Imagine! Print Solutions, a portfolio company of Oak Hill Capital partners, named John J. Hans CEO and a member of the board of directors, effective June 1, 2016. Hans, formerly COO of Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions, LLC, will succeed Imagine! founder Bob Lothenbach, who has led the in-store marketing provider since its inception in 1988.
Imagine! Print Solutions (“Imagine!” or “the Company”), North America’s leading provider of in-store marketing solutions, announced today that John J. Hans has been named Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Company’s Board of Directors, effective June 1, 2016. Founder Bob Lothenbach, who has led Imagine! since its inception in 1988, will be working with Mr. Hans to effect a leadership transition over the next several months.
Mr. Hans joins Imagine! 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, Mr. Hans held leadership roles of increasing responsibility over an 18 year career at H. J. Heinz Company, during which time he led teams in the areas of marketing, sales, finance, human resources, supply chain, consumer insights and research & development in North America and Europe. In his capacities as President of U.S. Foodservice and as President of Consumer Products Sales, Mr. Hans demonstrated the ability to drive superior financial and operational performance at these important $1.0+ billion revenue Heinz business units. Prior to Heinz, Mr. Hans held positions at Crown BBK, IBM Corporation and Procter & Gamble. Mr. Hans has a BS in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University and completed the Executive Program from the Anderson Graduate School of Business at UCLA.
Mr. Lothenbach said, “I am pleased to welcome John to Imagine!. 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!’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! what it is today.”
David Jones, Chairman of Imagine!, said, “John Hans is a proven leader with a long history of driving profitable growth, enhancing operations and delivering exceptional customer service. On behalf of the Board, we are delighted that John has decided to join Imagine!. 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! are truly impressive. Imagine! 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! have placed in me,” said Hans. “Imagine! is a strong platform and an industry leader. Together with Imagine!’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! over the past 28 years.”
About Imagine! Print Solutions
Imagine! is North America’s leading provider of in-store marketing solutions. Together with its subsidiary Classic Graphics, the company’s retail and brand-based marketing services breadth is unparalleled, enabling Imagine! to execute highly recurring, large scale point-of-purchase / point-of-sale displays and in- store signage campaigns. Imagine!’s single-source capabilities include design, campaign production, kitting and fulfillment. Proprietary, technology-based services enable Imagine! to disintermediate customers’ traditional, complicated supply chains to enhance quality, improve speed-to-market and lower total delivered cost. Fortune 500 companies, Fortune 1000 retailers, quick-service restaurants, convenience stores and branded consumer goods companies depend on Imagine!’s customer-integrated store profiling, kitting, merchandising, inventory management and on demand e-commerce services to execute mission critical in-store campaigns. Imagine! was founded in 1988 and is based in Minneapolis, MN.
Statements included herein may constitute “forward-looking statements”, which relate to future events, the future performance, or financial condition of Imagine!. These statements are not guarantees of future performance, condition, or results and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results and condition may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors.
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