NPES Names Rekha Ratnam as the New Managing Director of PRIMIR
Reston, Va. — August 11, 2016 — PRIMIR, the Print Industries Market Information and Research Organization, the research unit of NPES, announces the leadership appointment of Rekha Ratnam as PRIMIR managing director by NPES President Thayer Long. This key research management appointment is made as NPES embarks on new strategic business planning and begins to realign the organization's internal staff resources. Greg Safko, former PRIMIR managing director, will continue to serve as a VP within NPES to support PRIMIR and NPES research programs, and embrace new and expanding responsibilities in other essential program areas.
Ratnam is a 17-year veteran NPES staffer whose tenure has focused almost exclusively on the NPES and PRIMIR research and market data programs. According to NPES President Thayer Long, "I'm pleased for the opportunity to promote Rekha Ratnam into the position of PRIMIR managing director, having spent her career in supporting, managing and leading a multitude of key industry projects. Rekha has played a pivotal role with the PRIMIR Executive Committee and Greg Safko in developing and launching the recent PRIMIR 2.0 strategic initiatives and product innovation to benefit the full value chain of our industry, and will expand her role as a key resource for PRIMIR and NPES members in the future."
PRIMIR Executive Committee Chair, Frances Cicogna, manager, business development and segment marketing, for Canon U.S.A., stated, "Rekha has been a key player within PRIMIR management during a time of transformation, managing diverse industry consultancies and projects, to deliver innovative new research formats and delivery systems. Our PRIMIR Executive Committee is enthusiastically supportive of her appointment as managing director and looks forward to working with her more closely to provide the strategic market intelligence and analysis that successful PRIMIR and NPES members require to be market leaders in the future."
Ratnam joined NPES in 1999 to support the organization's robust research initiatives and market data programs. With the combining of the NPES Market Research Committee and PIA's GAMIS research unit in 2005, her role became more specialized to support the newly named PRIMIR organization, as an expanding and instrumental research association for the graphic communications industry. Since PRIMIR's inception, she has a proven record of contributing to the published portfolio of quality market research about the industry, for member firms in diverse industry segments.
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 The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies. PRIMIR annually provides over $400,000 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.
NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies is a U.S. trade association representing more than 600 companies nationwide that manufacture and distribute equipment, software and supplies used across the workflow of printing, publishing and converting process. NPES is a partner in the Graphic Arts Show Company that sponsors the global PRINT exhibition and Graph Expo — the largest and most comprehensive graphic communications trade show and conference in the Americas. NPES offers members a wide range of services including: statistical, market research and education programs; government affairs representation; safety and technical standards development coordination in the national and international arenas; and, international trade assistance.