INDUSTRY NEWS 14 images JUNE2024 Paula O’Brienhas joined digital print specialist Ricoh UK as the new board director of sales, succeeding Glenn Griggs who stepped up to CEO last year. She has more than 30 years of sales experience across a range of digital services and IT portfolios. Most recently, she headed the enterprise retail division at Amazon Web Services where she was responsible for driving year-on-year growth as well as spearheading key strategic initiatives as part of the UK senior leadership team. As director of sales, she will be leading a team of over 250 salespeople in the UK, responsible for delivering growth and driving value for Ricoh’s customers within the direct sales channel. Bianca Akrapovichas taken on the role of brand manager for Russell Europe at FOL International. She has assumed responsibility for the brand’s marketing activities across Europe. Returning from parental leave, she is taking on the new role after joining FOL International in 2016 and overseeing marketing of the Fruit of the Loom brand for several years. Bianca said: “I am thrilled to be able to accompany this quality-focused brand as we break new ground in the area of team and corporatewear and to get dialogues started with existing and potential customers.” Lou Emilia Tassonehas been appointed as a junior digital marketing specialist as part of FOL International’s digital marketing team looking after its three brands – Fruit of the Loom, Russell Europe and Jerzees. She will be based at the group’s headquarters in Kaiserslautern in Germany. CHANGING FACES Paula O’Brien Bianca Akrapovic Follow us on LinkedIn @ImagesMagUK The new Epson 76-inch SureColor SC-F11000 dye sublimation printer Epson adds 76-inch SureColor dye sub textile printer Epson has extended its SureColor range with a new 76-inch dye sublimation printer for high-speed, high-volume textile production. The SureColor SC-F11000 has been designed for maximum up-time thanks to the new optional Jumbo Roll, weighing up to 300kg. This enables continuous production and reduced downtime due to less frequent media changes – ideal for uninterrupted highvolume production. The printer is suited to applications in fashion, sportswear, home furnishings and soft signage. The SC-F11000H version features CMYK ink configuration and includes the addition of one of three ink sets: orange and violet; fluorescent yellow and fluorescent pink; and light cyan and light magenta. Phil McMullin, head of sales for commercial and industrial at Epson UK, said: “The SC-F11000 offers the highest throughput of all Epson LFPs and is equipped with four PrecisionCore Micro TFP print heads and a ‘hot swap’ bulk ink solution that’s designed to keep businesses running.” Glenn Chamandy to return to Gildan after CEO and board quit GlennJ Chamandy is set to return to the helm of Gildan Activewear after its new board of directors resigned and Vince Tyra stepped down as CEO after only five months. Following pressure from shareholders led by investment firm Browning West, Gildan announced on 23 May that the new line-up of directors would not stand for election at the upcoming annual meeting on 28 May. Tyra, who took over as president and CEO of the Canadian garment manufacturer in January after Chamandy was forced out in December, left with immediate effect. It means that the outgoing board has halted discussions about a previously announced sale process initiated after an approach from an unconfirmed potential buyer. Browning West, a long-term shareholder of Gildan Activewear with around 5.7% of the company’s outstanding shares, announced that its own eight-member slate of directors would be the only candidates to stand for election at the annual meeting. Along with Chamandy, they are Michael Kneeland, Michener Chandlee, Ghislain Houle, Mélanie Kau, Peter Lee, Karen Stuckey and JPTowner. According to Browning West, preliminary results indicated that an “overwhelming majority” of shares were voted in support of its full eight-member slate before the board’s resignation. In a statement, Browning West co-founders Usman S Nabi and Peter M Lee said: “Our directors are eager to begin working toward their common goal of delivering enhanced shareholder value, which begins with reinstating Glenn Chamandy as CEO.” Glenn J Chamandy