The merger will end on March 1, 2021
Alexandria, Virginia – PRINTING United Alliance and Idealliance announced in early January that they would merge the two organizations. The proposed merger was unanimously approved by each board of directors, followed by the examination of the Idealliance members at today’s meeting of active members in accordance with the Idealliance statutes. Idealliance members approved the merger plan with an overwhelming majority of 96% of the vote. This is the final step in completing the merger.
Dick Ryan, Idealliance CEO, said, “The traditional segmentation of print providers continues to be fuzzy and convergent, which has accelerated changes in digital printing technologies. In recent years, PRINTING United Alliance has built an association that appeals to all major segments through expanded membership, a range of events and industry-leading media brands, bringing together significant resources, marketing reach and audience under one roof. At the same time, Idealliance has developed the know-how not only to set up and introduce its traditional color management programs, but also to provide training and courses based on new standards on a global platform. This is the right strategic move by Idealliance to better serve the graphic communications industry. “
David Steinhardt, Idealliance’s Managing Director and former CEO for nearly twenty years, said: “Idealliance has always looked to the horizon to see the next strategic change and take the practical and tactical steps to stay ahead of the curve. The combination of the two extensive and free portfolios of Idealliance and PRINTING United Alliance benefits every organization and industry, from brands and print buyers to print service providers to suppliers and manufacturers. Together they will really be greater than the sum of their parts. “
Ford Bowers will serve as CEO of the combined organization and Jordan Gorski as Executive Director of Idealliance as a division of the PRINTING United Alliance. Idealliance becomes an “association within an association” with its own membership base and defined separate programs and services. All Idealliance employees will continue as part of the combined organization. However, Dick Ryan, CEO, and David Steinhardt, Managing Director, will be leaving. In addition, two of the current members of the Idealliance Board of Directors will join the PRINTING United Alliance Board of Directors.
The planned merger of the two organizations will be completed on March 1, 2021.
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For more information, please contact Jordan Gorski at +1 (703) 837-1096 or [email protected].