Ring joins W+D North America as EVP of Business Development

Michael Ring.

W+D North America (Lenexa, Kansas) has announced that digital printing industry veteran Michael Ring has joined the company as Executive Vice President of New Business Development. Reporting to President Shaun Kilfoyle, Ring brings proven management, sales, marketing and international business experience from a career spanning over 30 years. Starting at Xerox in 1988, he subsequently held management positions at Georgia Pacific, Kodak, Xeikon, and Gallus-Heidelberg. At Xeikon, Ring was the President of Xeikon North America and Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. Most recently, and just prior to joining the W+D team, he headed Gallus-Heidelberg’s efforts in the digital label printing market while residing in St. Gallen, Switzerland. According to Kilfoyle, Ring’s extensive understanding of digital printing technologies – with expertise in the commercial-printing, label and packaging markets – will be invaluable to W+D as it evaluates its digital printing opportunities in the North American mail segment.

W+D is a company of the American-based Barry-Wehmiller Group, a leading worldwide supplier of production technologies for packaging, corrugated cardboard, foil and paper processing. The company offers a wide range of integrated system solutions for the mailing and postal industry, as well as for the tissue and hygiene industry. Its core competencies lie in the technology for precise processing and handling of thin and in-homogeneous materials – such as paper, tissue and non-woven materials, at high production speeds. Today, W+D is also active in mail and hygiene solutions as well as quality services. In the mail segment, W+D develops and markets integrated machines for manufacturing, printing, inserting and packaging envelopes and pockets. Its hygiene solutions include systems for manufacturing and packaging tissue folding and hygiene non-woven products. Its quality services provide highly skilled maintenance, tech support and training services, as well as spare parts and retrofit solutions for W+D equipment. The company has sites in Germany, the Netherlands, the U.S. and Malaysia, in addition to a global sales and service network.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.