Annapolis, Maryland - Donald E. Roland, a nationally-recognized leader in the print industry, has joined Whitmore Group, an award-winning print firm with more than 60 years of print excellence in the mid-Atlantic region. Roland will serve as Vice Chairman of Whitmore Group and will assist in launching new marketing communications services and customer-based solutions. Roland also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board for Hess Print Solutions. As Chairman and CEO for Vertis, Inc., he helped to transform the company from a $350 million to a $1.8 billion company. Under his leadership Vertis was named by Fortune magazine as one of America's "Most Admired Companies" in Advertising and Marketing,
Roland commented, "I enjoy the challenge of working with companies as they develop new strategies and new customer-directed programs. With the print industry experiencing major changes, Whitmore has focused on integrating new communications technologies with print. I look forward to working with the Whitmore team on their innovative initiatives. I am especially interested in helping to grow their web to print and electronic marketing programs that truly supplement print and bring a higher return on investment for Whitmore's loyal clients."
George Shenk, Chairman of Whitmore Group, noted, "Whitmore is developing proprietary marketing programs that combine the best of print and the best of electronic media to support our customers in their search for highly effective web-based print and marketing management tools. With Don's expertise we will be able to expand these programs and introduce new solutions."
Roland was inducted into the Printing Industry Hall of Fame in 2003. He was with the commercial print division of The Los Angeles Times for 17 years. He earned his undergraduate degree in Printing Management from California State University at Los Angeles; received his Master's Degree in Economics from the University of California at Riverside; and has Certificates in Executive Management from the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University and the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. In 2008 he was named Distinguished Graduate of the School of Business and Economics at California State University at Los Angeles.
Don is on the Board of Trustees of the University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation, the Board of Trustees of the Hammond-Harwood House, and is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Anne Arundel County Library Foundation. He is a member of the Annapolis Rotary Club.