EFI has expanded the programme for its annual Connect Users’ Conference (January 20-23, 2015) with a “fireside chat” keynote featuring Thomas J. Quinlan III, president and CEO of global integrated communication services provider RR Donnelley & Sons Company. Quinlan’s EFI Connect conference general session will take place January 21, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. at The Wynn Las Vegas.
“It will be a privilege to hear from the chief executive of a legendary organisation that has thrived over its 150-year history and continues to lead as the largest company in our industry,” said Guy Gecht, EFI’s CEO. “Connect attendees will be inspired to hear Tom’s personal and professional story and learn how both he and RR Donnelley have been able to adapt as the industry goes through significant changes.”
Appearing at number 268 on the Fortune 500 listing of the USA’s largest corporations, Quinlan’s company, RR Donnelley, is the leading global graphic communications firm, with approximately 65,000 employees, annual revenues of nearly US$11.5 billion, and more than 500 locations around the world. The company also is one of the largest users of EFI’s products, with hundreds of EFI MIS/ERP and web-to-print software, EFI Fiery® print server, and EFI VUTEk® superwide-format printer installations across its global locations.
Quinlan, a veteran print executive, joined RR Donnelley in February 2004 as an executive vice president after serving in a succession of senior executive management roles at Moore Wallace.
Quinlan has an MBA in finance from St. John’s University, and received St. John’s Alumni Achievement Medal in 2010. Pace University, where Quinlan received a bachelor’s degree in business administration, conferred an honorary doctorate to him in 2009. The Advisory Board of New York University's Graphic Communications Management and Technology Program chose Quinlan to receive its 2011 Prism Award, which recognises distinguished leadership in the graphic communications media industry. In 2011 he also received AJC's National Human Relations Award, which honours professional and philanthropic leadership.
At EFI Connect 2015, Quinlan will join Gecht for a fireside chat conversation, providing attendees with his unique leadership perspective on the printing industry, the future of print, and RR Donnelley’s strategic positioning for short- and long-term success. The discussion will also cover consolidation in the industry, offering Quinlan’s valuable insight as an executive who has participated in some of the largest printing company acquisitions ever completed.
The January 21st fireside chat expands an already packed agenda for hundreds of global graphic arts executives attending EFI Connect to learn the best methods for profitable growth and higher productivity in commercial printing, publishing, packaging or digital print and related marketing services. Additional EFI Connect activities include:
• More than 200 educational sessions on business management, sales, marketing and production technology for users of EFI products
• A January 21 keynote address from Andrew Paparozzi, chief economist of printing association AMSP/NAPL/NAQP
• A January 23 closing keynote fireside chat with Avi Reichental, president and CEO of 3D Systems
• EFI executive and product portfolio sessions.
The users’ conference will also have a solutions centre featuring new EFI technologies and exhibits from EFI partners, including: 3M Commercial Graphics; AccuZIP; BCC Software; Canon; Esko; ESP/SurgeX; Honle UV America; Heytex Corp.; Kodak; Konica Minolta; MBM Corp.; the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation; Ricoh Production Print; Xerox; and Zünd.
EFI Connect will be the printing industry's best venue for open dialogue and idea exchange in 2015. Every year, global business leaders gather at Connect to participate in educational sessions, receive hands-on experience, discuss industry trends, network with peers, voice their opinions, and learn from others. For more information and to register, visit www.efi.com/connect.