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."