Newsbriefs Personnel News

Announcements about company staff changes or additions

  • October
  • Ivoclar Vivadent Announces Executive Team Promotions

    Robert Ganley, Chief Executive Officer for Ivoclar Vivadent, announced the promotions of several members of the organization’s North American executive team earlier this week. They include Sarah Anders to Chief Operating Officer, Dr. George Tysowsky to Senior Vice President Technology & Professional Relations, Dr. Michael Gaglio to Senior Vice President Marketing and Digital Communication, and Pierre Lamoure to Senior Vice President Clinical Sales. 

    "This is an exciting time for dentistry, with so much potential for growth," said Ganley. "Our success will depend upon clear vision, industry-leading innovation, and forward-based thinking.  Under their leadership, we will continue to set new standards in providing outstanding service and support our customers and partners.”

    Sarah Anders, MBA, Chief Operating OfficerSarah Anders has been promoted to the newly established position of Chief Operating Officer. In addition to her leadership role of Senior Vice President...

    Ivoclar Vivadent Inc.
    October 9 at 3:10 pm

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  • July
  • Sirona Expands National Accounts and Institutions Business Team

    Sirona Dental, Inc. announced the expansion of its national accounts and institutions business team to address significant demand for its products in dental schools, group practices, and governmental institutions. Doug Clarke was named west coast sales manager, Jay Novak was named east coast sales manager, and Ryan Hollenbeck recently joined the team as a 3D & CAD/CAM specialist.

    “I am thrilled to announce that Doug and Jay, who were with Sirona in other sales roles, joined the national accounts and institutions business team as sales managers, where they will be instrumental in driving national business growth,” said Linda Ruggiero-Gehringer, vice president of national accounts and institutions. “Their proven sales skills combined with a deep understanding of our products, applications, and markets will help Sirona move into the next phase in our company’s history of aggressive growth while continuing to exceed the expectations of our customers.”


    Sirona Dental, Inc.
    July 21 at 10:00 am

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  • May
  • VITA Announces New VITA North America President

    VITA is proud to announce that Matthew O'Connell has joined the company as the President of VITA North America, effective immediately. The announcement was made by VITA North America CEO Dr. Emanuel Rauter and the Board of Directors after a nationwide search. Dr. Rauter added, "Matt's extensive experience in product sales within the dental industry and his enthusiastic attitude were keys in our decision. We feel Matt is uniquely qualified to lead VITA North America."

    Matt comes to VITA North America from Sonendo, Inc., where he was Vice President of Sales. For more than 20 years he was with Ormco International, most recently serving as Vice President of Global Sales. He also held sales and management positions at Ormco, based in Orange, California, and spent time in Mexico City, spearheading Ormco efforts in Latin America. Matt also served as the Managing Director of Ormco Europe, based in Amersfoort, Netherlands.

    Matt's undergraduate degree is from San Francisco State University and he...

    VITA North America
    May 14 at 9:48 am

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  • MicroDental Laboratories Announces Leadership Changes

    MicroDental Laboratories’ Kim Bradshaw Passes the Reigns to Bill Johnson as Next Chief Executive Officer.

    MicroDental Laboratories announced the promotion of Bill Johnson to CEO and Len Liptak to President. Earlier this year Kimberly Bradshaw identified that an organizational and leadership change was prudent based on the new needs of the organization and emerging industry trends. After carefully considering her recommendations along with other alternatives, the Board of Directors agreed with Bradshaw’s suggestions and fully supports her passing the reigns to Bill Johnson as Chief Executive and to Len Liptak as President. Both gentlemen served as members of her Executive Team and have been integral to the success of the company.

    “We brought Kim in as CEO because of her track record for designing and executing strategy, implementing systemic approaches to customer service, and her reputation for building strong teams, all of which MicroDental needed in the rapidly changing...

    May 11 at 10:34 am

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  • April
  • Nobilium Welcomes Matt Tait, RDT

    Matt Tait, RDT, is a field-based Technical Representative and CAD-CAM Specialist. He has technical support responsibility for the Southeastern USA and CAD-CAM support nationally.

    SUMMARY: 40 years of experience as a dental technician working through every aspect of management, specializing in partial denture frameworks, implant work and European style multi-sectional engineering with a good knowledge of CAD-CAM. Created, developed and managed an implant department. Strong leadership abilities with a proven record of growing laboratories through employee/team/management development.

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    November 18, 2013

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  • January
  • Harvest Names Donald Park Senior VP of Global Business Development

    Harvest Dental Products has named Donald D. Park, as Senior Vice President of Global Business Development. Donald will lead strategic growth initiatives for Harvest as well as being part of the executive management team.

    “Donald brings a dynamic background to this role that will help impact industry and channel development” said Sasha der Avanessian, Managing Director of Harvest Dental Products. “His background is perfectly matched to the strategic initiatives we have as an growing organization to align the Harvest brand with innovation, product development and growth.”

    Donald’s background in the dental industry spans from implants; materials; new technologies, manufacturing and general lab operations.  He worked on strategic partnerships while at Biomet Inc.; Biomet 3i,LLC and DenMat Holdings LLC with global organizations, including Align Technology, 3M ESPE; Sirona GmbH; 3Shape and many others.

    “This position is a unique opportunity for me to help...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    January 13, 2015

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  • June 2014
  • DentalEZ® Group Announces the Retirement of President Gordon W. Hagler

    DentalEZ Group, a supplier of innovative products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, announced today that Gordon W. Hagler will retire from his position as President and COO on July 3, 2014 following almost a decade of service with the company. 

    “We are extremely grateful for all of Gordon’s substantial contributions and leadership not only within our organization but to the dental industry as a whole,” remarked Jeffrey E. Perelman, CEO of DentalEZ Group. “Gordon has been an essential part of DentalEZ‘s success, and he can look back on an impressive career spanning over 47 years within the dental arena.  We wish Gordon the very best in his retirement; he will be greatly missed.”

    Hagler has had a distinguished career in the dental industry. Prior to joining DentalEZ in 2005, he was Vice President of Digital Imaging & Strategic Relations for PracticeWorks/Kodak Dental Systems, which acquired Trophy Dental in 2003....

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  • February 2014
  • 3M ESPE Announces New President and General Manager

    3M ESPE Dental announces the appointment of James Ingebrand as its new President and General Manager, responsible for the strategic direction and overall operations of 3M ESPE.  Ingebrand has a 30-year career at 3M, much of it in healthcare including dental, which will allow him to very quickly transition into the new role.

    "Jim has a proven track record of business leadership," said Joaquin Delgado, Executive Vice President, 3M Health Care Business Group. "Prior to successfully leading 3M Drug Delivery Systems Division, Jim led our core dental business in 3M ESPE. Jim is very familiar with key players in the dental industry and will be a great leader for this business.”

    Ingebrand’s previous positions within 3M include roles as President and General Manager of 3M Drug Delivery Systems, Global Business Director for 3M ESPE Dental and as the Marketing Director for the 3M Infection Prevention Division.

    “When I left the dental group the first time around, it was a bittersweet...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    February 13, 2014

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  • ACP Announces 2013-2014 Officers

    At its Annual Session in Las Vegas in October, the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) announced its 2013-2014 officers: President John Agar, DDS, MA, FACP; President-Elect, Frank Tuminelli, DMD, FACP; Vice President, Carl Driscoll, DMD, FACP; Treasurer, Julie Holloway, DDS, MS, FACP; and Secretary, Susan E. "Betsy" Brackett, DDS, MS, FACP.

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    February 10, 2014

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  • January 2014
  • Argen Corp. Hires Sophia Wu As Director of Sales, Asia

    The Argen Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of dental gold alloys and a leading innovator in digital dentistry solutions, has recently hired Sophia Wu as Director of Sales, Asia.  As the leading dental alloy company in China, Sophia will continue to drive sales and develop Argen’s strategic opportunities throughout China and Asia. She will be responsible for increasing sales in the China domestic market and continuing to strengthen Argen’s existing dealer network, forging new relationships throughout Asia.

    “We are very happy to welcome Sophia to the Argen Family,” comments Anton Woolf, CEO Argen Corporation. “Sophia’s extensive experience working with international dental laboratories will help Argen as we continue to partner with dental labs, helping them grow their businesses. We believe there is a tremendous future in Asia, specifically China, and we feel Sophia will be the one to drive us there.”

    Sophia has been serving...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    January 24, 2014

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  • Ivoclar Vivadent Promotes Sarah Anders to Sr. VP of North America Sales

    Ivoclar Vivadent announces that effective immediately, Sarah Anders has been promoted to the new position of Sr. Vice President of North America Sales. In this role, Ms. Anders will be responsible for all sales operations in the US and Canada, working with and being supported by Pierre Lamoure, VP of Clinical Sales US, Wayne Ledford, VP of Technical Sales US, and Craig Garner, Director of Inside Sales. Ms. Anders also will retain her title as General Manager of Ivoclar Vivadent Canada.

    “Our clinical and technical sales have grown extremely well, but as companies grow rapidly and expand their base, it becomes necessary to create a structure which provides a more effective level of communication and coordination,” said Robert Ganley CEO of Ivoclar Vivadent. “This management change and Ms. Anders’ new position will strengthen Ivoclar Vivadent and its ready ability to maintain Operational Excellence that supports growth and success in 2014 and beyond.”

    Since joining...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    January 22, 2014

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  • December 2013
  • Sean Sexton Joins Wieland Dental Technical Sales Team

    Ivoclar Vivadent announces that Sean Sexton has accepted the position of Wieland Dental Technical Sales Representative. At Wieland, Mr. Sexton will focus on sales specific to Wieland's Zenotec CAD/CAM brand. Sean will also develop and consult on digital laboratory production environments on behalf of Ivoclar Vivadent and Wieland customers.

    A Chicago native, Mr. Sexton holds a Bachelor's Degree in Entrepreneurship from Columbia College and also completed additional courses at Florida Southern College. With more than 11 years of dental sales experience focusing on dental furniture and laboratory design, Mr. Sexton previously served as South East Regional Manager for Dental EZ in Atlanta, GA. "Mr. Sexton's knowledge, experience, and positive attitude will be valuable assets as part of the Wieland Sales Team," said Stanley N. Maragos, Vice President and General Manager for Wieland Dental.

    Mr. Sexton also becomes parts of the larger Ivoclar Vivadent Technical Sales Team. Ivoclar Vivadent acquired...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    December 18, 2013

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  • Atlantic Precious Metal Refining Welcomes Alex Chaban

    Atlantic Precious Metal Refining (Atlantic), a Pittsburgh-based precious metal refinery serving dental professionals worldwide, is pleased to announce the appointment of Alex Chaban to Customer Service Representative.

    In his new position, Chaban is accountable for a wide variety of responsibilities related to supporting both Atlantic staff and clients. Specifically, Chaban will field all telephone inquiries, work closely with Atlantic sales representatives to best serve all Atlantic clients, assist in the refining process, and moreover, handle any and all internal information technology (IT) matters. Chaban will report directly to Don Mappin, President & CEO of Atlantic Precious Metal Refining.

    "Alex brings the perfect blend of professional and social skills to Atlantic," remarked Mappin. "We are pleased that he has such a rich background in computers as well as customer service. Alex provides an ambitious attitude and a fresh perspective to any task he is asked to handle. He is a consummate...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    December 13, 2013

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  • November 2013
  • Loss of Quintessential Teacher, Arlo King, CDT

    It is with great sadness that we must share news of the passing of Arlo King, CDT and Director of Technical Services for DENTSPLY Prosthetics. Arlo was well-known, -liked and -respected throughout the dental industry as the face and leader of DENTSPLY's laboratory technical support services. Those who knew Arlo were acutely aware of his love of the trade and strong loyalty to DENTSPLY. It was Arlo's goal to get better so he could get back to work. As he stated it in a recent text message, "I just can't go to work, so I am going to work from home."

    Arlo joined DENTSPLY Ceramco in 1992 at the close of his 20-year U.S. Air Force military career. It was in the military where Arlo gained his training as a dental laboratory technician and launched his dental career. The influence of his military background was apparent in Arlo's can-do, get-it-done attitude. You could always count on his no-nonsense, honest opinion.

    Those who knew Arlo were familiar with his great sense of humor and infectious...

    DENTSPLY Prosthetics
    November 27, 2013

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  • Sterngold Announces Appointment of Ryan Mansfield As Vice President of Sales and Marketing

    Sterngold Dental, LLC is pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan Mansfield as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Ryan will work out of Sterngold's corporate office in Attleboro, MA. In this position, Ryan's main priority will be the day-to-day management of the Company's Sales, Marketing and Educational activities. Ryan brings several years of Sales and Marketing experience in partnership development, direct and channel sales, brand strategy and marketing communications both within and outside the dental industry. Ryan will report directly to President and CEO, Gordon Craig.

    "I am very pleased that Ryan Mansfield will play a key role in Sterngold's growth initiatives," commented Gordon Craig, President and CEO. "The addition of Ryan further enhances the strategic focus of Sterngold and he will provide valuable leadership in achieving our long term vision and goals."

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    November 27, 2013

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  • Sterngold Announces Promotion of Gordon Craig to President & CEO

    Sterngold Dental, LLC is pleased to announce that Gordon Craig has been appointed President and CEO of the company. In his new capacity, Gordon will lead the strategic vision of the company and oversee day-to-day business operations. "Sterngold has a strong history within the industry and I look forward to continuing growth and further development of Sterngold. We will be implementing changes with respect to how we market and our strategic vision in providing additional value to our customers. Over the next year, I will focus on aligning the various aspects of the organization around a renewed mission with focus on sales and revamped educational programs and initiatives," stated Mr. Craig.

    Gordon has over nineteen years of business development and management experience. He has been with Sterngold since 1997, most recently serving as Vice President and General Manager where he demonstrated strong executive and leadership skills. Prior to this he was Director of Marketing & E-Business...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    November 5, 2013

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  • October 2013
  • Ivoclar Vivadent AG CEO Robert Ganley Honored at American College of Prosthodontists Conference in Las Vegas

    Ivoclar Vivadent AG, of Schaan, Lichtenstein CEO Robert Ganley, was honored at the American College of Prosthodontists 2013 Annual Session at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on October 10. He was recognized with Brasseler USA Chairman, President and CEO Don L. Waters as Honorary Directors of the ACP Education Foundation.

    "I'd like to thank the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) and its members for presenting me with this honor. Prosthodontists play a vital role in advancing quality dentistry today to improve patient outcomes," said Mr. Robert Ganley, CEO of Ivoclar Vivadent worldwide.

    "Over the years, Ivoclar Vivadent has enjoyed its wonderful relationship with the ACP. As an Honorary Director of the Education Foundation, I promise to carry on the rich tradition of the foundation and its purpose."

    "To recognize Bob Ganley for his outstanding contributions and continued support to our organizations and prosthodontics is such a pleasure," said Ms. Nancy Deal Chandler, Executive Director...

    Ivoclar Vivadent Inc.
    October 17, 2013

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  • August 2013
  • AACD Remembers Past President Dr. Jeffrey Golub-Evans

    The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) remembers the accomplishments and contributions of Past President and Accredited Fellow Dr. Jeffrey Golub-Evans, who died Aug. 1.

    Dr. Golub-Evan's contributions to the AACD were plentiful. In addition to serving as president, Dr. Golub-Evans was a fine artist and created the AACD's Celebration of Excellence Award Statuette.

    He practiced at the New York Center for Cosmetic Dentistry in New York, NY, and was the founding president of the New York Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Golub-Evans became an AACD Accredited Fellow in 1992. Fellowship is the highest level of achievement available to AACD members.

    Dr. Golub-Evans was also heavily involved with dental education, as he was also an Associate Clinical Professor at New York University, Department of Dental Materials Science and Restorative Dentistry and the Director of Cosmetic and Esthetic Programs at New York University's Center for Continuing Dental Education. He attended Hamilton College...

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  • July 2013
  • Roland DGA Announces Key Promotions, Appointment of New Marketing Director

    Roland DGA Corp. has announced several key promotions within its marketing, product management and sales organizations, as well as the appointment of a new marketing director. These staffing changes reflect the company's continued growth and success as a leading manufacturer of digital printing equipment, as well as dental, engraving and 3D modeling technologies.

    "At Roland DGA, we are constantly innovating and improving with the goal of providing our customers with the finest products available, and world-class service and support," said Rick Scrimger, president of Irvine, Calif.-based Roland DGA Corp. "Promoting from within whenever we can and adding talented individuals to our team are essential to our delivering this kind of quality and performance. We congratulate the accomplished individuals taking on expanded roles at Roland, as well as those just joining the company."

    Recent Roland DGA promotions and appointments within product management, sales and marketing are as follows:



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  • Robert Fraass Appointed Ivoclar Vivadent Vice President of Finance

    Ivoclar Vivadent is pleased to announce that Robert Fraass has accepted the position of Vice President of Finance. In this position, he will be responsible for all finance functions of Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc. and its subsidiaries. This includes accounting, financial reporting, financial analysis, credit, tax and treasury. Recently, Mr. Fraass served as an Executive Director of Finance for the largest division of Greatbatch, a publicly held medical device company located in Clarence, NY. Rob resides in Clarence, NY with his wife and two children.

    "This is an exciting time in dentistry, with so much potential for growth," said Ivoclar Vivadent CEO Robert Ganley."Our continued success will depend upon clear vision, industry-leading innovation and forward-based thinking. Rob is a strong addition to our management team."

    Earlier this year, Ivoclar Vivadent acquired two new businesses—Wieland Dental and Wieland Precision Technology—to complement its breadth of products and services....

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  • June 2013
  • Argen Corporation Appoints Jeff Lowthorp As Director of Business Development

    Appointment Strengthens Argen’s Commitment to Innovation and Growth

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  • Whip Mix Welcomes Kent Kohli, New Manager of Dental Technology Solutions

    Whip Mix is excited to welcome Kent Kohli as the new Manager of Dental Technology Solutions. Kent previously owned and operated Contemporary Dental Aesthetics, LLC, a small, high-end boutique dental studio committed to artistic excellence in all phases of fixed oral prosthetics. His specialties are digital design and workflow in creating functionally driven smile design reconstruction, all-ceramic restoration and naturally esthetic implant restoration.

    Kent is a graduate of Weber State University (A.A.S.) and performed his dental laboratory technology studies at the Clinical Research Associates Fixed Oral Prosthetic Program for Private Laboratory Technicians in Provo, Utah. Additionally, Kent is a board certified dental laboratory technician (CDT) in Ceramics.

    Whip Mix Corp.
    June 19, 2013

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  • April 2013
  • Amann Girrbach America Appoints New US Leadership Team

    Amann Girrbach America (AGA) has recently put a new strategic US leadership team in place to oversee all North American operations including sales, marketing, distribution, service, support, training and continuing education. The team's mission is to help manage and sustain the exponential growth of AGA within the US and Canadian markets while ensuring even greater customer service, responsiveness and accountability throughout the AGA customer experience.

    At the helm is J. Albert Garza who joined Amann Girrbach America in May 2012 as Director of Marketing. Albert recently assumed the post of Vice President, North America Marketing & Sales and has extensive dental experience in brand management and corporate operations.

    Other key appointments include Katherine Galvin, David Anable and Ramon Flores. Katherine Galvin, who joined Amann Girrbach America in August 2011 as a sales representative, recently assumed the role of US Marketing Manager. With more than 20 years of experience in...

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  • The Argen Corporation Honors the Memory of Norbert Duepner, Master CDT

    On March 24, 2013, the dental industry lost a revered leader, colleague and friend, Norbert Duepner. Norbert joined the Argen family as Technical Director over 27 years ago and leaves in his legacy one of the strongest Technical Support Departments operating in the dental landscape today. Known throughout the industry, Norbert was a highly respected professional who developed relationships with dental laboratories worldwide. Norbert possessed the unique ability to tailor technical solutions to customer needs and approached each call with individualized care and a kind and cheerful demeanor. He was a cornerstone at Argen serving customers until Friday, March 22nd, just short of his 81 birthday.

    "I am very saddened by this sudden loss, but I am so thankful for the 27 years I had the honor and privilege of knowing and working with Norb," commented Anton Woolf, CEO of The Argen Corporation. "Norb was literally a giant in the dental industry and respected by everyone who knew him. We are so...

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  • In Memoriam: NevinLabs™'s Denis Sexton

    DentalEZ® Group, a supplier of innovative products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, is saddened to report the passing of Denis Sexton, former Vice President of NevinLabs.

    Sexton was highly respected in the dental laboratory community and well-known for his seasoned knowledge, integrity and kindness to all he came into contact with.

    Sexton was a dear partner for many years to Robert Nevin, President of NevinLabs, and continued to work a short time from DentalEZ after its acquisition of NevinLabs in 2007.

    "Denis acquired many friends over his 50 years in the dental industry and will be greatly missed by all," remarked Gordon Hagler, President & COO of DentalEZ Group.

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