Quad/Graphics Co-founder Betty Quadracci Named to Board of Directors
Press release from the issuing company
PEWAUKEE, Wis.--Oct. 15, 2002-- Quad/Graphics, the nation's largest privately held printer of magazines, catalogs and other commercial products, appointed company Co-founder Betty Quadracci to its board of directors earlier today. In addition to being a director, Ms. Quadracci will continue in her long-time roles as President of The Quad/Creative Group, the Milwaukee-based graphic design firm she founded, and Publisher of Milwaukee Magazine, one of the nation's leading city magazines.
Ms. Quadracci is the wife of the late Harry V. Quadracci, founder of Quad/Graphics and the 31-year-old company's only president up until his unexpected death in July 2002.
A Milwaukee native, Ms. Quadracci is a prominent leader at Quad/Graphics, in the graphic arts and publishing industries, and throughout the communities across the country in which Quad/Graphics has operations, particularly the greater Milwaukee area.
As a Quad/Graphics co-founder, Ms. Quadracci was an architect of the company's renowned corporate culture, which combines unique management practices with employee centricity and empowerment. In 1983, she became publisher of Milwaukee Magazine upon Quad/Graphics' purchase of the fledgling publication. Under her bold leadership, the magazine has affected change in the city and beyond, and has won more than 165 awards for editorial and design excellence during Ms. Quadracci's tenure.
In 1985, Ms. Quadracci capitalized on her entrepreneurial strength and founded The Quad/Creative Group. Today, the firm's two offices in Milwaukee and New York City provide professional design services for many of the nation's leading publishers, catalogers, retailers and other businesses.
Ms. Quadracci's ability to equip her employees with the tools for them to excel in their roles has roots in her teaching acumen. She was one of the first trained Montessori teachers in the country, and she founded the Waukesha (Wis.) Montessori School in 1965. She also helped launch the Waukesha Head Start program in 1968, now the oldest continually operating Head Start program in the United States.
Ms. Quadracci is a trustee of the Milwaukee Art Museum and is active on several Milwaukee-area civic and philanthropic boards.
In recognition of her accomplishments and leadership, Ms. Quadracci received the 2002 Luminaire Award from New York Women in Production, one of the nation's premier graphic arts associations for men and women. In 1998, she was the recipient of the Sacajawea Award from Professional Dimensions, a Milwaukee-based professional organization for women executives.
Earlier today, Ms. Quadracci announced Quad/Graphics will contribute $1 million to Waukesha County Technical College to help sustain the college's award-winning printing and graphic communications program. In conjunction, the school's 1-year-old Graphic Communications Center will officially be named the Harry V. Quadracci Printing and Graphics Center in honor of the Quad/Graphics founder and proponent of research and technological development for the greater printing industry.
Mr. and Mrs. Quadracci have four children, two of who have worked for Quad/Graphics their entire adult lives. J. Joel Quadracci is Vice President of Print Sales, and Elizabeth Quadracci is Director of Client Marketing.
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