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DDAP Elects New Officers and Board Members

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MARBLEHEAD, MA – July 9, 2003 -- DDAP Association, a key industry group charged with promoting the "Universal Exchange of Digital Advertising through Open Process Integration and Accredited Standards," released today the results of its 2003 elections for DDAP Executive Committee officers and board members. DDAP Executive Committee members represent various graphics arts industry segments and serve two-year terms as “mentors” to the DDAP Association. Elected to a two-year term were: Erik Cullins, Associate Director of Digital Development, Time, Inc. Gray Knowlton, Acrobat Product Manager, Adobe Systems Michael Rodriguez, Technical Director, R.R. Donnelly (incumbent) Elizabeth Wimmer, Prepress Director, CMP Media DDAP Executive Director Barbara Hanapole, in making the announcement, remarked, “The Executive Committee plays an important role in helping DDAP meet their key objectives as each member participates in the monthly teleconference meetings, takes a leadership role in one of the DDAP initiatives, serves as a resource to the membership and participates in planning the DDAP Annual Conference. We are pleased to welcome Erik Cullins, Gray Knowlton, and Elizabeth Wimmer as first time members of the executive committee and to have Michael Rodriguez joining the committee for another term. Each of them are strong advocates for the adoption of standards-based digital workflows in their workplace and within the industry. The DDAP Executive Board and the Association will certainly benefit from their depth of experience and passion for the DDAP mission.” Erik Cullins, Associate Director of Digital Development, Time, Inc works on the integration of technology into production. Responsible for advertising production workflows at Time Inc., he has been on the front lines of their PDF/X-1a migration. A frequent speaker at industry events, Erik has been a vocal proponent of the PDF migration. In addition to the DDAP, Erik participates in CGATS and CIP4 organizations-always pushing for open standards. Gray Knowlton, Acrobat Product Manager, Adobe Systems, is responsible for helping Adobe move PDF workflow forward in print and creative environments by delivering best-in-class solutions for print production, creative collaboration and workflow management. Earlier, Knowlton was a member of Adobe's Cross Media Business Unit, where he was a product marketing manager responsible for XMP, InCopy and PDF Workflow. Prior to joining Adobe, he performed workflow analysis, product integration and system engineering at large newspapers and news organizations around the world. Michael Rodriguez, Technical Director, R.R. Donnelly (incumbent) and interim DDAP chair, has been involved in technology developments for digital prepress and print operations since 1986. For the past few years he has focused on color communication and control in digital environments. He is presently an advocate for color standards in the graphic arts industry and in addition to his role at DDAP, serves on the board of directors of SWOP, Inc, several ANSI/CGATS subcommittees, and the steering committee of the International Color Consortium. Elizabeth Wimmer, PreMedia Director, CMP Media, led CMP's transition to CTP, and developed its internal and external digital advertising workflows and policies. She is directly involved in creating tools to train and develop internal personnel and advertising customers in the latest file formats for digital submission. A longtime advocate of standardized digital file delivery, her attention is now on promoting the PDF/X-1a file format, particularly CMP's desire to receive vector PDF/X-1a from advertisers. She is also integral to producing CMP's online and digital magazine products. Elizabeth has been a DDAP member since 1995. Hanapole also announced the appointment of Michael Rodriguez as DDAP Chair, Linda Manes Goodwin, as Vice Chair, and Roy Zucca, Secretary/Treasurer. “The DDAP membership, in electing Michael, Linda, and Roy to these key leadership roles, recognizes their expertise and skill in leading the organization in new technological directions and collaboration with other standards organizations such as SWOP, Inc. and CIP4.

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