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The winds of change; people leaving, starting, moving: 29 November 07

Tuesday, 27 November 2007
By Print 21 Online Article

The printing industry has more people coming and going than an airport. This week, Print 21 takes a look at the flurry of changes that has occurred.

Optimus takes a great bite into Oz
MIS company Optimus has experienced rapid growth in Australia this year. First moving to new headquarters in Melbourne, followed by the establishment of a Sydney branch, the company has now appointed three new people: Heather Lyndon, Con James and Hadi Fakhreddin.

"These three key appointments put us in an even stronger position to continue to expand our service to our growing customer base in Australia and New Zealand and to respond to the escalating interest in this part of the world in Optimus MIS technology," said Peter Charlton, managing director.

Heather Lyndon has been appointed on a contract basis as Optimus project consultant, Con James to technical consultant and Hadi Fakhreddin as program consultant and technical support analyst.

Charlton said that the appointments were proof of Optimus’ commitment to the Australian market and a sign of their longevity. "We are here to stay," he said.


DES appoints account managers

Two new account managers, David Evans and Terry Mays, have joined DES.

Evans (right) comes to the company after 17 years as a sales manager at Screen. "I decided I needed a change and DES provided that," he said.

Here, Evans will be responsible for looking after all of DES’ products
to the print and colour critical markets. With a background of 26 years
in sales, he reckons that he is well equipped to take on the role.

Mays is originally a printing machinist by trade but after moving into
colour management sales he was attracted to DES and decided to make his
way over. "The good thing about DES is that they have a large portfolio
of products to go out to the marketplace with," he said.

In March next year, Mays (pictured, right) will take over DES Queensland as state manager.
"It will open up doors to a lot more avenues and people than ever
before," he said. "It’s a big step forward, and I just hope I can
maintain the high quality work done by my predecessors."

Welcoming Mays and Evans to the team, Russell Cavenagh, sales director,
said: "We were very pleased to have them join DES as they bring
considerable experience of the graphics markets to us. DES will continue
to help customers drive from analogue to digital processes and they both
have a strong digital background."

Graduates step outside of the classroom

A new wave of graphic designers passes through the University of Waikato.

The university first began its graphic design programme in 2002 and has recently introduced an Honours program. Justine Wilson, retail sales supervisor said that the course has produced some top-notch designers who are now fully equipped to enter the workforce.

"The degree is a computer-based qualification fusing design and technology," she said. "We have grown to know and develop a close working relationship with most of the graphic design students. I can honestly say that this year the students have produced the best work yet."

Student Garth Lye spoke positively of his experiences studying at the university. "I have developed a strong interest in motion graphics, print and logo design while studying at Waikato," he said.

"I have had a passion for art and design since I was very young and I hope to further enhance these skills later on by taking on further study or working in one or more of these areas."

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