Kodak Board Elects Encad CEO, Brad Kruchten to Vice President
Tuesday, July 30, 2002
ROCHESTER, N.Y.--July 29, 2002--Eastman Kodak Company announced today that its board of directors has elected Brad W. Kruchten a Vice President of the company. Kruchten is currently the chief executive officer of Encad Inc., a wholly owned Kodak subsidiary that the company acquired in January. Encad is one of the world's largest sellers of wide-format inkjet printing systems. Kruchten became its CEO in June. In the year prior to joining Encad, Kruchten was Site Manager, Kodak Colorado Division, and a divisional vice president of Kodak's Global Manufacturing unit. Kodak Colorado is the company's second-largest facility, containing more than 2.1 million square feet of manufacturing space and employing about 1800 people. Kruchten's career at Kodak began in 1982 as a Quality Engineer. Over his first five years, he expanded his engineering experience in the Copy Products Division as a Manufacturing Engineer and a Development/Research Engineer. In 1986, he moved into a sales position for Copy Products, and over the next five years held a number of sales and marketing positions within Printer Products and Business Imaging Systems. In 1993, Kruchten became a product line manager for Business Imaging Systems. In this capacity he had profit-and-loss responsibility for the Retrieval product family. In 1998, he was named Strategic Business Unit Manager and a divisional Vice President of the Capture and Services business within the Document Imaging unit. During his tenure as COO of that business, Kodak introduced a number of scanners that made the company the world's leading seller of in high-speed production scanning. In 2000, Kruchten was named Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of the entire Document Imaging unit. As COO, he led the acquisition of the imaging division of Bell & Howell. Prior to Kodak, Kruchten worked as a project engineer at Inland Steel and as a tool designer for General Motors Corp. A native of Flint, Michigan, Kruchten has a B.S. in Engineering from Michigan State University, a M.S. in Statistics and Quality Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and has attended the Executive Management Development program at Penn State University.