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FLEXO Magazine : January 2014
Mark Andy Names Wilken CEO ST LOUIS, MO—Mark Andy Inc. an- nounced the appointment of Kevin Wilken as president and chief executive officer of Mark Andy Inc. The leadership change follows an established succession plan to achieve sustainable, long-term growth and enhance shareholder value and strengthen stakeholder relationships. Wilken joined Mark Andy in 2008 and had various roles in engineering and operations. For the last two years he was chief operating officer. During this period, he was responsible for launching market leading products, evolving the company through continuous improvement, and leading Mark Andy ’s digital initiative. Prior to Mark Andy, he worked for Brady Corp. in engineering, program management, and other leadership roles. “I am excited about the opportunity to take over the lead- ership role of Mark Andy. The company has exceptional employees around the globe and a solid growth strategy. We have worked diligently to develop market-leading products and services with five technical innovation awards in the last four years, build an unmatched service infrastructure and offering, a new consumables and supplies business, and a great pipe- line of new products such as the Versa Max, ProLED, and Mark Andy Digital Series. The company is well positioned to continue its growth trajectory into the future,” says Wilken. “It is time to position the company for long term, steady and sustainable growth. Kevin’s demonstrated success with tech- nical development and innovation, along with his operational expertise, provides Mark Andy with a solid foundation now and well into the future. His dedication to high quality, market leading products has and will guide the company to a height- ened position in the industry,” stated outgoing CEO PJ Desai, who will take an active new role as executive chairman of the board for Mark Andy Inc. Mark Andy Print Products (MAPP), a division of Mark Andy Inc. , is pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Calmese as director of Flexo Consumables. This new position contin- ues the road map for the growing consum- ables and supplies business established last year with the integration of the Presstek supplies business into Mark Andy Inc. Calmese brings strong, in-depth project management and industry expertise from the engineering group of Mark Andy, as well as a keen perspective and motivation to build a strong, full-service team dedicated to supporting label and package printers to this entirely new position. “I am excited to work with Mark Andy Print Products in pursuit of our mission to optimize converter profitability and to be a total solutions provider to inline flexo label and packaging printers. Joe Calmese is the right combination of visionary and leader, who is committed to supporting our customers and managing this important part of our growing business unit,” stated Joe Demharter, VP of MAPP Consumables business.n Wilken www.flexography.org JANUARY 2014 FLEXO 9 Calmese DID YOU KNOW? 87% of last year’s attendees reported seeing new products and services that they plan to purchase at INFO*FLEX. It is where purchasing decisions are made. Relationships are built. Deals are closed. Secure your space at the year’s only event to encompass the entire global package printing and converting marketplace. April 28-29 | Baltimore, MD Call Jay Kaible, FTA Dir. of Membership & Business Development, 631-737-6020 ext. 20 www.flexography.org