Imagine! Print Solutions, a Minneapolis-based provider of in-store marketing solutions, announced that John J. Hans has been named CEO and a member of the company's board of directors, effective June 1, 2016. Founder Bob Lothenbach, who has led Imagine! Print Solutions since its inception in 1988, will be working with Hans to affect a leadership transition over the next several months.
Hans joins Imagine! Print Solutions after serving as the chief operating officer of Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions LLC, the exclusive supply-chain management organization for Yum! Brands Inc. and its three national restaurant brands (KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell). Prior to that, Hans held leadership roles of increasing responsibility over an 18-year career at H. J. Heinz Co., during which time he led teams in the areas of marketing, sales, finance, human resources, supply chain, consumer insights, and research and development in North America and Europe. In his capacities as president of U.S. Foodservice and as president of Consumer Products Sales, Hans demonstrated the ability to drive superior financial and operational performance at these important $1 billion-plus revenue Heinz business units. Prior to Heinz, Hans held positions at Crown BBK, IBM Corp. and Procter & Gamble.
"I am pleased to welcome John to Imagine! [Print Solutions],” Lothenbach said. “I believe we have found an outstanding executive to lead us into the future. The company will benefit from John's leadership style. I am excited to remain part of the business and look forward to advising John and the rest of our terrific management team. I want to thank Imagine! [Print Solution’s] employees and customers for making the past 28 years so successful and personally fulfilling. I feel fortunate to have led this great organization through many years of growth and industry leadership. I am proud of every one of our employees for making Imagine! [Print Solutions] what it is today."
"John Hans is a proven leader with a long history of driving profitable growth, enhancing operations and delivering exceptional customer service,” said David Jones, chairman of Imagine! Print Solutions. “On behalf of the Board, we are delighted that John has decided to join Imagine! [Print Solutions]. We are confident that employees, shareholders and customers alike will benefit from John's experience and expertise. We are grateful to Bob for his many years of dedication and leadership. Bob is a visionary in this industry. The culture and differentiated capabilities he has developed at Imagine! [Print Solutions] are truly impressive. Imagine! [Print Solutions] has a number of exciting growth opportunities ahead, and with Bob's strategic guidance, John is the ideal person to lead the company into the future."
"I sincerely appreciate the confidence that Bob and the board of Imagine! [Print Solutions] have placed in me," said Hans. "Imagine! [Print Solutions] is a strong platform and an industry leader. Together, with Imagine! [Print Solution's] accomplished management team and its dedicated employees, I intend to carry on the tradition of unparalleled customer service, continuous innovation and strong financial performance that has defined Imagine! [Print Solutions] over the past 28 years."
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