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Worzalla names new vice president, expands board

By Portage County Business Council

Worzalla Publishing Co. has added a new vice president and expanded its board of directors.

Kris Koch joined the company as vice president of operations in July. He will oversee the manufacturing and operations for the employee-owned printing and binding business at 3535 Jefferson St.

Worzalla President and CEO Jim Fetherston said the position originally was a vice president of manufacturing, but when he took over his role with the company in January, he said he saw a need to expand the scope of the position.

“It was a very narrow role, and I thought we needed someone with broader knowledge to move forward,” Fetherston said.

Koch joined Worzalla from Allied Bindery Co. in Madison Heights, Mich., where he has been president since 2002. He also had been vice president of operations at Sheridan Books in Ann Arbor, Mich., spent 14 years with Port City Press of Baltimore, and nine years with Western Publishing Co. in Coffeyville, Kan., and Fayetteville, N.C.

The company also has expanded its board of directors from six to nine members, which brings important outside expertise, Fetherston said.

Bernie Patterson, chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, retired Worzalla president and CEO Charles Nason, and Jeffrey Gerstner, a retired partner in Ernst & Young, were elected to the board at Worzalla’s annual stockholders meeting in July.

Other board members include Fetherston, Vice President-Finance William Little, Cedric Burroughs, Phil Grefee, Chet Plaski and Gerald Gear, who was elected to a three-year term in June.

Gerstner will serve a three-year term and is chairman of the board’s finance and compensation committees. Patterson, meanwhile, will serve a two-year term and will lead the governance committee.

Nason has a one-year term and will serve as head of the executive committee.

“Jeff brings a great financial background, which helps us to expand our capability there,” Fetherston said. “Bernie’s educational background is also important. Colleges buy a lot of books, and his experience on that end of the business is a great addition.”

This information was provided by the Stevens Point Journal.