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Quad/Graphics and Winkowski Announce New Leadership Appointments

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Press release from the issuing company

(August 06, 2008) To better serve magazine publishers, catalogers and retailers throughout Poland and Europe, U.S.-based Quad/Graphics and Poland-based Winkowski have augmented company leadership and committed to capital investments totaling 35 million USD (72 million PLN) at Winkowski.

Further, now that Quad/Graphics has a majority ownership in Winkowski (since December 2007), the company will be rebranded QuadWinkowski to reflect the combined resources of the two companies.

Quad/Graphics and Winkowski have been business partners for 10 years and are remarkably consistent in their approach to conducting business. They share many similar values and practices, including maintaining close relationships with clients and vendors. Company leadership will continue to support the same values and practices.

"Our company always has been about building meaningful business relationships, and that will continue with both clients and vendors," said Tadeusz Winkowski, Founder of Winkowski. "We will remain consistent in our approach to serving customers and working with vendors."

Added Joel Quadracci, President & CEO of Quad/Graphics: "Quad/Graphics and Winkowski have enjoyed a successful partnership for a decade now and we're building on that success. We are committed to strengthening operations and our European presence for the benefit of clients."

New Leadership Appointments
New leadership appointments will augment existing company leadership, and provide management and client service continuity.

Tadeusz Winkowski,who founded the printing company in 1998 and has directed the company’s rapid expansion to date, has been namedChairman of the company’s Supervisory Board. In this role, he will provide strategic vision for ongoing corporate growth.

Tom Frankowski,a 29-year member of Quad/Graphics’ U.S. manufacturing operations, has been named QuadWinkowski President. In this role, Mr. Frankowski will oversee all day-to-day operations of the company. He already has been working with Winkowski for more than 1 year.

Tim Ohnmacht,a Quad/Graphics Sales executive with 14 years print-industry experience, joins QuadWinkowski's Sales team as Vice President of Sales & Marketing where he will have responsibility for European business sales development. He will collaborate closely with recognized and established Sales leaders Dariusz Tomczakand Anna Długaszewska,who remain in their current roles as Vice President of Sales and International Sales Director, respectively.

Chuck DuPont,a Quad/Graphics financial and business analyst, has been named QuadWinkowski Vice President of Finance. In this role, Mr. DuPont will draw on his 23 years of print-industry experience to oversee all aspects of QuadWinkowski financial management.

QuadWinkowski's Management Board,which directs operations and business strategy, will have strong representation from existing company leaders and be augmented with some new leaders. Management Board members are:

    * Tom Frankowski,President
    * Tim Ohnmacht,Vice President of Sales & Marketing
    * Dariusz Tomczak,Vice President of Sales
    * Chuck DuPont,Vice President of Finance
    * Barbara Bornikowska,Vice President of Accounting
    * Andrzej Platek,Director of Facilities
    * Jakub Dylag,Plant Director for QuadWinkowski's Wyszk√≥w plant
    * Tomasz Kedziora,Plant Director for QuadWinkowski's Pi¬≥a plant

Capital Investments
Experienced in the challenges – and opportunities – of swift growth, Quad/Graphics has been proactively sharing best practices in large-scale manufacturing with Winkowski to better serve clients. Within the last year alone, QuadWinkowski has automated press deliveries and binding equipment, among other processes, at the company's plants in Wyszków and Pila. The company also has adopted a real-time scheduling program that manages all client work, capacity and equipment, ensuring jobs are completed on time with all critical components completed.

Now, QuadWinkowski is investing 35 million USD (72 million PLN) in new equipment and facility upgrades. Over the next year, the company will enhance product quality and overall productivity with the installation of numerous press conveying, stacking and palletizing systems; multiple press cover production systems; several polywrapping machines as well as expanding value-added capabilities such as inline gluing in Press, and inline labeling and card feeding, and ink jetting in Finishing.

"We are leading the future of print in Europe in terms of efficiency, quality and customer service," Mr. Winkowski said. "Our geographic location is an advantage, too. We export efficiently to Western and Central Europe and are now even expanding into parts of Eastern Europe, including Russia and Ukraine."

 

 

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