Quark CEO Departs; Adobe User is UK Design Winner

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By: E&P Staff

This week and last, design and publishing system software developer Quark Inc. faced unsettling developments, small and large, overseas and at home.

Yesterday, Adobe Systems Inc., in San Jose, Calif., announced that The Daily Telegraph has won the UK Newspaper Design of the Year award for 2005.

The 900,000-circulation paper is produced using Digital Technology International’s NewsSpeed publishing system, which relies on Adobe InDesign and InCopy software. The award that recognizes the United Kingdom’s best-designed newspaper is sponsored by Quark, maker of QuarkXPress and Adobe’s principal publishing software competitor.

The London-based Telegraph began its transition from XPress to InDesign and InCopy in 2001, according to Telegraph Group Operations Director Peter C. Green. “The results speak for themselves in terms of the design quality we’ve been able to achieve,” he said.

Congratulating the Telegraph on its award, Mark Hilton, senior director of Creative Professional Products at Adobe said the InDesign/InCopy-based publishing system provided a platform for both design creativity and productivity for the 600 users at the 915,711-circulation paper.

Last week, Quark unexpectedly announced that its CEO and president, Kamar Aulakh, had left the Denver-based company. Upon taking over last year as chief executive from Quark Chairman Farhad Ebrahimi, Aulakh was faced with improving the company’s reputation for being difficult for customers to deal with.

Senior Vice President Linda Chase was named interim president. Denver’s Rocky Mountain News quoted company spokesman Glen Turpin saying his company is looking for “outside leadership with experience.” Aulakh had been with Quark for 10 years, where he formerly served as R&D chief.

Seven years ago a similar situation arose. Hired as chief operating officer under then-CEO Ebrahimi, Chuck Bland faced, among other challenges, the launch of Quark Marketing Inc. and the repair of troubled customer relations and licensing issues. Bland was at Quark for one year before his own sudden departure.

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