Pittsburgh, Pa., November 20, 2001— The Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF) elected new members to its board of directors at its annual meeting on October 28 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The meeting was held in conjunction with annual meetings for Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) and Printing Industries of America (PIA).
Jerry Williamson, chairman and CEO of Williamson Printing Corporation in Dallas, Texas and GATF chairman, announced the election of two new board members who are expected to serve a three-year term.
* Yves Rogivue, chief executive officer, MAN Roland, Inc., Westmont, Illinois
After receiving his undergraduate degree in Business Administration in 1988 from the University of Zurich, Yves served with Andersen Consulting, an internationally renowned consulting company in Chicago. In 1989 he joined MAN Roland and amassed extensive experience with the organization. He established the sales and service organization in Turkey and managed the operation for four years. He then left MAN Roland to pursue a post-graduate MBA degree in Fontainebleau, France in 1994 before returning to head the South African MAN Roland operation. Starting in 1997 Yves directed the very successful MAN Roland Company in Switzerland. In 2000 he was appointed by the MAN Roland Druckmaschinen AG board to succeed Helgi Schmeidt-Liermann as MAN Roland CEO for North America.
* Frank Woods, president, Woods Lithographics, Phoenix, Arizona
Frank and his wife Barbara started Woods Lithographics, located in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1978 and, in 1984, he introduced the proprietary UltraDot Printing System. Throughout the years, Frank has been involved with such organizations as PIA, National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL), and the Advertising Clubs of Phoenix, Tucson, Dallas, Las Vegas, Denver, and San Francisco. He also served a previous term as a member of the GATF board and executive committee. Frank has been the recipient of the following honors in the industry: Printing Impressions/RIT 1996 Hall of Fame, 1995 GATF and PIA/NAPL Sheetfed Executive of the Year, induction into the prestigious Walter E. Soderstrom Society, Arizona State University Printer of the Year, and International Association of Printing House Craftsmen Printer of the Year (Arizona Region).
Rogivue and Woods take their positions as five GATF board of directors complete their terms. In April 2001, both the GATF and PIA boards of directors made a historic decision to work towards an overlapping membership on their respective boards and other committees—yet another step in the consolidation of the two groups that took effect in 1999.
"The decision does not complete the consolidation of the two groups, but is a major step in unifying the governance of the two organizations," said Williamson. "It will allow our associations to move more quickly toward a shared vision for the future, and enable us to coordinate the planning and program direction to better serve the interests of our members."
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