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Kodak veteran Karen Smith-Pilkington has been promoted to president of Kodak Professional, succeeding David Swift, company officials announced recently.
Prior to being tapped to lead KPro, Smith-Pilkington, 44, served as general manager of the Output Products Business, Consumer Imaging, and as a vice president of Kodak.
Swift, 43, left Kodak to join the Whirlpool Corporation as president of its North American Region and an executive vice president of the company. He served as president of KPro for less than a year.
A 20-year Kodak veteran, Smith-Pilkington has experience in three Kodak divisions: Kodak Professional, Consumer Imaging, and Health Imaging.
For Kodak Professional, she served as regional business unit manager for Canada, increasing market share in that country. In her most recent assignment within Consumer Imaging, Smith-Pilkington oversaw international sales of photographic paper and chemicals, kiosks, retail and wholesale photofinishing equipment.
"Karen's understanding of the needs of the professional photographer and her wide-ranging management experience make her the ideal candidate to lead Kodak Professional," said Kodak chairman and chief executive officer Daniel A. Carp.
"Our strategy for Kodak Professional in the years ahead is focused on driving output among photographers, and Karen's current assignment makes her especially well-suited to extend the progress begun under Dave Swift."
Among her accomplishments at Kodak, Smith-Pilkington achieved the No. 1 market share position as general manager and vice president of the Cardiology Group, Health Imaging. While running the business from September 1993 until October 1995, she doubled profitability and diversified Kodak's participation.
For more information on Kodak, visit www.kodak.com.


At the grand opening of the new Fujifilm Professional Imaging Center are (l.-r.) Ed Buchbinder; Alkit founder and president; Kathy Schneider, Group Publisher, Cygnus Imaging Group; Mike McEnaney, Associate Publisher PTN magazine; Hildy, Steven, and David Buchbinder; and James Chung of Fujifilm. Fuji and Alkit Launch Pro Imaging Center
Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. and Alkit, Inc. recently celebrated the launch of the first Fujifilm Professional Imaging Center at Park Avenue South and 18th Street in New York City. The Center will provide commercial and professional photographers with hands-on demonstrations of Fujifilm's complete imaging solutions. The official opening of the Center was held on December 10, 2001.
"The Fujifilm Professional Imaging Center at Alkit is the latest demonstration of Fujifilm's commitment to serving the needs of all photographers," said Tom Cuffari, vice president of marketing, Commercial Imaging Division, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc.
Added Ed Buchbinder, Alkit's founder and president: "The Fujifilm Professional Imaging Center is an extension of our long relationship and will help us to maintain our competitive advantage."
Nikon Taps Grossman As Digital Mktg. V.P.
Jerry Grossman has been named Nikon's vice president of marketing for Consumer Digital Products and Compact Cameras, Nikon officials announced last month.
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