Dispatch Graphics, based in New York City, has announced the following appointments and promotions: Carl Holland has been promoted to vice president of sales. Vanessa Elem has joined Dispatch in a client services/sales role. Michael Grossman has joined as the production operations manager.

Michael Portland has been elected executive vice president and chief marketing and development officer for R.R. Donnelley, in Chicago. Previously, Portland served as the vice president and general manager of Ashland Distribution’s service business division, as well as vice president of planning, development and marketing for Ashland Chemical’s distribution and specialty chemicals group. In other company news, Laura Jean Hughes has been named vice president, customer experience for R.R. Donnelley Print Solutions. Hughes fills the newly created position, which supports Print Solutions’ increased focus on finding solutions to help customers improve their business.

Kenneth Lake has joined Walden Graphics, Walden, NY, as senior sales representative. Previously, Lake worked as a sales rep for 20 years at Springhill Press, which ceased operations recently.

Denny Shorett has been installed as the 2002 chairman for the Printing Industries Association of Southern California (PIASC). Shorett is the president of Crown Printers. He succeeds Larry Lester of Lester Lithographics.

Stephen Whittaker, vice president of quality assurance for Monroe Litho in Rochester, NY, has been advanced to the grade of senior member, American Society of Quality (ASQ).

J. Kenneth Garner, president and COO of United Litho, has been elected chairman of the board of directors of the Graphic Arts Education & Research Foundation. Also, Robert E. Murphy, chairman and CEO of Japs-Olson, was elected vice chairman.

JKG Group, Boca Raton, FL, has announced the appointments of two executives. The company named James Lucas director of print operations, and Mark Flannery as director of logistics. Before joining JKG Group, Lucas spent three years with Wallace in Tampa, FL, as general manager and president. Flannery spent five years with The Nielsen Co. in Cincinnati, where he spearheaded the logistics division.

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