Santa Ana, Calif. - The Board of Directors of Duplo USA Corporation is pleased to announce the appointment of Rick Salinas as the company’s new president and chief executive officer effective May 1st, 2022. Salinas will succeed Peter Tu, who will be stepping down from the president position and with almost 40 years with the company, will continue to serve as the organization’s executive chairman of the board. Tu states, “Duplo USA has been expanding its digital document finishing to include print embellishment and on demand packaging finishing and we have many exciting, new products which we’ll be introducing this year. Rick’s dedication and tremendous passion to advance the company is truly what our management has been looking for in the new leader of Duplo USA and we believe under Rick’s guidance, Duplo USA will overcome any challenge and will be more successful into the future.”
Salinas has over thirty years of printing industry experience and joined Duplo USA in 2005 as a direct sales manager for the Chicago, IL area. Over the next 17 years with Duplo, his responsibilities increased and he became the regional sales director for the central United States territory. Owing to Salinas’ extensive knowledge of the market and customer needs, in 2018 he assumed the role of vice president of marketing with his primary focus on product development and shifting Duplo USA’s finishing business from mainly commercial print to on demand packaging and print embellishment. Prior to joining Duplo USA, Salinas worked in all facets of the industry including overseeing more than 70 employees as the plant manager of one of the nation’s largest in-plant printers.
Salinas states, “I am humbled and honored to be asked to guide Duplo USA into its next chapter. For over forty years, Duplo has been successful due to its ability to foresee trends and develop strategies early on. We will continue this focus and adapt quickly with new innovations in both product and business offerings. I am very fortunate to work with an amazing top management group which understands these challenges and has already laid down the groundwork. I also feel blessed by the amazing team we have at Duplo who work tirelessly to support our dealers, partners and end users. I am excited to see what the future brings for Duplo USA and my promise is that whatever needs or challenges arise, we will have done our best to foresee them and have plans in place to fulfill and overcome them.”
An experienced, dynamic leader with extensive industry experience, Salinas’ enthusiasm and immense desire to drive the company’s growth will be instrumental in Duplo USA’s future success. Peter Tu will continue to support Salinas during the transition. Tu’s keen vision and long-term strategies combined with his commitment to the company employees’ welfare have substantially strengthened Duplo USA’s business and he has led the company to where it stands today. His leadership, contributions, and kindness will be forever appreciated.