Quad/Graphics Inc. (NYSE: QUAD), the largest commercial printer in Latin America, has announced the appointment of Tony Scaringi to President & General Manager of Latin America, effective August 1, 2011. Mr. Scaringi will succeed current President of Latin America, Guy Trahan. Mr. Trahan will officially retire on December 31, 2011, and remain involved with the company in an advisory role until that time to help smooth the transition of leadership to his long-time associate Mr. Scaringi, who presently serves as the company’s Chief Financial Officer of Latin America.
“I would like to thank Guy for his many years of service and significant contributions to Quad/Graphics and to the entire printing industry,” said Joel Quadracci, Chairman, President & CEO of Quad/Graphics. “He has been one of the most recognizable and respected individuals in printing in Latin America for nearly 15 years, and we applaud his many achievements. Throughout his time leading in Latin America, he has worked closely with Tony Scaringi to grow a sizable and competitive presence in this large and emerging market. As Guy now transitions into retirement, I have full confidence in Tony’s ability to continue to direct this important segment of our business, especially having been mentored by Guy all these years. I look forward to what he and our united team of nine facilities in Latin America can accomplish together.”
As President & General Manager, Mr. Scaringi will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of Latin American operations, which includes plants in Argentina, Brazil, Chile (a partnership with the Aguirre family), Cólombia, Perú and México. In addition, he will work closely with Plural Editora e Gráfica, Quad/Graphics’ joint venture in São Paulo, Brazil.
“Together, all these facilities form a strong base from which we’ll continue to help clients in Latin America and in the United States reach their business goals,” Mr. Scaringi said. “Our wide-ranging geographical coverage in six countries on two continents enables us to provide local printing expertise with vast export capabilities. I’m excited to build upon our strong foundation as we continue to maximize the relevance and the power of print.”
Mr. Quadracci further commented: “We’re committed to maintaining a modern Latin American production platform for producing high-quality products in the most timely, efficient manner. Through the strategic application of state-of-the-art technology and automation – and industry-leading innovation – we're driving the future of print in markets across the globe. The same principles of continuous improvement, lean enterprise, technical education and safety that are helping fuel Quad/Graphics’ success in the United States are being implemented and embraced in our Latin American network of facilities. We are committed to creating the most efficient, productive printing platform in Latin America for serving the magazine, catalog, retail insert, book, directory and direct mail segments.”
About Tony Scaringi
Mr. Scaringi, who is fluent in five languages, began his career in print in 1993 when he joined Quebecor Printing as an Internal Auditor at the company’s Montréal headquarters. This role afforded him the opportunity to visit more than 70 facilities worldwide in the span of two years, and provided him with invaluable experience and insight into international operations.
In the years following, Mr. Scaringi was promoted to key roles in Quebecor Printing – Canada before carrying out a special assignment in Milan, Italy, in 1997. That same year, he relocated to Chile to serve in the dual roles of Plant Controller for the company’s Santiágo facility and Corporate Controller for all Latin American operations.
In 2000, Mr. Scaringi transferred to Recifé, Brazil, to manage Quebecor World's new-plant startup there. He also served as Plant Controller for the Recifé facility while continuing in his role as Corporate Controller for Latin America. Two years later, he relocated to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and was promoted to Vice President of Finance and Administration for Latin America. As Quebecor World continued its rapid-fire expansion throughout Latin America, Mr. Scaringi played a key role in each strategic acquisition.
When Quad/Graphics acquired Worldcolor (previously part of Quebecor World) in 2010, Mr. Scaringi continued in his role as Chief Financial Officer of Latin America. In this role, he was responsible for managing all financial and accounting, human resources and IT functions across all plants in the platform, as well as a variety of sales and operational functions.
About Guy Trahan
Mr. Trahan has served as Quad/Graphics’ President of Latin America since the company’s acquisition of Worldcolor last year. In this role, he has managed operations for a network of nine printing plants in México, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cólombia and Perú.
After working in executive positions in sales, production and marketing with companies such as Procter & Gamble, Uniboard Canada and Cummins, Mr. Trahan began his print career in 1985 when he was named Vice President and General Manager of Printing Resources for the Canadian printer Gazette, a division of Southam Printing Ltd. He joined Quebecor Printing in 1988 as President of the Eastern Canada Group, responsible for 11 printing plants, and played a key role in restructuring Quebecor’s printing facilities.
Mr. Trahan was promoted to Quebecor’s President of the Eastern Canada and Specialty Groups and Executive Vice President of Canada in 1993. That same year he was one of three winners of the “Nouveaux Performants” award, which honors executives who have made exceptional contributions to their companies’ efficiencies.
In 1997 Mr. Trahan was named President of Latin America for Quebecor Printing, directing the printing and sales operations of a network of plants in six countries.