Paragon Group, the leading provider of Customer Communications, Identification and Graphics Services, is pleased to announce the appointment of Sean Shine as CEO. Mr Shine succeeds Patrick Crean (Paragon’s principal shareholder), who will now take on the role of Executive Chairman. John Rogers, currently Head of Corporate Development, has also been promoted to Executive Director.

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) today announced that longtime printing industry marketing and sales executive Jack Noonan has joined the organization as vice president of business development. In this newly created role, Noonan will oversee PRINTING United exposition exhibitor and sponsorship partnerships for SGIA, strengthen existing communities, develop dedicated postal and packaging sector participation, and help explore new business opportunities for the leading annual event in the combined graphic arts industries.

Ultimaker, the global leader in desktop 3D printing, recently strengthened its leadership team with four new talents to drive its worldwide growth even further.

With the continued growth in the digital inkjet label market, Durst is pleased to announce the addition of industry veterans David Schwerdtmann and Dennis Eaves to the North American team to expand their footprint in the label market.

Anastasia Gudzenchuk was born in East Siberia, Russia, but she wanted to explore what the world had to offer. England, Iceland, Greece, France, Norway, and Spain, are all countries Anastasia has lived in. Now she is ready for a new challenge and moved to the Netherlands!

CHILI publish has engaged graphical software expert John Arnsdorf as its Product Marketing Manager. John brings in a raft of experience with software automation, implementation, and optimization at printing houses, advertising agencies, and DAM vendors. His first-hand experience with the rollout of personalization software at companies of different sizes throughout the world will bolster CHILI publisher’s position as the fully fledged, go-to software for smart artwork and marketing material creation for (packaging) printers, brands and agencies worldwide.

Arnoud Mekenkamp has decided to return to his roots: Converting visions and using them to create and build new innovative products and solutions for the graphic arts industry. Closing the circle, Arnoud returns to his former company Heytex, which he formerly had successfully led into new markets. He will be responsible to set up on designing innovative products for future applications and markets.

Nazdar Ink Technologies has announced the appointment of Dean Allen as OEM Business Development Manager for EMEA and North America with immediate effect. Dean joins Nazdar's international sales team and will be responsible for developing industrial OEM partnerships.

Lift Software, developers of the revolutionary new Lift ERP software, announced this week that Leland Morgan and Alyssa Henkel have joined the company as Business Development Manager and Software Project Manager, respectively. Leland and Alyssa bring a copious amount of software specific industry experience to Lift, as the company continues to grow in placements and innovation.

Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has restructured its segment for industrial textile printing. The new segment manager, Dr. Stefan Kappaun, has responsibility for the strategic direction in home textiles, clothing and accessories. Dr. Kappaun also will be the connecting link to the Large Format Segment, which takes over soft signage and fabrics in the portfolio.

Minuteman Press International, the world’s leading design, marketing, and printing franchise, is proud to announce the promotion of Nick Titus to President. Nick is the third-generation President of Minuteman Press, which remains a family-owned and operated franchisor with World Headquarters in Long Island, NY and nearly 1,000 independently owned and operated franchises worldwide. Previously, Nick was Vice President of Marketing. Bob Titus will remain the Company’s CEO.

Outdoor media specialist CP Media – one of the fastest growing media companies in the UK – has appointed experienced media industry expert Steve South as Commercial Director, as part of ambitious and exciting plans to double turnover within the next three years.

Direct Color Systems is pleased to announce the addition of Tom Kaplinski as President & CEO. Tom is an accomplished business leader who has delivered breakthrough growth for original equipment manufacturers over his 28+ years of global business and technology experience.

Electronics For Imaging, Inc. has named veteran print technology executive Dr. Douglas Edwards as its Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Edwards replaces longtime technology leader Ghilad Dziesietnik, who recently retired after nearly 25 years with EFI - the last 14 as CTO. Edwards, who assumes his new duties today, has had an extensive career as a senior print executive and R&D technologist. Immediately prior to this appointment, Edwards was CEO of Cambridge, England-based Xaar plc, a leading developer of inkjet print head technologies for industrial printing, and Chairman of Xaar 3D Ltd - the company's 3D printing joint venture with Stratasys Ltd.

Xaar plc, the digital inkjet printing and 3D technology group, announces the appointment of Ian Tichias as Chief Finance Officer and Director of the Board from 1 March 2020.

SGIA and NAPCO Media today announce that Andy Cvitanov has been appointed Chief Operating Officer. In this new position, Cvitanov will oversee all operations within the newly formed company, including association infrastructure, strategy, audience development, finance, IT, human resources and more.

Gathering on 4 December 2019 the Shareholders’ Meeting of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, presided over by the Chairman, Lord Mayor Thomas Geisel, appointed Wolfram N. Diener (55) as the new President & Chief Executive Officer and Erhard Wienkamp (61) as the new Managing Director Operative Trade Fair Business. The Shareholders’ Meeting has thereby followed the recommendation of the Supervisory Board of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH. In his new position, Wolfram Diener succeeds Werner M. Dornscheidt (65), who will retire at the end of June 2020 after almost 17 years at the helm of the Düsseldorf trade fair company. Diener will take up his post on 1 July 2020. Erhard Wienkamp will succeed Hans Werner Reinhard (49), who left the company on 30 September 2019, as Operative Managing Director on 1 January 2020.

Electronics For Imaging, Inc. has embarked on a strategic initiative to enhance its commitment to customer satisfaction by strengthening global service offerings. Long-time print industry service executive Geoff Loftus has joined EFI to help drive this initiative for the company’s global inkjet operations. Loftus, who is EFI’s new vice president of global inkjet service, will spearhead customer advocacy and service with a large portion of the company’s client base – thousands of customers worldwide who rely on EFI™ for high-quality display graphics/signage, packaging, textiles and building material print production.

Gido van Praag, family man, enthusiastic blue-water sailor, Master Scuba diver & Divemaster, and marathon runner, is an industry veteran who spent over 30 years in the printing industry at Océ/Canon and HP in a variety of different roles.

OKI Europe Ltd has announced that Tsukasa Takasawa has been appointed as its new Managing Director. Bringing 30 years’ experience in the corporate and investment banking sectors to the role, Takasawa replaces Dennie K. Kawahara who is moving back to OKI Data Corporation, to assume responsibility for the organisation’s global transformation.

FASTSIGNS International, Inc., the franchisor of more than 700 FASTSIGNS® locations in nine countries worldwide, has welcomed Jennifer Herskind as the company’s new Chief Marketing Officer.

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