Agfa Announces Al Brunner as New Head of Newspaper Operations, North America
Press release from the issuing company
Ridgefield Park, NJ – December 18, 2003 – Agfa today announced that Al Brunner, the former president and COO of Autologic Information International, has been named the new director for Agfa’s North American newspaper segment. Brunner has been with Agfa since the Autologic acquisition in December 2001. Since joining Agfa from Autologic, Brunner has played a critical role in the integration of the two organizations.
“In his new role, Al will be instrumental in driving the North American newspaper segment and continuing the move to CtP technologies as newspapers in North America convert from film-based workflows,” said Agfa’s Robert Stabler, president, Graphic Systems, North America. “We are pleased to have a leader with his track record of success heading up our newspaper segment,” Stabler added.
Brunner began his career in 1973 with Compugraphic. For eight years, he held sales, marketing and sales management positions, assisting in the expansion of the customer base to a dominant position in the graphic arts industry. Brunner then moved to Autologic where, as vice president of North American sales and marketing in 1990, he was instrumental in the establishment of the company as a major supplier of turnkey workflow and imaging systems for the newspaper market. Under Brunner, Autologic’s market share grew from 10% in 1984 to 50% in 1994. Brunner also assisted in the strategic merger of Autologic and Information International Inc., leading up to the company’s acquisition by Agfa in 2001.
Brunner takes over the position from Bob Caplan, who has decided to retire from Agfa after 27 years with the company. Prior to his position as the director for the North American newspaper segment, Caplan held a variety of senior sales management roles within Agfa. He spent six years as the western regional sales director before taking over the Newspaper Segment in 1999. He will continue to play an active role in Agfa’s business development through April 2004.
“Bob has been instrumental in making violet the new imaging technology of choice for newspapers. This further reinforces Agfa's global leadership position in newspaper CTP solutions. We wish Bob well in his future endeavors and he will be sorely missed,” Stabler said.
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