Bobst Group has announced several changes to its executive management. Michael Fiaux was named CEO and assumes executive responsibility for all of North and South America. Christopher Raney now serves as vice president, folding carton products. Alain Jendly has been appointed to the position of vice president, flexible packaging products. They join Bob Pordon, former vice president of finance, who has been appointed executive vice president, and Michael D'Angelo, former vice president of sales and marketing, who now serves as vice president, corrugated products.
Van Son Holland Ink and Pitman Co., an independent graphic arts supplier, jointly announced that they have entered into a strategic alliance. Under the terms of the agreement, Pitman now markets Van Son inks to the distributor's customer base. Van Son will support and complement Pitman's ink blending and mixing facilities, located throughout the United States. Additionally, Van Son will provide sales and product training to Pitman's regionally based pressroom sales specialists, who will provide sales and technical support to Pitman customers.
Brian Kats was recently named director of energy curable inks for Central Ink. A new line of inks is expected to be released by Central Ink this month.
Presstek Inc. announced that Carl Brucher has been promoted to the position of global brand manager, Quickmaster DI. In his new position, Brucher promotes the Quickmaster DI brand in the marketplace by serving as the liaison between Presstek's DI business unit and Heidelberg's sales channels and customers. Brucher has been with Presstek since 1996, most recently in the position of North American sales manager.
KBA North America's Web Press Div. has formed a Sales and Customer Support Group aimed at helping customers throughout the transition from press purchase to post-installation support. Heinz Schmid, vice president of sales and customer support, has overall responsibility for the new group. Jürgen Brenner serves as director of customer support.