Niesen is new GPA Chief Executive Officer

Specialty substrate and solutions leader GPA has announced that the company’s Board of Directors has promoted Bob Niesen to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Niesen currently serves as GPA’s President, responsible for leading the company’s U.S.-based operations. Former CEO Tom Brooker has taken on the exclusive responsibility of Chairman of the Board of GPA. He joined GPA in 2010 and has helped guide the organization through a period of significant growth.

GPA President Bob Niesen has assumed CEO responsibilities as well.
GPA President Bob Niesen has also assumed CEO responsibilities.

“The GPA Board of Directors would like to thank Tom Brooker for his leadership over the last four years as CEO,” said John Svoboda, Presiding Chairman. “Tom’s personal integrity, vision and keen focus on value creation helped elevate GPA to their market leading position, and his many contributions will positively impact the company for years to come.”
As President and CEO, Niesen will drive the company’s strategy and vision for long-term growth and profitability through the continuing development of its product portfolio, along with its technical support and service programs.
“I am honoured to be given the opportunity to lead this great company, and eager to drive GPA through the next phase of our journey,” said Niesen. “It’s an exciting time for our team. Our business is strong, and we have a clear vision of what it’s going to take to continue to provide differentiated service to our customers and drive significant growth over the coming years.”
Illinois-based GPA is the largest distributor of specialty substrates for offset, digital, screen, laser and inkjet printing in North America. Products include coated and uncoated papers, pressure-sensitive and specialty papers, synthetic films, and substrates exclusively engineered for HP Indigo and other digital presses. GPA is also an HP Indigo Preferred Partner and a Diamond Partner of Dscoop (Digital Solutions Cooperative).

Tony Curcio
Tony Curcio is the news editor at Graphic Arts Magazine.

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