence and trust he has placed in me. I can’t wait to get started.”
Gordon de Savoye joins Printer’s Parts & Equipment as its Ontario Region Sales Representative. Founded in 1973, Printer’s Parts & Equipment is one of Canada’s leading suppliers of graphic arts equipment, consumables and parts, representing brands like Xante, Ideal/MBM and Roland DG among others.

Gordon de Savoye’s sales career began in Ottawa, Ontario, representing Globe Envelopes, a major manufacturer of commercial envelopes. He was promoted to take on the market in Montreal, Quebec, before taking a position to represent CCL Labels, where he specialized in the pharmaceutical field. He has also gained commercial printing experience serving as a broker for several major corporations.

de Savoye obtained a CLU designation as a Chartered Life Underwriter with Sun Life of Canada, while also developing his marketing skills through a range of sales courses in Canada and the United States.
Mike Kyritsi is to become the new President of swissQprint America Inc., the North American subsidiary of the Switzerland company that builds UV inkjet printers, at the beginning of January 2018.

The Swiss company established its first subsidiary in the United States in fall 2015 with Carmen Eicher in charge. She is now returning to the headquarters in Switzerland where she will continue supporting the U.S. team as a consultant.

swissQprint most recently introduced a new range of UV flatbed printers featuring LED technology. Two models, the Impala LED (98 x 79.9 inch flatbed) and the Nyala LED (126 x 79.9 inch flatbed) are set up for demonstrations at swissQprint’s showroom in Elgin, Illinois, as well as the new loading and unloading robot called Rob.
Sheryl Sauder on December 18, 2017, is joining Supremex as Sales Manager, Central Region. Supremex is one of North America’s largest envelope manufacturers with a growing interest in packaging and specialty products. The company has facilities in seven Canadian provinces and three facilities in the United States, employing more than 800 people.

Sauder most recently served as Chief Visionary Officer of Toronto-based Mi5 Print & Digital Communications Inc. She was with that printing company in various executive roles, including CEO and VP of Sales, since 2012. As CVO, she was responsible for managing the sales team, as well as overseeing a number of major accounts.

Prior to joining Mi5, Sauder was a founder of a full service print and media management company, called Prospect Media, with a focus on consumer analytics. There, she developed an account base of various retail brands, managed a sales group, and set company financial targets and tracked profitability.

Supremex is also appointing Joe Baglione as Vice President & General Manager, Supremex USA, effective January 1, 2018. With 25 years of experience at Supremex, Baglione developed his sales management expertise with the Central Region’s Direct Marketing, Solution Provider & End-User Sales group. He is also very familiar with Supremex’ Buffalo operation and the U.S. market as a whole.
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

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:

Jason Hamilton, Hughes Decorr

First Vice President
Paul Tarvydas, Tsus4

Second Vice President
Larry Stewart, KBR Graphics

Mark Norlock

Past President
George Sittlinger, Maracle Press

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.

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