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Vio Appoints Alan Darling to Executive VP for US Headquarters

Thursday, March 13, 2003

Press release from the issuing company

Roseland, NJ--March 11, 2003--Vio Inc., a leading provider of software and network solutions for the graphic arts industry, today announces the appointment of Alan Darling to Executive Vice President, Vio Inc. Filling a newly created position in Vio’s U.S. headquarters, Darling will be responsible for the company’s sales and marketing. Darling brings to Vio more than 29 years of experience in the graphics industry with a specialty in creating successful digital workflow solutions for many leading organizations. “I am excited to join Vio and its seasoned management team. Vio has become one of the most advanced service providers to the graphic arts industry. I’m especially impressed with its commitment to research and development, which has substantially increased workflow and production efficiencies for its clients,” comments Alan Darling. “I share the company’s vision and commitment to standards in the industry, specifically the adoption of initiatives like JDF. It’s a natural fit.” “I'm delighted that Alan has decided to join us at such an exciting time for Vio as we expand our services in the U.S.,” comments Richard Horwood, Executive Chairman, Vio Worldwide. “Alan's stature in the industry is a great asset for any company, and the fact that he has chosen to join us now is a testament to both the company and the quality of our products and services.” Jonathan Cape, President, Vio Inc. adds, “With Alan’s industry background and first-hand experience working on some of the most innovative developments of the past decade, he will be instrumental in helping Vio's clients to improve their digital workflows and, in turn, their bottom lines. His enthusiasm for our products and services reinforces that we are on the right path for our customers.” Since 2001, Darling served as COO and CTO at Quality House of Graphics. He was responsible for developing an integrated technology strategy that encompassed both Quality’s ad agency and printing clients and their internal workflows. His first development there was to create a PDF/X-1a workflow to satisfy the agencies’ needs for the delivery of this file format. From 1995 to 2001, Alan was President and COO of Western Laser, where he established invaluable client services such as end-to-end digital workflows to deliver “platesetter-ready” files to the clients’ printers. This value-add service saved a considerable amount of time and costs for Western Laser clients. Prior to Western Laser, Alan was employed at Quad/Graphics, Inc. from 1986 to 1995, and with Monotype, in both the United Kingdom and the United States, from 1974 to 1986. Darling holds a BSc. (Eng.) in electrical and electronic engineering from Kings College, London. He is currently a member of CGATS (Committee for Graphics Arts Technology Standards), a contributor to GRACoL (General Requirements for Applications in Commercial Offset Lithography), executive committee member and retiring Chairman of the DDAP (Digital Distribution of Advertising for Publications) Association, and a past board member of WPA (Western Publications Association). Darling also speaks frequently at industry conferences.




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