PRIMIR Announces New Officers for 2016; Canon U.S.A.'s Frances Cicogna Named Chair
RESTON, Va.—January 13, 2016—PRIMIR, the Print Industries Market Information and Research Organization, the research unit of NPES, announces the leadership succession to PRIMIR chair by Frances Cicogna, manager, business development and segment marketing for Canon U.S.A. Production Solutions, during the PRIMIR executive committee's annual planning meeting on Jan. 5.
Outgoing Chair Eric Frank, senior vice president, marketing and product management, KBA–North America, will continue to serve on the executive committee. "I'm pleased for the opportunity to have led PRIMIR during a time of transformation, resulting in what's been heralded broadly as 'PRIMIR 2.0' designed to benefit members with innovative new research formats and delivery systems," said Frank.
Serving as PRIMIR's vice chair for the past two years, Cicogna has an extensive 20-year tenure in the printing industry, the last five and a half with Canon U.S.A., responsible for understanding customer needs, developing strategies and implementing go-to-market initiatives. On assuming the leadership role, Cicogna stated, "The industry is evolving and while we adapted over the past year to meet the changing needs of our constituents (PRIMIR 2.0), we will continue to provide value to our members by driving relevant, timely and useful information more deeply within companies to more effectively engage all change agents, generate innovation and market opportunities."
Assuming the role of PRIMIR vice chair is Richard Mullen, vice president of market development and analysis with Domtar, a global paper, pulp and fiber-based products manufacturer. Mullen's tenure with PRIMIR is lengthy, having led and participated on numerous research study task forces, and he served as member of the executive committee for several years. His responsibilities at Domtar include strategic project analysis, business plan development, and market trend analysis for paper and pulp. His previous industry experience includes product management and development roles at Domtar, Georgia-Pacific and IP Specialty Papers. Mullen noted, "PRIMIR is a critical source of insightful information, providing members with both vision and practical tools to face the future with confidence—I'm honored to be among its leadership."
Serving also on PRIMIR's executive committee are: Deanna Klemesrud, global marketing manager, packaging and narrow web, Flint Group; and Chris Calomino, marketing manager, ACTEGA North America.
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.