Sign & Digital Graphics

July '18

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • July 2018 • 63 Oldsmar, Florida-based Spectrio, makers of in- store marketing solutions such as digital signage, announces the hiring of Ron Merritt as its new chief revenue officer. Merritt comes to the com- pany with a varied background, having worked for start-ups Yodle and xAd, as well as large media companies such as Hearst and Townsquare. Signagelive, UK-based providers of a cloud-based digital signage plat- form as well as software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology, announces the appointment of two indi- viduals overseas who it believes will help grow its business. Nick Curulli has been named the company's new business manager for Australia and New Zealand. Signagelive also announces the appointment of Jon Gilbey as its new business development manager for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) region. Hatfield, Pennsylvania-based Laminators Inc., makers of sign panel products and architec- tural systems, announces the appointment of Gary Stachler as its new western regional sales manager for its thriving sign division. Based in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Stachler will focus on the Northwest and Southwest states, which includes, but is not limited, to Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada. Salt Lake City-based ClearOne, a manufacturer of media players and software for digital signage, among other A/V products, announces the hiring of Ashanti Long as its new director of ProAV stra- tegic accounts. The company says Long will play an important role in ensuring that systems inte- gration firms will keep pace with the latest technology trends when designing and installing ProAV systems. The Foundation for the Advancement of the Sign Industry—FASI—announces Roy Cox, president of Huntsville, Alabama-based Trav-Ad Signs, as a new addition to its board of directors. The nonprofit notes that Cox has served the sign industry in numerous capacities, including as president of the Mid-South Sign Association and as a board member of the former Signage Foundation Inc.— now known as the Sign Research Foundation, among other positions. Sunnyvale, California-based ink company Prism Inks announces Dan Barefoot's promotion to vice president of global sales and marketing. Barefoot will be responsible for working with the Prism Inks' management team in enhancing their distribu- tion channel, new marketing initiatives and driving the development of new opportunities. Barefoot joined the Prism team through its acquisition of Graphics One in 2017. He founded Graphics One in 2000, and prior to that, held the posi- tion of business development and marketing management at Lockheed Martin and CalComp/BII. Chicago-based NEC Display Solutions, a provider of commercial LCD displays and monitors as well as digital and multime- dia projectors, announces that is has substantially enlarged its team of staff members dedicated to the Latin American region. In addition to the recent hire of Jorge Dantas—the new senior director for Latin America—NEC has also added Bruno Tavares as channel manager for Brazil and sales manager of Digital Cinema for Latin America; Jorge Garcia as sales man- ager for South Latin America (Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina); and Roberto Böttger as marketing manager for its Latin American team. St. Paul, Minnesota-based 3M announces that Sarah Grauze has been appointed treasurer and vice president of finance. Her term will begin July 1. Grauze is currently assistant treasurer and finance director, a position she has held since 2015. "Sarah is a strong leader with a broad range of finance expertise and extensive knowledge of our company," says Nicholas Gangestad, 3M senior vice president and chief financial officer. "I am confident that Sarah's background and leadership will further strengthen our treasury organization." Grauze succeeds Matt Ginter, who has announced his inten- tion to retire on July 1. Japan-based Screen Graphic and Precision Solutions, a supplier of wide-format printing systems and components to the digital graph- ics market, announces a new president for the group's U.S.-based subsidiary, Rolling Meadows, Illinois-based Screen Americas. That person is Ken Ingram, who had been serving as vice president of sales and marketing at the company for the past five years. In naming his successor, Yoji Otsuka, Screen Americas' president since 2015 and a member of Screen's worldwide organization since 1986, says, "It should come as no surprise to people familiar with Screen Americas that Ken Ingram was appointed the company's president. He has helped us take a leadership role in the digital production inkjet markets through his sales leadership and his vision." Screen has transitioned from its previous position as a leading manufacturer of computer-to-plate devices into a leader in the development and application of Print-on- Demand inkjet technology for the direct mail, transactional print, commercial printing and packaging and label market segments. Otsuka will assume a new role with the Screen Graphic and Precision Solutions Group's global Truepress Jet520 business from the company's corporate headquarters in Kyoto, Japan. In assuming the role of president, Ingram also announced the promotions of Paul Chandonnet to the position of vice president of sales, eastern region, and Dean Kenan to vice president of sales, western region. This new structure marks an expansion of Screen Americas' sales and service program to meet the needs of its growing footprint, the company says. SDG

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