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Paul Cousineau assumes presidency of TAGA

Jul 22, 2011 12:00 AM

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The Technical Assn. of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) has appointed a new president and board members from the ranks of the top companies and technical universities in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Paul Cousineau, TAGA's new president, is director of innovation and continuous improvement for Dow Jones and Co. He serves on the Graphic Communications advisory board and Journalism task force at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, where in 2009 he was named honored alumnus of the year by the College of Liberal Arts. His experience includes 34 years in the printing industry, including 25 years with Dow Jones and Co. in various capacities within the production organization.

Cousineau speaks of how his career began with TAGA, "My first exposure to TAGA was while attending Cal Poly. With the support of Dr. Harvey Levenson, a small group of students chartered the first TAGA Student Chapter and published the first student technical journal." As his career progressed, he found TAGA to be valuable to his employers and his own work. "Dow Jones has benefited from the unique research presented through TAGA. We have been able to either forego or implement technologies that have resulted in economical and repeatable high quality manufacturing performance," Cousineau explained.

Newly elected TAGA officers include:

Dr. Don Duncan of Wikoff Color Corp. was elected executive vice president.

Hal Stratton of Komori America Corp. was elected secretary/treasurer.

Continuing as officers: Prof. Bjorn Kruse of Linkoping University, serving as Immediate past president; Dr. Martin Habekost of Ryerson University, serving as vice president, education; Dr. Alexandra Pekarovicova of Western Michigan University, serving as vice president, technical papers; John Sweeney of FineEye Color Solutions, serving as vice president, membership and publicity.

New board members: Brian Lawler of California Polytechnic State University, William Li of Eastman Kodak Co., Rick Riegger of Japs-Olson Co., and Dr. Yu-Ju (Mandy) Wu of Appalachian State University.

Continuing on the TAGA board of directors are Ghilad Dziesietnik of EFI, Inc., Chuck Gehman of, Dr. Yung-Cheng Hsieh of National Taiwan University of the Arts, Eugene Langlais of Capricorn Research, Dr. Liam O’Hara of Clemson University, David Niles of Sappi Fine Paper North America, John Seymour of QuadTech, and Erwin Widmer of Ugra.

Cousineau says, "As our industry changes, TAGA provides a forum for publishing, presenting, and promoting independent research. The next few years will be challenging for the TAGA Board as we work through the economic pressures of these times. The current board includes representation from the education, research, and business fields. I believe this is a healthy balance that provides provocative discussions and is critical to maintaining and growing TAGA for the future."

Next year’s technical conference is March 18-21, 2012, in Jacksonville, FL. For more information, contact Jessica Meyers,, at the TAGA office.