Patrick McCarthy, Todd Blumsack Now Lead Xeikon North America; Michael Ring Resigns
ITASCA, IL—August 5, 2014—Xeikon NV, an innovator in digital color printing technology, has announced the appointment of Patrick McCarthy and Todd Blumsack to lead its North American business operations effective immediately.
According to Wim Maes, CEO of Xeikon, "Both Patrick and Todd are long-time industry veterans and have been with our company for the last several years. We are confident they will bolster Xeikon's market position in North America and strengthen the group with their able leadership. We wish Patrick and Todd the very best for their new challenge."
In his role as vice president of operations, McCarthy will lead the service and operations group in North America. In addition, he will also oversee accounting/finance, HR, IT and shipping/logistics functions of the business. McCarthy has been with Xeikon since the early 2000's and has handled a broad array of executive roles and responsibilities during this time.
Blumsack will now be the vice president of sales and marketing for Xeikon North America. In this role, Blumsack has been assigned the responsibility to further expand Xeikon's brand awareness and market share of high-end digital color presses in the label and packaging segment as well as the document and commercial printing segment. A 25-year veteran of the printing industry, Blumsack has been with Xeikon since 2008. Previously, he spearheaded the marketing efforts for the retail and bulk business units as director of marketing for Weyerhaeuser Co. and built sales and marketing programs as director of marketing-commercial printing for Eastman Kodak. He has extensive experience in sales management processes, marketing, lead generation campaigns, hiring/training sales organizations and building sales promotions.
Michael V. Ring, the current president of Xeikon's North American operations, joined the company in 2007 and was instrumental in realigning and growing the operations. Mr. Ring's next logical step was a leadership position at the company headquarters in Europe. However, after much consideration, he decided not to accept this position due to the obvious impact it will have on his personal life.
"We would like to thank Michael for his significant contributions to Xeikon and wish him the very best in his future endeavors," Maes added.
While Ring will no longer be involved in the day-to-day operations of the company, he will continue to support Xeikon for the remainder of 2014 regarding some of his industry association responsibilities.
Xeikon is an innovator in digital printing technology. The company designs, develops and delivers web-fed digital color presses for labels and packaging applications, document printing, as well as commercial printing. These presses utilize LED-array-based dry toner electrophotography, open workflow software and application-specific toners.
As an OEM supplier, Xeikon designs and produces platemakers for newspaper offset printing applications.
Xeikon also manufactures basysPrint computer-to-plate (CtP) solutions for the commercial printing market. These proven CtP systems combine the latest exposure techniques with cost-efficient UV plate technology, high imaging quality and flexibility.
For the flexographic market, Xeikon offers digital platemaking systems under the ThermoFlexX brand name. ThermoFlexX systems provide high resolution plate exposure including screening, color management, as well as workflow management.
All the Xeikon solutions are designed with the overarching principles of profitability, quality, flexibility and sustainability in mind. With these guiding principles and a deep, intimate knowledge of its customers, Xeikon continues to be one of the industry's leading innovators of products and solutions.