By: E&P Staff
The executive board of MAN Roland Druckmaschinen AG, Augsburg, Germany, has approved the appointment of Vince Lapinski as CEO of MAN Roland Inc., Westmont, Ill., effective January 1.
Reporting to MAN Roland Chairman Gerd Finkbeiner, Lapinski will succeed Yves Rogivue, who has headed MAN Roland’s North American operations for the past six years. Announcing the appointment, Rogivue credited Lapinski with “revitalizing MAN Roland’s newspaper and commercial web businesses.” With a now-profitable North American sheetfed division, he added, Lapinski has a “strong and stable platform from which he can continue to grow the company.”
Lapinski said the 11-week transition period “will give me the opportunity to work with Yves and benefit from his experience to ensure the changeover is a smooth one.”
Finkbeiner cited Lapinski for “strong ties to our company in Germany and his ability to manage people, execute initiatives and deliver results.” The chairman also thanked Rogivue for turning around the sheetfed operation, which “was not living up to our high expectations.”
An honors graduate in Print Technology and Print Management from Rochester Institute of Technology, Lapinski has served in various capacities with MAN Roland for more than 16 years. He began in newspaper web product management and was running the company’s Newspaper Sales Group two years later.
In the mid-90s, Lapinski was part of the management team that reorganized operations by consolidating the web division and reallocating manufacturing resources. MAN Roland’s share of the North American doublewide newspaper market increased under Lapinski. It also made in-roads in the singlewide market.
In 2001 Lapinski was put in charge of the company’s web operation as chief operating officer and was named a board member. Taking on the commercial web side of the business in addition to the newspaper operations, he streamlined the commercial web division, which gained market share.
In 2003, Lapinski received the MAN Roland Quality Award for development of the North American newspaper market. He established global alliances with other industry vendors and partnerships with well-known newspaper and commercial corporate accounts.