PRIMIR Announces Its 2012 Executive Committee Members

RESTON, VA—Feb. 13, 2012—The Print Industries Market Information and Research Organization (PRIMIR) recently announced the officers and members of its 2012 Executive Committee. Eric Frank, vice president of marketing, KBA North America, was elected as the organization’s chairman. A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Frank has more than 25 years of printing industry experience and is active in a number of industry associations.

Frances Cicogna, manager of Product Marketing for Canon U.S.A., was elected to serve as vice chairperson. Cicogna has been involved in the industry for about 20 years; previously, she held positions with Mitsubishi Imaging and Agfa.

Other officers of PRIMIR include William K. “Kip” Smythe, vice president, Global Programs, NPES, who serves as the group’s president, and Jacqueline M. Bland, managing director of PRIMIR, who serves as the secretary of the Executive Committee.

Continuing members of the PRIMIR Executive Committee include: Andrew Gordon,; Ludmila Gushina, marketing analyst, Sun Chemical; Gavin Jordan-Smith, vp, Production Workflow & Solutions LOB, Xerox Corp.; Mary Lee Schneider, president, Digital Solutions and chief technology officer, RR Donnelley; and Jennifer Young, director of marketing services, Verso Paper.

The PRIMIR Executive Committee, responsible for the oversight of all aspects of the organization, is charged with balancing the needs of all interest areas within the membership of PRIMIR and NPES in the selection of research topics for the coming year.

For more information about PRIMIR, member benefits or upcoming research, contact Jackie Bland, PRIMIR Managing Director at e-mail:, or phone: 703/ 264-7200. Visit PRIMIR online.


PRIMIR, the Print Industries Market Information and Research Organization, is a global source of data, analysis and trend information about print and related communications industries. PRIMIR research is funded by member dues as well as through support from NPES. PRIMIR annually provides over $500,000 in current research studies including relevant market data and detailed information on graphic communications and related fields. Members also benefit from meetings, market research skills building, and robust business networking opportunities.

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