24 Jun 2018

Simon Cooksey appointed Operations Director at ArtSystems

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On 1st October, value-added distributor ArtSystems appointed Simon Cooksey as its new Operations Director. Simon had already been General Manager at the Nottingham-based company since 2009 and has held senior sales and marketing roles in his 11 years there.

Steve Hawker, managing director at ArtSystems, comments, "Simon’s appointment is in recognition not only of his superb work over the last couple of years in bringing our quality processes like ISO 9001 up to spec but also in overseeing expansion in key sections of the company like our technical department. It also ensures that the company has the right level of senior management in place for key developments such as our ISO14001 programme and legal compliances."

He continues, "ArtSystems is unique amongst value added distributors in its commitment to quality programmes; we are already the only distributor in the wide format sector to hold full PEFC and FSC Chain of Custody accreditation. This commitment is reinforced with Simon’s promotion."

Simon Cooksey adds, "The key fact with any quality review or programme is to actively engage both staff and customers to improve what we do. Many aspects of our work require close understanding of our customers’ needs and our aim is to continue this and deepen our understanding in the coming months."

The new position will see Simon taking forward the ISO 14001 quality programme, widening the scope of our ISO9001: 2008  Quality Management System.  He will also be initiating a series of companywide programmes that embrace all aspects of ArtSystems business processes, with the aim of extending the company’s competitive advantage.
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Gerber Scientific appoints Thomas Finn as President of Asia Pacific

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Gerber Scientific Inc. has announced the appointment of Thomas Finn, currently senior vice president of Global Operations, to the additional role of President of Asia Pacific. He is charged with optimising our operating model to support increased business growth in the Asia Pacific region.

Based in Shanghai, China, Finn reports directly to Marc Giles, Gerber Scientific president and chief executive officer. "Tom understands that, to be successful, an organisation has to be nimble, cost conscious and completely focused on customers' needs," said Giles. "With his breadth of experience, he will help us achieve our ambitious goals in the region, expand our product portfolio, and elevate the level of service and support that Gerber customers have come to expect."

Finn joined Gerber Scientific in early 2010. In previous positions, he served as vice president of Supply Chain for Lucent Technologies, Inc., leading the telecommunications equipment company's global supply chain transformation, and subsequently served as head of Lucent's Asia Operations based in Shanghai. He was vice president of Worldwide Supply for Solectron Corp., a global leader in electronics manufacturing services, helping the company grow four fold in four years. His efforts helped Solectron win the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award. Prior to this, Finn spent 11 years in various operations and supply chain roles with Texas Instruments, Inc., a global diversified manufacturer of electronics systems and components. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a master's degree from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Gerber Scientific has long been serving customers in China. In 1980, the company established its regional management office in Hong Kong. Today, Gerber proudly serves more than 5,500 customers throughout the Asia Pacific region.

"Gerber gave birth to this industry," said Finn. "For decades, the company has been providing valuable automation solutions and services to enable customers to differentiate themselves from their competitors. We are committed to continuing to deliver innovative products and solutions that will help our customers achieve and sustain a competitive advantage."

Finn succeeds James Arthurs who served as president, Gerber Scientific, Asia Pacific, and non-executive chairman of Gerber Technology since 2005 and will be stepping down at the end of the year. Arthurs, who joined Gerber Technology in 1980, led Gerber's foray into the China market and has become an icon among apparel manufacturers in the region. He will work closely with Finn in the coming months to ensure a seamless transition.


Mutoh America hires Shane Hueit as Southeast Regional Sales Engineer

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Mutoh America Inc. has hired Shane Hueit as its newest Southeast Sales Engineer. Hueit's marketing and sales background in the printing industry has made him the perfect fit for the position.

Working under the guidance of General Manager Brian Phipps and Director of Sales Gary Rudnick, he will be responsible for maintaining relationships, servicing equipment and growing the dealer network in the Southeastern United States. Hueit's territory will run from Texas to North Carolina.

Previous to his new position, Hueit worked for printer manufacturer, Mimaki, as a trade show coordinator. The job allowed Heuit to network and build relationships, get familiar with running and servicing printers and host printing seminars. He is excited for the change and to further his career with Mutoh.

"I am looking forward to working at Mutoh and growing the business," said Hueit. "This opportunity is going to expand my knowledge in the industry and allow me to develop new relationships. It's been a goal of mine to work full time in sales and I'm looking forward to strengthening our relationships with dealers and end-users."

Preceding his work with Mutoh and Mimaki, Hueit graduated from Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, GA, with a degree in Telecommunications.


We are recruiting - Wanted: Advertising Sales Executive for LFR

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Following massive growth in its readership figures, Large Format Review is now looking to appoint an Advertising Sales Executive.

The key responsibility of this new role will be to build and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with existing and prospective advertisers.

The ideal candidate will be highly motivated and have a strong media sales background. Salary will be commensurate with age and experience + uncapped commission.

For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Agfa expands senior management team

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Agfa Graphics today announced that Jim Sause has been appointed Executive Vice-President of Business Development and Marketing.

"Jim is a printing industry vet. He is tasked with managing the strategic trajectory of our business in North America. Based on his stellar track record, we have every confidence that he will achieve these goals," said Peter Wilkens, president, Agfa Graphics, North America.

Jim has over 25 years of industry experience in the graphic communications industry. Most recently, Jim was the President of the Pitman Company where he was responsible for providing leadership, development as well as implementing new business strategies and achieving company sales goals.

Jim began his career with Pitman in 1991 and held various positions within the company including Operations Manager-New York District, Regional Operations Manager-NE and Executive Vice-President.

Jim earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from St. John's University and was a member of the Pitman Board of Directors for over three years.

Sits Vac: Surrey-based display print business recruiting following Acuity install

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Based in Thorpe Surrey, Lick n Stick Graphics have expanded their production facilities and are now looking for an enthusiastic new business sales person with a strong sales background.

Industry experience would be preferred but not essential. The role will be responsible for attracting new clients from either existing contacts or by way of introduction and gives a great opportunity for the successful individual to develop their career within a progressively growing business.

With a host of new digital print machinery, the latest addition being an Acuity UV flatbed printer accompanied with a Zund digital flatbed cutter, the company is looking to build on their existing diverse client base and develop their production capabilities into new market areas.

Salary circa £25,000 per annum + Comm + Car allowance.

To apply for this position please contact in writing via email with full CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or for further information via telephone contact Richard Long on 01784 472 411.

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