Thursday, 11 Jul 2019 12:17 GMT

The latest appointments in print

As the print industry continues to grow and evolve, companies across the world are shaking up their workforces to stay ahead of the curve and disrupt new markets.

As part of its “aggressive growth strategy”, Scottish print firm, PG Paper Company, has appointed its first managing director, as well as a new sales manager.

Having previously held the role of chief executive officer at Arran Aromatics and Cath Kidston, Chris McKendrick joins the team as managing director.

McKendrick puts PG Paper Company’s recent growth down to its “entrepreneurial spirit” and is looking forward to mapping out and delivering the next steps in what he calls the “PG success story”. Jim Mckenzie joins PG Paper as sales manager from Antalis where he previously held the role of sales development director. McKenzie will focus on developing the brand’s international sales team.

With over 25 years of industry experience, Johnson is a firm believer in print and the importance of embracing “ground-breaking technologies”

In a newly created role, Marc Johnson is to join printhead manufacturer Memjet as global director of product marketing. Johnson will manage the development and implementation of marketing strategies for the firm and its original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners, as well as oversee product development, competitive analysis and strategic planning.

With over 25 years of industry experience, Johnson is a firm believer in print and the importance of embracing “ground-breaking technologies”.

Johnson comments: “At Memjet, I am looking forward to creating an even richer conversation. By listening to the requirements and business goals of all stakeholders, we will be able to develop technology and solutions that not only work well for the OEM partner and its customers but help advance the printing industry as a whole.”

Marc Johnson joins Memjet as global director of product marketing

As part of an ongoing “digital evolution”, Heidelberg UK has appointed Eirini Spanou as its new cluster marketing manager for Northern Europe. With 15 years of experience in marketing and communications, Spanou will drive the digital evolution of the company and head up new marketing initiatives in the UK, Sweden, Denmark and South Africa.

Managing director Ryan Miles says: “[Eilini’s] digital marketing experience and positive energy towards our brand will ensure that we remain highly customer-centric as we modernise and build comprehensive digitised solutions with our customers.”

Durst and Koenig & Bauer recently partnered for a project in which the two firms will work together in the joint development and marketing of single-pass digital printing systems for the folding carton and corrugated fibreboard industry.

Eirini Spanou joins Heidelberg UK as its new cluster marketing manager for Northern Europe

Robert Stabler has been appointed as managing director of the new joint venture and as of August 1st will use his global experience in technology companies within the graphic arts and document management industries to oversee the business.

Claus Bolza-Schunemann, chief executive officer of Koenig & Bauer, comments: “This is the start of something very special in the printing and packaging industry. We are incredibly excited by the opportunities ahead of us and we are confident being able to form a superb team led by Robert Stabler.”

In another shake-up, Fujifilm has announced a restructuring of its senior management team in its UK Graphics Systems business. The company says market pressures, rising aluminium prices, falling print runs and advancing digital print technologies have all contributed to a need for “innovation and creative thinking”.

This is the start of something very special in the printing and packaging industry. We are incredibly excited by the opportunities ahead of us

Recognising the importance of innovations such as its PLATESENSE programme, Fujifilm has promoted Chris Broadhurst, initiator of the programme and former general manager of the UK Graphic Systems Division, to head of offset in the European Graphic Systems business.

In another promotion, Andy Kent will move from his role as national sales manager to divisional manager of the UK Graphic Systems Business. Bringing with him over 30 years of experience, Kent will be based at the company’s Bedford headquarters.

Due to this change, Will Hearn will lead the offset sales team and Alice Murray will head the inkjet team moving forward.

 

Robert Stabler has been appointed as managing director to oversee Durst and Koenig & Bauer’s new joint venture

Excited for the new challenge, Broadhurst praises Fujifilm for remaining at the forefront of the “rapid advances in digital print technology” in recent years. Broadhurst adds: “Fujifilm has a long and deserved reputation for helping offset printers boost profitability through the unrivalled performance and durability of our Superia plate range.

“Our new PLATESENSE programme takes this to another level altogether and I look forward to working with litho printers right across Europe to help them to transform their business, boosting productivity and profitability and safe-guarding their futures.”

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